Mashamba Nyumba

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This private guest lodge overlooks Langvlei Lake, a UNESCO Ramsar site in Wilderness National Park. A five minute drive from the beach and Wilderness.

Mashamba Nyumba in Swahili means ‘Plantation House’ and Chris and I named the home we built here ‘Mashamba Nyumba’ after buying the piece of land that which was totally covered in pine trees like a plantation. We took our machetes and over a one year period we came to the plot regularly to clear the land ready to build. We hacked our way through the snake infested overgrowth, felling over 300 pine trees to make a pathway to a very large ancient pine tree, which we climbed up to see the view. This is when we discovered the magical view of Langvlei Lake and the mountain range behind.

We designed the house with deep covered verandas around the north and west side to give space to sit in the shade to admire the stunning view and the sunset. The house took just under one year to build with the help of Charles our neighbour and builder (JGee Construction). We worked closely with the architect, Johan Grobler and Chrissie to create a unique spacious Moroccan/French style home with a sunken walled Moroccan garden with a pool as the central feature.

Floor and wall tiles were imported from Morocco with the help of Kundra from Moroccan Warehouse in Cape Town. The clay roof tiles were imported from Italy and the intricate Moroccan railings were designed and handmade with help from Christo and his team at ‘All Steel’ in George. The feature walls inside the home and special paint effects were created by Mark from Paintsmiths in George and executed beautifully by Pieto the painter. The lavish velvet curtaining with blackout lining in the bedroom suites were handmade by Vanessa and her able team at The Curtain and Blind Studio in George.

All the ensuite bedrooms have access to the outside and wonderful views. We feel so lucky to have achieved out dream home in this Eden paradise and we welcome guests who wish to experience the tranquillity and beauty of this special place.

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