Turning a 16th-century barn into a home was a colossal but rewarding project
It all started when Ben’s parents bought a piece of land to extend their garden. As it happened, Feeringbury Farm Barn, a timber-framed 16th-century barn, was part of the sale and so they gave it to Ben and Freddie as a gift.
‘Despite initial misgivings on my part, the prospect of living in the country seemed like a sensible
With its abundance of blooms and fynbos, this property just outside Stellenbosch is a haven for the botanically inclined
There are no conventional cupboards in the kitchen of Johannesdal, the farmhouse in Pniel, Western Cape, belonging to Chris Willemse and Dané Erwee. No sleek, handle-free sliding shelving; no modern glass cabinets arrayed above a marble-topped counter. Instead, a rustic wooden unit, reaching almost to the ceiling, stands against one wall, and houses assorted plates, glasses, platters, bowls and cutlery. The top shelf is accessible only via a perilously perched ladder…
This appreciation of the old and venerable as much as the new is emblematic of the couple’s personal and professional life. It’s evident in the amas