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Elegance unveiled in bespoke Robertson villa

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Set on 4.26 hectares of pristine farmland in Klaasvoogds West, Robertson, Villa Verde is a unique, self-contained estate situated along the Doring River.

The stylish and modern villa lays nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg mountains and is the consummate blend of modern design and traditional Cape farm vernacular. The breathtakingly impressive house features large glass walls and stackaway doors to appreciate the beautiful vistas and views of Kranskop and the Langeberg mountains.

The farm also boasts a 30-year-old Chenin Blanc Vineyard which produces superb Chenin Blanc fruit. The resulting wine is bottled for the Villa Verde label, having been lovingly made in a nearby Wine Estate by artisanal winemaker, Newald Marais. The age and maturity of the vines contribute immensely to the depth, complexity and balance of this wine, intensifying its aromas and flavours.

 
Marketed by Greeff Christie's International Real Estate in Breede Valley, Principal Agent Aimee Campbell says the opportunity to market this truly exceptional home is an honour. "We are immensely privileged to have been chosen to market this property and believe the new owners will find as much joy in taking up residence here as the current owners have. The estate is a classic example of class and style with the perfect blend of countryside elements further enriching its appeal." 
 
Designed by architect Inge De Wet, the image of the estate is represented by linear buildings arranged around a forecourt or werf. The building form and layout of the design concept for Villa Verde is rooted in Cape vernacular tradition, but with a contemporary twist.

To fully enjoy the eastern slope and view, the main house is east-facing, flanked by guest and garage wings north and south, creating an enclosed forecourt reminiscent of the Cape Dutch precedent where man and beast found protection from the wilderness. At Villa Verde this court offers privacy and security.

 
The buildings are of masonry construction with regular window and door punctuations to the west and street.

However, to the east, the modern twist is an arcaded loggia mediating views and climate, with a glass façade and stack-away doors between house and loggia. The house plan flows through rooms and open plan living spaces. Entry is through a wet room immediately into the kitchen at the centre of the house. Internal colours are tonal, warm greys with splashes of warm red and deep blue.

 
The orientation of the home is thoughtful and has a magical appeal at dawn and dusk when the sky is awash with colours that tint the exterior. The building has a special night ambiance created by the inventive lighting plan.

Views of Kranskop and the Langeberg are immediate and up close, with long views of the Riviersonderend mountains to the south.

A clump of poplars on the river edge, that shimmers in summer and stands demure in light bark in winter, encloses the large field to the east, and the house connects perfectly to the site on all sides with grassed fenced courts.

 
The exterior is a classic white except for the yellow court wall and a pink wall welcoming visitors to the guest suites. A very classy nod to Luis Barragan, the world-famous Mexican architect and engineer that exemplified serenity through the use of clean line and colours for emotional appeal.   

Subtle detailing of profile plastered window heads, sills, and copings copied from older precedents such as the Zandvliet House, old teak windows used, and a fireplace built on the Zandvliet blueprint creates an old patina.

Arched gates and garage doors made from beautiful old wood completes the marriage between contemporary and historic.

 
The manor house of 354m² has a spacious lounge, dining and living rooms, loggia, kitchen, scullery, pantry, wine store, and two en-suite bedrooms. The floor finish is sandstone throughout the
manor house with laminate flooring upstairs.
 
The guest wing has two self-contained en-suite guest rooms of 42m² each with kitchenette and a 33m² covered stoep, all with sandstone floors. The guest rooms are registered with Airbnb.
 
The utility wing of 105m² has three garages, utility room, laundry, kitchenette, bathroom, tool room, all with glazed tile floor finish. The garage courtyard wing has an undercover area of 32m² as well as
23m² of storage rooms.
 
This agricultural property, apart from supplying wine and fodder with seasonal hay planting for its animals, provides the kitchen with a constant supply of fruit from plum, fig, pear, passion fruit and quince espaliers, vegetables from a kitchen garden and nuts from a grove of almonds and pecans.

The estate, a registered water user, has two hectares of water available from the Klaasvoogds Water Users Association. The water is stored in a dam on an adjacent property and delivered to the property through a booster pump and filtration system. The entire estate is under irrigation from this water source, with the 1ha of old Chenin Blanc vineyard irrigated with a permanent spitter system, while the rest of the estate, 1,5 ha extent, is irrigated with a permanent sprinkler system.

In addition to its excellent water allocation via the local water scheme, it also has access to 19 000 litres of stored rainwater. 

 
For Sale for R12.5 million, Villa Verde is a thoroughly impressive, all-encompassing lifestyle property in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Breede River winelands.
 
For more information, please contact Aimee Campbell at 072 693 4052 or email aimee@greeff.co.za 

Author: Greeff

Submitted 30 Apr 19 / Views 225