Bella Vista is situated 23km from Piketberg on the Langeberg Road, on top of the Piketberg Mountain. As the name "Bella Vista" implies, we are blessed with some beautiful views of the surrounding farms, the Swartland, the Sandveld and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
Cell: Johan: 083 236 7556
Joan: 084 466 4269
GPS co-ordinates: 32 47.95S 18 38.22E
(Metric: -32.799608 18.637221)
Directions from Piketberg:
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What we do:
We farm, on a small scale, with Buchu and Lemon Grass, and grow Bonsai. We have a small nursery, mainly for private use. We also like to have fresh veggies and herbs available. We try to keep everything as organic as is possible, but are not certified as such.
Our solar design straw bale house:
The house was owner designed and built, and took 4 years to complete. We wanted to build a solar home, but the idea of a straw bale house was born while we browsed the internet looking for information about raw clay building methods (''adobe'' or ''cob'').
We started leveling the site in January 2006, with our tractor and dam scoop, and this took a bit longer than planned. Foundations were started in July 2006, the roof was up in February 2007 and then the straw bale walls were started. All the doors and most of the windows are restored second hand stuff. It was a lot of work, but we couldn't resist the beautiful old teak and Oregon pine.
We eventually moved in on Christmas Eve of 2009. The house is all we expected it to be and more - cool in summer and, with the help of a modern wood burning stove, warm and cosy in winter. The bale walls were plastered with clay based plaster, which gives it a beautiful natural looking finish.
Leveling of the building site starts ...... and the foundation walls are being built.
Workers Valie and Mannetjie building a bale wall.
Family members Joan (right) and Mariaan (left) inspecting the building work.
The solar geyser being installed.
Bale walls being plastered, and the stone clad garage wall on the ''weather side".