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Beyond the natural beauty all around, the most awe-inspiring aspect is the organic architecture, designed to imitate the boundless landscape
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With its unmistakable, organic architecture, this exclusive-use villa rises out of the landscape like a larger-than-life termite mound, its terracotta-toned turrets surveying the sprawling 275-hectare wildlife reserve that surrounds it (including a two-kilometre stretch of private beach). Esther is a wilderness escape like no other.

The Lowdown 

Located on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast, a rugged, malaria-free region perfectly suited for bushveld walks, dips in the warm Indian Ocean and game spotting, this architectural villa offers complete seclusion while catering to the highest degree of luxury, from a private chef and wellness treatments to beautifully appointed, fully equipped spaces.  

Sleeping Arrangements 

Esther sleeps up to 8 guests and offers 4 king-size bedrooms each with an en-suite and spectacular ocean views. Three of the bedrooms can be arranged as either 2 three-quarter beds or 1 emperor size bed, depending on the desired requirements.

What To Expect 

There are rare luxuries around every corner, from exploring the game reserve by guided tour to afternoons on the private beach. This exclusive-use home comes fully staffed, with an open-plan kitchen and dining room, two lounges, a wine cellar, guest pantry and office. A central courtyard and patio, each with its own swimming pool, allows for easy alfresco relaxation.

The Art House Difference 

Beyond the natural beauty of the estate’s fauna and flora, the most awe-inspiring element of Esther is the architectural character of the property, designed to imitate the land and boundless seascape, it holds the same organic forms. The estate’s turrets, reaching through and beyond the double-volume ceilings, invoke a surreal reflection of a termite mound, or a loosely-formed sandcastle. The 250 hectares of land surrounding the villa is a wildlife conservancy, teaming with zebra, giraffe, sable and antelope, as well as the smaller Cape Yellow mongoose, civet and genet.

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Adjacent bathroom
Rates from
51 000
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4 bedrooms (accommodates 8 guests):

  • All rooms have king-size beds
  • All rooms are en-suite with spectacular ocean views
  • Three of the bedrooms can be arranged as either 2 three-quarter beds or 1 emperor-size bed, depending on the desired requirements

Indoor Features

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Wine cellar
  • Guest Pantry
  • Formal dining area with 12-seater table
  • Two lounge areas with fireplaces
  • Air conditioning 
  • Satellite TV
  • Smart TV 
  • Office space
  • Board games
  • Beach and garden games
  • Library

Outdoor Features

  • Two solar-heated swimming pools
  • Day-beds and sun loungers
  • Alfresco dining area with 12-seater table
  • Sheltered courtyard
  • Ocean-view outdoor lounge
  • Outdoor pizza oven
  • Barbecue
  • Three covered garages 
  • Helipad
  • Private landing strip
  • 24-Hour security
  • Cleaning service
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Private chef 
  • Safe
  • 24-Hour front desk
  • Converters/voltage adapters
  • The 275-hectare land surrounding the villa (including a 2-kilometre stretch of private beach) is a wildlife conservancy, teaming with zebra, giraffe, sable and antelope indigenous to the area. The reserve is also home to smaller mammals, such as the Cape Yellow mongoose, civet and genet
  • Sandcastle is situated along the malaria free Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape
  • Outdoor activities include: kayaking, fishing, hiking and surfing
  • Sandcastle Villa offers a full range of wellness treatments at the villa or outdoor spa
  • Sandcastle Villa offers immersive culinary experiences
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Non-smoking
  • Secured parking

Getting to Esther


Sandcastle is located 50km from Port Alfred and 75km from East London.


East London Airport is the closest major airport, offering daily commercial flights to and from all major South African cities, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. At the airport, you can hire a car from one of the major rental companies. The Villa is approximately one hour from the airport.

Private Landing

Should you wish to fly in privately, the reserve offers an 800-meter landing strip on the property. There is also a helipad conveniently located next to the villa. If coming in a larger jet, Port Alfred Airfield is the closest airfield.

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