There’s something quite spectacular about stepping out onto the lawn at Le Jardin at sunset. To the right, the private conservatory glimmers with candlelight and to the left the Miami-style Art Deco pool shimmers. The pines to the front are strung with fairly lights and though it’s not a mega-acre estate the air is definitely filled with Gatsby spritz. Owned by an old Stellenbosch family, the former residence is now available for private hire, making it the ideal destination for family weekends away or celebratory parties; it’s quite possibly the best 50th birthday destination. Built in the style of Herbert Baker, with rolling gables and sweeping staircases, the main house has three doubles, all en suite, while the pool house has two sumptuous doubles and one family room. The latter is Tintin-themed — there’s a red rocket ship, lifebuoys with love letters and, of course, Tintin’s trusty sidekick Snowy. It could easily all be a little OTT, but somehow, though the entrance hall is pla...

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