An opportunity to live, work and dream in picturesque Swellendam

Sunday 2nd of September 2018

By Ally Lewis

Whether you are already enjoying a country life, or have been dreaming about escaping the city to live and work in one of the Cape’s most picturesque and historical villages, this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Situated only 220km from both Cape Town and George, lies Swellendam, the world’s largest youngberry producer  and third oldest magisterial district in South Africa. This small town boasts more than 50 provincial heritage sites, many historical buildings and an  enviable country lifestyle that is attracting buyers from all over.

One of its historical properties, a magnificent Old Cape house dating back to 1832, has been listed exclusively by Pam Golding Properties for R6.4 million. The 170-year old building, named De Companjie and situated in Voortrek Street, is already an established four-star guesthouse and restaurant. “This stately building has recently been renovated and combines modern comfort with old-world charm,” says Jani Kotze, a Pam Golding Properties agent for the area. There is also an option to purchase the house, without the restaurant, for R5.4 million, says Kotze.

A unique aspect of the 725m2 erf is its location adjacent to a heritage-protected open area or “kerkplein”. This means that there can be no further development next to the guesthouse, explains Kotze. The guesthouse area comprises three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and separate street-level entrances. There are an additional three bedrooms in the main house. The restaurant, with its eclectic décor, is fully equipped and includes a gas stove and electric oven. Additional features include an indoor braai area, private garden and courtyard, as well as a swimming pool.

“Swellendam’s many charms make it particularly appealing to buyers, who would like to settle with their families in a safe, country environment. Many of these have semigrated from Gauteng and other parts of the country,” says Kotze. Well-located between Cape Town and George, Swellendam is easily accessible from both airports. Excellent schools – including the primary school which has recorded the top academic results in the region – make Swellendam an ideal choice for families wanting to enjoy a slower pace of life.

“The town is also a mecca for artists looking for a creative retreat and guest accommodation is always highly sought after.” Property prices have increased considerably in the past 18 months, with the average sales price in the last year hitting R1.265 million. “Swellendam enjoys excellent services, thanks to the well-run municipality, and it is fortunate to be in a rain-catchment area so water is plentiful. Just a few more reasons why people are being drawn to this area.”

Swellendam has so much to offer, says Kotze, of which its fascinating history is just one aspect. Aside from the numerous historical landmarks – including the Drostdy Museum Complex and Gaol –there is plenty to do and experience in this Overberg region. The town offers various sports activities, and has clubs for squash, tennis and swimming among others. There is also a nine-hole golf course nearby.

The Marloth Nature Reserve in the majestic Swellendam Mountains is a World Heritage Site, and also the start of the weekly 5km parkrun for runners of all fitness levels. It is one of three nature reserves in the area that offers scenic walks and trails are a delight for avid hikers and runners. With the sea just an hour away, there’s also opportunities for angling, swimming and even whale watching. The Wildebraam Berry Estate offers youngberry picking tours and the opportunity to pick your own fruit during season. The town has a vibrant artistic community and there are several galleries and pottery studios to visit.

For more information, contact Pam Golding Properties agent Jani Kotze: 082 560 3072


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