In 1996 Pam sold The Chapel, Palmboom Close in Newlands, to the present owners for the full asking price of R1 million. Two years later Pam sold it again, but the owners changed their minds as they could not bear to part with this unique property and the sale was cancelled. They have stayed for over 20 years, but the time has now come to finally let go to a new Custodian.
Circa mid-18th Century, this was the first church designed by Sophy Gray (the Bishop’s wife and South Africa’s first female architect). The Chapel was built to replace the first one (still standing on the corner of Newlands Avenue and Palmboom Road) when it became too small. A beautiful Gothic style church, it was later transformed into a charming family home of elegant proportions, retaining original pine ceilings, beams, stone walls and clover vents, all securely tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac on the banks of the Cannon River. Like living on a farm in the heart of the suburbs, the position is unsurpassed in terms of tranquillity and peacefulness.
Aspects of its interesting and historic past combine with easy flow for a modern lifestyle, this national monument stands on almost 1,500 m2.