Randburg Horticultural Society learns the history of this Westcliff home

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Atop Westcliff Hill overlooking the distant horizon, the stunning 115-year-old house of the Enthoven family has taken on its true meaning.

Author Dominique Enthoven generously allowed members of the Randburg Horticultural Society to tour his stunning residence recently to learn about its history from landscapers Liz and Tim Steyn who have transformed the garden over the past five years.

“It was originally bare kopje and veld grass,” Tim said.

“After the Boer War the Randlords discovered the sight and Herbert Baker was commissioned to build Roland Schumacher a stately home called Pallinghurst right at the top. The stables were completed first, set back from the edge of the cliff because the horses didn’t need a view, ”he laughed. “In 1915 the Schumachers left and bequeathed their home to the Hope School. “

The acquisition of The Stables as a home in 2011 was perfect for the Enthovens. Being set back from the edge of the cliff is a bonus. They avoid the wind and a brilliant borehole ensures lush lawns and flower beds in all seasons that lead the gaze to views up to the Magaliesberg. The stray elephants in the zoo below are a fun extra.

Some old trees were removed as well as the tennis court and the area was leveled and turned into a circular sunken garden inspired by the Mughal style gardens of Baker and Lutyens in Delhi, with a tranquil swimming pool. There is a wooded area, vegetable and herb gardens and a kopje garden full of aloes and succulents. Different paths invite you to explore each new section of this beautiful layered garden overflowing with Liz’s different and unusual plantings that feast the eye with color and contrast.

The best part, however, is the abundance of nature which ensures that the garden is alive with birds, bees, owls, guinea fowl and even a snake or two.


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