The group’s Founder, Maree Brink, conceptualised and initiated the Village Hospitality Concept with the launch of Harbour View Cottages, also known as Cape Town’s First Guest Street, in a historical area which is now known as De Waterkant Village launched Private Special Purpose Funds with a long-term vision to invest in tourism related assets and financed by South African banks. The first investment was 7 houses in De Waterkant.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased The Bay Hotel on the basis of a full repairing.
Village n Life Limited was incorporated as a specialist management company. Founding Directors, Maree Brink and Johannes Lategan launched the Tourism Participation Property Model, affording private residential property owners the opportunity to buy property and participate in the dynamics of the tourism industry. Benefits include enhanced rental returns, hassle-free ownership and private occupation when required. The model is unique and its income is not pooled; each property is managed individually and Village n Life fees are incentive driven. Notice periods are 6 – 12 months. In 2018, 178 owners with residential property to the value of R1,5 billion were participating. A further 133 properties to the value of R500 million, owned by Village n Life’s Private Special Purpose Fund and directors, also participate.
Launched a specialised estate agency www.villagenlife.realty.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased, after which Village n Life launched De Waterkant House, a guest house, situated in the popular area of De Waterkant.
Conceptualised and launched Camps Bay VIllage, a fun and vibrant seaside resort, located across from Camps Bay beach. The vision was to offer a resort experience, with centralised reception and services. Private Special Purpose Funds commenced buying up properties for this purpose in Camps Bay (2016 – own over 46 title deeds).
Conceptualised and launched Waterfront Village at the Marina Residential in the V & A Waterfront. To date (2019), the venture consists of over 100 participating residential properties in what is known as the most expensive residential development in Africa.
Launched our Private Property Banking Service, an unique investment service offering private individuals an advisory service, financial structuring and administration services. Today this service is rendered through TPF Wealth and headed by Johannes Lategan and Shaun Slabber.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased Earl’s Dyke and bordering properties and redeveloped as
Camps Bay Retreat, a boutique hotel set on 4.5 acres of private nature reserve.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased 24 properties in Mouille Point. Village n Life launched Mouille Point Village.
Roelof Troskie joined Village n Life as Managing Director.
Village n Life took over the lease and management of The Bay Hotel in December 2004.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and Village n Life conceptualised, developed and launched The Charles Guest House in De Waterkant.
Launched The Glen Apartments, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay
Launched a wellness company, Mint Wellness, which operates spas and salons.
Developed the adventure and tours portal, in order to offer Village n Life guests travel, tours and adventure experiences from carefully selected suppliers and operators.
Launched The Crystal, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay, with 24 participating sea-facing apartments.
Launched Adventure Pads as a unique concept offering local and international travellers an opportunity to stay in creative spaces, in the best locations at affordable prices.
Launched Sandy B, a private beach club in Camps Bay.
Private Special Purpose Fund commenced the purchase of Village n Life’s Hermanus Collection consisting of New Wing Harbour House, the Manor House and Le Paradis and later went on to purchase Quarters Hotel, as well as lease and develop Village Square.
Village n Life took over management of Harbour House Hotel in Hermanus.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and renovated the historical Stone Cottages in Camps Bay.
Private Special Purpose Fund purchased the Quarters Hotel (renamed Harbour Square Hotel). Village n Life secured 10 Village Square apartments on a long-term lease. The property will collectively form the Village n Life Hermanus Collection and will be hosted and managed by Harbour House Hotel.
Created a dynamic, independent and specialised venture, VnL Sales, which would host all off-site and online sales and marketing activities. Roelof Troskie was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Village n Life reached sales revenue of over R350 million, staff complement of 600 and properties under exclusive management, valued over R3 billion (Private Special Purpose Funds of R1,3 billion and tourism participating properties of R1,7 billion).
Village n Life is restructured into the following specialised ventures and support services:
Appointed Frank Kilbourn as Non-Executive Director.
Kobus van der Westhuyzen (CA.SA) appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
Riaan Veldtmann appointed as COO VNL Hospitality.
Launched exciting new backpackers in Hermanus, zzzone.