A magical 160 year old home in Cape Town

Posted on Sun, 9 Oct 2016 by KiM

As soon as I spotted this 1854 Cape Dutch home (located in Montagu, Cape Town) featured in Visi, I knew there was something magical about it. And when I read the story, I realized I was right. As the homeowners tell it: “For a year before we started renovating, I spent every weekend sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the empty entrance hall. It was important to do this, because only then did I hear the house. I could hear her breathe. I could hear the creaking of the wood, the sounds the pipes make, how the wind whispers through the rooms and where she ached. And in doing so I realised that ours would have to be a historical renovation; it wasn’t so much what we wanted the house to be but rather what it should be.” You can read the rest of the story here. (Photos: Micky Hoyle)

Jared Hayden says:

Absolute perfection.

xavier says:

Love this house! So beautiful things.

Moyra says:

I can't stop looking! This is a wonderful home, restful yet intriguing.

axie says:

There isn't a room that isn't perfectly and personally suited to the character of the house. It has soul, and the owners have obviously connected with it.
I was wondering what the green room with shelving was used for- the story from the link:

The library, which he refers to as the room of curiosities, is Hein’s favourite space. Here, he tells me, “The memories come flooding back. Things that come out of my childhood, like the desk from my father’s study, things from Jacques’s family home. Things we bought on our travels together. This is where our respective journeys come together and our life together is revealed.”

Debby says:

Perfection! It's one of those places where you can just imagine yourself in each and every room . . .

Jared Hayden says:

I keep coming back to look at this. Those textured ceilings. That glossy green floor in the glass-roofed room. The exquisite and personal curation of objects and art. That red that never looked this good anywhere. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations to the owners for crafting an impeccable home.

Mal says:

Gorgeous but isn't Montagu in the Western Cape not cape town. There is more to South Africa than the Disnifyed centre of Cape Town.

Courtney says:

@Mal – Yup Montagu is about 2 hours from Cape Town and filled with old homes waiting to receive new life. People are more likely to have heard of Cape Town than Montagu, which is tiny (I don't think they have a single traffic light). Creative liberties 🙂

Spiffy Spools Custom Curtains says:

Love love love the green library. Isn't it the most gorgeous tone of green for a room like this!

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