A gorgeous, perfectly restored Victorian with oodles of character in the leafiest part of Villiersdorp presents a rare opportunity for an exciting life change, whether you’re a young family looking to buy an affordable family home with a pretty garden just outside Cape Town, or looking to retire somewhere peaceful. The owner is a passionate restorer and seasoned renovator, who simply falls in love with gracious grande dames as he can’t bear to see them neglected. He’s lovingly restored houses in Riebeeck Kasteel, Greyton and Woodstock – each time declaring he wouldn’t do it again – but with Leeuwenhof, it was literally ‘love at first sight’. Being the long-time-ago owner of The Treasury, a much-loved vintage store in Woodstock, his beautiful home is filled with mindfully collected treasures. Each piece a beauty and each one, he firmly believes, ‘has a soul of its own’. His knowledge of old houses is equally legendary, so there’s actually not a thing to be done within these wonderfully cool, thick walls … yet the house still has loads of potential. And bucket loads of charm.
Let’s start with location: this is undoubtedly the best part of town. Mature trees offer blissful shade in summer when the serene garden comes into its own with two outdoor showers to enjoy – one hot and the other, under the olive tree, refreshingly cold – the easiest way to cool off when having a braai! Inside, the house still has its ‘heritage’ layout, which means parts of it can be closed off to rent for weekenders who come to the area for weddings, or one of the two front rooms (both of which lead directly to the front stoep) can be converted to consulting rooms, making it easy to work from home. There’s also paved off-street parking for at least 5 cars, in addition to two tandem parkings inside. The loft also has potential as it has characterful original beams. For young families, there’s a play school within walking distance.
For anyone looking for a weekend hideaway, Villiersdorp is only 1.5 hour’s drive from Cape Town and is surprisingly central to so many wonderful activities in the area, but its biggest drawcard is that it’s only 30 minutes’ drive from Franschhoek, and 30 minutes the other way along a gravel road to characterful Greyton. Closer to home, there’s golf at Theewaterskloof Golf Course and waterskiing and boating on the dam. Fishing anyone? Wine tasting? Well, yes – besides the superb wineries of Franschhoek, the longest wine route in the world, Route 62, is in one direction, and you’ll pass Beaumont Wines in Bot River on the way to the beach at Hermanus. Hemel-en-Aarde valley is also along that route… there’s so much to do here that you could stay for weeks. You could enjoy Leeuwenhof yourselves, or buy it as an investment to rent to weekenders. There’s no doubt that a genteel country life at Leeuwenhof awaits!
Leeuwenhof has recently been featured in Tuis/Home magazines, and the owner’s previous renovations have been featured in House and Leisure, Country Life, Home & Living (USA), Sunday Times and The Sunday Independent.
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