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April 10, 2018

Rates – 2017 and 2018

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Rates - click here for currency converter

Information, availability and prices can be requested online at any time.

Please visit our website for any updates on prices and

rates – www.houtbay-hideaway.com 

Accommodation rates are per person, sharing, per night, including

breakfast served to your room/balcony and all taxes. Wi-Fi usage,

unlimited tea and coffee and daily newspaper are all “on the house”.

 

High Season: 1st October 2017 to 30th April 2018
Bay View Suite R1250
Sentinel Suite R1050
Skylight Suite R1050
Garden Apartment R1250 double occupancy, children up to 10yrs free (Third person over 10yrs R650 per night)
Low Season: 1st May 2018 to 30th September 2018
Bay View Suite R975 pps
Sentinel Suite R825 pps
Skylight Suite R825 pps
Garden Apartment R975 pps double occupancy, children up to 10yrs free (Third person over 10yrs R500 per night)
Single Occupancy Rate + 50%

What to do in Cape Town

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What to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is the ideal place for a holiday, offering a vast array of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

From whale watching, to museum visits, extreme adventure outings, great shopping experiences and

fantastic restaurants, Cape Town has it all!

 

What to do in Cape Town

 

Whale Watching 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy seeing these majestic creatures of the deep from June to November
along the False Bay Coastline and up towards Hermanus.

 

Cape Point Nature Reserve - +27 21 7809010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The nature reserve provides a glorious look at the natural
fauna and flora of the Cape Peninsula.  Take a walk right to
the edge of the world!

 

Ostrich Farm - +27 (0) 21 7809294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cape Point Ostrich Farm was established in 1996 and turned into an ostrich breeding
farm by the vision of Angelika Coelle.

The 65ha farm was undeveloped and only the ruins of the 19th century Cape Dutch style
buildings were visible underneath the growth of many years. Dr. Coelle and his wife Angelika
had a vision and within the year they had accomplished to turn the dormant land into a
natural landscape breeding farm.

The family run business has passed into the 2nd generation and is now managed by
their daughter Catherina.

 

Kirstenbosch Gardens - +27 (0)12 843 5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens
of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch,
against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

 

Rhodes Memorial - +27 21 687 0000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situated on the Northern slope of Table Mountain and nestled behind the

famous Rhodes Memorial, lies this unique destination restaurant and tea garden.
This vantage point not only allows a panoramic view of the Cape Flats to the
Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain ranges but is one of the few
vantage points where both the Atlantic and Indian oceans can be seen.

 

Table Mountain - +27 (0)21 424 8181

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Town’s iconic landmark can be visited by cable car.  For the more energetic,
there are many trails and paths for hiking and walking.

 

Robben Island - +27 (0)21 409 5100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity,
suffering and injustice”
with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history.

 

V&A Waterfront - +27 (0) 21 408 7500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This premier shopping centre offers the best in boutique shopping as well as many
great restaurants, accommodation, tours and events.

 

The Company’s Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company’s Garden in Cape Town is a great place for travellers to spend a few hours
unwinding and exploring the natural, historical and architectural attractions.
Located right at the heart of the Mother City, the garden is easily accessible
and contains lots to see and do.
Iziku Museum - +27 (0)21 481 3800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of
scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years
old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000
years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.

The South African Museum was founded in 1825. In 1897 the Museum moved to its present
building in the historic Company’s Garden. Since then millions of visitors have wandered its
halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They
have left the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural
diversity, past and present.

 

South African National Gallery - +27 (0)21 481 3800

 

 

 

 

 

Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum
to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper,
photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.

 

Strawberry Picking - +27 (0)21 881 3303

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are various places to pick your own fresh fruit in Cape Town but
Polkadraai Farm is best known for strawberry picking in Cape Town.

 

Beaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ape Town has many spectacular beaches that you can visit -
pictured above is Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town, where you can
freely walk and swim with the local African Penguins.

 

Paragliding - +27 76 8922283

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy tandem paragliding at various venues in Cape Town.  The best way to view
this spectacular city!

 

Shark Cage Diving - +27 21 671 4777

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are various companies that offer this exciting opportunity.  Some
operate from Simon’s Town, some from Cape Town and some take you as far
as Gansbaai. A great chance to see these amazing predators up close.

