THE SHEPHERD’S HUT
KOMMETJIE, WESTERN CAPE TRAVEL TIME 1hr 15mins from Cape Town International Airport
In a quiet lane in Kommetjie there’s the cutest hideaway I’ve stayed at in a long time. It’s a traditional English shepherd’s hut. They’re dinky little ‘caravans’, around since the 1800s, and used by shepherds to overnight when they moved their flock from pasture to pasture (google ‘shepherd’s hut’ to see some amazing examples). Mary Duncan, a writer and editor and all-round creative, decided to make one herself, and did so with the help of her brother and her friends. It’s made from wood and corrugated iron (delightful when it rains), and is remarkably well insulated. It’s so tiny that it just fits a queen-size bed (basically built into the one side), but the space is an inspiration for compact living. It’s all white inside and beautifully fitted out, with a hot plate, kettle and anything else you might need (there’s even Wi-Fi). The toilet/ shower is two steps away in another small hut, and is open to the elements, looking out into a stand of 200-year-old white milkwood trees. (The stand is protected, which deserves a special mention as there aren’t many left.) Tucked into Mary’s bird-filled garden, her house is close by but the hut’s positioned in such a way as to offer privacy. I loved the semi-outdoor shower and the cocoon-like aspect of this space, both inside the caravan and under the trees. We stayed in winter and it was perfectly warm. And the beach? It’s about a minute’s walk away – just down a path, about 100 steps, and the bay opens up like a motion picture in front of you.
DO IT R850 (sleeps two). 073-094-4804, airbnb.com/rooms/ 15870423