Antoni Associates sent us photos and information depicting the recently finished Winelands Home. The estate is nestled among orchards and vineyards on the Eastern fringe of the Stellenbosch mountains and is one of South Africa’s premier golfing residential developments. The owners’ wish was to have a modern farmhouse which incorporated glamorous elements with an emphasis on barefoot luxury and the use of natural materials. The clients’ brief was to ensure that when they occupied the house on their own that it was not too big and empty, however at the same time it also had to allow for the whole family and grandchildren should they decide to stay over.
The decision was made to keep all the entertainment spaces as well as the master bedroom on the ground floor, with three additional guest suites on the first level. As the De Zalze design regulations only permitted a single story, the guests’ suites were accommodated in the roof attics.
At the front of the plot the concept of a traditional “Cape Dutch Langhuis” with gabled ends was conceptualized. This part of the house was designed to contain the formal lounge & dining, informal lounge & braai room as well as the master bedroom and en-suite, giving all these areas direct access to the front pool terrace with spectacular views to the surrounding vineyards and mountains. To the rear of the “Langhuis” the two side wings and a linking lobby create a sheltered central courtyard which also visually links the kitchen to the family TV lounge. Identical feature stairs link to the guest bedroom suites located in the roof lofts of these back wings. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Antoni Associates]