The estate has a rich history, evidence of which is the original 1700’s farmhouse that still stands on the estate, now carefully restored and renovated.
There are many twists and turns in the history of the farm, from battles between human and nature, to all the tales between Dutch, locals, and everything in between that was typical of the wild 1600’s and 1700’s in Cape Town.
What we can learn of the history of the farm and its earliest inhabitants, rely on the accuracy we can derive from the record-keeping and documentation of historians. While we have attempted to weave a rough timeline below, the only ones who can verify all the facts are those who lived through it!
In the almost 300 years from when Beatrix toiled the land, the farm passed hands many times. When Rabie Property Group entered into a joint venture with the landowner, the AFM Louw Family Trust in 2013 as a small game farm, known as the Clara Anna Fontein Game Reserve, the vision was to turn the property into the most sought-after lifestyle estate in the Northern suburbs.
(Photo: Colin Green and Mariska Auret from the Rabie Property Group, with Berti Louw from AFM Family Trust, and Alwyn Laubscher from Alwyn Laubscher & Associates, in front of the Manor House at Clara Anna Fontein.)
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Today, a sprawling Lifestyle Centre is the nucleus of Clara Anna Fontein. Juxta-positioned next to the original farmhouse, a wood, glass and steel structure with large flowing rooms and deck makes the most of the incredible vistas. The original farmhouse of Hendrik and Beatrix Olivier has been lovingly and carefully restored and renovated, seamlessly incorporating the clubhouse. Besides it’s partially covered furnished deck, it offers meeting rooms and a lounge for the use of residents and guests. The games room and boma can also be reserved for private functions.
Rabie’s Joint Venture partners, The Louw Family, specifically Berti Louw, was very professional and ensured all game were moved to the top end of the farm without undue stress to the animals. They still have access to the waterhole opposite the Lifestyle Centre, which makes for some spectacular sundowner views. Some of the animals on the reserve include zebra, springbok, bontebok, ostrich and eland.