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 tranquility of a rural setting so close to a major metropolis – make it an attractive proposition to reside.
Malmesbury is set to be the Western Cape’s next boom town. The N7 connecting Malmesbury to Cape Town is currently undergoing a major upgrade which will see it becoming a two-lane dual-carriageway along its entire length. Netcare have been granted a licence to build a private hospital in Malmesbury, and a new shopping centre is planned adjacent to Fonteine Village.
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The Riebeeck Valley is just 10 minutes’ drive from the Village and offers a wide range of attractions and social events. Visit their Web site for more details.