Visit elegant homes in aid of good cause

A NUMBER of Knysna’s home-owners will open their homes on Sunday April 21 in aid of the Seeff-sponsored Knysna-Sedgefied Hospice Beautiful Homes of Knysna project to raise funds.

Hospice renders vital assistance to terminally ill patients and the funds raised from this event contribute substantially towards financing their activities.

The project was an overwhelming success last year and provides the opportunity for the public to visit some of the town’s most beautiful homes and gardens, Seeff Knysna principal Alan Evans says.

The architecture and décor this year is varied and includes modern classic, contemporary, colonial maritime, French country and traditional styles.

Three homes are located on the water’s edge at Thesen Islands and while they all conform to the colonial maritime architecture of the development, their décor is original and diverse.

The first features colourful beach house décor enhanced by beautiful handmade quilts and embroidery by the owner.

The second is one of the first houses built in Knysna. Designed by Wilhelm Lochner, it invites outdoor living with wide doors opening onto a sun-bleached, wooden deck and a plunge pool framed by a beautiful indigenous garden And the third house showcases beautiful views of the lagoon from every room.

The route then takes you to a home situated on the Heads with magnificent views of the lagoon and mountains. The décor style is eclectic vintage, with treasures collected by the owners over the years that contribute to an interesting, inviting living space.

Out of Knysna, along the lagoon road, visitors can view a stunning home originally built in the 1930s that has recently been renovated and showcases traditional features that blend perfectly with modern décor and modern family living.

The sixth home on show, Belle Reverie in Uitzicht’s beautiful indigenous garden, will host a hospice tea garden where visitors can enjoy tea/coffee and a scone for just R20.

This contemporary home overlooks Buffalo Bay and features farmhouse-chic interiors, large windows and a dynamic mix of materials and textures that blend seamlessly with the environment.

Further along, set high above the ocean in Brenton-on-Sea, visitors can see one of the most breathtaking homes in the area.

Built in 2012, it was designed by Hennie Burger, decorated by the owner and showcases perfect symmetry between the flowing design and modern decor along with “glass walls” that offer panoramic views.

The homes are open for one day only on Sunday April 21 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost R80 per person and are available from Seeff’s Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offices or from Knysna Hospice.

As only a limited number are available all tickets should be purchased and paid for before the event. Each ticket grants access to all eight homes.

For more information contact Seeff Knysna on (044)382-5919, Seeff Plettenberg Bay on (044) 533-0311 or Knysna Hospice on (044)384-0593 or 083-448-1934.

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