Rietfontein, the magnificent Karoo stud farm that has been home to sporting legend Gary Player and his family for the past 44 years, has just been listed for sale by Chas Everitt International, the South African affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International, at a price of R50m plus VAT.
Champion racehorses have been bred and raised on this farm since 1883. The stud was acquired by Player in 1974 and thanks to his personal commitment to its development and has since produced over 2000 top thoroughbreds.
After completing the main residence in 2006 the Players made the farm, which is located on the Oorlogspoort River just outside of Colesburg, their permanent residence, with it soon becoming a favourite holiday destination for their children and grandchildren.
Designed by Philip Watermeyer, the master-built homestead pays tribute to the traditions of Karoo building with its extensive use of natural materials. However, the interiors, by top designer Michele Throssell, also reflect a modern Scandinavian influence while the effects of the semi-desert summer heat is reduced through the use of vaulted ceilings and generously proportioned rooms.
The working farm offers many luxurious lifestyle features, not least of which a golf course. Nine holes of his eco-friendly “home course” were designed by Player. The fifth hole, Cactus Jack, was opened by Jack Nicklaus, who is one of the many celebrities to have visited Rietfontein regularly over the years.
Rory O’Hagan, CEO of the Chas Everitt International Luxury Portfolio division
“We are honoured to have been awarded the mandate to market this property. In addition to being an exceptional ranch of very rare quality, it has the added cachet of being the private home of Gary Player, who is known and respected all over the world now not only for his golfing achievements but also for his untiring work on behalf of underprivileged children. We thus have no doubt that South African and international investors will be clamouring to make it their own.”
Top photo: Gary Player’s home – the Karoo stud farm Rietfontein – is for sale through Chas Everitt International for R50m plus VAT