History meets the future in Franschhoek mansion

As one of the oldest towns in the Western Cape, Franschhoek is known for its traditional homes and cottages as much as for its magnificent scenery, gourmet food and world-class wines.

But there are some new homes among the historic ones, including an exceptional new residence named Le Jardinet – or “little garden” – which is on sale through Sotheby’s International Realty for R25m.
Located on a portion of Champagne Farm, which dates all the way back to 1694, this barn-styled home, complete with its white walls and dark hipped roof, blends in perfectly with the traditional winelands architecture. And, of course, it is surrounded by a wonderful garden full of old-fashioned “surprises” to delight the senses.
However, beyond the imposing entrance, with its columns, ponds and massive front door, there is an ultra-contemporary, light-suffused home strongly reminiscent of the luxury high-rise lofts favoured by New York celebrities.
Thus the dominant feature of the ground-floor architecture is the 3,2m-high windows and glass doors that surround the spacious living area and perfectly showcase spectacular mountain and vineyard views.On this floor, there is also a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen with scullery, storeroom and walk-in pantry; the north-facing veranda with external lounge, dining area and fireplace; a gymnasium and the master bedroom suite with walk-in cupboards, private patio and indoor and outdoor showers.
The first floor houses a mezzanine lounge with low-level library, a large open-plan studio or home office, two spacious bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Outdoors, there is a 15m, solar-heated lap pool and a 25m dam, as well as two guest cottages, each with their own kitchen and bathroom, staff accommodation and two garages.
The whole property is energy friendly and large solar panels supply hot water to the house, piped underfloor heating and the swimming pool. Boreholes supply the water for the house, dam and garden, and a natural spring in the grounds runs for nine months of the year.

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