The residential plan on Benguela Cove has been designed to capture the essence of its rural nature and breathtaking views, by combining both built and natural fabric the development epitomizes a perfect balance between lavish estate living and unspoiled nature.
Benguela Cove has strict aesthetic and architectural controls with a committee who review all plans for approval. Each plot has the position, coverage and height of the building controlled along with the use of materials. No face brick is allowed, all structures are plastered and then painted using a palette of pastel colours. A distinct architectural feature is the grey stone, excavated from a local quarry, which forms part of the signature of the estate. This can be seen when driving through the main gates and thereafter it is only roof coverings, natural slate or profile steel.
You can be confident that when you invest in Benguela Cove that the person who buys and builds next door to you cannot, and will not be able to, destroy your investment by using garish colours or architecture.
The Cape is well known for its windy weather and as we are a Cape resort located on the ocean, we have the two major prevailing Cape winds that are diametrically opposed. The north-western wind in winter and the south-eastern wind in summer.
The architectural designs on Benguela Cove allow for this and embrace it on various parts of the estate. A courtyard-style arrangement is encouraged where the buildings form an internal courtyard through which you can see, by harnessing natural light, so that you are constantly reminded of the spectacular views.
A lot of glass is used to make use of the wonderful natural light we have in the Cape. Homes in this area are best designed with a wind-shadow area, this is an external veranda where you can sit in the summer in the sun with complete protection from the south-eastern. In winter you have another veranda which again allows you to sit outside while protecting from the north-western.
The vineyards are planted on the exposed cooler slopes of the estate and on top, where there is wind, the vineyards protect the housing development and while those on the main road it hides the residential development ensuring complete privacy.
The proximity of our vineyards to the sea and the unique slightly windy conditions shorten the shoots of the vines and make the berries and leaves smaller, thereby increasing the quality of the grapes produced. Our terroir is clay and calcium rich and there are very few farms like this in South Africa.
It is the epitome of luxury living and this fully functional wine farm has already produced multiple award-winning wines. Residents on the estate get an allocation of wine every year and at full production this will work out to be a case of wine per month (a very nice perk to have). This leads to residents having a sense of ownership without being liable or responsible for the farm. This is their wine farm in the Cape.