19.7 ha farm in Elgin
R 15 000 000
RE/MAX-Property Associates Glengary
19.7 ha farm in Elgin
R 15 000 000
Have you ever longed for a peaceful place to rewind and relax? Look no further ...
Sherwood Farm is located in the beautiful and picturesque Elgin Valley, an hours drive from Cape Town. Elgin is renowned for its excellent apples, and more recently, for the quality of its wines.
Buildings & Grounds
The main homestead consists of the following: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, library, dining room, kitchen, dining hall / games room. There is a lovely vine-covered veranda leading off the lounge and dining room, shaded by a massive Oak tree.
In the south wing: 2 adjoining rooms currently used as offices, a separate store-room, a bathroom and separate WC. Further along is a one-roomed flat with bathroom.
The swimming pool is in a dilapidated state, beyond repair and would have to be dug out and if desired, replaced perhaps re-positioned in a different location.
The cottage, located adjacent to and to the north of the main dwelling, comprises of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a separate WC, a kitchen and a lounge / dining room.
The farm shed, located adjacent to and to the south of the main dwelling, measures approximately 300sqm, with a large open working area, 3 store-rooms, two WC's and a staff rest room.
There are three open garages adjacent to the farm shed.
The only labourers cottage is made up of two adjoining housing units, each with two bedrooms and an open kitchen area.
The farm measures 19.7 Hectares (Ha) in size, made up of two sub-divisions. Of this total, some 6 Ha are planted to apples Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Top Red. Another 8 Ha are lying fallow, after old apple orchards were pulled out these fallow fields may qualify for organic farming certification, and can in any event readily be planted again.
An avenue of mature and productive pecan-nut trees leads from the Viljoenshoop Road down to the large, old homestead with its gardens and mature oak trees. The buildings here include the main house with its outbuildings, a smaller two-bedroomed cottage and a solidly-built farm shed, which incorporates store-rooms and a large storage- and work-space. A sizable labourers cottage is located some distance away, overlooking the farm dam.
Water & Irrigation
The farm is registered for irrigation water with the local Groenland Irrigation scheme, which supplies water via pipeline directly to the farm. The water is currently supplied to the farm via the neighbours dam, which saves on pumping costs. It can also be fed directly into the Sherwood farm dam and pumped from there.
The farm has an allocation in the Groenland scheme of 82,000 cubic meters of summer water, and 14,000 cubic meters of winter water. This is more than adequate, even if the farm were to be fully-planted again.
Underground main water lines reach into each corner of the farm, and sub-mains supply each orchard block, and smaller blocks within each orchard.
Some 15 years ago the farm switched from micro-jet irrigation to drip-lines, which supply each tree individually and which allows for a finely-tuned irrigation and fertigation schedule.
Domestic water is supplied from a borehole located near the homestead and stored in a cement tank, from where it is gravity-fed down to the homestead. There are an additional two boreholes elsewhere on the farm which have fallen into dis-use, but which could conceivably be rejuvenated if necessary.
The farm is supplied directly by Eskom, with two transformers on the property. One near the homestead and the other at the pumping station at the farm dam.
Based on available information, average production over the past three seasons is in the vicinity of 800 to 900 bins of apples per annum, with perhaps 60% being Grade 1 (export quality) and Grade 2 and the balance Grade 3.