Nooitgedacht Village Stellenbosch: A Winelands Jewel28th Aug 2017
Nooitgedacht Village is a true jewel in the crown of Western Cape residential estates. It lies perfectly positioned on the outskirts of the historic university town of Stellenbosch – the Boland’s world-renowned 360-year old academic, business and cultural hub – and offers prospective residents an idyllic living and work environment.
The picturesque Nooitgedacht Village is set on a 25-hectare site that forms part of the magnificent historic Nooitgedacht estate – a working farm filled with established fruit orchards, vineyards and ancient oaks, and surrounded by glorious mountains.
The gorgeous farm, which is also a renowned wedding and events venue, boasts a rich three-century old heritage. It takes centre stage in many fascinating tales and histories dating as far back as 1692, when a Dutch-born immigrant working for the East India Company, Matthias Greeff, first took ownership of the land. Since then, many historical figures (including Cecil John Rhodes, himself a previous owner) and watershed events (such as the South African War) have become intertwined with the greater Nooitgedacht story.
It is the wish of its present custodians, the Wirth family, that modern-day residents add to this exciting and varied narrative by embracing a culture that celebrates authentic village life (in the tradition of old-world European medieval hamlets) and create their own unique stories by sharing in this vibrant community.
The Village has been artfully designed as a place where traditions and customs from bygone eras form a natural part of everyday life. It boasts seven unique precincts encompassing a balanced mix of residential, commercial and retail components, and is surrounded by dedicated nature parks and farmland. Spacious homes draw architectural inspiration from the world of the Old Cape, as well as from Cape Town’s historic Bo-Kaap district.
Nooitgedacht Village is a place where community will come together in open-air piazzas, on farm grounds, and around the estate’s unique wetlands eco-sanctuary. Residents will meet for picnics around the farm dam, or around the natural swimming pool, inhale the alluring aromas of freshly baked bread and brewing coffee emanating from on site bakeries and bistros, and admire the contemporary sculptures adorning shared public spaces.
Whether you’re a single working professional, a young couple purchasing your first home, an established family, an entrepreneur wishing to work from home, (or from office space in Nooitgedacht’s buzzing village hub), a keen golfer, runner or horseman, a budding artist, or a retired couple seeking tranquility, recreational variety and peace of mind, Nooitgedacht Village will be ideally suited to meet your needs. There is a place for every generation of the Nooitgedacht family to thrive. Life here has been designed to offer one the means to satisfy a craving for adventure balanced by the time and means to unwind properly.
Nooitgedacht Village is a space where you will be inspired by the art of others. Along with our world-class architecture, the art of the Bronz Editions foundry will be displayed throughout the village. Residents will also have the opportunity to see how bronze sculptures are fashioned by master craftsmen. Age-old casting methods are used at this unique facility, which is run and managed by Christiaan Wirth.
The soul of any healthy community is most clearly seen in its art and culture. Every member of the Nooitgedacht family is therefore also encouraged to share in activities and events. Residents will, for instance, have the unique privilege of participating in the farm’s rich tradition, help build on a centuries-old cultural legacy, and add inspirational ideas to the Village spirit. Gallery events, musical performances, launches and talks will take place to inspire and delight residents.
While the Village offers ease of access to Paarl, Franschoek, Cape Town and northern suburbs – all tourist hot-spots within easy reach – life within this estate encourages residents to stay local and create their own stories, page by page, and day by day. It is comprised of a rich variety of recreational offerings.
Families will enjoy quick meals and cocktails at the Village Clubhouse, or spend time exercising in the fully equipped gym. The clubhouse will also be home to an indoor training pool, tennis and squash courts and an upmarket bar.
The Village Park – complete with art structures, a children’s play area, and large natural rock pool –will be the perfect place to take in the scenery and enjoy a picnic or slow stroll.
There are also 10km of running and cycling tracks on the farm, perfect for those looking to burn off some steam and calories. And if you’d rather sit than run, the Plankenburg River, which runs throughout the estate, offers the perfect place for sitting on a picnic blanket enjoying refreshments under ancient Oaks trees.
Recreational fishing, kayaking and canoeing will be enjoyed by water sport enthusiasts on the estate dam, while those who enjoy a round of golf, can hone their swing at the excellent course located on neighbouring Devonvale estate.
A number of eateries and a deli as well as a charming museum filled with unique rugby memorabilia and a dedicated conference centre and pub are also planned for the Village. Future equestrian facilities providing a stabling option for horse owners will also be constructed.
Nooitgedacht Village offerings cater for every facet of a balanced, secure life. Every residential precinct boasts top security features including monitored boomed access and electronic controls. There is a manned gatehouse with 24-hour monitoring, and electric perimeter fencing all around the Village. Guards patrol the grounds and state-of-the-art cameras keep a watchful eye on all that goes on in the estate.
For those who appreciate the Italian principle of striving for la dolce vita (the sweet life), Nooitgedacht Village truly offers the perfect opportunity to lead just that.
For more information visit www.nooitestate.co.za.