— What was your inspiration to build this stunning minimalist villa?
When we retired, we just thought we didn’t want to travel for a while, so rather than us traveling, we said why not bring people to us. I invited a couple of these Wall Street brokers to stay with us, they asked to come visit again and again — suddenly I had lots of friends.
So, it started as a hobby, but the objective was always to interact with nice, quality people and share our cultures.”
— God’s Window views
— To you personally, what is so unique about this villa?
Even our top private game farms in South Africa have been commercialised and too much civilisation has been brought into them. We tried to keep the architecture non-invasive and let nature speak where the four hectares of lawn end.”
— You already mentioned the architecture. Please tell me a bit more about what you wanted to achieve.
For the building, we have created a U-shape, part of which has been moved away from the building. So you have an L-shape that consists of the main bedroom, living areas and an entertainment area, kitchen, lounge, and dining area.
The extra L that comes down the side has a 30 meter hole through it. The mountain in front of us creates a basin right around you, and if you look carefully, you'll see the shape of a sleeping dragon lying on the eastern section. His head is up in the mountains and his tail is at the bottom. You cannot interfere with the dragon’s view, that’s why we made this hole through the building. It’s been arranged in a Feng Shui manner. You don’t want to disturb the dragon!”
— And the grounds around the building are following the same concept?
Up into the eastern slope, I created about a hectare of natural sloping lawn which I formed with trees to create a formal park and right in front of us is the mountain that splits into what’s called a kloof — a passage into the mountain, like a big gorge. It’s the source of a river where ancient ferns grow wild. There is an indigenous type of rainforest with about 4,000 trees that are 400 years or older.”
— Villa and pool area
— Please tell us a bit about the facilities and services at the villa.
My wife is from Afrikaans origin and she loves to cook and spoil our guests. So we cook them a delicious dinner, offer them great South African wine or malt whiskey — whatever they want, we’ll put it together for them. We have a premium malt collection and award-winning wines from the Cape Winemakers Guild that are not available to the general public.
Safety is also a concern for some of our guests. We alarmed the house and put electronic beams that run around the property to keep everybody safe.”
— What would you describe to be your philosophy?