Located in the quaint town of Pennington, the Selborne Golf Estate, Sunbird Villas offer spacious rooms in warm décor: for sale

Located in the quaint town of Pennington, the Selborne Golf Estate, Sunbird Villas offer spacious rooms in warm décor

Selborne Golf Estate, Pennington, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa


12 000 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Resort - Self-catering
Bedrooms: 20
Bathrooms: 20
Showers: 20
Parking: 20
Yield: Not Disclosed


Pennington is a small coastal town on the south coast of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa. Apart from a large sugarcane and dairy farming industry, it also hosts scores of holiday makers who flock to the seaside during the December holidays.

It is named after an English family named Pennington, who began farming here in the late 19th century. Sir Frank Reynolds, the sugar magnate, bought part of the farm and developed a country home which he called Umdoni Park after the mdoni (water myrtle) trees in the area. Sir Frank built a seaside residence for South African prime ministers as a sign of his admiration for the first premier of the Union, General Louis BothaKing George VI of Britain was offered use of this home when his health was failing in 1952, and was planning to visit it just before he died.

The town is set on a hillside looking down onto the Indian Ocean.

The railway runs between the town and the beach (as it does all the way along this coast from Durban to Port Shepstone, but trains are few and cause little problem for visitors.

The area is well served with roads as the motorway N2 runs down from Durban, connecting with the airport and passing Pennington.

KwaZulu-Natal Province

KwaZulu-Natal Province (/kwɑːˌzl nəˈtɑːl/, also referred to as KZN and known as "the garden province"; ZuluiKwaZulu-NataliXhosaKwaZulu-NatalaAfrikaansKwaZoeloe-Natal) is a province of South Africa that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu ("Place of the Zulu" in Zulu) and Natal Province were merged. It is located in the southeast of the country, with a long shoreline on the Indian Ocean and sharing borders with three other provinces and the countries of MozambiqueEswatini and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg, and its largest city is Durban. It is the second-most populous province in South Africa, with slightly fewer residents than Gauteng.

Two areas in KwaZulu-Natal have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. These areas are extremely scenic as well as important to the surrounding ecosystems.

During the 1830s and early 1840s, the northern part of what is now KwaZulu-Natal was established as the Zulu Kingdom while the southern part was, briefly, the Boer Natalia Republic before becoming the British Colony of Natal in 1843. The Zulu Kingdom remained independent until 1879.

KwaZulu-Natal is the birthplace of many notable figures in South Africa's history, such as Albert Luthuli, the first non-white and the first person from outside Europe and the Americas to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1960); Pixley ka Isaka Seme, the founder of the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa's first black lawyer; John Langalibalele Dube, the ANC's founding president; Harry Gwala, ANC member and anti-apartheid activist; Mac Maharaj, grammy award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, grammy award winning DJ Black Coffee, ANC member, anti-apartheid activist and Little Rivonia Trial defendantMangosuthu Buthelezi, the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP); Anton Lembede, the founding president of the ANC Youth LeagueJacob Zuma, the former President of South AfricaBhambatha, a 19th-century Zulu chief who became an anti-apartheid icon; and Shaka Zulu.


At around 92,100 km2 (35,600 sq mi) in area, KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the size of Portugal. It has three different geographic areas and is the eastern most province in the country. The lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast is extremely narrow in the south, widening in the northern part of the province, while the central Natal Midlands consists of an undulating hilly plateau rising toward the west. Two mountainous areas, the western Drakensberg Mountains and northern Lebombo Mountains form, respectively, a solid basalt wall rising over 3,000 m (9,800 ft) beside Lesotho border and low parallel ranges of ancient granite running southward from Eswatini. The area's largest river, the Tugela, flows west to east across the center of the province.

The coastal regions typically have subtropical thickets and deeper ravines; steep slopes host some Afromontane Forest. The midlands have moist grasslands and isolated pockets of Afromontane Forest. The north has a primarily moist savanna habitat, whilst the Drakensberg region hosts mostly alpine grassland.

The province contains rich areas of biodiversity of a range of flora and fauna. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, along with uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and Ndumo, are wetlands of international importance for migratory species, and are designated as Ramsar sites. South Africa signed the 1971 Ramsar Convention to try to conserve and protect important wetlands because of their importance to habitats and numerous species.

