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‘Collecting and supporting young and upcoming artists is far more gratifying, rather than being motivated by investment’
Dané Erwee
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A reimagined farmhouse was the brief for architect Henri Comrie, when he designed Marlene for creatives Chris Willemse and Dané Erwee. Ten years on, green with plants and creepers, their home blends with its mountain landscape, contemporary but timeless. Chris and Dané are the dynamic duo behind the mould-breaking Stellenbosch florist Okasie, and here they grow flowers and botanicals for their innovative floral installations, which are so much more than flower arrangements.

Their creative impulse and eclectic design sensibility overflows into their home, which is a living canvas in itself, evolving as they introduce new pieces to the mix. They collect work from young upcoming artists, but also fall in love old faded watercolours and botanical studies, and there is nothing gallery like in their approach. ‘I definitely get a kick out of combining incongruous things that tell a story,’ Dané told Visi, a local magazine. Tapestry and floral rugs, framed artworks and botanical installations, modern design names next to refurbished junk shop finds, a bookshelf with books deftly arranged into a portrait of their dog, a row of spinning globes adapted as light fixtures, the aesthetic is quirky, fun and comfortable enough that you sink deeply into its welcoming atmosphere, a real escape from the humdrum outside world.

Four en-suite bedrooms, one with an outdoor bathroom, are individually decorated – rustic whitewashed brick is offset by an extravagant brass wall in one, a timber clad wall in another. Open-air terraces both upstairs and downstairs make easy outdoor living spaces, high ceilings and tall windows give plenty of scope for filtered light, tall and hanging plants, walls of overlapping framed pictures and large canvases. The house may be only ten years old but already resonates with the layers and patina of a farmhouse lived in for generations.

Away from it all as it feels, Marlene is within easy reach of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but you‘ll be tempted to stay put – perhaps joining Chris and Dané on a flower-picking forage through their gorgeous gardens and heavenly fragranced heritage roses, or soak up the mountain views from the 15m swimming pool, after exploring the mountain trails around the 2.5 hectare farm. There’s further accommodation on the farm set around a beautiful wedding venue should you need more space or want to vacation together as a large multigenerational family.

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En-suite bathrooms
Adjacent bathroom
Rates from
12 000
per night*

4 bedrooms (3 Queens, 1 Single)
All with mountain or garden views

All with adjacent or en-suite bathrooms
All with room-darkening shades

• Fully equipped kitchen

• 8-seater dining

• Study/home office

• Fireplaces (wood)

• Espresso machine

• Sound system

• Security system

• Television

• Alfresco dining

• Barbecue

• Water feature

• Swimming pool (15m)

• Lawn with a view

• Sun loungers


• Housekeeping (daily)
• Unlimited Wi-Fi


Advance notice required:

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

• You're in the heart of wine country here with Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington a short drive away. Oldenburg, Delaire, Tokara and Bartinney are just up the hill. Both Delaire and Tokara have significant art collections and sculpture to enjoy in their gardens.

• Boschendal (just down the road) will shortly be opening a new art gallery in the Manor House. In the other direction, don't miss the world-renowned Babylonstoren (take a walk in the beautiful formal kitchen garden) or Bosjes (near Worcester), with its award-winning architectural chapel and wall of handmade tiles by artists Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler at its restaurant.

• Visit the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden up in the mountains between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

• Cape Town is an easy 50 minute drive away.

• Check in 14h00
Check out 10h00
• Maximum 8 guests

• No pets allowed
• Non-smoking
• Security deposit
• Social events on request
• All bookings subject to final approval by owner

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