By Caroline Dott, Project Consultant Debbie Zeelie, Property Coordinator Wadoeda Brenner, Photography Vorsprung Studio

Nestled in the shadow of one of the Cape’s most majestic mountains, and not too far from the ocean, this house “at the sea, but not on the beach” is now home to a family of three who recently relocated from the Free State.

Striking the perfect balance, the home owners have merged their farmhouse style with imaginings of a French country vineyard. The large garden has been used as a medium to effortlessly channel this style; trees and shrubbery line the walls and walkways, and an antique metal gazebo offers a tranquil hideaway. A patio is enclosed by frameless stacking doors that seamlessly open up onto the garden, alongside a pergola draped in grapevines.

One of the home owners’ favourite features of the house is that each room offers a view of the garden, and has a door leading out – the family is never removed from their countryside. The inside of the home is lavishly decorated with a coordinated motif; vanilla-coloured wooden flooring runs through the home, while some of the furniture pieces (such as the patio chairs), the staircase balustrade and the home’s window shutters are darker wood with a few white accents.

Not ones to shy away from “a bit of bling”, the owners brought the home to life by crystal highlights and colour themes that are cleverly married through paintings and accessories. The kitchen speaks to the family’s need for a farmhouse look, and opens onto a living room complete with a cosy fireplace, decorated in shades of red and green. A guest bedroom is made up in royal blue, and the master bedroom accented in gold. The child’s bedroom and neighbouring lounge feature an aviation theme and views from above.

Perhaps one of the home’s best features is the balcony that leads off the master bedroom – a table and chairs are set up for the perfect morning coffee corner, allowing for a full appreciation of the home’s beautiful surrounds.