Imagine spacious and peaceful country-style living without leaving the city limits? Set in lush riverine landscape, surrounded by rolling lawns, indigenous gardens and stoic trees, is a home that epitomises modern-day seclusion and genteel living. Riverside House stands proud in a peaceful valley in Hout Bay and is a quick 5 minutes’ drive to the beach and 25 minutes into the heart of Cape Town.
When you step through the front door, with its imposing, antique hand-carved doors, a world of space and understated, natural aesthetics awaits you. The interior of the home is super double volume and tumbled Travertine tiles are underfoot in the airy living areas, which all rest under thatch with natural reed ceilings. While there is vast space inside which serves to keep it effortlessly cool in summer, this home is also deeply cosy in winter – courtesy of under-floor heating and a magnificent double-sided fireplace to cut any chill in the living area. The natural palette throughout enhances the calm feeling of this home.
Located in an area popular with horse lovers, Riverside House offers the very best of vcountry living. There’s plenty of space for paddocks and stables here too and ample earea to ride in the surrounding open fields. And the country lifestyle is further enhanced knowing there’s an established orchard and flourishing kitchen herb garden on the grounds too. The dramatic mountain views onto the back of the Twelve Apostles are yet another reminder of being far from the madding city crowd – yet, in reality, close enough to enjoy all the perks of the city.
This naturally enchanting home is an entertainer’s dream too. Not only is the elegant kitchen designed for easy catering, but there are countless interior and alfresco dining spaces from which to choose too. In summer, gatherings around the pool are always festive along a meal in the pool house right there; playing tennis under floodlights with family and friends is enormous fun, especially when followed by evening drinks in the garden amphitheatre. It’s an elegant way to end the day, with a G&T in hand and not a care in the world.
Since the Riverside House is for sale and the property is vast at over 8 000m², there is ample elbow room for dual family living, if you so choose. This is made seamless by a beautifully appointed, and completely self-contained two-bedroomed cottage, along with an intimate one-bedroom studio on the grounds. So everyone can live together but apart, in both privacy and in community – sharing a coveted country lifestyle that’s hard to match.