You would be forgiven for feeling as if you had stepped through Lewis Carroll’s Looking Glass when visiting the Boland town of Robertson, on the R62. From the oversized chair at Rooiberg Winery – the largest of its kind in Africa – to the underground wine tasting cellar at Weltevrede; there’s something enchanting and engaging about this area. Rich with possibility, ripe for the picking, there’s something for everyone in the valley of wine, olives, roses, and art.
So it’s really no surprise that Robertson, already loved for its warm hospitality, is fast becoming a popular destination with families and those wanting a laidback lifestyle. Just 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, set in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains with the Breede River running throughout, Robertson is the ideal country escape.
It’s still possible to buy a well-sized family home, with a large garden for under R2.5 million, says Lizelle Lloyd, Pam Golding Properties agent for the area. “With the increased demand for homes here, the town is growing and within the next few months’, Robertson will have its own private hospital and a retirement village,” notes Lloyd.
As word spreads about Robertson’s idyllic lifestyle, excellent restaurants, and award-winning wines, property prices have increased in recent years, notes Annien Borg, Pam Golding Properties MD for the Boland and Overberg. “But, Robertson still offers considerable value for money. It appeals to a wide range of buyers, but is also attracting younger buyers wanting to settle with their families.”
A home in Church Street was recently sold through Pam Golding Properties for R3 285 million, while a 8 565m2 portion of the Farm Langverwacht sold for R900 000. Most of the properties in town are freehold homes, or within estates. House prices range from R725 000 to upwards of R3.75 million for a luxury, three-bedroom, while it’s possible to buy a plot for upwards of R265 000. Pam Golding Properties is marketing a home in Victoria Street, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool for R2.10 million. Farms or smallholdings are also available, and many of the properties in town could be used as a guesthouse.
Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate on the Breede River offers residents an opportunity to live in a safe, rural environment with an 18-hole golf course on their doorstep. Pam Golding Properties has the exclusive mandate to market a spectacular double-volume, three-bedroom home with a double garage and swimming pool in this estate, for R6.5 million. This property, with its spacious indoor and outdoor areas boasting 360-degree views, is an entertainer’s dream. Features include Wi-Fi, a battery-powered energy supply for sustainable living and stunning, landscaped gardens. Houses at Silwerstrand range from R2.8 million, while plots start at R570 000.
“Robertson has so much to offer. Aside from the natural beauty, the town forms part of the Route 62 wine route, the longest in the world. There are also horse riding trails, rafting on the Breede River, mountain bike and trail running opportunities as well as various walking routes to explore,” says Anneke van Jaarsveld, Pam Golding Properties agent for the area. Founded in the 1800s, Robertson town boasts a rich history that is evident in its architectural heritage. The community is known for its hospitality, and there are various festivals, such as the popular Wacky Wine Weekend, that take place throughout the year and attract thousands of visitors to the town to enjoy its excellent food and wine.