Handling the holidays is a carefree experience at this festive Blue Ridge vacation home, now on the market for $6.6 million.
The manse’s stunning exterior.
For those looking to deck the halls of a luxe mountain getaway with friends and family, this property in nearby South Carolina certainly ts the bill—complete with a gourmet kitchen, spacious rooms and gracious outdoor living areas that offer picturesque mountain views. Factor in the surrounding community’s award-winning Gary Player-designed golf course, a wellness center and plentiful outdoor activities, and it’s not only ideal for welcoming guests during the holidays, but year-round as well. Owned by Marc Player (son of the legendary South African golfer who now handles his father’s business and philanthropic eorts) and his wife, Claudia, the home was built by architect Tom Markalunas and Resort Custom Homes in 2011 and regularly hosts a cadre of family members that include 20-plus grandchildren.
FROM LEFT: Wooden accents adorn the home; The family’s South African roots are spotted in the living area with the pottery printed chair.
“The Players seem to always have friends and family staying over, with dining, entertainment and an active lifestyle all par for the course,” says Vince Roser, sales director of The Cliffs at Mountain Park, who is selling the home at 171 Black Knight Trail in Traveler’s Rest/Marietta, S.C., for $6.6 million. Among the popular leisure pursuits to be had: everything from intimate dinner parties around the pool to a typical South African braai (read: barbecue) for 100 people in the “boma,” where local bands play live bluegrass while guests roast pig or lamb over a spit and s’mores by the re pit. “World-class walking, hiking, camping and the Blue Ridge Mountains also are all within 30 minutesof the house, with the arts world of Asheville, N.C., and the restaurants of Greenville, S.C., equal distance from the compound,” says Roser. “And the famous Blue Ridge Parkway starts nearby and is a must during the fall.”
Photography by: THE CLIFFS AT MOUNTAIN PARK