Robertson's luxury country getaway

24 Feb 2012

The town of Robertson in the Western Cape Province is an attractive location to own a home in with the highest priced property valued at R4.1 million.

When you drive through Robertson looking for a wine adventure which only Route 62 can offer, you will be met mesmerised at the jacarandas lining the streets and flowers that beckon you into their fold.

According to Windeed data tracking property sales in Robertson, the highest priced property is valued at R4.1 million, measures 2 141 square metres and cost R1 915 per square metre.

The average price of a home in Robertson is R880 977, R543 per square metre and measures 1 622 square metres.

Robertson is located in the heart of Route 62, on the R60 between Worcester and Ashton, the longest wine route in the world stretching from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

Wine lovers have an easy one and half hour drive to delight their senses if travelling via Paarl and Worcester from Cape Town.

This small town is renowned for its unprecedented beauty, wines to tantalise any connoisseur’s palate, radiant roses and thoroughbred horses.

When you drive through this town looking for a wine adventure which only Route 62 can offer, you will be mesmerised by jacarandas lining the streets and flowers that beckon you into their fold.

The Robertson Wine Route is an officially recognised Wine of Origin region and the Cape's largest wine producing area under irrigation.

Property prices in Robertson

It is against this backdrop that savvy property investors who know a good buy when they see one snapped up residential properties in Robertson in 2007 and turned them into a chicly quaint five star hotel.

The Robertson Small Hotel with a ground measure of 3 500 square metres opened in 2009 quickly adding a splash of verve to the colourful country town.

The three owners who have not disclosed the purchase price of the property describe it as a gem worth its weight in gold and has become a sought-after luxury property for visitors passing through Robertson.

The Robertson Small Hotel with a ground measure of 3 500 square metres opened in 2009, quickly adding a splash of verve to the colourful country town.

Windeed data reveals that the average price of a freehold home in Robertson in 2007 was R283 500 and 174 homes were sold that year.

When the hotel opened its doors in 2009, freehold homes were averaging R409 750 and 102 freehold homes were sold.

In 2011, the average freehold home price had increased in value to R422 500 and 132 homes were sold, up from 122 in 2010 when the average price was R399 500.

Sectional title homes have shown huge property value growth averaging R445 000 in 2007 with only four sectional title units being sold.

In 2010, the average price of a sectional title in Robertson grew to R1 317 500 and five units were sold. The average price of a farm at the time was R1 471 250 with three farms sold successfully.

In 2011, the sectional title average price had come down to R457 000 and four were sold.

Estate agents’ Robertson properties for sale listed on Property24.com reveal that from as little as R550 000, one can own a one bedroom townhouse.

For those looking for freehold homes, listings show a beautifully restored three bedroom home priced at R725 000 and if like me, you like the country and wine, then check out wine farms available at different price ranges.

A boutique winery where the making of wine is still an art and romancing the vine is designed for the connoisseur is selling for R6.9 million.

To view properties for sale in Robertson, click here.

Robertson Small Hotel – a luxury home

Located on 58 Van Reenen Street in Robertson, in the Breede River wine valley, the Robertson Small Hotel property features a simple yet contemporary architecture.

General Manager, Riaan Kruger describes the hotel as a country retreat where "chic sophistication meets old world charm".

The Manor House features contrasts of clean, natural hues and rich organic textures, silhouetted against a monochrome palette of French white integrated in these luxury en suite rooms.

He says the scenic Breede River Valley encapsulates outer-city hospitality at its most refined in a hotel that calls for an unhurried sojourn.

When looking at the hotel from the outside, you will soon notice contrasting design of exquisite space personifying a harmonious journey from yesteryear to the contemporary now.

Captured in an exclusive threesome, with each of the components distinctly unique in style, yet effortlessly intertwined with one another.

Kruger says the hotel building is a national monument and from a design point of view, the old was restored and married with the chic modern aspects ensuring a match made in heaven.

The Robertson Small Hotel property looks and feels like a piece of artwork that evokes emotion without touching it and leaves a memory that stays with you long after you have left the beautiful town.

Five star rooms

If you cannot afford to buy property in Robertson, you may as well experience luxury living at the Robertson Small Hotel at an unhurried pace.

He explains that the hotel’s family of three encapsulates the royal Victorian Manor House, a national monument built in 1909, suave yet relaxed Stables and the serene Poolside Suites, flaunting a crisp cool sense of calm at the water’s edge.

In total, the hotel offers 10 rooms and can accommodate up to 20 people at one time.

The Manor House features contrasts of clean, natural hues and rich organic textures, silhouetted against a monochrome palette of French white integrated in these luxury en suite rooms.

They each have air-conditioning and have a unique celebration of modern design and fusion of eclectic yet comfortable furnishings while reflecting an appreciation for space.

The Poolside Suites offer a more avant-garde alternative – each living cube opens directly onto poolside reflection. Think of the movie-type rooms where you can open your door and jump straight into the pool.

Whether you are a trendy traveller or business person or local visitor wanting to support your neighbour, the hotel rooms come with the latest technology to ensure you stay in touch with your loved ones while at the same time providing solace for the soul.

The Manor House is home to a cosy bar lounge and a state-of-the-art wine cellar which lends a backdrop to the hotel’s signature restaurant, Reuben’s at the Robertson.

It serves up culinary brilliance under the guidance of South African chef extraordinaire Reuben Riffel, famed for his world-acclaimed restaurant in Franschhoek.

This gastronomic sphere spills out onto a tranquil courtyard, the heart of the hotel, where the family trio converge

The ever evolving menu emphasises a daily harvest of fresh local produce offering innovative cuisine and wines to complement it.

Reuben’s at the Robertson's ever evolving menu emphasises a daily harvest of fresh local produce offering innovative cuisine and wines to complement it.

Expect to pay between R750 and R1 070 per person sharing per night in one of the three Manor House Rooms.

The Stable Suites open onto the restaurant courtyard and are topped by an expansive honeymoon loft, a popular room with couples and lovers wanting an exclusive 'country feel' and space to remind each other of their love.

In each of the Stable Suites, décor has been designed such that each facet is not a stand alone, but rather, so all flow into one another effortlessly.

In the two Stable Suites, prices range from R1 150 to R1 350 per person per night sharing while the honeymoon suite ranges from R1 250 and R1 550 per person sharing per night.

The Poolside Suites offer a more avant-garde alternative – each living cube opens directly onto poolside reflection.

Think of the movie-type rooms where you can open your door and jump straight into the pool.

Suites are priced between R1 250 and R1 550 per person per night sharing.

The hotel has a Wellness Room offering a variety of treatment menus ranging from body massages, facials, pedicures and manicures.

Children are welcome and activities and leisure in and around Robertson include wine tasting, river cruises and rafting, olive tours and tasting, horse riding, arts and crafts, golf, game drives, hiking and cycling trails.

The Stable Suites open onto the restaurant courtyard and are topped by an expansive honeymoon loft, a popular room with couples and lovers wanting an exclusive 'country fee'l to remind each other of their love.

Award-winning country property

On top of its owners hitting a jackpot with this property, the Robertson Small Hotel was named the Luxury Country Hotel in the 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) in the country winners’ category.

WLHA is a celebration of the ultimate achievement in the hospitality industry acknowledged for world-class facilities and service excellence.

“Attention to detail with true country hospitality is key to the success of this quaint Robertson property,” says Kruger.

The hotel staff make the hotel a sought-after home and guests are made to feel every inch part of the family, hence they keep coming back for more, he says  

With the five star hotel market set to flourish, the Robertson Small Hotel property is likely to remain one of the town’s most sought-after country properties. – Denise Mhlanga

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