On the folded foothills of the Langeberg mountains lies a farm of many facets. Just 15km from Barrydale along the renowned R62 route, Lemoenshoek is just magnificent, cradled by mountains and under the wide skies of the Klein Karoo. Here you breathe clean, unpolluted air and savour still evenings layered with light. It’s a coveted lifestyle in a healthy climate, befitting lovers of privacy and authentic living. For stargazers, Lemoenshoek is pure nirvana.
The 4-bedroomed, 4-bathroomed homestead of Voëlvlei is everything an atmospheric farmhouse should be. Thick walls, cane ceilings and cool, polished cement floors cater for hot summers; fireplaces quickly cosy the home in winter. Built in the U-shaped traditional vernacular, everything used to create the homestead was made and sourced locally – it’s thoroughly Klein Karoo from foundation to parapet, including the dry-packed, slate feature walls and outdoor shower cove, lintels from fence posts and milestones found in the veld, and wooden sash windows and Oregon doors are refurbished finds from Karoo journeys. Proportions throughout are effortlessly just right.
While cooling in the pool, you can lazy gaze across indigenous vegetation and enjoy watching an abundance of birdlife. There’s a fragrant rose garden to amble in and an established herb and vegetable garden alongside the house too, maybe pick fresh figs and pomegranates as you go. Or wander a little further to the olive grove – with almost 6 000 thriving trees – and the boutique olive oil pressing plant, where world-class extra virgin olive oils are produced, using the finest Italian equipment. This farming facet of the property has numerous dwellings too, and enjoys plenty of natural and pristine drinking water off the mountain – plus there are two boreholes. Everything about it is a working olive farm, and a highly reputable one too.
The third facet of Lemoenshoek is the rugged game sanctuary area. It’s all indigenous fynbos and is game fenced and ready to be stocked, though smaller mammals naturally roam freely. There’s also a 4×4 route onto the mountain, as well as magnificent hiking terrain along with spectacular, distant views. All these have untapped tourism potential, along with numerous cottages to provide guest accommodation. Lemoenshoek is already zoned for tourism, hospitality and conferences.
So this magnificent space is actually three farms all in one: homestead, olives and game sanctuary, with all the makings of a tantalising tourist hideaway spot. Or simply enjoy it as a spectacular lifestyle farm, where fauna, flora and fellow man can live in harmony and old world freedom.
Total farm size: 348 ha
Farm with main homestead: 5 ha
Olive Farm: 22 ha
Game Sanctuary: 351 ha
Price: R15.9m (ex VAT) partially zero rated if purchased as a going concern