A unique Constantia Nek thatched homestead
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Set among woodlands just at the base of the Constantia Nek hiking trail, this extraordinary property commands the most breathtaking views of the Constantia valley, vineyards and False Bay. Luxuriating on part of an expansive four and a half acres (roughly two and a half of which is subdivided), the three-story thatched homestead offers a generous 1400m2 of under-roof accommodation.“This property is perfectly designed to be utilised as a boutique hotel or simply enjoyed as a luxurious home for a large family,” says Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Properties, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
The home and its surrounds
Built in an “n” shape at right angles, the structure hugs a large courtyard to the north, with extensive parking space on offer as well. The south face features two grand patios on the basement and ground floor levels, both of which run across the length and breadth of the home and offer views of the enchanting terraced garden bursting with fruit trees, roses and shrubs. While the home is designed in the style of a classic old Cape Dutch manor, the structure is in fact much newer, having been built in 1991. Extensive use of solid wood is a defining element as seen in the doors, windows, shutters and much of the panelling and shelving.
A grand double-volume entrance hall sets the tone with its hand carved wooden staircase and glass doors leading to the patio. Leading off the polished quarry- tiled entrance hall to the left and right are four beautifully appointed reception rooms. Also on this level, the kitchen, with separate scullery, is open plan and leads to a cosy lounge. This extends to an inviting braai room/TV lounge enclosed by stack-back, floor-to-ceiling glass panels, allowing gorgeous views that incorporate the woodlands to the east and False Bay to the south.
The bottom story
The bottom story houses a generously proportioned tiled family/entertainment room with the following features:
- A built-in solid oak bar
- Wine cellar and tasting room
- Office or gym room
- Three staff quarters with a lounge, shower, toilet and ample storage.
- Upstairs level
The upstairs level, with five en-suite bathrooms, is reminiscent of a cosy ski lodge with its exposed beamed thatch ceilings, edge-to-edge carpets (complete with under-carpet heating) and expansive windows allowing in lots of sunshine. The bathrooms are luxurious, particularly the generously proportioned main en-suite which is complemented by spacious his and hers walk-in dressing rooms, as well as an exceptionally large main bedroom that leads to a comfortable pajama lounge.
The property also includes a heat-pump warmed pool, Jacuzzi, borehole and a tennis court, as well as a separate self-contained cottage.