A light and spacious abode nestled among the trees in Stellenbosch

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Bold yellow and green contrast with the delicate pattern on the tiles. Smeg stove from Modern Electric; tiles from Veelvlak Signature Surfaces
Bold yellow and green contrast with the delicate pattern on the tiles. Smeg stove from Modern Electric; tiles from Veelvlak Signature Surfaces

Photographs Francois Oberholster l Production Nelia Andrag

In 1965, Rousselot and Antoinette Pienaar planted the first of 52 indigenous trees in the garden of their brand-new home in Stellenbosch. One of Rousselot’s favourites was a black ironwood, which the South African National Biodiversity Institute celebrates on its website (pza.sanbi.org): “Happy the grandchild who inherits a garden shaded by a black ironwood tree, for they have grandparents of great foresight and intelligence”.

It was these trees that led a young couple to buy the house in 2015 – and today their children and their friends play under their shade.

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