Cape + Dutch

The historical Cape Dutch style of edible planting ties in beautifully with the theme of the architecture.

When Tone’s international clients bought the Cape Dutch homestead in a private estate on the mountainside in Noordhoek, he was called in to redesign the four acre property as an ongoing project involving both hard and soft landscaping. Tone began with the pool area by creating a new grand staircase, from the house, down to the pool. The staircase allowed the pool area to become an amphitheater for entertainment.

Tone then moved his attention to removing garden walls that divided the garden and blocked the views. Large areas of mountainside were levelled to reclaim useable space. A well-known viticulturist was brought in to spec the vineyard. Across from the vineyard an orchard of Citrus trees was selected and planted.

The clients love of the colour blue and her use of it for the windows, doors and shutters were considered when selecting the feature ceramic pots planted with fragrant Jasmine. The existing orange brick paving and gravel was replaced with a more natural chocolate coloured brick and off-white gravel. Imported granite cobbles were used for feature areas and rainwater channels.

The custom designed gabled fire-pit was created to incorporate a u-shaped bench where the family is able to enjoy the South African tradition of braaing. The oversized fire-bowl was imported from India, as a nod to the clients love of that country.

The entrance to the property is lined with an avenue of newly planted instant Ulmus trees, creating a wonderful feature at night when lit.

Tone looks forward to the ongoing development and management of this beautiful space.