Sunshine streams onto the front of the house every morning at sunrise and bathes you in crisp light, as you sip your first cup of coffee on the front stoep. The salty turquoise waters of Langebaan lagoon are just 20 metres away and black oyster catchers are picking their way through the shallows – sometimes there are long-legged flamingos here too.
This rare piece of paradise, in the picturesque West Coast National Park, has been in the same family for 100 years; a special treasure that’s now for sale to a discerning buyer, who loves nature, peace and privacy. It’s beautiful here all year, but in spring it’s simply spectacular. Daisy carpets roll out in every direction around you, as the property is at the heart of prime spring flower territory. The landscape here is ablaze in rainbow colours as nature dons her floral fancy dress during August and September each year.
A century ago, the area was used as winter grazing for cattle from the Boland, but now it’s all conserved within the national park. The house also has historic touches and some of the wood used inside is unusual Norwegian pine, brought in by whaling boats back in the day when they used to anchor in the nearby bay. Just 100 metres from the house is the historic Stalle – believed to be the second oldest building in the country – and the place where Dutch sailors used to drop off and collect their mail in the 1700s. And just a little way along the beach is where you may pick up ancient pieces of Dutch porcelain as you walk. The colourful pieces are from when Dutch sailors cleaned their boats in the bay – so both history and enchantment are easily found here.
On the property are two dwellings: the main house – of three bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan living space, along with a kitchen and pantry with a view; and a separate cottage with an en-suite bedroom. There is also a very large double garage or boathouse for land or water craft, since this section of the lagoon also permits power boating. If you prefer walking the shores, keep a look out for petrified shark teeth which are regularly found in the white sand.
This evocative and historic property, deep in the West Coast National Park where spring flowers dance and wildlife roams, is ideally suited to nature-loving families who want a complete escape. And since it’s just 90 minutes from Cape Town, you can literally smell the flowers and the fynbos any weekend you wish to. It is exclusive coastal living, surrounded by nature at her absolute finest.