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