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A historic cottage with contemporary interiors only one road from the beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights


About the property

Stylish 4 bedroom (all en suite) house in an exquisite secret garden with pool

One of Camps Bay’s original homes, Shell Cottage has been totally revamped into a superstylish four bedroom holiday house whilst still retaining its 'bohemian chic' beach-style character.

It is set right in the heart of the village, just one road back from the trendy buzz of the promenade...but step through your front gate and you'll find yourself in a secret haven of peace and tranquility, hidden away from the world. Timber boardwalks meander for 50m through the lushest garden imaginable filled with hibiscus, lavender and all sorts of flowers and scents. Floating timber decks overhung by a giant Persian Lilac tree are surrounded by views of the Twelve Apostles and Lions Head mountains.

Shell Cottage is very different from many of the ultra-modern steel, glass and concrete properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, as it offers a lovely sense of privacy and space. Most people say that they immediately feel at peace, and at home, in this stylishly architecturally renovated gem, filled with beauty inside and out.

More about the house: Shell Cottage is a home that has been created with a lot of care and attention to detail, giving it real soul. A top architectural designer has renovated it into a superstylish home whilst retaining its beach cottage feel. Equipped to to the highest standard, it offers everything an international traveller may need in a self catering property, including wi-fi, satellite television, excellent security. It houses a collection of original art, quality furniture and many special pieces lovingly collected over time. Beds are dressed with white pure cotton linen and oversized soft cushion. The garden has many hidden treasures: there's a reflection pool guarded by a serene stone buddah, mosaiced stepping stones, crystals hidden amongst the foliage and, for the little ones to play on, a lifesize wooden sheep named Ma-aaa-ary!

Though fairly compact, the property feels spacious and airy as it enjoys a wonderful flow from outside to inside, and the care and attention to detail is evident. The lounge opens up completely onto the generous patio and pool deck, which overlooks the garden. There's also a light and airy yoga room that opens up completely to the garden, which could also be used as a playroom for the little ones.

Each of the bedrooms is unique and stylishly designed, and all open either onto the garden or private courtyards. Each of the en-suite bathrooms has its own unique theme, with an emphasis on nature - sand textures, pebbles, mother-of-pearl, driftwood.

More about the fabulous location: one of the best things about Shell Cottage is its most desirable position - Camps Bay beachfront is very close; less than a 150m stroll from the front door down a palm lined walkway but, despite being so close to the buzz, the cottage suffers no noise due to its secluded panhandle location off The Drive, a quiet residential road.

The local tennis courts and play park are across the road, and within a few minutes’ walk you have access to in excess of 35 restaurants, a number of bars, a library, shops, and all the other amenities that Camps Bay offers.

Shell Cottage is a holiday house that appeals to all ages. Its single level design & enclosed garden suits families with young children or the elderly but its stylish design and great location, just behind the trendy sunset strip and the beach’s great surf break, make it a dream holiday location for a group of friends who want to have a fun holiday.

More Details

Alison Preyer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Alison Preyer

I specialise in high end residential architecture and love to create homes that are a joy to live in. I purchased Shell Cottage in 2004 and have done extensive renovations, and continue to do so each year to make it better and better.

Because I own 4 other rental properties in Cape Town and Greece, and have renovated or built each one personally, and also had my own villa rental company, I believe I really do understand the needs of international travellers. I strive to make my guests' experience the absolute best it can be. After all, you've come all this way, and we want to you to love Shell Cottage and Cape Town, and come back again and again!

Alison Preyer purchased this house in 2004

Why Alison Preyer chose Camps Bay

Simply this: everyone who stays here absolutely loves this house. Many people return year after year and occupancy is close to 100%.

What makes this house unique

So close to the beach yet so very private and serene, set in the most beautiful garden with lovely mountain views. Absolutely no traffic noise, very secluded, completely secure. A very happy home.


Camps Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1: Sunny bathroom with large skylight giving wonderful natural light. Bath, vanity, toilet and separate shower all in one room with sandblasted glass door. Bathroom 2: Semi open, with bath, double basin, separate shower and closed toilet. Bathroom 3: Light and sunny bathroom with bath looking into rose garden and opening onto cobbled courtyard with outdoor shower. There is a closed toilet. Bathroom 4: Semi open with a large shower and single vanity. Romantic shuttered windows bring in light and fresh air. Separate toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1: Wonderful airy bedroom that opens directly onto the garden, with romantic shuttered windows with ornate bars that can be left open for fresh air. It has high ceilings and a sitting area with a couch and 2 chairs. Accessed from the entrance hall, a lobby dressing area with large contemporary sandblasted glass cupboards gives the room privacy, and leads into the bathroom. Bedroom 2: Another airy high ceiilnged bedroom that opens onto the garden via glass doors, with large antique sleighbed, two armchairs and a freestanding wardrobe. Secured windows give plenty of fresh air. Bedroom 3: The smallest bedroom, but very charming with mother-of-pearl accents and a screen wall dividing the bed from the bathroom. Wooden floors and high ceings with a fan add to its charm. Bedroom 4: accessed from the dining room it has wooden floors, high ceilings and big glass doors giving lots of nautral light opening onto a private gravelled courtyard with tumbling bouganvillea
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There's a small but delightfully light and airy yoga room in the garden with 3 mats provided for your morning asanas (or it could be used as a playroom for little ones).


