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TAKE A LOOK | This historic Cape Town farmhouse could be yours – for R35 million

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Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)
  • Belle Ombre, meaning "Beautiful Shade", is a property in the Cape Town suburb of Constantia, currently on the market for R35 million.
  • Its history dates back to 1728, and some of the homestead's original charm, like yellowwood beams and Oregon doors, remains.
  • The five-bedroom house is described as a "quintessential Victorian-style homestead".
  • The 5,257m2 corner plot on which it stands features pools, a tennis court, guest cottage, and treehouse.
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A historic homestead and farm in the Constantia suburb of Cape Town, which dates back almost 300 years, is on the market for R35 million.

A 51-hectare plot of land granted to two brothers, Jan Zacharias and Jan Christoffel Beck, in 1728 encapsulates the early history of one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs. The area is the birthplace of South African wine, with its iconic vineyards still a staple of the Mother City's attractions.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

Remnants of this rich history remain, like the Belle Ombre property currently on offer through Seeff. The property, which was previously conjoined with the neighbouring Goedgeloof, changed hands several times over the course of more than 100 years before being bought by Johannes Rathfelder – of the well-known family who owned Rathfelders Inn in Diep River – in 1872.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

The property underwent changes in the late 19th century, with significant renovations to the main farmhouse. These changes included adding a hearth, replacing the thatched roof with a flatter Welsh slate roof, adding two chimney stacks, and changing the front façade to French windows.

The original farm Belle Ombre – meaning "Beautiful Shade" – remained in the Rathfelder family until it was subdivided in 1970, according to an application to Heritage Western Cape.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

Described as a "quintessential Victorian-style homestead", the five-bedroom Belle Ombre house occupies a 5,257m2 corner plot at 54 Rathfelder Avenue. The homestead still maintains its original yellowwood beams and Oregon doors.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

The house has an entrance foyer with patterned tiles and high ceilings that leads to the two adjoining formal reception rooms, each with French doors and sash windows leading to the wrap-around verandas overlooking the property's gardens.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

The North-facing dining room has a fireplace, skylight, and double French doors, leading to a veranda with a view of the pool.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

Belle Ombre's "original farmhouse eat-in kitchen" has a free-standing stove and pizza oven. The master bedroom has a fireplace and en-suite bathroom with free-standing copper bath.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

The property also features a guest cottage, tennis court, two pools, an outdoor entertainment deck, and treehouse.

Historic Cape Town home for sale
Belle Ombre, Constantia Upper (Image: Seeff)

Solar panels with inverters and backup batteries, together with a solar geyser, keep the power on during electricity disruptions.

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