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‘Thought-provoking sculptural pieces, local photography and artwork underscore the sense of pause and peace’
Julia Freemantle
Contributing writer
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Minimalist, considered, curated – these notions have all become design shorthand – but few places deliver on these concepts in their very makeup. FAITH in Montagu was created by husband and wife team Martly and Hanno Calitz consciously as a place for guests to find quiet contemplation and a real sense of peace. Designed around Cape Dutch, Scandinavian and Japanese principles, the house heroes simple, clean lines, a lack of clutter, and the purposeful placement of objects and artwork.

Created with the help of interior and furniture designer Hendre Bloem, the one-bedroomed pet-friendly haven on the edge of a river in this small but artistic town, is engineered to embrace and elevate the country setting, while also serving as a sanctuary in and of itself. Designed to frame views of the garden or mountains from every room, the open-plan layout offers a continuous transition from indoors to out – where the garden is invited in, and the interiors don’t try to compete with the surroundings. The overriding feeling is one of harmony – where colours, textures, forms and eras have been combined to tranquil effect. Dark and light, nostalgic and contemporary, curves and corners all work together in the space towards achieving balance.

The uncluttered interiors and beautifully unfussy garden, and perfectly oriented rooftop terrace – also serve as vantage points to view the superlative art collection the owners and Bloem have assembled. From Anton Smit’s quietly thought-provoking sculptural pieces – which have been placed prolifically throughout the property – to the selection of local photography and artwork, the artworks underscore the sense of pause and peace.

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En-suite bathrooms
Adjacent bathroom
Rates from
5 500
per night*

• Fully equipped kitchen

• 6-seater dining

• Study area

• 2 fireplaces (bedroom and living room)

• 2 air-conditioners (bedroom and living room)

• Espresso machine

• Sound system (wireless bluetooth speaker)

• Alfresco dining

• Barbecue

• Lawn with a view

• Roof terrace

• Plunge pool

• 2 outside patio umbrellas

• Sun loungers

• Sculpture garden

• Housekeeping

• Unlimited Wi-Fi

Advance notice required

• Activities and excursions
• Babysitting and au pair
• Butler and/or chef
• Dry cleaning
• Personal security
• Personal shopping
• Spa and beauty treatments

• If you can bear to move from this extraordinarily peaceful place with its abundant birdlife and calming mountain views, there’s plenty to do!
• Take short day trips to the charming villages along Route 62: Barrydale, McGregor or Swellendam - we provide a map and insider tips for each town.
• Visit excellent wine farms, with authentic wine and Methodé Cap Classique experiences in an vintage cadillac, with a guide or in your own time.
• Full-body massages done at Faith are a favourite, using natural oils and looking out over the mountains.
• The owners also own another guesthouse in the village and their resident chef does beautifully plated three-course dinners – or we can book you a chef. Lebanese cookery courses are also done here.
• Art classes by Hanna Naude, known for her mono printing – or you can visit two of the town’s galleries with a guide and pop into Hanna’s studio.
• Do a medicinal herb workshop or experience: a fascinating insight into the healing properties of our Cape plants.
• Or we can curate a day trip back to Cape Town via Anton and Lionel Smit’s studio, with sculpture garden visits on the way.

• Check in 14h00
Check out 10h00
• Maximum 2 guests (please enquire about young children)

• Pet friendly
• Non-smoking
• Security deposit
• Social events on request
• All bookings subject to final approval by owner

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