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There are lots of lovely grand old houses in Kalk Bay but there is some­thing very spe­cial about the at­mos­phere of Kim­ber­ley House. It’s on the St James side of the vil­lage, half­way up a semi-cob­bled cul-de-sac, and while lots of its orig­i­nal 1895 pe­riod fea­tures have been re­tained – moun­tain stonework, high ceil­ings, cir­cu­lar win­dows, ore­gon pine floors – it’s been sen­si­tively ren­o­vated to cre­ate the easy-liv­ing flow of a mod­ern house. There’s a large en­ter­tainer’s kitchen, plenty of doors and win­dows open­ing onto a huge, deep, semi-cir­cu­lar stoep with serene sea views, and a pro­tected court­yard out back. The ter­raced gar­den is equally invit­ing, with a lovely shaded seat­ing area. All three dou­ble rooms are en-suite, with more French doors. The lounge has a fire­place and so­fas that in­vite you to flop down and gaze at the view ’til your eye­lids get heavy. There’s a sep­a­rate util­ity room, 10-seater din­ing room and park­ing for four cars – ideal if you in­tend hav­ing vis­i­tors over. ROOM TIP There is a sleeper couch in the TV room so you can add ex­tra guests at a push. COST From R2 950 (sleeps six). CON­TACT kim­ber­

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