 

Surfing - +27 21 788 9286

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing is a very popular pass time in Cape Town.  Many of our beaches offer
great waves and Muizenberg beach is no exception.  If you have never surfed
before you can take lessons at Muizenberg beach and become a pro in no time!

 

Clay Cafe - +27 76 810 5120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun for both kids and adults.  Come and paint your own clay object – cups,
bowls, ornaments and much more!  A wonderful setting beneath the Hout Bay
mountains with an outside play area.  A restaurant offers great meals.
Paint, play, eat – have fun!
Paintball - +27 21 790 7603

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are various paint ball fields in Cape Town – do a quick
Google search to find a location you like.  Great fun for friends and family.

 

Golf Courses -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great place to find a golf course in Cape Town is
http://www.aboutcapetown.com/golf.htm – there you will find
contacts for Atlantic Beach Golf Course, Bellville Golf Club, Clovelly
Country Club, Mowbray Golf Course, Milnerton Golf Course, Royal Cape Golf Club and more!

 

High Tea – The Mount Nelson - +27 21 483 1000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try the best afternoon tea Cape Town has to offer. Take a seat in the bright
and enchanting Lounge of the Mount Nelson Hotel, and enjoy an indulgent
feast. Glorious cakes, pastries and sandwiches stacked in tiers with live piano
music to set the scene.

November 29, 2017

Cape Town Guest House Accommodation

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Twenty minutes easy drive from downtown Cape Town, set amongst yellow wood, palms, wild olives, lemon trees and proteas. The Hout Bay Hideaway is a small luxury retreat overlooking ocean, mountains, beach, historic fishing harbour and accommodating a maximum of 9 guests.

Three spacious, carpeted suites and an apartment, with extra-large beds and cosy armchairs, many genuine antiques and original paintings, offer mountain and sea views through tall, wooden-framed windows. We have been cleaning upholstery to make sure that the apartment is move in ready.

All have access to the rocks and grottoes of the wild, climbing garden, vine-shaded veranda, barbecue area, solar-heated saltwater swimming pool and sundecks.

The final touch to a memorable experience is a secluded, fully functional Victorian bathtub under the ferns.

“For those who want the maximum of privacy and comfort with the minimum of fuss The Hout Bay Hideaway is a perfect choice”

Hout Bay Hideaway Guest House Accommodation

Absorb yourself in large elegant rooms decorated with flair and attention, Turkish rugs, armchairs, mohair blankets and original artwork.

  • Views are through large wooden windows with meranti shutters to ocean, bay, mountains and garden.
  • Extra long king size beds or twins (the choice is yours) dressed in crisp percal linen.
  • Large comfy armchairs
  • Private decks and verandas (perfect for breakfast)
  • Television with individual satellite receivers
  • CD/DVD player
  • Dressing gowns
  • Towels and beach towels
  • Heated towel rails
  • Ceiling fans
  • Secure parking
  • Turn down service
  • Electronic safe big enough for a laptop
  • Hairdryers
  • Eco friendly toiletries
  • Underfloor heating (learn how underfloor heating thermostats work)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenette (discreetly hidden away)
  • Maid service
  • Laundry/dry-cleaning by arrangement
  • Daily newspapers
  • Sundecks with single and double hammocks
  • Chauffeur service by arrangement
  • Airport transfers
  • Doctor on call
  • 24-hour security surveillancePlease see our website for more information and images on individual rooms

April 17, 2017

Vakansie Akkommodsie Hout Baai

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Vakansie Akkommodsie Hout Baai, Kaap Stad

Hout Bay Hideaway is geleë in die perfekte omgewing – omring deur fynbos, palms, geelhout-, wilde olyf- en suurlemoenbome met asemrowende uitsigte oor berg, historiese vissershawe en bloue oseaan. Slegs 20 min vanaf die Kaapse middestad, bied die Hideaway luukse en privaat akkommodasie vir 9 persone.

Die 3 luukse suites en een woonstel is ruim toegerus met ekstra groot beddens en gemaklike leunstoele, antieke meubels en oorspronklike kuns en bied panoramiese uitsigte omraam deur manjefieke hout venters.

