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About Lampiesbaai

History, culture and More

Where diverse nature meets the famous Weskus culture


With its unspoiled beaches, incredible mountain ranges and the most outstanding wild flower displays, the West Coast has evolved into a major holiday destination.

Salt of the earth residents call the West Coast their home – where snoek, mussels, crayfish and bokkoms are their way of life.

Lampiesbaai is located in the Peninsula, 156km from Cape Town and close to the beautiful Brittania Bay with its miles of unspoiled beaches.

The Lampiesbaai project is situated adjacent to Shelly Point in the St Helena Bay area in the Western Cape Province.

Saint Helen Bay is the location where Vasco da Gama, first set foot in South Africa. The date of this event was recorded as November 7, 1497.

The bay was named Bahia de Santa Helena (Portuguese for its current name) after Saint Helena a devout, influential Christian and mother of Constantine I.

History & Design

Architect Chris de Hart based the design of this Lampiesbaai high-density village on the design guidelines he originally wrote for the Jacobsbaai Coastal Village or “Kontreidorp.” After extensive research into the remaining “Sandveld’ style architecture of the West Coast, he pioneered the reestablishment of this unique style which is suits this region.

The style consists if a pitched-roof, rectangular core building and flat roofed abutments in white walls, small windows and door openings are suitable to this hot dry area. The simplicity of the architecture has a romantic charm to it, which originally included the large fireplace abutments to the buildings and resultant internal large open fireplace referred to as an “Es” which is conducive to a family gathering and
living in farm-style kitchen spaces.

As Lampiesbaai has developed, originally consisting of the three Crescents, Markus, Jutten and Seal, where the original design of the high-density village was followed to the letter. With the development of the other larger “erfs,” the essence of this style has been maintained, although there has been some slight adaptation, with the retention of the overall original design and feel.

The Culture

Lampiesbaai and its residents aim to live and uphold the well-known “Weskus” culture. 

The Weskus culture is one of unity, friendliness, creativity and equality. 

Residents aim to uphold this culture through friendly greetings, getting to know one’s neighbours and looking out for one another. We are a community aimed at living in a manner that encompasses kindness and humanity. 

You will find many beautifully created gardens within the low walls of Lampiesbaai as residents aim to create a welcoming space that fits in with the local environment. Many little trinkets and ornaments can be seen in gardens that generally contain a large variety of succulents and local fauna and flora. We respect our neighbours’ property and therefore feel safe enough to place various decorative items in our gardens without the expectation that it might disappear. 

Fauna & Flora

As with any man-made establishment, we have a negative impact on the environment and wildlife of any specific area as housing is implemented and expanded over time. All we can do is to ensure that we minimize our footprint and respect nature to the best of our abilities. Find out more about the local fauna and flora as well as wildlife that we share this beautiful area with. 

Photo Gallery

Lampiesbaai, St Helena Bay and the entire West Coast have a lot to offer in terms creative housing concepts, stunning gardens, beautiful scenery and a wide range wildlife. Take a look at our photo gallery where we share some great images of Lampiesbaai and our immediate surrounds, all of course aimed at encouraging you to visit the area, or even better – move here permanently. Either way, we’d love to accommodate you!

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