Classic, Elegant, Warm & Inviting - A Manor home to continue lifetime memories in
West-Bank Manor House was built in 1896 for Charles Searle junior and his wife Mary. The Searle family prospered and soon their business expanded to include shops, accommodation, a tannery, shoe-making and timber businesses in the village, which was in turn shaped by these enterprises. The 1904 census indicated that Great Brak River had a population of 362.
This 4-Bedroom en-suit 18th century beauty is set upon 11 340 m² land. This 800 sq meter home with beautifully luscious landscaped gardens, borders the Greatbrak River banks. Completely renovated with authentic, old-world character, with spacious rooms for entertaining and the comforts of everyday country living.
The original Foyer, with period details, opens onto the Living Room, and Library each with original wood-burning fireplaces and surrounded by sweeping views and gardens. The most astonishing Billiard Room from the 1900 era with Full Size Thurston Snooker Table, and half wrap around raised formal seating.
The well-appointed chef’s Kitchen includes a separate Butler’s Pantry with Master kitchen that flows to a large terrace covered with vines and built in braai, an ideal sanctuary for privacy and relaxation. This heritage home offers generous space to bring together generations of family and friends. Every detail of this home has been tailored to modern comforts to enhance the charm of river front and village living.
Over-size boxed windows and doors carry you to the formal and informal Dining / Veranda and level landscaped grounds, with mature plantings, specimen trees, stonewall outdoor paths and private pond with breathtaking western sunset views, paints a canvas of historic district that is surrounded by mature lasting gardens and privacy, yet is situated in the heart of the village center.
Antique English charm, care and preservation of historic details are evident throughout the home’s expansive 4 en-suit bedroom layout and wings on the upper level. Wide open wooden floors; fireplaces and original latches, knobs, and locks throughout are some of the detail that adds to the warmth and charm of this special property.
The Master wing with private sitting area and undercover spacious balcony overlook the garden and Great Brak Village. An incomplete guest apartment with private entrance offers additional space with one bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and a spacious living room.
The Barn-style double Garage with potential Studio space above adds to the possibilities. A unique opportunity to own a piece of history – a private in-town oasis with rich history and keen attention to the preservation of authentic details true to its 18th century character.
A multitude of options to start up fantastic events, a business, a seminar centre or perhaps a high-end holiday retreat. There are many possibilities for this house to cover your operating costs and have a home to gather with family and friends in the season of your choice. It's a rare find that is increasingly difficult to find in the area.
Welcome to a showcase of the spectacular scenery of the Outeniqua Mountains, where rolling fields meet the ocean. Having not (yet) been discovered by the tourist hoards, Groot Brakrivier, with its cycling and hiking routes, could easily be described as the Garden Route's best-kept secret. Nestled approximately halfway between George and Mossel Bay, it's a small town with big things to offer. It is a firm favourite...
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