Homes we love in the Western Cape

When you have pure artistry from a design perspective combined with a majestic location, you have the trappings of a dream home. One could strongly argue that the Western Cape has some of the best scenery in the world, a major reason it remains popular with the local and international market. Set in the Western Cape is the charming Somerset West which offers the absolute best of everything the Cape has to offer including jaw-dropping mountain vistas, verdant vineyard views as well the cobalt Atlantic Ocean rounding out the horizon – what’s not to love?

Somerset West, in Helderberg, has an undeniable charm that attracts all sorts from around the world. This area truly offers something for everyone be it scenery, community, nature, wine, shopping and leisure, in this “little” town – everything your heart could desire is right on your doorstep. It’s no wonder then that the homes found here easily match the lifestyle in a simple and uncomplicated way, nothing too over the top.

Take for instance this magnificent home in Spanish Farm – one of Somerset West’s most prestigious areas…

A magnificent ± 1301sqm family home, offering designer finishes with panoramic views without being ostentatious. This beauty is set in a quiet cul-de-sac at the top of the hill, you will find that every conceivable attention to detail has been paid.

Somerset West was first discovered by Europeans in 1657, by cattle traders from Cape Town, who just so happened to come across a tribe of about 500 people and were delighted to settle in one of the prettiest parts of the  world even back then. This stunning home takes full advantage of the natural surrounds and every room offers an eye-catching view and is certainly on our bestseller list.

We move across to the world famous Fancourt Golf Estate, where you will find this Bali-inspired home that is just gorgeous enough to be magazine cover material. Fancourt has a fascinating history and has, according to its website, become a global landmark for business, leisure and golfing travel but its gradual expansion can be traced back to the establishment of the Manor House by its first custodian, Henry Fancourt White.

The late 1880s was a period of grandeur for Henry White, whose role in the development of the commercial infrastructure around the Montagu Pass led to the establishment of the Blanco House – his esteemed family home and predecessor to the current Manor House. Shortly after his passing, the property was auctioned and sold to his son, Ernest Montagu White, who made extensive improvements to the estate. The regrettably early passing of Montagu due to wild mushroom poisoning, saw the property fall into a state of disrepair until in 1960, Dr Krynauw initiated a renovation process that would recapture the splendour of what is now a national monument.


If it is  the golfing lifestyle you’re after, Fancourt’s courses frequently make the top of just about every list there is even recently once again scooping up first place for its Links course, in the Golf Digest ranking of South African golf courses for 2018. This luxury home which even boasts a lodge-style heated pool and covered patio has perfectly incorporated the golfing nuance of its surroundings by making provision for golf cart parking and a separate mud room, making every golfer’s dream come true.

A setting very similar to Helderberg, is the centuries-old Constantia and our best Western Cape properties wouldn’t be complete without a proper thatched classic. Constantia is the blue-blooded wine region in the Western Cape, home to rich foliage, equestrian homesteads and a quiet and dignified lifestyle. In Constantia, you will discover a captivating culmination of South African heritage, delectable dining, a museum, art gallery, and, of course, an award-winning selection of wines. All of this combines with dramatic oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch-styled architecture and the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain ranges as a climatic backdrop, you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into another world.

Homes such as this one In Constantia Upper, reflect this other-worldly beauty, almost ethereal in its appeal.

This stunning home lives up to Constantia’s rich heritageand is home to a 400-year old Australian Gum Tree that still flowers – an amazing and unique feature and also the perfect spot for picnics and relaxing outside.

Our country and climate often sees us spoiled for choice when it comes to finding that dream home, this is small taste of all the exquisite properties we have the privilege of taking to market. To turn your home into a bestseller, contact your local Fine & Country Office today.

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