This beautiful building is set in large, tranquil grounds which although extensive, are a mere shadow of how large the farm was in its heyday. It's fairly centrally located in the Constantia Valley, only about 20 minutes drive from the airport, city and various beaches and has the advantage of being in the heart of the oldest wine producing area in South Africa.
Our focus as former custodians of the estate is to ensure that this National Heritage site is maintained and protected.
This is the view from the front door towards the entry gate, a full 110m away. This helps to isolate the estate from the noise of civilisation.
There are many areas for you to walk and explore as well as to picnic or read. You really feel like you've found an oasis in the heart of the suburbs.
The back stoep gets the afternoon and evening sun and is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of something cold and something to eat or simply to sit and read.
In the mornings, the front stoep gets the morning sun and would've been a great place for the family to start the day with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature.
The original kitchen was remodelled in the 1980s but would originally have sported a large fireplace.
Inside there are two lounges, one of which is a more formal front "sitting room".
As part of the remodel in the 1980s, a bar space was created for the now former tenant.
A former owner added this function hall, probably in the mid 1800s. This large room would've been invaluable for hosting parties during that period of history.
Another converted space was the old stable block. While some of the space had been converted into bedrooms, there was also a spacious conference room with a beautiful wood ceiling.
Upstairs there was a large bedroom suite with a bathroom, dressing room and window alcove.
As the tenant ran a self-catering guest house, there were many rooms with single beds for guests. These rooms have signature high ceilings and doors out to the back stoep. It is unclear what these will be used for now.
My favourite feature of the estate is the fact that the actual Diep River runs through the property. This fills the air with the sound of running water, attracts wildlife and also nourishes the nearby trees. It is also a natural section of the river and not built into a canal as it is both up and down river from the estate.