Up a winding tree-lined driveway and skirted by rolling lawns is a family home that embodies gracious living. The surroundings are bucolic and reminiscent of classic English countryside, but in reality you are less than an hour from Cape Town in the magnificently verdant Elgin valley. Round farm dams punctuate the landscape of apple and pear orchards, and there are cool climate vineyards in between. In the early morning when thin mist blankets the surrounds it looks like you’re living in a picture perfect postcard. The Elgin valley is renowned for its natural beauty and rural charm, and gracious Whitehall stands at the heart of it.
For just a moment, imagine children growing up in this idyllic environment, in safety and with a sense of fun and connection to nature. They can freely ride bicycles, boat on the dam, play tennis, swim in the pool or dam’s fresh water, run, play – and then do it all again tomorrow. The space is relaxed and invigorating at the same time, there’s a palpable sense of freedom and a lust for life by just being here. Applewood Preparatory School is nearby too and highly praised. Everything a family could wish for is here in the heart of the scenic Cape Floral Kingdom, and embraced by a mountain amphitheatre created by the Kogelberg and Groenland ranges.
Whitehall epitomises country elegance and grand country living. The entrance is flanked by staircases and soothing water features; inside the home is just as calm and welcoming. Vastly spacious with a canvas of classic white, there are six en-suite bedrooms, and the separate guest suite opens out onto the garden and pool. Built with family top of mind, the contemporary farm-style kitchen is easily the heart of the home. Add four family rooms, a TV room or playroom, along with a dining room and there are plenty of family spaces to gather. Every room in the house is spacious and filled with light. All the entertainment spaces – inside and out – have sweeping views over the surrounding rolling countryside. And it’s just so beautiful.
This home is independent too, with its own prolific borehole, an inverter system and a greenhouse to grow herbs and vegetables, should you wish to. There is staff accommodation for convenience, ample garages, parking and storage space too. Close by are inviting hikes and trails to do, there’s horse riding, ziplining, canopy tours, art exhibitions, you name it. The popular Elgin Railway Market, the Apple Museum and an array of artisanal foodie offerings are in the area too. Entertainment abounds for the whole family, though enjoying the beautiful space of this majestic family home together is true food for the soul.