23 Killarney Road
Number 23 Killarney Road, an old Sandhurst farmhouse, was purchased in 1987 and occupied soon after by the new owners. Years of meticulous research went into its reconstruction, in stages. Once finally completed in the early 1990s it was decorated by John Crawley and featured in South African Garden & Home Magazine (November 1992).
Although this chapter of its history spans only 30 years, step inside and feel transported to a 17th century Western Cape homestead. Old yellowwood beams and flooring, Batavian floor tiles, traditional brass fittings and metal work were all sourced or commissioned to make the house as authentically Cape Dutch as possible. There's even a story behind the the driveway: eight truck loads of cobbles were fetched from a wine co-op near Du Toit's Kloof!
As you enter The Gables you will be drawn to the fireplace and 16th century tiles from the Netherlands, identical to some displayed in the V&A Museum, London.
Since 2012, the house has been rented by three different families, and shortly before its latest conversion Andy Scott and her family (and dogs Lucy & Georgina ) enjoyed two and a half years here. Just as we have so many fond memories of the property, we trust that visiting The Gables will be a tranquil and memorable experience. We look forward to welcoming you.
Our teams are split between Port Alfred, where the Cape Workshop is based, and Johannesburg, the home of The Gables. Erwin Beyers, Eric Yali and Aaron Ntame hold the fort in our manufacturing site in the Eastern Cape, while Evias Ndebele, Clayton Ndazi, Desmond Nleya & Jessica Gordon are based in Sandton. (not pictured: our amazing Hand Brew Cafe team - Emily, Thandi & Collin).