COME  HOME  TO  AN  EXCITING  NEW  LIFESTYLE  IN  MALMESBURY

In the heart of the Swartland Wine Route, the historic town of Malmesbury rests in a simply gorgeous setting surrounded by mountains, wheat fields, and vineyards. In winter, yellow blazes of canola and indigenous wild flowers adorn the countryside.

Malmesbury is the largest town in the Swartland, and is only 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. The multi-billion rand upgrade of the N7 highway into a dual carriageway is almost complete, which greatly reduces travelling time to the City and the Cape Town International Airport.

Property prices in surrounding towns have skyrocketed during the past decade, and all objective indications are that Malmesbury is earmarked for the next wave of growth, with the Swartland Municipality considered one of the best municipalities in the country. It has twice won the award for cleanest town in SA, and has received the VUNA-award for being the best run and best administered municipality.

The region’s wines are world-renowned, and there are beautiful walking, hiking and mountain bike trails to thrill nature lovers. The stunning Mount Royal 9-hole golf course is also within easy reach of Fonteine Village.

Malmesbury might have a rural setting, but the town has a vibrant community of 77,500 and plays host to the annual Swartland Food and Wine Festival during winter, where wine tasting and good food are the measure of the day. The secret to Swartland wines is the cool sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the low-yielding bush vines that do so well in the dry land vineyards surrounding Malmesbury.

The original settlers in Malmesbury were drawn here by a sulphur chloride mineral spring, renowned for its healing ability. Today there is a wonderful ‘historic walk about route’ through Malmesbury that takes in the local museum and includes the landmark Dutch Reformed Church – the fifth oldest congregation in the country.

Malmesbury is a mere 20/30 minutes from Paarl, Wellington and Durbanville, and the beautiful seaside towns on the Cape West Coast which – other than the attraction of the Mediterranean climate, the vineyards and the tranquillity of a rural setting so close to a major metropolis – make it an attractive proposition to reside .

‘N  OPWINDENDE  NUWE  LEWENSTYL  WAG  IN  MALMESBURY

Malmesbury volg in die voetspore van haar buurdorpe, met grootskaalse herlewing wat hier plaasvind na ‘n hernieude belangstelling in wat die platteland bied. Met die massiewe opgradering van die N7, is die vars lug en aanbiedinge van hierdie dorp, soos die omliggende areas van die Riebeek Vallei, the Weskus en die Paarl wynlande, deesdae heelwat vinniger om te bereik as voorheen.

In die laaste paar jare het hierdie dorp al meer ‘n leefstyl keuse begin word vir jong families en professionele persone wat die relatiewe veiligheid en rustiger lewe verkies, maar tog steeds binne ‘n gemaklike trefafstand van hul werk end die stad wil wees.

Fonteine Village, vanwaar inwoners ‘n uitsig oor die kontrei tot sover as Tafelberg geniet, bied ‘n raar kans vir mense oor 50 – wat wil seker maak dat daar voorsiening gemaak is vir hul behoeftes in later jare, maar wie nie gereed is om hul leefstyl in te perk nie – om ‘n huis in die gewilde omgewing te besit. Bykans elke naweek sorg die kontrei vir top leefstyl vermaak, met plaasmarkte, musiek vertonings, en kuns, wyn of olyffeeste gereeld om die draai.

Die aangename klimaat van Malmesbury – sonder die woedende suidooster wat gereeld nader aan die stad loei – is nog ‘n pluspunt. En golfliefhebbers sal bly wees om te hoor dat die pragtige en gewilde Mount Royal Gholfklub nie eens 2km weg is nie.



Development in brief

  • The place

    Fonteine Village is an upmarket country retirement complex for the young at heart. The Village is set on a magnificent North facing slope, featuring spectacular views of the Swartland Mountain Range, the town and Table Mountain.
  • The history

    The first expedition in the direction of presentday Malmesbury was undertaken by Jan Wintervogel in 1655, by order of commander Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company, three years after the Dutch explorers colonised the Cape.

    Previously the area around Malmesbury was inhabited by Khoi and San. The area was soon referred to as ‘het Zwarteland’(the Black Land), probably because the veld, covered by rhenoster bushes, appeared black at certain times of the year, unlike the greeness of Europe.

    When ‘het Zwartelandskerk’(the Dutch Reformed church) was established in 1745, a mere 24 people were living in the vicinity of the mineral spring, still situated, though only as a small fountain, in the town’s centre. The congregation was known as ‘het Zwartelandskerk’until 1829, when it was proclaimed a town by former governor Sir Lowry Cole and renamed ‘Malmesbury’ in honour of his father-in-law, Sir James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury in England. On 8 June 1860 the village gained municipal status and was governed by a board of commissioners for nearly 36 years until 1896, when the town council was established. The town developed rapidly and today is the biggest town in the area, generally known as the ‘Heart of the Swartland’
  • The surroundings

    Malmesbury is a mere 30 minutes from the coastal towns of the Cape west coast and an hour from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington which - other than the attraction of the Mediterranean climate, the vineyards and the tranquillity of a rural setting so close to a major metropolis - make it an attractive proposition for any traveller.