The former Eastern Cape enclave of the town of Umzimkulu and its hinterland have been incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal following the 12th amendment of the Constitution of South Africa. The amendment also made other changes to the southern border of the province.

The northwesterly line of equal latitude and longitude traverses the province from the coast at Hibberdene (30°34′35″S 30°34′35″E) to northeast Lesotho.

The province became the first to include a portion of road that is made of partial plastic, the equivalent of nearly 40,000 recycled milk cartons.[


KwaZulu-Natal has a varied yet verdant climate thanks to diverse, complex topography. Generally, the coast is subtropical with inland regions becoming progressively colder. Durban on the south coast has an annual rainfall of 1009 mm, with daytime maxima peaking from January to March at 28 °C (82 °F) with a minimum of 21 °C (70 °F), dropping to daytime highs from June to August of 23 °C (73 °F) with a minimum of 11 °C (52 °F). Temperature drops towards the hinterland, with Pietermaritzburg being similar in the summer, but much cooler in the winter. Ladysmith in the Tugela River Valley reaches 30 °C (86 °F) in the summer, but may drop below freezing point on winter evenings. The Drakensberg can experience heavy winter snow, with light snow occasionally experienced on the highest peaks in summer. The Zululand north coast has the warmest climate and highest humidity, supporting many sugar cane farms around Pongola.

The coastline is dotted with small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs. The climate of the coastal areas is humid and subtropical, comparable to southern Florida in the United States, but not quite as hot and rainy in the summer. As one moves further north up the coast towards the border of Mozambique, the climate becomes almost purely tropical. North of Durban is locally referred to as "The North Coast", while south is "The South Coast". The Kwazulu-Natal Tourist board includes towns such as MargatePort ShepstoneScottburgh and Port Edward in its definition of the South Coast, while BallitoUmhlanga and Salt Rock are North Coast resort towns.

Beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every part of South Africa's eastern seaboard, with some of the least-developed gems found in the far southern and far northern ends of the province. Marina Beach (and its adjoining resort San Lameer) was recognised in 2002 as a Blue Flag beach.
Some visitors come for the annual late autumn or early winter phenomenon on the KwaZulu-Natal coast of the "sardine run". Referred to as "the greatest shoal on earth", the sardine run occurs when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds south of the southern tip of Africa northward along the Eastern Cape coastline toward KwaZulu-Natal. They follow a route close inshore, often resulting in many fish washing up on beaches. The huge shoal of tiny fish can stretch for many kilometres; it is preyed upon by thousands of predators, including game fishsharks, dolphins and seabirds. Usually the shoals break up and the fish disappear into deeper water around Durban. Scientists have been unable to answer many questions surrounding this exceptional seasonal event.

The interior of the province consists largely of rolling hills from the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the Midlands. Their beauty has inspired literature. Alan Paton, in the novel Cry, the Beloved Country, wrote:

"There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles (11 km) into them, to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa. About you there is grass and bracken and you may hear the forlorn crying of the titihoya, one of the birds of the veld. Below you is the valley of the Umzimkulu, on its journey from the Drakensberg to the sea; and beyond and behind the river, great hill after great hill; and beyond and behind them, the mountains of Ingeli and Griqualand East."


On Christmas Day 1497, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama saw the coast of Natal and named the site after the Portuguese word for Christmas, Natal. The Nguni branch of the Bantu occupied this area later on.

The first European settlers, mostly British, established Port Natal, a trading post. They made almost no attempt to develop the interior, whose inhabitants had been decimated by the Zulu king, Shaka. The Afrikaner Voortrekkers entered the area via the Drakensberg passes in 1837. These Afrikaners defeated the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838 and thereafter established the Republic of Natal. Thus, the territory was once part of a short-lived Boer republic between 1839 and 1843 until its annexation by Britain. Many Afrikaner inhabitants left for the interior after the annexation and were replaced by immigrants, mainly from Britain.

