Situated only 15 minutes from Cape Town’s CBD, Groot Constantia offers a unique and world-class Visitors Route Experience:
Starting at the original Manor House, the unique new Visitors Route takes guests to the Cloete Cellar, the birthplace of the famed Grand Constance. Here one can enjoy a wine tasting of five award-winning wines in a Spiegelau crystal glass – yours to take home as a souvenir. From there, guests visit the modern Production Cellar, which is the departure point for the self-guided cellar and vineyard audio-tours.
More details here
According to Sally Gracie, MD of the Cape Town South’s Chas Everitt real estate franchise one of the glorious things about Spring is breakfasts! “Getting up a little earlier and taking some ‘me time’ with a friend or even alone, and enjoying a yummy breakfast at one of the many glorious restaurants in our area just reminds you of the many breathtaking spots we can enjoy on our doorstep,” said Sally.
Referring to this month’s The Inside Guide which features a very good selection of top breakfast spots Sally and Chas Everitt Cape Town South have offered to sponsor a breakfast for two to the value of R350-00 at the venue of your choice to one of our blog subscribers who joins us in September as part of the many #ReadyForSpring activities.
To enter the competition just enter your email address (see right column next to this article) and receive in your email our local posts and keep informed as to what is happening in your neighbourhood like this post! You can of unsubscribe at any time.
Sally’s personal favourite is included in the list. It is the Chardonnay Deli (above) located at 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Here’s a #ReadyForSpring idea! Why not start a Breakfast Club and take full advantage of what’s on offer and make some new friends! Add R10-00 a head and use the fun opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause. Remember – no cell phones LOL!
Featured image is The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort
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Chas Everitt Cape Town South’s representative Andre de Villiers will be attending this Dublin event and participating in various networking events.
The Irish economy is booming! The appetite for second properties is now significantly higher than a few years ago and while closer destinations a few hours away are obviously the main attraction, many Irish buyers are familiar with Cape Town where they have family and friends and the “fly south for the winter” market is not resistant to a select number who are not averse to an overnight flight.
According to de Villiers, recent media coverage has made many Irish second home buyers aware that there is currently excellent value on offer in Cape Town with a very favourable Euro Rand exchange rate.
“We think the opportunity to market the value in Cape Town property overseas is real for second homes and in particular those who are retiring and can look at long-stay visits as Irish citizens get a free three month, visa on arrival in Cape Town.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South is going to maintain a permanent representation in Ireland to assist such buyers through Andre de Villiers who has 35 years experience in the Cape Town real estate market,” said Sally Gracie MD of Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
There are few people better equipped to assist Irish buyers than Andre de Villiers who is currently living in Ireland.
“It should be understood that we seek to ensure that Irish buyers will get exposure to properties offering both great value and good security. Attacks on tourists, including Irish tourists, have had a significant impact on perceptions of South Africa as a destination. These are not issues that can be wished away and need to be dealt with however the growing pains of South Africa are typical of a vibrant emerging market and the bottom line is as a second home destination there is arguably little to compare with Cape Town,” said de Villiers.
While The Overseas Property Show does not have any South African exhibitors this year, Chas Everitt Cape Town South is planning to exhibit at this annual premier property event in 2020. Regular marketing of our local Irish representation has however already started with marketing in local online media already underway.
Over the last few months the Chas Everitt Cape Town South franchise has invested substantially in its rental infrastructure to offer a more substantial growth orientated service offering. If you are looking for a great rental service we have it!
Our rentals team are managed by by Taryn Retief who has many years experience in residential property management.
Our current selection of over thirty rentals in the Cape Town South area has a very deliberate focus on quality and our tenant vetting procedures through TPN and rental management through Rent Connect are vital partners in offering reliable end to end services.
If you are interested in a superior rental experience Talk to Taryn
Sixty security staff have been appointed to guard tourists in Table Mountain National Park, two weeks after a Russian tourist’s murder.
Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane met the 60 white-gloved guards on Thursday at Kloof Nek, in the shadow of Table Mountain’s northern face.
Their numbers will be boosted to 86 in October, and cameras and drones will join the anti-crime effort from December.
James Vos, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for economic opportunities, said he was delighted by the deployment of the guards.
