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Fancy owning a boutique wine farm?

14 Mar 2011

A boutique wine farm with a magnificent modern Cape Dutch manor house has come on to the market in Franschhoek, Western Cape


Situated at the foot of the Middagkrans Mountain, “La Providence” is located close to the Huguenot Memorial, a prime site with magnificent views of the valley and in close proximity to the town centre. The 2.2ha property is on the market at R28,5 million.

La Providence, says Pam Golding Properties’ (PGP) area manager for Franschhoek and Paarl, Surina du Toit, is the quintessential iconic Franschhoek lifestyle farm. “This property offers the whole package, from breathtaking mountain views to its own vineyard, a manicured garden, and an exquisite modern manor house built in the traditional Cape Dutch style, with thatched roof and gables.”


The main manor house offers ample accommodation, including a master suite with two en suite bathrooms and a dressing room, plus two additional en suite bedrooms. The country-style eat-in kitchen is open-plan to a relaxed family living room, and has top-quality appliances as well as a separate scullery/laundry. 

There is a large entertainment and media room with a retractable movie screen, surround sound system, braai and bar area, while the property also has more formal reception areas in its elegant drawing room and dining room. Other features of the home include an en suite office, a study with built-in wooden shelving, a cellar and wine storage room, as well as staff accommodation.  Attached to the home but with its own separate entrance is the “Mews Flat”, a guest suite with an en suite double bedroom and kitchenette.


The home’s climate is maintained all-year-round by under-floor heating and an air-conditioning system, while the gardens are watered by a computerised irrigation system. Garaging is provided for four vehicles, and there is an existing workshop plus an additional large studio space above the garage.

Another feature of the property is its exercise and outdoor facilities. The manor house spills out onto a pool area with a 14m long solar-heated swimming pool. Slightly downhill from the pool area is a separate exercise centre with a fully-equipped gym, sauna, bar and change-room, leading out to a floodlit tennis court.

Completely separate from the main house is “La Petite Providence”, a guest cottage currently rated as five-star accommodation by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, which overlooks a picturesque duck pond. The cottage offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and has its own open-plan lounge/dining/kitchen area. It opens onto its own private garden with a rock-feature swimming pool. The cottage’s furnishings, excluding paintings, are included in the asking price.

Additional guest accommodation is offered in the “Annex”, another separate double-storey cottage with a bedroom, bathroom, and open plan kitchen/lounge. Its furnishings are also included in the sale price.

PGP’s area manager for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the property currently has some 1.9ha of vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. “These produce around 500 cases of wine per year sold under the registered label of La Providence.“

The farm has ample water supply from a dam and two boreholes, and currently has four full-time staff to tend to all vineyard, garden, guest-house and maintenance needs. All farming and gardening equipment is included in the sale price, from a tractor and sprayer to all garden tools and contents of the workshop. 

Security is another key attribute of the property, which is fully enclosed with attractive electronic gates, and has an alarm system plus a network of 12 CCTV cameras. There is also a thatch drencher system to protect against fire damage.

For more information contact the PGP office on 021 876 2100 or  send an email.

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