If heaven were on earth, it would be in Groot Paternoster. Whale Beach Cottage in the Groot Paternoster Private Nature Reserve rests on a slice of pristine paradise on the Cape West Coast and is for sale. One of only 11 houses in this exclusive, 165-hectare reserve on the headland overlooking the bay of Paternoster, this is the ultimate place to disconnect and reconnect. It’s undoubtedly pure balm for the soul.
Clad with natural calcrete stone from the area, this enchanting home was built about 25 years ago – right in the front row with nothing but ocean and beach before it. It’s also a haven of tranquility and safety, where you can watch changing tides as well as both sunrise and sunset over the ocean.
Completely off the grid, yet with every creature comfort, Whale Beach Cottage is sensitively built and is also completely sustainable. It’s skirted with frilly fynbos and wild flowers and is also cooled by sea breezes in summer. Thoughtfully designed to accommodate the prevailing winds, there are two seafront verandahs and an internal courtyard for alfresco living.
The enchanting interior is especially cool in summer with its clay tiled floors, reed ceilings and open thatch roofs. In winter it’s also deeply cosy with a woodfire crackling in the raw stone hearth. Natural materials have been used throughout the home and wooden fixtures are crafted from West African Iroko, which has the rich colour of teak. Here, the natural world lives comfortably inside too.
Whether you are cooking, dining, relaxing or have just awoken in the master bedroom – the ocean is always full frame. So throw open the front doors, step onto the wide verandah and breathe in the fresh ocean air. It’s right there, 180 degrees of it, along with a private 6km-long beach dotted with coves and little bays – and more seabirds, dolphins and whales than can be counted.
– Erf size: 600m2
– External courtyards
– 3 bedrooms (2 en suite)
– 4 bathrooms
– 2 mezzanine sleeping floors
– Games room
– Wind resistant areas
– 100% off-grid
– Levy – R4,565 per month
– Plot includes a 1/20 share of 165ha commonage
– Only 11 homes on the reserve
– Architectural guidelines in keeping with the West Coast style
– 6km of private nature reserve coastline
– Dogs allowed in the reserve
– Crayfish diving (with required permits)
– Two hours from Cape Town
– The reserve employs a full-time resident warden
– The warden also assists all house owners and will open and close the house for each visit
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