Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate is 7km from George Airport, where guests enjoy access to a private lounge. Spread over 613ha, the estate was once bigger than the city. "The whole reason for this estate is Henry Fancourt White," explains its marketing manager, Michelle van der Westhuizen, as we admire the views from one of its three Gary Player-designed golf courses. "He was brought from England to help build the Montagu Pass in the 1840s. The estate was transformed into a hotel and golfing destination in 1989. Then Hasso Plattner and his wife Sabine bought it in 1994 and expanded from there to make it what it is today." Fancourt has about 280 privately owned houses and new developments in the works. "We’ve been lucky because we’ve had unseasonably hot weather for winter, which has helped the grass grow much faster than expected," Van der Westhuizen says. "The watering of our gardens, golf courses and the washing of our golf carts all happens with water on the estate. We don’t...

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