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.
Routes 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 Easy 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.
Alphen Trail Easy 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.
Brommersvlei Walk 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 Easy 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.
Doordrift Walk Easy 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.
Grootboschkloof Trail 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.
Klaasenbosch Trail Easy 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.
Silverhurst Trail Easy 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 Easy 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.
Valuator: Our computer-assisted valuation is now only provided free of charge to property owners in the Southern Suburbs, Constantiaberg and False Bay areas of Cape Town.
The valuation will be sent to you by email.
Valuator is a service marketed by Homeimage (in association with Chas Everitt Cape Town South). HomeImage provides real estate marketing services such as floor plans, professional property photography.
Your local Chas Everitt agent will be able to review the valuation at your request without any obligation or cost to you. If you subsequently wish to have a local agent provide you with a more detailed valuation assessment after a viewing of your property, please let them know directly.
CAPE TOWN DUE DATE FOR REGISTERING SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS
Owners of properties with solar power systems, and which properties are situated in the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town Municipality, must register their installation with the City by 31 May. The initial deadline was set for the end of February 2019, but the City extended the grace period to Thursday this week.
In this Youtube video, the City explains why such regulation is necessary and also which exceptions apply, such as in the case of solar powered water geysers.
According to the City’s website, applicants can either register a grid-tied system or an off-grid SSEG.
There’s always work to be done in the garden to keep green fingers busy – even in winter. Our June gardening guide is packed with tips, from keeping your garden healthy to which vegetables to grow in winter.
Spotlight on: Indoor projects for kids
Keep your children busy these winter holidays with fun indoor-garden projects:
We love this eggshell succulent garden, and so will your kids. They’re easy to make and an effective way to teach the basics of gardening.
Dress up ordinary flowerpots with these creative gumboot gardens. They are also the best way to upcycle your old boots!
Transform an ordinary herb pot into a work of art with just two creative tools: blackboard paint and chalk. Simply paint the rim or base of your terracotta pots (whichever style you prefer) with blackboard paint, then label with the herb name in chalk when it’s dry.
By calling for public comment, the CoCT has provided an excellent opportunity for you to directly influence the budget in the direction you want it to go.
We urge you to have your say by clicking the green button below and to encourage everyone you know to participate in this essential process. As an extra measure, DearSA will compile a report from all comments received and will present it to the City to ensure the voice of the public is not ignored.
Please take action and participate now as the closing date is Monday 29 April.
Thank you for participating in your democracy.
The team at Dear South Africa.
The 2019/20 Budget tabled on 28 March 2019 has changes to the way property rates will be calculated in future.
There is an increase from the point where property rates start to be payable. It was increased from R200 000 to R300 000. The Rate in Rand was lowered from 0.007154 to 0.00555. It represents a 22% drop in the Rate in Rand rate.
The nett effect of these changes is that properties that had a property valuation (GV2018) increase of 30% will be paying the same rates as before. Lower than 30% property valuation will see a decrease in property rates. Those with a property valuation increase (GV2018) of more than 30% will progressively see an increase in their property rates bill.
Sally Gracie, an experienced local agent and MD of Chas Everitt Cape Town South with offices in Fish Hoek, Tokai and Bergvliet says there are plenty of buyers waiting to take action after the election.
“It is not just an observation based on gut feel, it is the clear imbalance between those viewing properties on the portals and the offers being taken. As an agency that monitors many key indicators, we see an issue here showing considerable interest by buyers but a reluctance to follow through with offers. This usually indicates a confidence issue and it’s clear that at the moment we can attribute this to the imminent elections”, says Sally Gracie.
“We measure four major indicators; the number of people viewing our listings online, the number of appointments that result from this interest and then the number of offers taken and sales concluded,” said Sally. “When the number of people viewing property increases, but the number of offers taken decreases, then it is clear there is a confidence issue we need to identify. Based on our recent discussions with buyers it is clear that it is not Eskom but the election that is impacting on buyers taking action. “
Sally cautioned sellers to not misread the market. “This situation does not mean that we are expecting an increase in prices as we have had a build-up of stock, in particular at the top end of the market where supply has increased substantially since the start of the year. Sellers need to remain competitive! What is needed is turnover, and we expect that movement will pick up, absorbing the increase in stock that we are currently servicing. I think we can say this is good news for everyone,” she said.