From 1860 onwards, increasing numbers of Indians, mainly Tamils, were brought in by the British mainly to work in the sugar plantations on the coast. The colony acquired Zululand (the area north of the Tugela River) after the Zulu War of 1879. The lands north of the Buffalo River were added in 1902. Boer forces entered the area during the South African War (1899 to 1902) – also known as the second Boer War – and laid siege to Ladysmith. They failed to build on their initial advantage and for three months the line between the opposing forces followed the course of the Tugela River. In 1910, the colony became a province of the Union of South Africa and in 1961 of the Republic of South Africa.

When the homeland of KwaZulu, which means "Place of the Zulu" was re-incorporated into the Natal province after the end of apartheid in 1994, the province of Natal, which had existed between 1910 and 1994, was renamed KwaZulu-Natal. The province is home to the Zulu monarchy; the majority population and language of the province is Zulu. It is the only province in South Africa that has the name of its dominant ethnic group as part of its name. As with Eastern Cape, most White South Africans in KwaZulu-Natal are of British descent and less than a quarter of whites in the province are of Boer/Afrikaner descent.

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These  marvellously luxurious and spacious 2 as well as 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villas have been furnished and decorated with no expense spared and include adjacent lock-up garages. There are no less than 9 villas to choose from and these include a duplex villa located within a different complex. Viewing where possible, is an absolute must!

Immaculate finishes throughout with every mod con available. Beautifully appointed, your breath taking views whether upstairs or downstairs, are from spacious, outdoor living areas with built in braais.

With granite tops, under counter space for dual appliances, hob/under counter oven, extractor, double sink and abundant cupboard space, the kitchen is open plan to the beautiful living area with views of the estate.  There are three comfortable bedrooms and the main has a full en-suite bathroom.  The second bathroom has a shower basin and toilet and there is an additional guest toilet downstairs.   Fully air-conditioned throughout, these units are ready to be let and have been successfully for a number of years prior to lock-down.

Within close walking distance to the pristinely kept facilities, communal swimming pools, braai area and tennis courts and kiddies play area.

A scenic drive that meanders through this world renowned, prestigious golf estate will take you past a quirky chapel, the stately and magnificently appointed and recently refurbished Selborne Hotel and Spa (featuring terrace restaurant, fine dining restaurant and piano bar), finally bringing you over a small bridge to your new haven.

Situated on lush grounds of undulating terrain, rich with indigenous trees and flora of every kind all within a tranquil country setting, surrounded by dams and meandering gardens, this heritage rich 80 Hectare estate was once owned by Lord Selborne himself and is a magnificent site to behold.

An array of small non-dangerous game, Bush Buck, Dassie, Duiker and prolific birdlife abounds, so regrettably and understandably, no pets are permitted.

Your security within Selborne Golf Estate is highest priority and is keenly monitored.

As a home owner you have access to the private Selborne Beach Club with restrooms and a swimming pool, as well as the many club facilities on the estate.

Features include, the famous Faye Barker nature trail, catch & release fishing in the small dams throughout the estate. Not to mention views of this international championship golfing arena designed by Denis Barker and proudly ranked in the country's top 100.

Your monthly levies cover all external building maintenance as well as estate maintenance, upkeep and security & perimeter fencing which is patrolled and monitored.

Borehole water with purification systems and back-up generator power supplies will ensure that your lifestyle remains as unaffected as possible, even during a lock-down scenario.

Kindly note - As a sectional title home owner you are effectively buying into the Selborne Park scheme in accordance with it's management rules and regs and course membership is mandatory.

All of this is within an hours drive from the King Shaka International Airport.

Pennington is a popular yet peaceful South Coast holiday village located on the sunny shores of KZN, South Africa. There are two superb 18-hole golf courses, Umdoni and Selborne as well as the 9-hole Penn Valley Golf Estate, lush indigenous forests with hikes and nature trails for the outdoor enthusiast through the magical Umdoni Park, T.C Robertson Nature Reserve. Also home to Basset Craft breweries.

Scuba diving, shark cage diving, surfing, deep sea angling for the marine lover are to be found along these beautiful Blue Flag beaches.

A short drive will take you to the village hub where there are many amenities, a quaint shopping centre, restaurants and as mentioned the Pennington beach front where you now have exclusive access to the Selborne private beach club.

All offers are encouraged. Submit an offer to stop the auction - loan or cash. Easy process to register to bid at auction. Auction via Online Bidding on our Website. Viewings can be arranged by appointment.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

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Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

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