LONG COTTAGE – AN 18TH CENTURY NATIONAL MONUMENT
Size of ground: 2 separate erven measuring over 2 000 m2
Size of building: almost 300 m2
Rates: R5 500 per month
An original Cape home of lofty ceilings and period trappings for sale for the first time in 20 years. This historical monument, once part of the Newlands House estate, was established in 1751 by
Governor Ryk Tulbagh. Long Cottage was built in 1789 as slave quarters, the belfry still remains, with a hayloft and separate stables for the horses. The carriages entered down a long beautiful tree lined avenue. It is now time for a new custodian. Long Cottage is a rare and wonderful find for those discerning people with a passion for the past.
Featuring high ceilings with Yellowwood and painted beams throughout, authentic sized sash windows with cottage panes, Cork Oak kitchen countertops and solid Bestwood European Oak flooring – it’s sheer enchantment.
- Impressive white gate posts with wrought iron gates give you a clue to what lies beyond down a long driveway with its magnificent mature trees to a tiered fountain.
- Beautifully paved driveway with three lock-up garages plus loads of parking and turning space
- The classical teak front door has an attractive arched portico
- The drawing room has a wood burner, pure wool wall to wall carpets, a built in cupboard, book shelves and television cabinet
- The entertainment sized dining room is in an open plan layout with the kitchen and has cottage pane doors that lead out onto the verandah
- Redolent of a French farmhouse kitchen, a sensitive renovation in 2012 retained its period charm by including the stairway to the loft. The solid wood counter tops are absolutely beautiful and were fashioned from the property’s own Cork Oak tree, a picture of which forms the splash back for the Eurogas electric oven and five plate gas hob. Also included is an extractor fan and a scullery. Featuring a French dresser, a central island with breakfast counter, space for a double door upright fridge/freezer, space and plumbing for a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.
- Under cover drying yard outside the kitchen
- A wide passageway with a stable door to the verandah, connects the bedroom wing to the living rooms and consists of
- A his and hers study/family room with built in wall unit
- A master bedroom suite with a sitting area, built-in cupboards, a walk in dressing room, wall to wall carpets, double doors opening out onto the verandah and an en-suite bathroom with large shower, a double vanity unit, heated towel rail, heated quarry tiled floor and white mosaic tiles with accents in shades of blue.
- The second double bedroom also has wall to wall carpets, a fireplace and a library area with built-in wall units
- The family bathroom has a bath, shower and toilet plus a separate guest toilet.
- The Stables are now a separate private and spacious cottage with quarry tiled floors, gleaming yellowwood beams in high ceilings, casement windows and doors with pretty blue inner shutters, the double bedroom has a lounge area, a well appointed kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The double doors open onto a sunny patio and private garden.
- The Annexe also has a private entrance with French doors opening onto a patio under a majestic Oak tree where guests can enjoy breakfast with birdsong and a glass of wine while watching the sun sink behind Table Mountain. It features high beamed ceilings and offers comfortable self-catering double accommodation, an en-suite bathroom with shower and a kitchenette.
- The loft which runs the length of the main house is largely untouched and features skylight windows, built-in cupboards, original Oregon pine floors, but mostly carpeted. It consists of four sections separated by dry walling and a cloakroom. An ideal space for a home office or studio, a children’s rumpus room or just extra bedrooms for sleepovers and storage.
- A wide covered verandah faces the garden and the
- Large symmetrical salt water swimming pool with cover has magnificent mountain views from the deck.
- A love of gardening has transformed the grounds into a peaceful garden of infinite delights with its classic, timeless design and plantings. Filled with indigineous shrubs, clipped green hedges, a beautiful replica of the fountain at Newlands House and magnificent tall trees. The vegetable and herb garden with central fountain feature is next to the barbeque area with a rustic sink which makes outdoor entertaining easy.
Features and benefits include:-
- Borehole with 5 000 litre holding tank, pump and 5 filters which produce ample potable water for the house and garden usage.
- Sprinkler system with drip irrigation using borehole water
- G-Web Ultra electronic access system with entry and exit via cell phone signal
- Salt water chlorination for the swimming pool, approximately 50 000 lt (sand replaced 2020)
- Entire flat roof section has been redone and waterproofed with 2 coats of Bituminous aluminium paint.
- Solar heating system for 3 geysers – 2 recently installed
- 3-phase electricity – the house was rewired extensively in 2012
- Stormwater drains have been constructed with exit channels to cope with all weather conditions
- Fibre optic internet
- Security beams