Casa Sanchia is beautiful beach house located in Dwarskersbos in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Casa Sanchia is designed by architect Marco Bezzoli (Archilab). The simplicity of the décor and architecture as well as the large sea facing decks, rimflow pool and 3 ensuite bedrooms offer amazing shooting possibilities. The accommodation is generous but simple: an open-plan living area comprising lounge and kitchen occupies most of the ground floor, which is shared by the master-bedroom suite.
The whitewashed holiday home has a modern African interior that looks almost loft-like. The outside is connected to a 16km-long beach by a wooden walkway. The raw wood, stone, white walls and muted colors work very well with the blue of the sea and the sky. The house has been designed with an understanding of intense sunlight, so there are places to hide in different depths of shade: billowing curtains veil a built-in seating area; circular wicker chairs hide beneath collapsable canopies; a knotted hammock swings into the sun, then out.
The space is relaxed and simple, thanks to high ceilings with exposed beams and raw concrete floors. A vast central living and dining space and open kitchen form the heart of the cottage and enjoy sweeping views of the coast, while the main bedroom and en suite guest bedrooms also spill on to the lower deck.
The furniture and accessories are a harmonious mix of locally sourced and imported pieces. Most of the large wooden items – the kitchen counter, the balustrades, the massive oak dining table on the deck – were made by local Velddrif wondercraftsman Johan Zwarts, while much of the living-room furniture was spotted on a trip to Bali and shipped back to South Africa.
Casa Sanchia is snug in winter, thanks to solar-powered underfloor heating, and idyllic in summer. The house was carefully positioned and its foundations adjusted to provide an unfettered view of the ocean, one of the many reasons it became a popular location for film shoots and advertising campaigns.
The owners: Make-up artist Renée De Sambento and her restaurateur husband Pedro share their holiday home with their two daughters, Sanchia, 9, and Luz, 5.