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Sample Testimonial Hout Bay Hideaway from TripAdvisor
A tranquil spot. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and presented with all facilities. Shops and restaurants of Hout Bay are very accessible and only 30 minutes by car into the centre of Cape Town. Breakfast on the terrace every morning very relaxing. Sue and martin are the perfect hosts, there when needed but very discreet. I would recommend this accommodation without hesitation


It's difficult to put into words just how relaxed you can feel after just a couple of days spent at the Hideaway. Sue and Martin have managed to combine the luxurious feel and service of a top class hotel with the warmth and personal touch of a home from home.
We opted for the Seaview room, a large room with a balcony looking across to the bay. The bed was huge and so comfortable that a single night's sleep was enough to wash away the tension of a years work in London! On waking you find a delicious breakfast (tailored to your tastes) awaiting you on the balcony, delivered without disturbance. The room also has a small kitchenette facility cleverly tucked away behind what appear at first to be cupboard doors, so tea and coffee are available to you at any time of the day. A bottle of wine from a local estate (red or white according to your taste) is also provided, an excellent touch.
The garden provides peaceful seclusion for anyone wishing to spend the day relaxing, together with a saltwater pool. Although we were the only guests during our 3 day stay, as there are only 3 rooms it is difficult to imagine ever feeling cramped by other guests.
Sue and Martin know a great deal about the local area, and can recommend excellent activities, restaurants and the best routes for driving.
Our only regret from our stay is that we couldn't make it longer! I would highly recommend the Hideaway to anyone looking for a good base for exploring Cape Town and the surrounding area, and certainly for those in need of some rest and relaxation!


Assured luxury, excellent food and the warmest of hosts

Even before we arrived our hosts had organised competitively priced car hire and delivery for us in a hassle free professional manner. A very warm welcome on arrival at this gem of a house that is truly hidden away yet close enough to local restaurants and shops to walk if required and an excellent base for exploration of Cape Town and the wider Cape. Sue and Martin's interior decoration is to be admired with modern and period art and furniture blended together in a most delightful way giving a natural quality feel throughout. Needless to say the rooms are very well thought out even including a hidden kitchenette housing tea and ground coffee (nice touch) and milk in the fridge. There's also a microwave and sink hidden by doors at your will. One can take breakfast in the room, on the terrace overlooking the pool or in the dining kitchen, our favoured option where you can quiz your hosts and other guests on all things SA. The breakfast is as good as you can expect anywhere the quality and range of choice being exceptional. The team work of our hosts at breakfast is also a pleasant experience to observe particularly the subtleties that maintain the very high standards. The place is spotless, the rooms spacious, the bathroom clean with an excellent power shower, you want for nothing. We have travelled extensively throughout the world (60+ countries) and stayed in all types places from basic to the best available. The best places offer a combination of luxury, coupled to high standards due to the 'people factor'. Hout Bay Hideaway have the perfect combination.
 


Article on www.internationalliving.com

Hout Bay Hideaway

Date: 12/01/2003

Dear Reader,

We thought we'd share this with those who like unique places.

While we were searching for a house to buy in Cape Town, we spent a few weeks touring the Western Cape. Our last week was spent in Hout Bay, a very pleasant village 20 minutes from the city center. We're now in contact with real estate agents there, and when we find the right type of house, Hout Bay will be our choice.

We stayed in the Hout Bay Hideaway (contact details below), a charming, 1930's-style European villa with a large garden, and lots of old rugs, antiques, art…and privacy--something we don't usually find in B&B's or Guest Houses.

Next year, we are going to rent the whole villa and return with friends. All suites have a kitchenette filled with wines, champagne, healthy breakfasts, meals of your choice by arrangement, and the best kind of staff--they're there when you need them, but don't bother you.

Our suite had breathtaking sea and mountain views, a large private deck, a DVD player, classical music, satellite TV, and a private fireplace.

We've stayed in the most expensive hotels around the world, but this beats them all.

Jan Fisher
For International Living



Review on Blog @ SA venues


Hout Bay – a Delightful Hideaway on

Hout Bay gained its name from early Dutch settlers in the Cape. It literally means Wood Bay, for the timber they gathered there to construct the early buildings in the Cape. After a brief period where the area was used for Manganese mining, the still-existent fishing industry was founded.

One of the main attractions in Hout Bay to this day, aside from the white sandy beaches and mountains that encircled the protected bay, is the harbour. Home to several art and curio stores, restaurants and maritime antiquity dealers, the harbour is a must visit. Take a stroll along the piers, buy freshly caught fish straight from the trawlers when they return from the sea, or enjoy a delicious seafood lunch or dinner in one of the eateries.

Another activity visitors to the harbour may choose to take advantage of is one of the boat trips to Seal Island, just off the coast outside the bay. Often featured on wildlife documentaries, this large seal colony is home not only to hundreds of Cape Fur Seals, but also to that fearsome predator of the deep, the Great White Shark, who prowl the waters around the tiny island waiting for their chance.

The boats that take you out on a trip to the island also tour the bay, and often guides point out attractions such as the old fort en route to the island. Another feature of many of these boats is a glass bottom, where you can have a unique perspective of the sea around the Bay, and who knows, maybe spot a seal, or one of those sharks. For beach lovers, besides the main beaches of Hout Bay, there are the options of the nearby, secluded Llandudno, or for the braver, visit South Africa’s only nudist beach – Sandy Bay.

The Sunday Craft Market, featuring local arts and crafts, as well as activities such as pony rides for the kids, is another option for visitors, as is a trip to Africa’s largest bird park, the World of Birds, which is home to more than 400 species of birds and other animals, including monkeys, wallabies and reptiles.

For those who would like to discover more about the history of the area, there is a museum in Andrews Road, which houses a collection of local artifacts, and provides an in-depth exploration of the local history, dating back to the Strandlopers, who populated the area thousands of years before its “discovery” by the Dutch.

Another great way to explore the area is to take advantage of one of the many hiking trails that meander through the mountains around the town. All of these trails offer the opportunity to experience the Cape’s unique floral kingdom, Fynbos, up close and personal, combined with magnificent views of the town, surrounding mountains and sea.

When leaving Hout Bay, it is worthwhile to take the Chapman’s Peak route, which snakes precariously around the mountain. Views from this road are amazing, and it is possible to stop alongside the road in designated areas and enjoy a picnic.

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