“Table Mountain is a leading tourist attraction on the African continent with local and global significance,” he said. “We need to make sure that we protect and promote our tourism sector. It is the backbone of our economy and job creation, with almost 300,000 Capetonians employed in this sector.”
Women’s Day in South Africa is a different date to the rest of the world. Women’s Day in South Africa marks the anniversary of the great women’s march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.
On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas.
The earliest Women’s Day observance, called “National Woman’s Day,”was held on February 28, 1909, in New York, organised by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of activist Theresa Malkiel.
In August 1910, an International Socialist Women’s Conference was organised in Copenhagen, Denmark. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual Women’s Day although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights including suffrage for women.
The following year on March 19, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune. Women demanded that they be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination.
The Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South pays tribute to the fact that the real estate industry remains one where so many women have not only been welcome but have excelled and in so many company’s have taken the lead.
The Inside Guide has just published a list of the best Farm Stays in the Cape and not surprisingly Silvermist Boutique Hotel, features in this list prestigious list.
Setting: High up on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains, is Silvermist Wine Estate, best known for the highly acclaimed La Colombe restaurant that’s found in its grounds. What many do not know is that this magical estate is also home to a beautiful boutique hotel that, despite its proximity to the city, feels like a remote retreat.
The lodgings: The Silvermist Boutique Hotel features an intimate number of just seven individually decorated suites, each with an en-suite bathroom, small lounge with a wood-burning fireplace, and private outdoor patio, boasting sweeping forest, vineyard or valley views. There is also a larger unit, sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, and two three-bedroom private lodges, each with their own pool.
The Constantia Green Belts occupy a couple of areas throughout this leafy suburb. There are a number of trails where you can walk your dogs, and somewhere you can ride your horse (this is Constantia after all).
De Hel Nature Area
We parked at the entry on Constantia Nek Road, look out for the small parking area on the left side of the road if you’re coming from Rhodes Drive. There’s another parking lot on Southern Cross Drive and the route is semi-circular so you can start at either entrance. There’s a clear path around the valley with smaller paths leading down to the streams that run through it.
Duration: The circular route will take just under an hour, but spend some time following the paths and exploring.
Park on Alphen Drive off of Constantia Main Road and set off along the path next to the Diep River. There are a couple of bridge crossings where you can choose to walk on the other side. This isn’t a circular route and you can also start the walk on the other end and park on Le Sueur Avenue. Duration: About half an hour.
EasyPark on Rathfelder Avenue or BrommersvleiRoad, this tree-lined trail leads alongside the road before circling the Bel Ombre Meadow if you come from the Brommersvlei side.
Duration: This walk will take half an hour or so.
Diep River Trail
This route can link up to the Alphen Trail, the Brommersvlei Walk and the Klaasenbosch Trail. Park on Le Sueur Avenue or Southern Cross Drive. The route takes you along this green belt and you can then continue on along one of the other three routes or retrace your steps.
Duration: This will take over half an hour.
This starts in the same place as the Alphen Trail but the walk goes in the other direction, or you can park on Doordrift Road and do the route the other way round.
Duration: About half an hour.
EasyPark on Strawberry Lane, Spaanschemat River Road or Willow Road and follow the path along the river. This isn’t a circular route and you can link up to the Spaanschemat River Trail if you want a longer walk.
Duration: Twenty-five minutes or so.
There are several parking areas along this trail with the top two being off Rhodes Drive near the Kirstenbosch top gate and at Cecelia Forest. The bottom two can be found at Le Sueur Avenue or Hohenort Avenue. The middle of the walk passes by the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (stop in for a gourmet bite).
Duration: Just under an hour.
You can park across the road from Peddlar’s on the Bend on Spaaschemat River Road or at the other end of the trail on Constantia Nek Road. This is a popular horse-riding trail so if your dogs aren’t comfortable around them maybe choose a different walk.
Duration: This will take about forty minutes.
Spaanschemat River Trail
This trail starts out from the same parking area as the Silverhurst Trail on Spaaschemat River Road but goes off in the other direction. You can also park on Strawberry Lane at two different locations. You can link up to the Grootboschkloof Trail at the far end from the Spaaschemat start.
Duration: It’ll take about thirty-five minutes.
Source – Cape Town Magazine