Have you ever imagined yourself living in the heart of the French country, with the casual yet elegant lifestyle and all that comes with it, from the local cheese and crusty bread with a great bottle of wine all within walking distance, to the mountain stream at the bottom of your garden? In exclusive Newlands Village, just 15 minutes from the center of Cape Town City – a unique home, one of three properties secluded down a panhandle in the best road, complete with mountain stream frontage, and within walking distance to the heart of Newlands Village, with Melissa’s, Hazz, Barristers and Die Wijnhuis just a few of the delights on offer. As you pass through the landscaped entrance courtyard to the front door of this welcoming home, the inviting ambience and warm energy draws you into the living room – undeniably the heart of the home. With solid smoked oak floors, a wood-burning stove to ward off the winter chill, ample room for the comfortable sofa and dining table and chairs, plus a kitchen to delight any chef, it is easy to envisage happy simple nights with family or gourmet entertaining evenings with friends. The kitchen, complete with unusual French oak doors and Vicostone counter tops, tempts even the most disinterested to create culinary delights, while all the dirty work gets carried off to the separate scullery. Patio doors that stack back onto the deck and stream beyond extends the dining area to the outdoors, opening up wonderful opportunities for Sunday braais or balmy summer cocktail evenings outdoors amongst the trees. Set apart from the open-plan living room is a separate lounge, complete with fitted cabinets and oak floors, versatile enough to be used for formal entertaining or a playroom for children, depending on your needs. An intimate separate dining room (or convert it to a study) adds to the accommodation downstairs. Sleeping accommodation is all upstairs: A sumptuous north-facing main bedroom open to the rafters with open plan bathroom adds to the uniqueness and delight of this space; while a large separate dressing room offers ample cupboard space and a glorious window seat overlooking the stream for quiet contemplation. The generous sized second and third bedrooms are also carpeted with built in cupboards and en suite bathrooms. A guest wing upstairs (complete with a separate stair case) offers 2 bright sunny bedrooms sharing a bathroom. The original double garage has been converted into a professional work-from-home studio for the current owner, complete with built-in cupboards and security shutters. There is also a separate fully fitted laundry and store room. Extras include air conditioning in the bedrooms, state-of-the-art security system, secure parking for 3 cars. The work-from-home studio downstairs and guest wing upstairs could easily be converted into a complete dual-living home for a beloved family member.