The Beach House

UN­LISTED, SHAKA’S ROCK

Getaway (South Africa) - - THE FINAL CUT -

There are at least three op­tions in this area named, some­what unimag­i­na­tively, ‘Beach House’ but this one is by far my favourite: an un­pre­ten­tious, dinky cot­tage that has re­tained all the char­ac­ter and scale of its ori­gins (it was one of the first built here, when there were only fish­ing cot­tages on this coast). It has been min­i­mally ren­o­vated, with no al­ter­ations to the orig­i­nal struc­ture, and fur­nished sim­ply but taste­fully. The for­mer owner used it for the oc­ca­sional photo shoot, and her decor flair has made this the best-dressed three-bed­room, two-bath­room op­tion on the North Coast. The cot­tage is on a ter­raced plot on a steep­ish in­cline and is sur­rounded by a small, lush, well-tended gar­den – there’s a patch of flat lawn at the top and a small deck area af­ford­ing great sea views. Wil­lard Beach, one of Bal­lito’s best for swim­ming, is just 200 me­tres away. Walk­ing back to my car, I stopped to watch a few surfers bob­bing in a large swell and felt an enor­mous yearn­ing to turn back and book it for a whole month. COST The cot­tage has just been sold, so the rate is TBC – when I vis­ited it was R1 800 (sleeps six). CON­TACT 082-921-8703

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