Modern farmhouse offering barefoot luxury in South Africa

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Winelands 190 was recently completed by Antoni Associates, located in the heart of Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The luxury property is nestled in the epicenter of the vineyards and wine farms, the setting boasts a modern twist on the traditional “Cape Dutch” styled home.

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Description from the designers: Mark Reilly, Jon Case and Clive Schulze took architecture and interior design to a whole new level in this incredible project named Winelands 190 by creating a place where the whole family can gather in a modern farmhouse with an emphasis on barefoot luxury.

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The owners of the home love entertaining so their home needed to accommodate social spaces that reflected this aspect of their lives, and you’ll agree the poolside, fireside and cellar do great justice to their requirements.

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The clients brief was to ensure that when their grown up kids had departed after the weekend they didn’t feel they were rattling around in a big empty home, which lead to decisions which saw the first floor occupying all the entertaining spaces as well as the master bedroom, and the three additional guest suites being located on the first floor.

Design regulations only permitted a single story, so the guest suites became cleverly accommodated in the roof attic.

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Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious wines found in this earthy region, it made perfect sense for the design team to choose natural organic materials such as timber and stone throughout Winelands 190.  Limed oak flooring was compatibly paired with honey coloured stone walls with contrasting black charcoals and chalky white finishes which added both warmth and a sense of homeliness.

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The water features of the front pool terrace area and the pond at the rear evoke a sense of calm that is further enhanced by the mountain landscape across the water in the distance. Internally the clean lines of the fireplace with its chic modern surround and old school wood stockpile beneath complete the appeal that this is a home to luxuriate. Part of the luxury of good living is enjoying a glass of fine wine.  The glass wine cabinet has all the hallmarks of sophistication, modernity and class. The idea of viewing through this space is akin to inspecting the colour and body of any wine and we find this feature completely inspired.

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The lighting throughout accomplishes what every home needs – a wow factor.  Combinations of bold and discreet lighting can be seen in the subtle lighting incorporated in all the recesses and feature bulkheads, providing a warm glow around the peripheral edges right through to the customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller suspended dramatically from the ceiling rafters.

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The interior furniture and décor were designed by Mark Rielly and Sarika Jacobs of AA Interiors who worked around modern and complementary to the experience of the home including tactile finishes such as timber, textured leathers and raw linens to add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury.

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Photos: Adam Letch

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