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Escape To Eden
A creative couple swapped a New York apartment for a rambling Constantia property
Carefree days in a Modern Irene Barn
A Scandi-style barn combines effortlessly with the rustic outdoors
Living in A modern barn
Turning a 16th-century barn into a home was a colossal but rewarding project
The Dutch Manor on the Hill
An old cape manor house restored to pay homage to its history
7 Amazing Off-The-Grid Homes
Proof that unplugged, sustainable living can be beautiful too
Off-the-grid mountain cabins in Norway. Image credit: Inhabitat Living off the grid has become an increasingly appealing option for those eager to ease their impact on the environment and avoid consumerist thinking. Still, many still associate this lifestyle with the idea of an old run-down cabin in the woods. Truth is though
A Grand Old Dame
An expansive balcony, on which to while away hot highveld afternoons, welcomes you into this historical Joburg farmhouse
Renovating rural
An abandoned farmhouse is restored in traditional Cape Overberg style
These four homes were once country barns
Contemporary barn conversions offer lofty living spaces
Modern Farmhouse
An architect's eco-conscious home in Gauteng blends minimalism with subtle warmth
Contemporary Kraal
A cluster of connected pods on a Franschhoek eco estate makes for an idyllic family holiday house
Nine years ago a lunch at Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek ended memorably for a holidaying family from England. Derek Priestley, his son Roderick and younger daughter Joanne spotted a ‘plot for sale’ sign on the road; piqued, they turned into eco estate Fransche Hoek for a look. The family members, some of whom work in property, ended up buying ‘an absolute cracker of a plot’, as project manager Pete Jordan of Property Development Projects puts it. Surrounded by mountains, fynbos and vineyards, their acre is set above a dam with a goose-bump-inducing view down the green sweep of the valley – a dream location
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