Rooms: 1 unit with 2 rooms: 1 double with en-s shower, 1 twin with bath. Open-plan kitchen/dining/living area. Heating. Kitchen fully equipped with dishwasher & washing-machine. Serviced once a week but more frequently on request. DSTV on request: R20 per day.
Prices: R500 per person per day if 2 people staying; R250 per day for each additional person staying. Maximum 4 people. Children 12+ welcome.
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Directions: From the main road, turn down 9th Street and travel right down to Beach Road. Turn left into Beach Road. Cross 8th Street. No. 96 is the second from the corner of Beach and 7th Sts.
GPS: 34°20'39.84"S 19° 1'31.80"E
When the family bought “the beach house” in 1954, the milk was delivered by bike. Kleinmond still feels like a sleepy little town, but it’s hardly surprising that more have fled here since. The house is but a kite-tail’s length from the sea, the blue Atlantic stretching forth beyond a strip of fynbos. You can choose to watch the whales (from August to December) from two spots, the sea-side verandah or the upstairs bedroom. The latter runs from one side of the house to the other under a vaulted ceiling and ocean-side the walls stop and the glass starts, forming a small square sitting room jutting out towards the blue. Here there is a soft couch and cushioned chairs, perfect for siestas, sunsets (and of course whale-watching). Downstairs is equally adorable. It feels a bit like a Nantucket Island house: white, light, airy and adorned with simple understated beach furnishings. It is totally self-catering here, but walk a kilometre west and you’ll find some untouristy cafés in the old harbour; a short drive away are white, sandy, blue-flag beaches, perfect for kids, flying kites, swimming and walking. There is a rock pool about 50 yards from the house, and apart from that all the swimming takes place at the beach and lagoon which is a 15-minute walk away. Kleinmond is near the Arabella Golf Estate, the Kogelberg Biosphere with its myriad fynbos species, the wild horses of the Bot River Estuary and Hermanus, but avoids its touristy-ness. Closed 10th December – 10th January.