It’s a perfect day. The sun beckons you to revel in its rays and a slight breeze cools your sun-kissed skin while whisking your mind away. And at that very moment you remember that you’re in possession of the most perfect getaway, one that harnesses everything you need to truly embrace this feeling…Your very own private paradise in the heart of the Cape Winelands – a mere 35 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Mother City.
Spontaneously you decide to pack the bare essentials (not much needed where you’re going), and make the one call guaranteed to quench your desire for something as unique as you are.
The concierge on the other end of the line is welcoming. It’s as if she’s been anticipating your call all day and your voice is instantly recognised. You request the finest wild Alaskan salmon, luxurious Beluga caviar and a chilled-to-perfection bottle of your favourite wine. As a final indulgence, you ask for some rich, decadent Belgian chocolate truffles and the most luscious ripe figs.
With the top down you head out onto the N1, enthralled at the prospect of yet another of life’s ‘as good as it gets’ moments. The anticipation leaves you exhilarated, and you climb briefly to a speed that could see you headlining the 8’o clock news. You feel the unmistakable roar of the Ferrari's V8 reverberating throughout your entire body. You glance to your left and see her mischievous smile edging you on to push a little harder…
Your concentration wavers and your eyes widen in awe as you approach the stately manor that is Val de Vie POLO VILLAGE. You’re ushered in like royalty, and as you step over the threshold of your newly acquired luxury 'Polo Pad', you’re serenaded by the sweet soulful sounds of Louis Armstrong – dulcet tones that blend beautifully with the understated elegance of your Stefan Antoni designed apartment. You note that the concierge has taken care of your every request, immaculately presented before you. You're home, and this is going to be one of those memorable weekends.
You’ll pop in at the stables to greet your prized stallion before playing a couple of chukkas of the Polo game on the main field. Then a quick sundowner on the Pavilion Terrace before a romantic dinner for two at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek.
Morning has broken and you’re energised by the rising sun and crisp breeze. You decide to take a leisurely jog through the vineyards and along the river, taking inspiration from mountains that change colour with each passing minute. Thereafter you enjoy a fourball at Pearl Valley’s Jack Nicklaus signature golf course followed by lunch and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
After a soul-satisfying afternoon you return home to cool off in the shimmering pool and soak up the last of the African sun.
In comfort and at ease, you realise that this is a life worth living. The Polo Village provides luxury at its finest. This is the one place designed to enhance your life with all the luxuries deserving of a life well lived. It’s here, surrounded by nature and the valleys of Franschhoek, that you feel content, safe and filled with an immense sense of gratitude and satisfaction.
Val de Vie has a rich history. It started with a small community of French Huguenots and Abraham Andries le Roux, who was given the farm in 1783. He saw the great potential of the area, recognising it as the ultimate location to continue his love of master wine-making. The first wines were produced here in 1825, and the wine cellar built in 1862. Today the spectacular valleys of Franschhoek and Paarl have been proclaimed as world heritage sites.
Val de Vie Wine Estate forms part of the Northern wine farms on the Franschhoek Wine Route. The historic manor house has since been caringly restored, while its renovated cellar combines the latest wine-making technology with traditional methods to produce award-winning wines.
Whether the game of Polo is in your blood or not, step foot onto Val de Vie’s Polo fields (immaculately kept and maintained to Hurlingham standards) and be instantly transported to an era of Kings & Queens.
Appease the royalty within you in a sport synonymous with the affluent and influential around the globe.
Val de Vie offers two of the finest, most unique grounds in the country – the informal 'Terraces' and the 'Polo Pavilion'. The Estate’s world-class facilities have made it the venue of choice for polo events, concerts, elegant cocktail parties, fashion shows and extravagant gala dinners, attracting the cream of South African and international society.
Love your horse as much as your lady? Then leave it with us, the horse that is. The impressive Val de Vie stable block is somewhere both horse and rider can relax in perfect comfort. Full equestrian facilities are available should you need to stable your prized steed. The Estate offers spacious stables, an on-site professional team seven days a week and every conceivable facility to keep your Polo ponies and steeds magnificently groomed. Soak up your surroundings and saddle up for a leisurely horse ride along the meandering horse trails perfect for beginners and advanced riders – enter a mystical world of horse riding unique to the Estate.
Once the horses are safely tucked in, visit the Pavilion Terraces – the ultimate vantage point from which to enjoy the last few chukkas on the main Polo fields along with a bottle of Val de Vie’s house wine. With world-class amenities like these, it would be impossible not to find yourself completely satisfied with your investment at the POLO VILLAGE at Val de Vie.
The Val de Vie Estate borders 2 km of the Berg River and stretches over 220 hectares, incorporating two 25-hectare farms, five lakes covering 12 hectares, and 8.5 hectares of paddocks.
The exclusivity of Val de Vie has drawn many Captains of Industry and high profile individuals. They have chosen to call this home not only for its perfect location and modern design, but because the Estate goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of residents. Val de Vie takes immense pride in being one of only two residential estates in the world to have deployed thermal IP cameras (40 in total) covering the entire perimeter, video analysis to monitor intrusions and various systems to maintain security coverage during power outages.
To ensure the maximum safety of residents, further security measures such as biometric-access control, a two-metre high wrought-iron fence, concrete plinths, full electric fences, on-site monitoring centre, a CCTV network and an on-site patrol office have been implemented.
However, having such stringent safety and security features in place does not infringe on the privacy of residents. Great care has been taken to maintain discretion. Speed cameras, speed humps and recommended speed limits ensure the safety of children residing and playing within the Estate.
At Val de Vie we understand that total safety and peace of mind are as vital as creating a lap-of-luxury experience. The POLO VILLAGE at Val de Vie will share in all of the above, and more…
Limited to just 60 fully serviced luxury boutique ‘Polo Pads’ and residences, as well as Office Suites, owning an apartment at the POLO VILLAGE will be highly desirable. Owners have the benefit of a concierge and full access to Val de Vie’s many facilities.
Your desires are at the heart of the POLO VILLAGE, therefore you’re able to select from a range of luxury residences: A 68 m² ‘Polo Pad’? A 96 m² two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia Suite’? Or perhaps the lavish 112 m² two-bedroom en-suite ‘Hurlingham Suite’? The choice is yours. In close proximity, and equally beautiful, you’ll also find the fully serviced executive-style Polo Village Office Suites.
Elegantly designed by award-winning architect Stefan Antoni, each living area has been created as a space that allows for easy living – unrestricted, uncluttered and gracefully mimicking the tranquility of the surrounding landscape with its grey slate finished roofs and natural coloured exterior walls. Each residence is perfectly complemented by a private balcony optimising the backdrop of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains, rolling vineyards, the immaculate Polo Pavilion, restaurant and polo fields.
These beautifully conceived ‘Polo Pads’ are the perfect representation of an artist’s impression of timeless, fresh, modern design. They are aimed at those who truly enjoy the finer things in life. In search of the ultimate getaway, you will find POLO VILLAGE to be all you’ve ever desired and more. So secure and lavish, it satisfies needs you never even knew you had.
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Follow the N1 north to Paarl. Turn off at Exit 59 into Jan Van Riebeeck Road (R301) towards Franschhoek. Continue for a further 3.1km - the entrance to Val de Vie is on the right.
GPS: Lat: -33.798265 and Long: 18.967209