Incredible private houses in South Africa
South Africa is one of our favourite destinations in which to organise a family holiday, as it offers totally thrilling scenery and unique experiences without compromising at all on luxury and impeccable service. Our 25 years’ worth of contacts in the country means that we have access to a secret resource of private houses but, more importantly, we have the back-up and knowledge to make your holiday to South Africa that bit more extraordinary.
Below are just three handpicked villas that can form the basis of a family holiday of a lifetime. From Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay or the De Hoop Coastal Nature Reserve: a stay at one of these houses forms the basis of an incredible holiday where you could explore the wine region, the Garden Route or the Bush.
7 NETTLETON, CLIFTON IN CAPE TOWN
Cape Town has something for everyone. This may be an overplayed phrase, but with the city’s stunning mountainous scenery, long stretches of sandy beach, thriving art scene and incredible fine dining, it’s hard to argue against the buzzing city. Not to mention the fact that some of South Africa’s best National Reserves are well within driving reach…
We work with a selection of very special private houses which can be taken exclusively in Cape Town and one of the most striking is 7 Nettleton. With its futuristic design, inbuilt lift, and lounge which floats -glass-floored – above the infinity pool, it feels like something that could be out of a James Bond set. Located in the plush suburb of Clifton and carved into the side of a mountain, this six-level architectural masterpiece almost needs to be seen to be believed. This is all-out modern luxury, with more amenities than there is time to mention, think: billiards room, fully-stocked games room and a cinema projector. But if you do have the urge to leave your palace, we can organise reservations at Cape Town’s best restaurants at the best table at a moment’s notice and private excursions to some of the city’s numerous highlights, such as its burgeoning art scene.
MORUKURU OCEAN HOUSE, DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE
Three hours south of Cape Town lies Morukuru Ocean House, a stunning 4-bedroom hideaway set within De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves. We think this idyllic house is perfect for a family holiday, due to the wealth of activities that can be arranged, including guided marine walks, mountain-biking and sand-boarding. There are no set schedules here and anything can be organised at the drop of a hat, as the villa comes with its own game drive vehicle and guide. Morukuru Ocean House lies in a prime position to spot the ‘Marine Big 5’ And after a day spent enjoying the exhilarating water-based activities or exploring the nearby limestone cliffs and wetlands, you can settle down to enjoy a cocktail crafted by your in-house butler. To us, this combination of exhilarating experiences followed by welcome pampering represents true luxury.
KURLAND VILLA, PLETTENBERG BAY
After a sunny day spent driving along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route, Kurland Villa is perhaps the perfect house to draw up to. This sprawling 8-bedroom Cape Dutch-style house until recently was a private family home and feels as welcoming as it is impressive, with its winding wisteria and old-English cosy interiors. Set on the edge of an exclusive polo estate it strikes just the right balance of glamorous, but relaxing. And for those wanting to embrace all things chukkas and divots, we can arrange for a private polo lesson, with an experienced player.
Kurland Villa also benefits from its proximity to bustling Plettenberg Bay, with its laid back restaurants and stunning white sandy beaches. Meanwhile, for nature lovers, there are exciting hiking trails and we can arrange marine safaris and even whale-spotting helicopter trips.
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