Relocating to the country has never been more appealing. And as country places go, The Overberg is a goody. Gorgeous countryside, beautiful coastline and easily accessible to Cape Town when a city fix is in order. This offering is something new for us… a new build ripe for someone to snap it up and make it their home…
‘Sleepy’ is possibly the best adjective to describe the country town of Napier. ‘Charming’ also works. It’s a quintessentially tranquil place and it is on the town’s outskirts that Napier Barn was born. Taking the barn’s original structure and repurposing the space with contemporary architectural design to create a home which really works has been a passion project for the architect-owners.
We love the juxtaposition of a thoroughly modern floating staircase with slightly crooked old walls. We also love the materials used here – poplar beams, high reed ceilings, light fittings carved from Jacaranda. With its expansive doors and windows overlooking the surrounding countryside this is a home that will please the natural light fundi’s eye.
Of course living in the country you will want to spend most of your time outdoors – and the stone stoep, extending the full length of the house and looking onto the Riviersonderend Mountains, makes that a breeze. And on scorching summer days when there’s not a whiff of a breeze to be had, a line of recently planted indigenous wild pear will, in a year or two, provide some longed for shade.