Toegang tot die wonderlike wild-groeiende tuin is onbeperk en ‘n besoek aan die rotse en grotte is ‘n moet! Daar is ook ‘n braai area en sonverwarmde, soutwater swembad beskikbaar vir die gebruik van gaste.

Maar die kersie op die koek, is die baie privaat, funksionele Victoriaanse bad onder die varings en bome! Voeg daarby ‘n glasie wyn en ‘n boek en dit word ‘n onvergeetlike bad-ervaring!

“Vir besoekers wat die maksimum privaatheid met die minimum steurnis verkies, is die Hout Bay Hideaway die perfekte keuse vir verblyf!”

Kamers:

Maak jouself tuis in goed toegeruste kamers wat versier is met flair en aandag aan die fynste detail. Turkse matte, gemaklike leunstoele, sybokhaar komberse en oorspronklike kuns is ‘n fees vir die oog en siel…..

  • Groot houtvensters met meranti luike bied asemrowende uitsigte oor oseaan, berge, baai en tuin.
  • Ekstra lengte koningsgrootte beddens  – dubbel of enkel met vars perkale linne
  • Groot, gemaklike leunstoele
  • Private dekke en prieële -  perfek vir ontbyt
  • Televisie met individuele sateliet ontvangs
  • CD/DVD spelers
  • Kamerjasse
  • Badhanddoeke en ook swemhanddoeke
  • Verhitte handdoekreëlings
  • Dakwaaiers
  • Veilige parkering
  • Elektroniese brandkas – groot genoeg vir ‘n skootrekenaar
  • Haardroërs
  • Eko vriendelike toiletware
  • Ondervloerse verhitting
  • Komplimentere Wi-Fi
  • Kombuisie (weggesteek)
  • Skoonmaakdienste
  • Wasgoed diens
  • Daaglikse koerante
  • Sondekke met enkel en dubbel hangmatte
  • Vervoer kan gereël word
  • Lughawe vervoer kan gereël word
  • Dokter op roep
  • 24-uur sekuriteit
Hout Bay Hideaway - vakansie akkomodasie Hout Baai, Kaapstad

 

March 9, 2017

Hout Bay Hideaway Accommodation

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Have a look and see why Hout Bay Hideaway is the perfect place to spend your holiday!

Hout Bay Hideaway Accommodation

Hout Bay

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Why should you stay in Hout Bay?  Read this article from Cape Town Travel Adviser and you’ll see why!

 

“Why historic Hout Bay is so popular

 

Hout Bay
The surrounding mountain scenery makes Hout Bay one of the most attractive regions in the Cape. You’ll find a friendly working harbour, a famous bird sanctuary and lots of walking trails, as well as long stretches of sandy beach and a Sunday craft market.

Getting Here
The village of Hout Bay is easy to find. Take Victoria road from Seapoint and wend your way through the beach resorts of Clifton and Camps Bay, up the winding incline, past the exclusive retreat of Llandudno, and finally down the Suikerbossie hill into Hout Bay.

Another route into the village is via the recently upgraded Chapmans Peak Drive from Noordhoek. This cliff hugging toll road is a pleasure to drive and offers unmatched views across the Cape Peninsula.

And for those coming from the Cape Southern Suburbs eg. Newlands, Kirstenbosch and Constantia, the well known Constantia Nek route brings visitors down into the valley via a narrow tree lined road.

The Hout Bay region has been occupied since the stone age by the Khoi San and Hottentots. It was first discovered by modern man in the 17th century and at the time was covered in forest. Hence the name ‘Hout’(wood) bay.

It didn’t take long to discover that the local sea was rich in fish and crayfish, and in the 19th century a fishing industry was developed for overseas export. The fishing industry has expanded along with the harbour and this heritage is preserved to the present day.

For cheaper access to numerous Cape Town attractions: Cape Town Pass

 

Hout Bay Cape Town

© South African Tourism

You’ll find that social and cultural contrasts are very much a reality in Hout Bay. Wealthy property owners look out across the valley at Imizamu Yeto, the ever expanding sprawling shack community of migrants and immigrants which lines the mountainside. Jobless men congregate at intersections hoping for an offer of work for the day.

