All that separates Mosselberg Villa from the soft white sands of Hermanus' famous blue flag beach is a dense green carpet of proteas, restios an ericas - a richly textured indigenous garden that blends with the natural vegetation, and is appealing as the blue waters that shimmer beyond. Designed by Johann Slee, one of South Africa's leading architects, this is the kind of sprawling villa that invites big-time entertaining in the huge sheltered courtyard-cum living areas and decks, all flowing inexorably to face the sea, as well as lazy days hibernating in the supremely comfortable suites. It's a skillful blend of private and public spaces, with interconnecting rooftop walkways creating an intimacy that is ideal for wedding parties or families. And while every bedroom has a sea view, perhaps the most alluring views are those of the mountain the villa is named for - the imposing Mosselberg, standing sentinel over the continent's most famous whale-watching bay.
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