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Val de Vie’s Valentia Manor House wins prestigious international award

Val de Vie's The Valentia Manor House
Val de Vie's The Valentia Manor House won the award for Best Single Unit Residential Development in Africa at the 2016 International Property Awards (IPAs), held in Dubai.

Val de Vie Estate – which was recently named the top residential estate in South Africa by New World Wealth – is pleased to announce that it has received the award for Best Single Unit Residential Development in Africa (The Valentia Manor House) at the 2016 International Property Awards (IPAs), held in Dubai.

These awards acknowledge leaders in all sectors or the property and real-estate industry and are considered a “world-renowned mark of excellence”. This matches Val de Vie’s very essence which entails striving for superb quality in every aspect of its operations and offerings. Based on this achievement, Val de Vie will now be attending the Global Awards in London, in December, where it will compete against winners from other regions, including Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the UK and the USA.

The Valentia Manor House – designed by Norval Louw of Louw & Louw Architects and built by Brick Art Construction – is a strikingly beautiful property and piece of land that spans 27 hectares, and is owned by Sales Director and Shareholder at Val de Vie, Renier Swart. This is one of two original farms that are located within Val de Vie’s perimeter; the other being the L’Huguenot Farm that stretches across 26 hectares of land. Not only does the Swart family grow Valencia oranges, but they also keep Dormer sheep, thus providing them with a genuine country-lifestyle set on the larger, secure estate.

Ideally situated in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie Estate falls within a highly successful farming area dating back to the 1600s and 1700s. In keeping with a relaxed atmosphere associated with the countryside, Val de Vie has committed to providing its residents with a luxurious amount of space. Its low density at 3,5 homes per 10 000 m² is remarkable, and this spaciousness has allowed for the formation of trails measuring 42 kilometres in total.

Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director and Shareholder at Val de Vie Estate: “As Val de Vie has grown in popularity amongst families and individuals from various parts of South Africa, immigrants from Europe, as well as local and international investors, we’ve expanded our property offering substantially. Uniquely, however, we have maintained a sense of space and freedom by introducing additional smallholdings to our offering, known as the Gentleman’s Estates, and by placing much emphasis on privacy throughout the estate.”

The Gentleman’s Estates were launched in 2015 and range from 1,2 to 3,5 hectares, also allowing owners the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. The inclusion of properties of this size within a security estate is truly unlike any other offering in the country. These smallholdings cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and the added benefit of the estate’s world-class security features which remain discreet due to the amount of space offered throughout the estate.

Neethling adds: “Although residents are surrounded by nature, Val de Vie is conveniently located just 35 minutes from Cape Town, and Cape Town International Airport as well as in near proximity to excellent schools and the University of Stellenbosch, allowing residents the best of both worlds. This unique offering reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, outstanding security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings.”

Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.

In conclusion, Neethling states: “It’s an honour, in light of our latest international award, to know that our efforts and output are globally recognised. Our accomplishments are made possible with support from the Drakenstein Municipality, the Western Cape Government and all our partners.”