Fires are common in the shack community resulting in misery for the residents, and the local council is under pressure to provide housing. As it stands, other similar settlements elsewhere around Cape Town will apparently be given priority in an ambitious long term housing scheme called the N2 Gateway Project aimed at providing housing for all.

Hout Bay harbour is well worth a visit. Stroll along the quayside and watch the fishing boat crews unload their catch and barter with their customers.

There is the well known harbour fish store where you can buy freshly caught fish of many varieties, an upmarket curio shop and an ever popular fish and chip restaurant which is frequented from far and wide.

A number of ferries operate from the harbour, taking passengers out to see the seals at nearby Duiker Island which is overlooked by the distinctive landmark Sentinal mountain.

Hout Bay Beach
begins at the harbour edge and follows the length of the town in a long curve of sand, ending at the bottom of the winding Chapmans Peak Drive. There’s also a lagoon which fills with the tide and is popular with children.

A good family choice for your vacation on the beaches – if you don’t mind the wind which tends to gust at times. The sail boarders and kite surfers hang out here, as well as the jet skiers, and the sea temperature is swimmer friendly when the weather’s hot. ”

Hout Bay Hideaway is ready to take your booking – we look foward to seeing you!

February 9, 2017

The Benefits of Going on Holiday

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Is going on holiday really worthwhile?  Read this article from the Daily Mail and see why it definitely is!

 

“Going on holiday not only makes you feel good while you’re there – you reap the health benefits for months, new research shows.

Jetting off to exotic destinations such as the Maldives cuts your blood pressure, helps you sleep better and bounce back from stress, it found.

The benefits last at least a fortnight longer than the vacation and can be felt for months in some cases it is claimed.

Experts say workers should always take their full holiday entitlement each year – as many as one in three don’t – to reap the benefits.

The study compared key health markers in holidaymakers visiting Thailand, Peru or the Maldives, with people who stayed at home and continued working.

The average blood pressure of those on holiday dropped by six per cent while the workers saw their blood pressure rise by two per cent over the same period.

The sleep quality of holidaymakers improved by 17 per cent while that of the non-holidaymakers deteriorated by 14 per cent.

The study also found the ability of vacationers to recover from stress – known as the stress-resilience test – improved by 29 per cent.

There was a 71 per cent fall in stress resilience scores among workers.

Tests showed a fall in blood glucose levels, reducing the risk of diabetes, trimmer waistlines and enhanced mood and energy levels, with the effects sustained for at least two weeks after returning home.

The Holiday Health Experiment was conducted by tour operator Kuoni and Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity.

Altogether 12 volunteers underwent a health assessment, wore heart monitors to measure their sleep patterns and resilience to stress, had psychotherapeutic tests and were given dietary and lifestyle advice in summer 2012.

Half were sent on a two-week holiday abroad while the remainder stayed working at home.

Afterwards everyone had a second array of clinical and psychological tests and wore heart monitors for 72 hours.

 Psychotherapist Christine Webber, who carried out the testing, said blood pressure reductions are important to reduce the chances of stroke and heart attacks, while better sleep is good for the immune system.

She said: ‘It’s apparent from our results that the majority of people feel happier, more rested and much less stressed because of their vacations.

‘But, even more importantly, I have discovered that these benefits continue well past the vacation – in fact, for months afterwards.

‘I have also noted with interest that you don’t need to lie on a beach to relax. In the experiment, the couple who went on the busiest holiday had the most long-lasting reduction in stress.’

Dr Lucy Goundry, Nuffield Health, Medical Director, said ‘For the first time, our clinical results show how holidays helped these couples reduce their blood pressure, improve their sleep and manage their stress levels better.

‘These results clearly demonstrate that on holiday our ability to physically cope with stress improves.

‘As many as a third of workers do not take their full holiday entitlement each year – I urge everyone to ensure they plan their holidays carefully. Working hard is important but so is taking time to rest and recuperate.’

Derek Jones, Kuoni managing director, said: ‘This study backs up with evidence the long-held belief that holidays are good for our health.

‘I hope people will acknowledge not only a boost to their productivity, but to their longevity from taking full annual leave, preferably peppered throughout the year.

‘Saying you’re too busy to take your full entitlement could be counterproductive. Regular holidays can be counted as preventive medicine.’

