THE SHEP­HERD’S HUT

KOMMETJIE, WEST­ERN CAPE TRAVEL TIME 1hr 15mins from Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL - – SONYA SCHOE­MAN

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

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