Beautiful old fashioned beach cottage in Clovelly, 30mins drive to CT city, 100m from Fish Hoek beach, built 1921, set up against lovely mountain, wraparound verandah with large garden. Very secure and accessible for road and rail. Wifi provided. Clovelly is a low crime area and the location perfect for both cool Kalk Bay (15 min walk/5 min drive in one direction) and practical Fish Hoek (15 mins walk/5min drive in the other direction).
My cottage is a perfect holiday location just a few minutes from the beach, or a retreat for getting away from it all. It has bags of charm - 1920s style high ceilings and wooden floors, wallpapers and fabrics by local artist Rob Tarlton at Quagga. The cottage is airy and light, with wide verandahs facing a conservation wetland and mountain, an outside shower for sandy bathers returning from the beach, and a large beautiful garden planted by a serious gardener and with a water lily and fish pool. It sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms - one with a double bed, one with 2 singles which can be put together and a single room with one bed. The cottage is not big enough to accommodate any more than 5, so that really is the limit.
There is a bathroom with bath and large separate shower, plus an outside shower, and 2 toilets. Towels, bedlinen, household linen and a hair dryer are provided. The kitchen/diner is well equipped for cooks, and has a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and the usual appliances. There is a tumble dryer in the scullery to dry laundry on damp days.
The cottage has wifi broadband provided and a TV with a basic package of programmes, a good sound system and BBQ. (Guests these days do not use the TV much, which is why I provide free unlimited wifi, but if you want it upgraded just let us know in advance and this can be added for your stay, at whatever DSTv currently charge for the various packages.) Many people use Netflix these days - remember to bring your laptop HTMI cable if you plan to do this!
The property is very secure, walled all round, and with a very good neighbourhood watch group, and crime is low in the area. There is also an ADT alarm with callout and panic buttons, and the front wall has an automated gate, so two cars can be parked safely inside the property.
The cottage is called 'Skemering'. This is an Afrikaans word meaning 'twilight' and also 'faint recollection', and it is the name of my grandparents Cape beach cottage that I loved as a child.... so this is a house for you too to make happy holiday memories. It is a lovely place for socialising and many guests have made 're-union' trips based here. I also find it a great place for retreats - to write, walk on the beach and mountains, read and reflect.
Guests use their own mobile phones, but unlimited wi-fi broadband is provided so that laptops and tablets can be used.
There are a few steps from the garden onto the verandah (see photos) but internally there is only one tiny 'step' of a few centimetres in the kitchen - otherwise the house is flat and easy for the elderly or disabled to navigate.
No-one other than the guest uses the garden and premises.
I live in the UK for most of the year, so am not present during your stay - but you will get a friendly welcome from my local agent Melissa Jackson, who lives nearby and manages keys, cleaning and so on. She is also available in case anything needs attention, or to answer questions as she knows the area very well.
There is a lily pond (with goldfish) which is 1 metre deep. Guests are responsible for their own safety. As usual, no smoking in the house please, or pets, and please do not feed the fish... thanks!!
My insurance will not cover your personal losses, or my losses if guests do not close and lock the gates, doors and windows and use the alarm system. So please take care. If there is a burglary and the insurers will cover the losses then I will charge guests only the costs of my insurance excess and loss of no claims bonus, but if the insurers will not cover the loss, due to guest negligence, then the guest will be responsible for all losses. That seems fair!
The road to Cape Town is about 100metres away and the railway line about 200 metres and you can hear cars and trains in the daytime - but nights are quiet, and you can hear the waves breaking during the night which is the most comforting sound in the world... If you are seeking total silence then this may not be the place for you. During 2017 there will be intermittent road works as they finalise the Kalk Bay upgrade - but I can't say exactly when these days will be. At present I am told that the works will be finished by mid 2017 at the very latest, and the disruption at present is very minor, but please don't hold it against me in reviews! Thanks.
From June 1, 2015, the SA government has introduced new travel rules for people under 18. They will require birth certificates, adoption certificates, and permission from both parents for children under 18 to enter the country. So if you have a young person travelling with you please check with your airline, South African embassy, or other authorities. I would hate to see any of my Airbnb guests caught by this new rule. Below is an extract from the internet - but please check with your local authorities too.
'Under the new law, all minors under the age of 18 years are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an unabridged birth certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry.
According to the department, when a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent.
The affidavit should be no more than three months old from date of travel.
In the event of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the unabridged birth certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person. Copies of the ID or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian must also be provided.
My neighbours are lovely people - and I value my relationships with them. So consideration over excessive or late noise is expected please.
You will see that there is a deck on top of the carport - this is out of bounds for guests as it is not safe, and it infringes my neighbours privacy. Furthermore, I cannot take responsibility for any accidents while guests are staying. Thanks for observing these rules.
I am a university professor living in Norfolk in the UK. I come from South Africa and have family there, as well as my beach cottage in Cape Town, called Skemering after my grandparents beach house. I spend a couple of months in Cape Town every year, gardening, enjoying the beach and writing.