This South African manor house was inspired by Casablanca

The interiors of a luxurious, privately-owned manor house in the Cape Winelands have recently been completed by Inhouse.

In the heart of the picturesque Cape Winelands, South Africa, award-winning design studio Inhouse have recently completed the interiors for a privately-owned manor house. Built from scratch in collaboration with Chris de Hart architects, the manor house has been inspired by the film Casablanca and aims to capture the view of the plantation-style country estate the house is surrounded by.

Featuring custom-made French doors, the Manor house opens outwards to various courtyards and verandas that have been designed to complement the landscape. Meanwhile, its interiors have been designed to include spacious rooms with high ceilings; ornate details have been added to the ceilings by Inhouse in order to “soften the vastness of the space”.

The house’s main living room consists of two sitting areas, one of which features a large floor-to-ceiling fireplace and two grand chandeliers. Through an archway, the living area leads into the house’s kitchen; within the kitchen, a marble kitchen island takes centre stage, whilst bare brickwork compliments the Aga cast-iron oven that has been imported from the UK. Inhouse decided to use wine barrel ceiling detail and the exposed brick to create an inviting, homely environment within the kitchen.

Part of the brief given to Inhouse for the manor was that it should be able to hold large gatherings and functions; therefore, a scullery, pantry and ‘prep’ section of the kitchen have been added to accommodate these extra requirements. Within the pantry, floor-to-ceiling cupboards can be accessed by a stepladder. Meanwhile, the scullery – similar to the main kitchen – features a marble island, which links the two rooms together.

Illuminated by Moroccan-inspired pendant lights, a small passageway within the house leads to the master bedroom, guest bedroom and children’s room. A silver, white and grey colour palette has been used within the master bedroom, with a large chandelier and mirror-clad cupboards giving a luxurious look to the space.

The bedroom also features a dressing room and en-suite bathroom. Two more chandeliers continue the luxurious theme in the dressing room- and into the bathroom, where a golden, oval bathtub takes centre stage. The idyllic views of the country estate can also be enjoyed through the bathroom’s picture windows. The quirkily decorated children’s bedroom, meanwhile, has a scaled-down en-suite bathroom with child-sized amenities.

The manor house’s guest suite is made up of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and also a private kitchen. Timber flooring laid in a herringbone pattern has been used in the guest suite bathroom and kitchen, whilst the bedroom feels light and airy with high ceilings and coffer detailing – as well as more antique furniture, giving the space a comfortable, sophisticated feeling.

As well as the bedrooms and two separate guest bathrooms, the manor house also includes a light, bright family study room. Mostly white – in keeping with the rest of the soft textures within the house – Inhouse has designed the study to include wooden flooring and modern, white blinds which balance well with the decorative ceiling pendant light.

By using a neutral palette of greys and whites, combined with the warm, natural finishes –including the timber flooring marble islands – Inhouse have managed to live up to their brief of capturing the essence of the house’s surroundings, and have successfully put their client’s antique collection on display. Though Chris de Hart’s final architectural design for the manor house is grand and makes an impact, Inhouse’s interiors have made sure that the space remains inviting and homely.

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