Cape Town

Rooms: 2 king/twins, 1 with bath, 1 with shower.

Prices: From R650 per person sharing with full breakfast. 50% single supplement
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Meals: Full breakfast included with a choice of fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurts, cereals as well as the typical eggs, bacon etc.

Directions: Emailed on request.

Di and Don Lilford
3 Lindevista Lane, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

Tel: (0)21-790-1955
Cell: (0)83-259-6025
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Standing in Di’s garden, I sighed with satisfaction, gazing across a valley and beach bathed in late-afternoon sunshine. Well away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town proper, Hout Bay runs at a pace of its own... and Paddington’s and the Lilfords are right in step. After years on their valley-floor farm, they have moved up onto the hillside accompanied by a gaggle of visiting guinea fowl (impatiently tapping on the French doors for their tea when I arrived) and their steady stream of guests. There’s a relaxed feel of country living here and while the building itself may be new and square, it’s full of old prints, family furniture and well-trodden rugs. Visitors have the run of the tiled ground floor, with both bedrooms just two yawns and a stagger from breakfast, tacked onto the drawing room and kitchen. One room gets the morning sun, the other the afternoon rays and both are blessed with gigantic beds. A deep and enticing claw-foot bath in the one and a power shower in the other. If you feel up to it, Don and Di (both journalists - Don is the editor of the Hout Bay Sentinel no less) will point you in the direction of the best restaurants, golf courses and the beach, while for the lethargic loungers among you there’s pétanque on the graveled French courtyard or a book on the vine-covered verandah. With a Kronenbourg in hand, you could easily be in St Tropez. Oh, and there’s always the dark and minimalist, heated jet-pool behind the house. Choices, choices.... Email for self-catering options.

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The moon rising behind the Constantiaberg.
grape harvest
Cape lemons make good marmalade
Plunge pool on the top terrace
The vine clad stoep at paddington's
The gravel werf at paddington's
The view across the lawn to the bay
The front room with views of the bay
The bauhinia tree and gravel garden
Bauhinia flower
Gravel courtyard
The pretty red and white garden en suite
The entrance to the gravel courtyard
The house has a shady, vine clad front verandah
Sunset over Houot Bay as seen from the verandah