Labelling your own harvest - join the time-honoured tradition of savouring captivating vintages
“A full-bodied Shiraz with aromas of black-pepper, cinnamon, cloves and well-integrated tones of berry fruit; this is what attracted me to this home”, says Dr Dayne Morkel, owner of this beautiful country Tudor-style home in Bishopscourt. Geared to produce about 300 bottles of wine per year, your own vineyard with your own label on remains a class act for many a wine-lover.
Having built close relationships with his neighbours, Dayne will dearly miss them but most of all, the tranquility, and peaceful surroundings in the lap of the mountain and Kirstenbosch surroundings is what he will remember most. When he bought the property, the great attraction was the size of the ground, the expansive historic home, and the endless opportunities to do exciting things to the home and garden. Added to this graceful home is a beautiful small vineyard of nurtured vines and the opportunity of membership of an exclusive clique of properties, producing their own private labels, crafted by a Constantia master wine maker.
The lifestyle features are so evident in the incredible position, as well as its location in Cape Town’s most prestigious suburb. The home is beautifully integrated into the surrounding environment, into nature with large trees, sweeping views of the Constantia Valley and cradled at the foot of the Peninsula Mountain range. Steeped in history dating back to some of the first vineyards in the country, the present Bishopscourt started out as Jan van Riebeek’s farm, Boscheuvel, granted to him in 1658 and which he developed as a supplier of produce to support the settlement’s role as a victualing stop for the trading ships passing the fairest Cape of Good Hope.
Wine making is close to the hearts of the Western Cape and many wine lovers can only dream of having a few vines in their own back yard. Europeans have, for many years, appreciated that one does not need acres of land to have a private vineyard and many a homeowner in Europe will have good reasons for having their own small vineyard around their homes.
Now you have the opportunity to immerse yourself into the beauty, tranquillity, and splendour of the prestigious suburb of Bishopscourt, located in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, treating yourself to the quaint ambience of well-kept tree lined avenues, lush valleys and the sweeping panoramic views across Constantia, the oldest wine region of South Africa. The home has a timeless elegance, deeply engaged in one of the city’s oldest suburbs.
Bishopscourt hosts the official residence for Anglican Bishops and the Archbishop of Cape Town, from which the area got its name.
This suburb attracts diplomats and wealthy professionals, who are drawn to its easy links to the central business district of Cape Town, proximity to outstanding schools, upmarket shopping, fine dining, wine estates, magnificent beaches, and the famous biodiversity to be found on the extensive network of mountain walking trails and at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Dayne shares a passion for the incredible position of the home in one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs, where cabinet ministers, high profile business executives and celebrities rub shoulders. “The integration with nature as a result of the large oak trees, sweeping views over the valley and the unrivalled serenity makes leaving so much more difficult” says Dayne. The home also is designed in a way to cater for different kinds of families, including retired couples, young families and professionals who need office space at their home. The separate entrance to one section of the home allows for a mixed-use scenario and an excellent work-from-home opportunity.
The house is well positioned on the front side of the almost 2400sqm stand. The main sleeping quarters are tucked away on the second floor and are split with a separate lounge area, again offering a multitude of ideas to the residents. French doors connect the lush garden with the living areas and the kitchen is well positioned to cater for those long family lunches and cosy dinners with fireplaces filled with flames dancing to the music. The property has a new, state-of-the-art wireless alarm system, controlled by the control panel or smartphone. An active neighbourhood watch with patrols during day and night makes this a safe area for residents to go on long walks enjoying the peace that nature supplies to the world.
The Shiraz and feisty dinners are not the only attractions. Neighbouring Constantia fits well into the equestrian belt of Cape Town, and it is not uncommon to share the roads with horses and their riders. This mink and manure suburb offers laid back country-style living, evident when you take a closer look and experience the warm and natural engagement of this close-knit community.
2 Working fireplaces
Additional staff toilet
One full farm-style kitchen and 2 additional kitchenettes
Lounge, dining room and family room
3 Bedrooms in one wing
Separate main suite with bathroom and lounge
Staff accommodation or flatlet
Covered patio and pool
Under roof: ± 540sqm
Rate & taxes:
± R 3 283 per month