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Free State guesthouse for R1.6m

Free State guesthouse for R1.6m

A well-known local guesthouse in the Free State's Philippolis is on the market for R1.6m, offering the perfect opportunity to have a sustainable living far from the smog of the city.

Philippolis (1823) is the oldest settlement in the Free State, and is famous for its Karoo-style architecture and places of historical, cultural and natural interest. Also called the 'Stellenbosch of the Free State', it is Sir Louwrens Van der Post's birthplace and home to a memorial Garden in his honour.

Philippolis sits in the middle of South Africa, 60 km from the N1 and mid-way between Johannesburg and Cape Town. This makes it a convenient stop-over point.

Rosa Conradie of Seeff Properties in Colesberg says that she currently has the perfect opportunity on her books for anyone wanting to escape city smog, crime, traffic and the rat race, and to have a sustainable living.

The well-known local Oppistoep Guest House is on the market at R1.6m. "This guest house has come onto the market because its owner is relocating to England. Oppistoep is a well-established guest house, whose hospitality has been sampled by many local celebrities, including Lucia van der Post, Lochner de Kock, Richard van der Westhuizen, Ruda Landman and other members of the Carte Blanche team, Kurt Darren, Dozi, and Sewende Laan actors. It is over 150 years old. Set on 1015 sq m, the total building size is 450 sq m."

Conveniently situated in the centre of Philippolis, the property offers six en suite units. Oppistoep and its annexes can accommodate up to 30 guests, making it an ideal venue for breakaway weekends, family reunions and smaller corporate occasions. There is a breakfast room, dining room, TV lounge, fully fitted kitchen, laundry and safe, and three secure parking bays.

The established garden includes a chlorinated swimming pool and braai area. There is an owners' cottage, and potential for an extra self-catering unit, with existing water points. Oppistoep currently holds three stars from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, and was a Finalist in the 2004 AA Travel Guides Accommodation Awards.

Conradie says that Philippolis has seen a positive side of the rerouting of the N1 in 1972: "Serious crime is very rare, property is affordable, and the national monuments (the most in the Free State after Bloemfontein and Bethlehem) have remained protected.

You can switch off in Philippolis with its tree-lined dirt roads and simple Karoo-style cottages. On surrounding erven you'll find a variety of fauna and flora. Oppistoep offers someone a wonderful, affordable lifestyle opportunity and investment for a new future."

As yet there remains to be any offers made on the guesthouse, however the investment potential is there to reclaim any surplus costs incurred upon purchasing the property. The cost structure of room-rentals are uniform throughout the year, accordingly a double-bed room costs R180 per person sharing; and R200 for a single.


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