Olive View Luxury Eco-Pods by untether

WORDS Cheri Morris PHOTOS Michelle, Rebecca Ann


At the foot of the jagged arches of Wellington’s dramatic purple-brown mountain peaks stands Olive View by untether. The three luxury eco-pods, with their environmentally soft architecture and luxe interior design, centre sustainability to reflect the tranquillity of the surrounding nature’s unspoilt solitude.

Inspired by the confines of COVID-19, James Coetzee and Brandon Muller dreamt up untether to be a collection of nature-steeped stays where people can escape the urban noise of the city without trekking too far or forgoing the work requirements of WIFI.

Located on a 24 hectare farm just outside of Wellington, amongst a bouquet of slowly-returning fynbos where a rumoured resident Cape Leopard and curious caracals roam, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Olive View is just that: a space to reconnect, disconnect or be a digital nomad.

Olive View Luxury Eco-Pods by untether
Olive View Luxury Eco-Pods by untether

Interior design by Jackie Hunter of Imagenius Interiors reflects the rolling landscape’s pause-worthy views with reds, greens, woods and simplistic elegance – the ideal space to come back to after a long day of hiking, trail-running, birdwatching and/or skydiving (for the adrenaline-inclined).

Olive View Luxury Eco-Pods by untether

The three structures built by Future Build Construction – all beyond shouting distance of one another, as per untether’s No Neighbour Promise – feature light steel frames for a fast build that disturbs as little of the surrounding ecosystem as possible. Despite offering every creature comfort a city kid could want – fireplace, SMEG appliances, strong internet, a work station and sunken wood-fired hot tub, to name a few – the farm is entirely off grid. Everything is powered by solar, even the borehole pump.


For more information, visit untether’s website here and learn more about the construction in Olive View’s build documentary here.

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