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R30m for historic Somerset West manor

25 Oct 2013

One of the most unique properties in Somerset West, Morton Manor, a Georgian Manor House which was built in 1948 by the well-known British author, travel writer and journalist, HV Morton, is on the market for R30 million.

This home offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a swimming pool, double garage and an additional one bedroom apartment with a living area and kitchen. It is on the market for R30 million - click here to view.

This is according to Seeff agent, Jane Steven, who says there is also no transfer duty payable, which is an added benefit for potential buyers.

Morton (1892-1979) is one of the most celebrated British authors of the time and was one of the few journalists invited to attend the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen. He journeyed to South Africa just after the Second World War in 1946 on the invitation of General Smuts to write a book on South Africa, entitled: ‘In search of South Africa’. He settled in Somerset West and built the home for his wife, Violet.

The property is located on the slopes of Schapenberg and enjoys views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and Helderberg Basin as far as Table Mountain and the False Bay coastline. Steven says the location is one of the main reasons why Morton decided to settle here and, in his book on South Africa, he likened the Hottentots Holland Mountains to the entrance to Valhalla, rising behind Somerset West as blue as harebells in the morning sun.

The property is just under 11.4 hectares in extent and the double storey manor house offers around 900 square metres in floor space and is designed to maximise the views throughout.

His legacy, books and travel memorabilia is preserved in the library of the home where he used to sit and write.

The historic home is surrounded by vineyards and orchards and forms part of the ‘Golden Triangle’, a triad of renowned wine estates including Vergelegen, Morgenster and Lourensford, she says. The property is just under 11.4 hectares in extent and the double storey manor house offers around 900 square metres in floor space and is designed to maximise the views throughout.

Finishes include shutters on all the windows, high ceilings with chandeliers, original parquet floors in the living rooms and five traditional fireplaces. It is fronted by a pergola-styled terrace that overlooks a swimming pool.

A beautiful entrance hall opens to the living areas on the ground floor and these include two formal lounges, a family room and dining room (all with fireplaces). The large library/study opens to an Italian garden and provides a peaceful place where the author used to sit and write. The large kitchen is fitted with custom-built cabinetry and marble tops.

Aside from the historic significance, the property occupies one of the most sought-after locations in the Cape.

A staircase leads to the family wing on the upper level where there are three bedrooms. The main bedroom suite has a fireplace and lounge area as well as a dressing room and opens to a balcony and a study. Also on this level, is a linen room with two bathrooms, and there is an additional one bedroom apartment with a living area and kitchen, which can be accessed internally from the upstairs landing or through a separate access point.

The property further includes a double garage, excellent security and electricity.

Aside from the historic significance, the property occupies one of the most sought-after locations in the Cape, says Steven. It is a wonderful find for buyers and offers exceptional value given its primary location amidst some of the country’s top ranked wine estates.

Somerset West has top class infrastructure including medical facilities, top ranked schools and superb retail and leisure facilities. She says the close proximity to Cape Town and the airport makes it an ideal country retreat or permanent residence. 

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