Holiday - The benefits of going on holiday
Book your stay now at the Hout Bay Hideaway

January 19, 2017

Hout Bay Hideaway Guest House

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Hout Bay Hideaway Guest House -

Twenty minutes easy drive from downtown Cape Town, set amongst yellow wood, palms, wild olives, lemon trees and proteas. The Hout Bay Hideaway is a small luxury retreat, guesthouse, overlooking ocean, mountains, beach, historic fishing harbour and offering accommodating for a maximum of 9 guests.

Three spacious, carpeted suites and an apartment, with extra-large beds and cosy armchairs, many genuine antiques and original paintings, offer mountain and sea views through tall, wooden-framed windows.

All have access to the rocks and grottoes of the wild, climbing garden, vine-shaded veranda, barbecue area, solar-heated saltwater swimming pool and sundecks.

The final touch to a memorable holiday experience is a secluded, fully functional Victorian bathtub under the ferns.

“For those who want the maximum of privacy and comfort with the minimum of fuss The Hout Bay Hideaway is a perfect accommodation choice”

 

 

November 5, 2013

October/November 2013

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I don’t know where October has gone, but it was very enjoyable. The weather has been lovely, lots of very sunny and warm days, but because we’ve had a couple of days of heavy rain the garden is looking lovely.

Two new restaurants are due to open in Hout Bay, looking forward to trying them but Kitimas is still a favourite. We were there last Saturday, the vodka chocolate chilli martinis are to die for.

Rhianna was at Cape Town Stadium recently, the concert seemed to be a great success and brought lots of people into the centre of Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts start again at the end of this month. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday evening with a picnic listening to music with spectacular mountain and city views.

The Cape Point Vineyard Community Market also started again last Thursday.  This is a weekly market with a variety of food stalls and the perfect spot to enjoy the view over Noordhoek beach.

Last weekend was the Cape Town International Kite Festival held at Muizenburg.  I quote from the advertising of the event ‘This is Africa’s biggest kite festival and attracts over 20,000 visitors, including some of the biggest names in kiting in SA and the world who fly in to show off their magnificent kite creations’.  What more can you say.

Martin is busy cutting back the ‘vine monster’.  At the moment it looks like he’s trying to kill it but he’s been reading up on the internet and I’m sure it will recover and produce another hundred tonnes of lovely sweet grapes.

Halloween doesn’t seem to be a major event here but Bonfire Night is so we’re looking forward to seeing the firework displays around Hout Bay tonight.

HoutBay Hideaway – luxury accommodation in Hout Bay.

October 8, 2013

September 2013

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We had some beautiful days here in Hout Bay during September but also lots of rain, at least the garden is looking lovely.   Whales were in the bay, unfortunately we missed them but managed to see some while we were sipping cocktails on the veranda of the Twelve Apostles Hotel, it’s a hard life.

September is a great month to enjoy the deals on offer at some restaurants especially The Food Barn, half price lunch menu or 3 course evening meal for R185.  We had a treat on our wedding anniversary and went to La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek for lunch, it was delicious thoroughly recommend it.

We dusted the cobwebs off the bikes, put them on the bike rack and went to Cape Point.  We had a lovely day cycling, had a picnic overlooking the Hottentots- Holland mountains and enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers.  We also were very fortunate to see two ostriches mating, what a site.

As we were in Cape Town one Thursday we went to the weekly food market in St. George’s mall.  There are lots of stalls and it was great to see the office workers taking advantage and sitting outside enjoying their lunch.

Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay is showing Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.  Although we’ve seen it in the UK this production was adapted by David Kramer and set in Cape Town, it worked really well.  It was part in English and part in Afrikaans which wasn’t too much of a problem for us as we first saw the original production which was part English and part Scouse!!  It was wonderful and the standing ovation was definitely deserved.

Finally we have an old ‘sit up and beg’ bicycle outside The Garden Apartment with a basket on the front.  We noticed the other day that a bird is nesting in there, I’ve just checked, the two eggs are getting bigger, I’ll keep you posted.

I know I haven’t been very good at keeping this blog up to date but now we have a new website I’m definitely going to try harder so…………………….watch this space for monthly updates.

 

Luxury accommodation in Hout Bay – Hout Bay Hideaway.