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A historic cottage with contemporary interiors only one road from the beach
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

A wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

A block from the water's edge, Shell Cottage is a retreat well back from the street. We had great privacy in a small piece of paradise with gardens and a pool surrounding us. Alia, our landlady was enormously accommodating: our flight out of Cape Town was at midnight. She had no rentals arranged for the next day and she let us leave our suitcases at Shell Cottage until the evening and use Shell Cottage to freshen up after an additional day of exploring Cape Town. I offered to pay her for this and she declined. As with everyone that we met in South Africa, she was wonderfully gracious. I gave Shell Cottage 5 stars: it deserves 6.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at the Shell Cottage for our recent holiday in Cape Town and we could not have had a better time! The house is beautiful and turned out to be incredibly comfortable for our group of 7 adults. Each room is private and well appointed with beautiful bathrooms, comfortable beds, and private or semi-private courtyards. The house is just as pictured. We enjoyed the mountain views from the front yard. I cannot imagine a better location to stay in Cape Town! Tons of nice restaurants and awesome beaches are within walking distance from the house. All the major sights are a short drive away. The Shell Cottage is really quiet and private, even though it is so close to the main business strip. Ali is an awesome host and Priviledge (the house keeper) was lovely! Thank you for having us! We will certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and lovely home.

  • 5 of 5

Alison's home is lovely. Great location in Camps Bay to walk to local restaurants, shops, and enjoy the beach. We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time and the home was perfect for our family. Many thanks to the owner and to wonderful Privilege!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, great vacation setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! This is a beautiful home and we very much enjoyed our stay. We kept a pretty hectic agenda to fit in all of our activities during the day, so it was great to come back to such a nice place to relax. It is a great location - centrally located for day trips around the area and within easy walking distance to restaurants / the beach. I only regret that we did not plan enough time to spend just enjoying the home more. I hope for a return visit in the future! I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location with all needed comforts provided.

  • 5 of 5

This was an overall great experience. The location of the house could not have been more perfect with access to everything. The living area opened out to the most gorgeous garden with pool and provided peace, seclusion and ambience while still having full security. The owner Alison was fab and accesssble if needed. The daily housekeeper was a very lovely lady named Privilege and she could not have been more helpful. I loved that each room has its own bathroom and all towels and lnens etc were spotless. I would highly recommend this property and cannot wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Cape Town International Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
An entire selection of upmarket bars and cafes
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Cape Town train station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
N1 and N2
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
32 restaurants including sushi & fine dining
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Camps Bay Beach
Car: recommended

Camps Bay is the jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, this spectacular bay comes with as near perfect a beach as you'll find anywhere, to suit veryone.

A massive expanse of fine, soft sand forms a sugarwhite crescent around a bay that varies from pale turquoise to petrol blue, depending on the depth and the weather. On the left there are sealife-filled rockpools for kiddies to paddle in safely and gentle swimming, on the far right is surfers' paradise. Palm trees on the periphery shade a promenade just made for jogging, strolling or chilling.

Local life is casual and vibrant; residents & holiday makers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront. It's no wonder that Camps Bay is the place of choice for some of the country's wealhiest homeowners.

Golf: There is a small urban golf course on the seaside about 5km from Camps Bay, just before the Waterfront. Slightly further afield there is a wonderful selection of courses, from cliffside links to undulating winelands courses, or challeging courses set in magnificently mountainous scenery.




Additional information about rental rates

once off cleaning $84

Shell Cottage has regular upgrades to keep it in tip-top condition, with a thorough renovation done each spring. The rate includes a 1/2 day housekeeper on weekdays, with linen changed twice a week & towels when required. Guests may use the laundry for personal items.

Payment may be made in South African Rands, $ or € instead of pounds - conversion rate as per on day of payment.

Your deposit is refundable as follows:
Cancellation earlier than 12 weeks before arrival - full refund
Cancellation between 8 and 12 weeks before arrival - 50% of deposit refunded
Cancellation between 5 and 8 weeks before arrival - no deposit refund
Cancellation less than 5 weeks before arrival - no refund of any payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.