Tierboskloof was bought at an auction in 1928 by the internationally renowned entomologist Dr Sydney Skaife.

Skaifes fell in love with the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, which inspired them to build a temporary cottage for quiet weekends.

After a number of visits to this cottage, Dr Skaife and his wife became so enchanted with the natural ambience of the property that they upgraded their residence and made it their permanent home.

They moved into the house in January 1935 and the little thatched cottage became Dr Skaife’s entomological laboratory, affectionately known today as ‘The Skaife Cottage’.

In 1990 the property was sold to developers who, with careful planning moulded Tierboskloof into the unique Residential Private Estate that it is today.

With the Estates proximity to nature, its’ magnificent mountain location, unspoiled sea views and magical Baviaanskloof position, the focus has been, and continues to be on preserving and highlighting these natural attributes through sensitive planning.

The style of Tierbos is considerate towards the environment, creating a low visual impact estate. Looking up at Tierbos from the village of Hout Bay you will notice how ‘hidden’ it appears, camouflaged in the foothills of the mountain.

The original building has been preserved and upgraded. This cottage can be utilised by residents for private functionsand part of the cottage is used as an office by the Estate Manager.
Close by, is the estate swimming pool. The communal salt water pool affords magnificent mountain views and a distant glimpse of Hout Bay.

With few exceptions, it would be difficult to find a more unique setting for our all weather tennis court. Surrounded by fynbos gardens, the court’s magnificent sea and mountain views offer plenty of excuses for missing the ball.

The Estate also offers a full-sized squash court complete with change rooms, showers and toilet facilities.

Tierboskloof is located in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town. The Estate is situated in a valley on the Cape Atlantic seaboard, almost halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point.

Houtbaai, named by Dutch explorers, literally translated means Wood Bay. Jan van Riebeeck described Hout Bay as having the most beautiful forests he had ever seen.. Today Hout Bay still enjoys a rural atmosphere with several equestrian estates and small holdings.

Affectionately called “The Republic of Hout Bay” by its residents, Hout Bay lies just 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, yet it maintains a unique and timeless beauty that makes it popular with both locals and visitors.

Hout Bay was formerly a fishing village and has managed to maintain its unique combination of fishing harbour and country atmosphere. It’s long, sandy beach faces a bay framed by mountains and is quite simply exceptionally beautiful.


Security is a top priority for Tierboskloof. Camera and monitoring systems are employed to ensure the residents’ safety. Electric perimeter fencing, dedicated 24 hour security team, dog patrols and a 24 hour armed response are all part of the security measures taken. Access to the estate is controlled through a biometric identification system.

Our priority is to ensure that Tierbos is a beautiful, scenic and safe place to live.

For more information on Tierboskloof Estate and Living. Please visit Tierboskloof Nature Estate Website

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