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South Africa's most stunning home!

Stratford Castle

 

Description:

Set like a jewel overlooking the main lake on the superb Camelot Residential and Golf Estate. Stratford Castle bids fair to be one of the  most attractive and most privileged residential opportunities not just in South Africa but anywhere on earth...

If ever you’ve dreamed of living in a real baronial Castle replete with fascinating arms, armour and antiques here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make your dream come true!

 

Location:

Camelot is 2000 feet above sea level - high above coastal humidity yet less than 30 minutes from Durban’s International Airport and Durban’s superb beaches, from world class downtown hotels, and famous sporting venues.  It has the spacious feel of real countryside with a Game Reserve nearby and several  other international tourist attractions.  It is also minutes from Durban’s International Polo venue and the Summerveld Racing Stables and also 10 to 15 minutes from the 26 kilometer Inanda Lake(dam).

Under high security, the Castle overlooks a beautiful lake with fly-fishing, a classic Par 72 Hugh Baiocchi Golf Course, and excellent restaurants and all the civilized facilities from first class medical attention to banks, outstanding shopping Malls.  Approximately 25 minutes from Durban’s International Airport (an overnight flight from Heathrow and all of Europe’s capital cities) and an hour from Johannesburg

 

Description of the Property:

Built on 17 reinforced concrete piers pile-driven deep into the earth Stratford Castle stands on the fringes of Camelot’s largest lake and was designed and built to last for centuries.   It is that most rare of creations – a dream of beauty that has become a breathtaking reality.

The Castle’s cornerstone on the North wing is engraved with Sir Walter Raleigh’s immortal words:   “True love is a durable fire in the mind ever burnynge ..”

 and the entire building is imbued with the spirit of those words.   From the magnificent stained glass oriole on its fine staircase to the bartizan window on the lake frontage, to every detail of its architecture, here is a very special home to love and take pride in.

The stained-glass centrepieces set into the embrasured leadlite windows were created by the late Thomas Sutcliffe R.A. famous for restoring the magnificent stained-glass of Coventry Cathedral, bombed during the 1939 Battle of Britain.   These centrepieces depict various Elizabethan characters like the six wives of King Henry VIII (taken from portraits in the National Gallery on  Trafalgar Square) and others depict Henry VIII’s Coat of Arms, the Red Rose of Lancaster, the White Rose of York which together make up the Tudor Rose - still a principal symbol of British monarchy today.  There is also a stained glass centrepiece portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh the most remarkable personality of the Elizabethan era and of his family crest.  In themselves individual works of art, these stained glass creations are built into the very fabric of the Castle itself, and it would be difficult to place a realistic value on them today.

 Despite the splendid statement of its presence, the final impression one has of the Castle is its unique warmth, homeliness and comfort.  Simply being within its great walls overlooking the lake gives one a sense of occasion which is accompanied by the warmth of a real, lived-in, truly comfortable home with all the “mod cons” one could  wish for!

The open rooftop of the Castle is now being turned into a  “secret garden” with one tower a Finnish Sauna and the other a Jacuzzi Room.  

Stratford Castle is an astonishing achievement – a home with a real sense of history and fairytale romance, yet with a welcoming, warm and well-loved ambience – a masterpiece of present-day home architecture.

Under high security, the Castle overlooks a beautiful lake with fly-fishing, a classic Par 72 Hugh Baiocchi Golf Course, and excellent restaurants and all the civilized facilities from first class medical attention to banks, outstanding shopping Malls.  Approximately 25 minutes from Durban’s International Airport (an overnight flight from Heathrow and all of Europe’s capital cities).

Asking Price: On two of Camelot’s largest lakeside lots, the Castle is for sale at £ 250 000-00(US$365 000-00) , an incredible bargain price-which converts into this low sterling or American dollar figure because of the ridiculously favorable exchange rate now existing between Sterling and the S.A. Rand – realistically it is  is what you’d pay for a pleasant small apartment in a fairly  good area of any City in Europe!  Stratford Castle would make a perfect Corporate investment with a number of uses, or simply a delightful retreat and investment for a buyer from the U.K., Europe or the U.S.A.. No taxes or transfer duty would be payable as ownership is vested in a close corporation.

The Seller is prepared to include the superb Hugh Baiocchi 9 hole golf course which borders Stratford Castle for a total of £350 000-00 (US$500 000-00) (Freehold Title.) The Castle contents including armour, antiques and persian rugs for £65 000 (US$98 000-00) – An astonishing buy!
 

 

 

Contact:

Telephone:    +2731 7659400
                      +2731 7655317
                      +2782 6595060

E-mail:         mailto:greenslvs@worldonline.co.za,southaf@castles.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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