BLUE WATERS

SI­MON’S TOWN, WEST­ERN CAPE TRAVEL TIME 1hr 7mins from Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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

Set on an in­cline over­look­ing the road to Cape Point, this glo­ri­ous house has an un­in­ter­rupted view of False Bay. And im­me­di­ately at its feet, one of the coast­line’s best trea­sures: a marine re­serve with its jumble of mag­nif­i­cent boul­ders on which many seabirds roost. It’s also a fab­u­lous spot to snorkel – here I saw sand sharks, oc­to­puses and a host of fish it was fun to try iden­tify. Blue Waters is owned by the fam­ily of ar­chi­tect Michele Sandi­lands. Dat­ing back to the 1920s, it’s been won­der­fully ren­o­vated to cre­ate a space that al­lows com­mu­nal gath­er­ing – mainly in the well-equipped kitchen, which has con­certina doors that open up onto the stoep – as well as pri­vacy, in the rooms and lit­tle nooks here and there for read­ing or dream­ing. My favourite place was the wooden deck out back (at the time I stayed the gar­den still needed to be com­pleted), fur­nished with cush­ions and car­pets. It’s set higher up on the slope so it over­looks the roof of the house and out over the glit­ter­ing bay. In­side, the house is beau­ti­fully put to­gether with­out feel­ing stuck-up. I es­pe­cially loved the art, which was hung on pic­ture rails rather than on the walls – in par­tic­u­lar two paint­ings, gor­geous dreamy un­der­wa­ter de­pic­tions by Cha Daven­port, as well as an orig­i­nal wa­ter­colour by Robert Bur­ridge and prints by Bowen Boshier. All of the three rooms are lovely but my favourite is the one tucked up­stairs. The one off the kitchen is best for those who go to bed last; it has an en-suite with an out­door shower (one of three).

DO IT From R2 900 (sleeps six, plus two ex­tra mat­tresses for kids if needed). Mid-week spe­cial for Get­away read­ers un­til 30 Novem­ber: pay for two nights, stay for three. per­fec­thide­aways.co.za

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