A Gentleman's Residence
A lifestyle farm with a grandiose farmstead and cottage just 20 minutes outside Knysna situated on the Rheenendal plateau at the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains. The design is based on Palladian architecture with hints of Tuscan, French Provencal and Mediterranean genres and with its ivy clad walls and formal archways, the house seems like a well maintained version of the past. The rambling manicured lawns and lush gardens frame the picture. Grand entrance hall with family fresco murals on the walls and quarry tiled floors. Five bedrooms of which four are en-suite. A commanding wrought iron staircase leads to two bedrooms upstairs. The lounge has Yellowwood flooring, Teak doors from the Union Castle building, wood burning fireplace with sandstone surrounds, imposing built-in hand crafted bookcase. Separate formal dining room with quarry tiled flooring and large built-in serving / carver sideboard. Powder Room. A large farmhouse style kitchen which is open plan to an informal dining area and comfortable TV lounging space with a fireplace with a separate scullery and walk-in pantry. Covered patio with ceiling fans and built in braai with lots of space for dining and lounging. Master bedroom has spectacular northern views, a ceiling fan, seating area, wooden floors, separate walk-in dressing room, en suite bathroom. Separate family bathroom and two additional guest toilets. Office with walk-in safe / strong room.
There is a separate 220m2 Ivy clad cottage with an entrance hall, open plan living area with open truss ceilings, Oregon pine flooring and a wood burning fireplace. Open plan kitchen with separate laundry / scullery area. Covered patio with built-in seating areas and spectacular views overlooking the scenic earth dam plus a gas braai. Mezzanine floor with large open plan romp / TV room with Yellowwood flooring. Two bedrooms, one being en suite and a separate family bathroom.
Outbuildings include a large garage / barn; workshop / storerooms including inspection pit and additional rooms. Open shed for wood / animal feed and storage and a 380m2 storage shed. There is also a two bedroom Labourers cottage
Farm implements included (Tractors, lawnmower and various farm implements)
Fenced grazing paddocks / cultivated fodder fields – approx. 10. There are approximately 170 Clementine trees with orchards of plum, fig, lemons, apples, pears, guavas, persimmons etc. Vast established gardens with large trees surrounding the buildings. Paved driveway. Approximately 65 Hectares of the 70 Hectares is arable. Rainwater tanks, earth dam and Eskom power.
Ideal as a getaway for total privacy, peace and tranquility, with fresh air and clean water, or turn it into a working farm or luxury 5-Star guest lodge. Ideal also for equestrian lovers as the layout of the farm could accommodate a dressage ring and stables. A dam with ample water and sprinklers.
A bit more about the history of Spurwing: What eventually became Knysna was first settled in 1770 when a loan farm was granted to one Stephanus Ter Blans. Bye and bye the farm was bought by George Rex, reputed to have been the illegitimate son of King George III of England, banned to the colonies. Over time, he extended his empire as far as the eye could see. Through his influence, several English gentry also settled in the area such as the Duthies, the Barringtons and the Newdigates. One reason for this might have been that the countryside resembled the English countryside. George Rex died in 1839. Some of his offspring still live in Knysna to this day. The Rex holdings were subdivided and re-subdivided until an area around Rheenendal was subdivided into 70Ha farms and thus Spurwing Lodge was born, in 1957. They are only the 4th owners of Spurwing Lodge which was so named by the second owner because of the proliferation of Spurwing geese in the area.