Tucked into a little over an acre of mountainside greenery, this Bishopscourt residence is sensitively positioned with north facing views that clearly celebrate its close proximity to the dramatic slopes of Kirstenbosch Gardens. The property’s striking design features work as practical solutions to the prevailing Cape winds and strong sunshine.
A MODERN APPROACH
The driveway has a first and lasting impression that fuses historical references, some classical and others modern. The moderately pitched roof with mottled grey tiling and manor house windows makes this feel like a British country house, but the streamlined proportions and stone clad exterior suggest something ultimately quite modern. Experience the magical grandeur of established trees and indigenous plants. This home is situated in one of the most diverse natural biomes in the world, the opulent southern suburbs of Cape Town.
ELEGANT CAPE GRACE
What’s notably impressive is the property’s gentle connection to the natural landscape emphasised by strong, simple angles that blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Generous spaces are characterised by oversized entrances and the ceiling to floor glass panes capture sweeping views of the valley. The architectural treatment of doorways and the effortless way the interior spaces connect creates a free flow of space.
A WALK IN THE PARK
The strong architectural lines and any further distinctions between the landscape and the house softened by a shimmering multi-level Olympic size infinity pool. This vast body of water is cleverly broken by the length of the hallway, as it transforms into a boardwalk out over the water and into the gardens.
The endless blue pool surrounds an array of reception and entertainment areas with decks and balconies leading into the garden. The layout of lounge areas meets the different needs of the entire family especially those seeking the comfort and privacy of their own space. Large white vaulted ceilings maximise the living and entertainment areas reflecting floods of natural light. Travertine textured stone on the feature walls mimics the cool reclusive feel of the mountains, with neat and easy built in gas fireplaces. Each is carefully situated throughout the home along with simple woodpile storage for easy access on cosy winter evenings.
EATING OUT, OUTSIDE
The dining areas are a reminder of sophisticated entertaining undercover but outdoors. Enjoy al fresco pool parties next to the pool pavilion, ideal for lazy days in the sun or late afternoons.
The house can easily host many different gatherings at one time through its clever use of space.
360 DEGREES A GOURMET
The truly inspirational open plan kitchen with 360 views is in close proximity to all dining areas. The modular, modern fittings are well placed for supreme functionality. The central wedge shaped island allows for ‘pan to plate’ servings and group seating all in one. Stonework is present here too, and works well as a unifying element throughout.
Softly carpeted with plantation shutters, a gas fireplace and full sunlight in winter, the bedroom promises warmth and soft light. In summertime, the shutters open wide to cool breezes and a warm and welcoming swimming pool, complete with a priva pool deck, just metres away from the bed. A private study and en-suite bathroom both located at the very end of the sweeping bedroom ensures peaceful solace.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
The bathroom, laid with natural stone tiles with an extra-length bath and his and hers showers, emulates a resort spa, but the highlight here is the private entrance to the garden. The finishes are cleverly enhanced by filtered natural light and garden foliage. The beauty of this home is its versatility.