By Jo Borrill, Project Consultant Debbie Grey, Property Coordinator Wadoeda Brenner, Photographer Fiona Barclay Smith

Situated on the Val de Vie golf and polo estate in Paarl – at 1 000ha, the largest estate of its kind on the continent – Valentia Manor is a 27ha estate all on its own, home to Renier Swart of Val de Vie Construction and his family.

Some of the fine features of the estate include the world-renowned Ryk Neethling Swimming Academy, a world-class gymnasium, tennis courts and academy, a fully equipped sport and leisure centre, an award-winning winemaker and cellar, preschool facilities, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, the Polo Club Restaurant and Black Bar, and an exclusive event and conference venue.

The Swart family’s dream home took two years to construct. The project was met with many challenges, including some architectural restrictions of the estate. But despite these obstacles, Valentia Manor was born, situated between the Berg River and the picturesque Cape mountains, making for unparalleled scenic vistas.

To see more of this beautiful home, buy the October issue of SA Home Owner – on shelf now!