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The magnificent Bona Dea Private Estate in Hermanus will soon fall under the ClareMart Auction Group’s hammer.

The magnificent Bona Dea Private Estate in Hermanus will soon fall under the ClareMart Auction Group’s hammer, at the instruction of the trustees.

The event promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 auction calendar, says Andrew Koch, ClareMart’s general executive director. The estate – which offers exclusivity, space and natural beauty – is in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. 

“It was once said of this area that the hills, which closely embrace the valley all around, are so high they seem to touch the sky and you cannot see anything but heaven and earth – hence the name,” says Koch. 

Divided into distinct spaces, all with their own aesthetic appeal, the estate occupies 27.402ha and has an Agricultural 1 zoning. The property includes Dendrobium House, a five-star conference centre. 

The luxurious venue was the recent winner of the TWA Vendor Wedding Awards “Top Country Wedding Venue”. The Cape Dutch-style twostorey functions venue can accommodate 160 guests and its flexible infrastructure means there are few limitations on the events that can be hosted there, says Koch. 

“From the entrance hall to the air-conditioned banqueting hall, from the cocktail lounges to the open-plan balconies, the venue can be transformed to meet the requirements on each client’s wishlist.” 

Also on the estate is Cynaroides House, a luxury home surrounded by the natural beauty of hills and dales. On the upper level, the house offers a spacious bedroom with cloakroom and shower, a fitted kitchen with scullery and laundry, a lounge/dining area and a large deck area housing a koi pond with 10 fountains.

A temperature-controlled wine room and office with separate entrance, bathrooms and storerooms are also on this level. Below are two bedroom suites complete with walk-in cupboards, a third bedroom with an en-suite shower, a lounge and entertainment area and a steam room. 

There is a large deck area, and also a 15m solar-heated lap pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Three additional luxurious cottages – Fynbos, Protea and Olive – offer cosy yet stylish and private guest accommodation with pristine finishes, says Koch. 

“The beautifully enclosed Zen gardens create a sense of tranquillity and peace. Four extralength fully automated garages, a functional workshop and staff quarters add to the offering.” In addition, the Bona Dea farm office sets the tone of style, warmth, hospitality and luxury when one enters the walled gatehouse, he says. 

“Landscaped gardens and borehole irrigation water render the property breathtakingly beautiful, and the estate’s three greenhouses with humidity control and roof vents add environmental sustainability to the mix.” Koch believes the investor to whom this property would appeal is likely to be more than just a businessman looking for good return on investment. “While ownership of this award-winning private estate will enhance any investment portfolio, it also offers a rare fusion of natural and man-made perfection.”

Koch says the estate has significant income-generating potential, which has grown year on year since inception, is a competitive brand and is in impeccable condition. “I believe the returns would be seen virtually immediately. There is also potential to develop an exclusive residential component.” Bona Dea Private Estate can be viewed on August 13 and August 20. The auction will be conducted by the ClareMart Auction Group at noon on August 23 at Dendrobium House Conference Centre.

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