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Emerging from the rugged slopes at the back of Table Mountain, nestled on the fringe of the Myburghskloof Nature Reserve, Laroche reveals itself with poise, as it overlooks the vibrant village of Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean below. In adulation of the magnificent mountain ranges it inhabits, this hideaway forgoes flashy by discreetly basking in the splendour of the nature that surrounds.

Set on an acre of prevailing fynbos, camphor trees and luscious lawn, this contemporary Cape barn-style home staggers itself into six glass pavilions, all individually elevated from each other. When the owners of Laroche discovered the vacant plot of land, they collaborated with Australian architect Rohan Young, who interpreted their vision, and created a boundless environment, where the landscape permeates the interiors connecting one space unto the next. A tiered labour of love, light, serenity, stone and slate entwine each other, layer upon layer resembling the foundations of a solid twenty-year partnership.

As you enter through the front door and climb the stairs into the open living space, what’s left of your breath is quickly taken away by the sheer expansiveness of the views of the valley, the mountains and the ocean. A tangible reality of a dreamy sight. The scale of the 6-metre loft-style ceilings draws the light up into the gables and back down again, as it bounces off the polished screed terrazzo floors, into the gloss white kitchen with its porcelain tiles, and settles on the walnut cabinetry. Pieces of art that have been collected over time and placed with intention are all reflections of the owners’ personalities. A monochromatic, unpretentious safari-style allows for the nature to do all the talking in the space. Little hidden havens are revealed as you travel progressively, through the pavilions, into beautiful bedrooms, plush bathrooms, entertainment rooms, loft play areas and back outside to the Constantiaberg mountains.

Although it’s close enough to claim, this isn’t city dwelling. Laroche is an urban sanctuary high up in the hills of Hout Bay that lures you towards the ocean, from the warmer waters of the eternity pool. It urges you up the mountain and along the numerous hiking trails from the boulders in the backyard. The tranquility stills the clocks, lights the wood burning fire for fun and pours the sundowners. And when it’s time to venture to town and join the charisma and buoyancy of the community, it’s just a free-wheel down the hill.

What we love!

  • The glorious en-suite free-standing bathtub with its spectacular backdrop of nature, looking up to the mountain.
  • Beautiful pieces of repurposed stone cut from the massive boulders that were dug up during excavation. A signature theme of reinforcing the land and nature that runs throughout the home.
  • The commanding view of the Constantiaberg and Karbonkelberg mountain ranges from the mammoth main bedroom. They make it hard to ever leave the comfort of the bed.
  • The transformation of light throughout the day from early morning to late afternoon, followed by sensational sunsets.
  • The Mother City is only a 25-minute drive away, along a spectacularly beautiful curvaceous coastal route.

What you need to know…

  • Laroche is situated within a secure, secluded Eco Estate that’s monitored by 24-hour security.
  • The village of Hout Bay is only a 5-minute drive away to a cluster of cafés, supermarkets, restaurants and hotspots for families to eat-out at.
  • Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine hiking trail is a bold but beautiful 2km walk, which starts immediately behind the property.
  • For some fun and frolics visit the Hout Bay Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday where there is live music, art, craft, food and fashion aplenty.
  • Drive Chapman’s Peak Drive to the southern part of the Peninsula and stop off at some of the most scenic picnic spots in the world.
  • Llandudno Beach is a short drive away, over the Suikerbossie Pass and down through the little community of Llandudno. A perfect spot for a day of beaching.
  • The Constantia Wine region is a 20-minute drive away, up the Nek and through the forest to some of the best grapes in the Cape.

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

Facilities

  • 1 x Bathroom
  • 2 x Bathrooms (ensuite)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (double)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (king)
  • BBQ (Gas)
  • BBQ (Weber)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dogs allowed (by prior arrangement only)
  • DSTV
  • en-suite
  • Fireplace
  • Gas stove
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Pool
  • Servicing (3 x per week)
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi (fibre)

Guests

8 guests (max 6 adults and 4 children)

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