THE OLIVE HOUSE
“The Olive House is a unique Prince Albert treasure – a beautiful house with views into the Swartberg and across the Karoo from the house. Registered as a farm down a dead-end road on the edge of town with views across the forever. This family home is registered as a guest house (with good AirBnB lets too) and has books for the last two years. The home is sold fully furnished* with multiple sets of bedding etc to continue its business operation. Comprising five suites (three of which are in separate cottages in the “veld”) and the remaining two in the second oldest original building in the town. The property has a right on the “leiwater” twice a week which flows into a dam which is included in the enclosed grass-covered werf. A small plunge pool adjoins this dam. An evaporative cooling system ensures cool summers and multiple fireplaces and aircon keep things comfortable. Everything is in place.
The landscape is littered with a-seemingly random collection of sparse rock and vegetation, an almost deliberate installation, thoughtful placement, an endless expanse, too little material. Yet everything is precise: a slight disturbance of one stone changes the balance – one plant, raised on struggle, accidently disturbed undoes what forever took too achieve. For this place is an achievement. It is what life can be without mankind.
Here time is not historical. The sky is a song of stars. The wind is solitary, not lonely. Every space between the vegetation and deliberate stones is a path: at once trodden and unwalked. Everything is new and timeless. The light at dawn and dusk is the earth’s atmosphere visible, the colour of life itself. As the day expands the land hides, invisibility is survival. Only the looking will reveal the world, a standing still of time.
A werf (yard) of green surrounds the lei-water-(water-furrow) fed dam and swimming pool while beyond the this wall indigenous Karoo-veld shrubs and grasses form the most natural of wild gardens into which three en-suite cottages disappear.
The galley kitchen has a large oven and gas hob with ample space to prepare happiness while staring into the distant views. There is a built-in external braai and a weber.
A quiet corner to disappear to is never far away: two long stoeps with lazy seating, the main lounge, a TV room with built-in daybeds, the library, the pool lounging. Or simply cross the road and walk up the koppie(hill) into the Karoo.
The Olive Suite
The original suite pays homage to another time, a-forever discovery. The comfort of its king-size bed, the en-suite, with a bath and Swartberg-view shower, make for a magical stay. It leads onto the main stoep with access to the library, which has a wood-burning stove that warms the whole cottage.
The Kitchen Suite
This was the original kitchen of the old Olive House and the lintel that rested above the fireplace now rests above the en-suite door. The antique double bed has views down the land to the distant hills. Its quirky en-suite is a shower under the loft staircase. The Kitchen is accessed from the library kept warm in winter by a wood-burning stove.
The coziest of the cottages, Pepper Tree has a queen-size bed that looks out towards the Swartberg Pass, across natural Karoo veld and farmland. The en-suite shower window opens onto birdsong from the neighbouring dam.
A queen-size bed looks onto the Swartberg Pass and east towards faraway dreamy hills, each with a foreground of cultivated lands, pastures dotted with farm animals and wild Karoo veld. The en-suite has a bath and shower listening to the birdsong-dam. This suite has space for extra foldout beds for children.
This is the distant-cottage you see everywhere in the Karoo but can never reach. A king-size bed stares endlessly over farmland to distant dusty hills through old steel-factory windows. An unsurpassed outdoor-stoep shower adds to the en-suite bath, with views into the Swartberg and across the lands. The most private quiet escape is the bench on this hideaway stoep.
An evaporative air cooling system throughout the main house
Air conditioners in separate cottages
Irrigation dam with leiwater rights
All furniture except inclusive, excluding art and 2 furniture pieces
All bedding & towels included
Kitchen fully equipped
Loft with separate access
Garden with plenty mature trees.
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