Cottage in Simon's Town, Western Cape, S Africa - Peaceful Location 10 minutes walk to the Beach
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About Elspeth Campbell
Elspeth lives in Cambridge. She settled in London from Zimbabwe 28 years ago. She is a professional running her own Management Consultancy business, a mum and is committed to the philosophy and practice of yoga. She is an Iyengar Yoga teacher. Her cottage in Cape Town dates back to Elspeth's time studying at UCT in 1982 when it was acquired into the family and many happy times have been spent there over 36 years.
Elspeth Campbell purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why Elspeth Campbell chose Simon's Town
We adore the quiet beauty of the area around Simon's Town and the lovely, unspoilt beaches and rugged walks immediately accessible out of the back door. The location is pretty, calm and safe; also easy to get to interesting, lesser known places anywhere on the peninsula.
What makes this Cottage unique
From the deck watching the sunrise or sunset across the sea is very special. By night we get a magical view of stars and glittering lights across the bay. The new pergola and braai facilities on the deck offer the opportunity of meals while enjoying glorious sunlight or moonlight playing on the sea, and the movement of the waves to get a sense of the weather conditions. Alternatively breakfast or dinner in the protected area means we enjoy being outside away from wind and sun. This False Bay sea is warm, lovely for swimming. Local penguins are a delight! We may choose a breath taking walk up to the water tower behind the Cottage or the Naval Steps a little way along Runciman Drive. The quiet road and safe neighbourhood mean the children may visit the local store or Simon's Town without us worrying. On cold winter nights its cosy with curtains drawn, heating on, chilling out on comfortable sofas, dipping into nice selection of DVDs and books, with the bonus of sea view - its great!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great Location. Quiet in the Wintertime. Short walk to view the penguins at Boulders Beach. Beautiful sunrise over the bay. We enjoyed breakfast at the Lighthouse Cafe. We used the clothes washing machine and hung our clothes outside on the line to dry. Two bathrooms with bathtubs and no standup shower. I haven’t taken a bath sitting in the tub since I was a child. The electric wall heater in one bedroom did not work. We enjoyed meeting Barry at arrival but I have never before had to pay a security deposit in cash. Using a credit card was not available. We didn’t have water one day because of a water main break in town. We experienced load shedding in Johannesburg and decided that no water was worse than no electricity. This is Africa was our reaction. Our 3 night stay here was part of a 3 week vacation across Southern Africa visiting family.
Breathtaking views from a peaceful oasis
We had a fantastic stay. We felt immediately at home. The cottage is located on a small quiet residential road. It has magnificent views, especially from its sun terrace - a perfect place to relax and read a book. Bookshelves filled with a good selection of books were much appreciated.
WIFI and Netflix were just the icing on the cake for our screen dependent teenager but the WiFi was also very helpful for the adults to connect on WhatsApp. Barry, who welcomed us at the property was very friendly and chatty. We truly loved the property and we would definitely love to stay there again on our next trip to Cape Town.
Great Location in Simon's Town
We had a great stay at the cottage! It was within walking distance to Boulder's Beach and the little shops. The views are spectacular! And Barry made our stay even better with great recommendations and hospitality. We would definitely love to stay here again if we ever get the chance to return :)
I'm so pleased you enjoyed the views I love them too.
We stayed at this lovely home for a week while visiting my daughter, an exchange student at UCT. The home is everything the photos suggest: simple, elegant, comfortable, and impeccably maintained. It has wonderful views of False Bay and is a comfortable walk to downtown Simon's Town.
I’m so pleased the Cottage was a special place for you to enjoy being with your daughter in Cape Town.
Amazing views !!!
Elspeth, thank you so much for such a memorable stay at your home. This home is in a great location. Bolder beach is literally a 5 min walk away. The views from the porch are perfect for sunrise coffee. The home itself is great. Very clean and again good views from the living room windows. Berry was amazing as well. Answered any questions we had. He went above and beyond to make sure we knew where good restaurants were and a small grocery down the street for snacks to keep at the house. Berry even helped us unload our luggage. He is amazing and an A+. Elspeth Thank you for keeping in touch making sure we made it and that check in and out went smooth. Hope to see you again soon !!!
Kenneth I am thrilled we could make your visit happen and the Cottage could soothe your souls after the turbulence and difficulties of your journey, 'till next time!
Quaint, cosy house!
The house was very nice. Great views and it had everything we needed. We made our own breakfasts and the kitchen was perfect. Barry, the caretaker, responded to any queries we had and provided us with good restaurants. Will recommend!
Susan I am so pleased you enjoyed the views and were comfortable, I like the kitchen too. Great that Barry at the Cottage agents SPL looked after you responsively! Elspeth
Special interest holidays:
We can arrange transport to and from Cape Town International Airport. We can recommend a dependable hire car service, for car collection at the airport. We can arrange trips to Cederberg on the arid West Coast, kayaking on the Orange River and in West Coast National Park. We can arrange trips to other main cities in South Africa: Durban, Johannesburg and trips to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Closest beach 7 minutes walk is Waters Edge Beach sandy, pretty and safe. Others Indian ocean, ie warmer: Glencairn our favourite! Boulders (penguin sanctuary), Fisherman's and Longbeach, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg - for surfing and swimming. Further away Atlantic side, ie rather colder! Hout Bay and LLundudno for swimming. Scarborough and Kommetjie - for extreme surfers and marvelous sunsets, Nordhoek - for long walks, horse rides and experienced surfers, and Soetwaters - for kite surfing.
Cape Town International Airport is 60 minutes by car.
We strongly suggest the use of a hired car.
Situated 2 miles/20 mins walk to Simon's Town Village with many nice restaurants, harbour tours, boats to seal island. Cape Point National Park - 30 mins scenic drive south. Silvermine Nature Reserve for walking, picnics - 30 mins drive. Cape Town - 50 mins by car (or 70 mins scenic train journey by the sea) for the cable car to ascend Table Mountain, the Waterfront Plaza and boats to Robin Island. The wine growing areas of Paarl and Stellenbosch are 60 minutes drive. Wine is also grown locally.
Shopping: 'Seven Eleven' on the main road, 5 minutes walk,and has most essentials. Spar at Glencairn for more. In Simons’s Town and Fishhoek you can buy almost anything. In Sun Valley Pick and Pay at Long Beach Mall you can buy everything. There is also a cinema at Long Beach Mall.