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March 9, 2017

Hout Bay Hideaway Accommodation

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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

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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
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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.

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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.

 

July 31, 2012

August 2012

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Another beautiful Cape winter’s day. Although we’ve had some much needed rain the last week has been beautiful.
While pottering in the garden last week we were excited to see an eagle owl sitting on a branch of the jacaranda tree. As anyone who knows Elsie will realise she was in fear of her life, the owl was almost the same size as her. Hopefully the owl will help to keep the squirrels away from the guava tree, we keep finding lots of half eaten fruit.
The Hout Bay Harbour Market is still very popular in fact they are now open on Wednesday evenings with entertainment.
There is great entertainment on in Cape Town during August, Burn the Floor (dance) at the Artscape, Andre Rieu at Grand West and Cabaret at Theatre on the Bay and lots of great winter specials at many of the restaurants, we’ll let you know which we try!!

March 21, 2011

Reviews from www.tripadvisor.com

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“Hideaway Heaven”
Date of review: Mar 5, 2011

We spent 4 nights at the Hideway, what an apt name, and what a great place. we stayed in the Skylight suite at the rear overlooking the garden and pool with a 2 aspect bacony and very easy access to the beautifully warm pool, a decent size and crystal clear salt water. we frequently sat watching the nectar eaters (birds) perched on the Proteas oblivious to us about 20 feet away
Martin and Sue our hosts were superb, nothing too much trouble and wonderful breakfasts served on the balcony outside our room courtesy of Sue. The Wi fi worked well every where we tried it and the Kitchenette in the room was an absolute godsend for evening snacks if we had had a large breakfast followed by a beautiful lunch (Reccommend “The food Barn” and Chapmans Peak hotel for lunch). Off street secure parking was another bonus and the whole experience exceeded our already high expectations. Thank you again Martin and Sue, we will be back

Recommended by this reviewer? Yes