|The KwaZulu Natal Midlands have always been considered a place of sheer beauty and serenity, and is arguably one of the most desirable places to live. It is for this reason that developer, Guy Smith, has earmarked a 361 ha country estate, in Nottingham Road, the heart of the Midlands, for his most recent development, Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate.|
The Estate, which is characterised by an undulating landscape of hills, valleys and dams, with views of the central Midlands, dominated by the Nhlozane Mountains, will eventually comprise 125 residential sites (1600m²) with freehold title. The homes, which will either overlook the golf course, dams or meadows, will have a distinctive architectural style based on historic Natal Midlands farmhouses.
Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate is being developed by GMS Projects for Kwa Jabu Trust whose trustees are Guy Smith (GMS Projects), Ian Green (dairy farmer in the Midlands) and Matthew Francis (Attorney), supported by Peter Green (Meander Real Estates) and Richard Zuma (Richards building Company). Francis and Zuma are 25% BEE partners in Kwa Jabu Trust.
The nine-hole golf course will be designed with eighteen tees and twelve greens ensuring a challenging course and will be open to the public.
A unique aspect of Gowrie Farm is that it has been developed within the context of a working farm. One of the trustees, Ian Green, previously the owner of Gowrie Farm and a successful dairy farmer in the Midlands, will lease the farmland and continue to rear heifers on the Estate.
“As our way of giving back to the local community, the Developers have earmarked 40 social houses on the Estate to be made available for the Nottingham Road community. We will supply the land and services at our own cost for these 40 homes,” says Smith.
Home-owners’ amenities on the Estate include a swimming pool, tennis court, squash court and stables. Residents will also have access to the adjacent Brookdale Health Hydro plus 360 ha of Midlands countryside in which to walk and cycle. The Clubhouse will have a few bed-and-breakfast units for out of town visitors and there will be approximately 20 syndicated golfers’ lodges on the Estate.
“The site is ideal for the avid fly-fisherman with six sufficiently stocked trout dams spread across the Estate. At the recent Corporate Challenge Fly-fishing competition, the two largest fish came from our Gowrie dams,” added Smith.
Nottingham Road, part of the renowned Midlands Meander, is reputed to be one of the finest destinations in South Africa and is considered a great fly-fishing destination. The Estate is also within close proximity to top private schools such as Michaelhouse, Clifton and King’s School.
Stands range in price from R690 000 to R1 050 000. The roads are almost complete and construction of the golf course will start in March 2006 with the anticipated opening planned for April 2007.