Cape Town

Rooms: 12 king/twins with en-suite bath/shower, 1 with en-suite kitchenette.

Prices: R550 - R1,400 pp sharing. Singles + 50%.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner and light lunches on request (preferably with 24-hours notice as only fresh produce used).

Directions: Emailed or faxed on request. GPS: 34 01 05 10S - 18 20 54 90E.

GPS: GPS: 34 01 05 10S, 18 20 54 90E

Ivanka and Luis Frasco
53 Mount Rhodes Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

Tel: (0)21-790-1773
Cell: (0)82-547-7328
Fax: (0)21-790-4864
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You cannot fail to be inspired by Dreamhouse and its mountainous harbour-view setting. The staggered garden contains many intimate leafy places that envelope both you and the landscape in the foliage. This is an artist's oasis and, if the mood takes you, Ivanka will dish out brushes, watercolours, canvas and frame so you can paint your own memories and take them home. The house and rooms reflect your host's own creative flair in colour, texture and line, with sweeping-armed suede sofas (it's always handy when your other half deals in furniture), a heavy wooden-beamed fireplace and high ceilings. The rooms are all different and named after their predominant colour, my favourite being the red luxury suite at the heart of the house where I imagined star-gazing from bed or rocking in the balcony-bound hammock for two. Hand-made mirrors, draped sarongs from Pakistan and an abundance of shells adorn the daily-different table décor. “Everything has its own story," according to Ivanka. Devoted to her guests, she applies attention to detail and impeccable yet unobtrusive service at all times. Whether it's a picnic basket you need, a cocktail at the pool lounge or directions for a sunrise walk up Little Lion’s Head, she'll be there. Also trained in reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology and various massages there are a multitude of blissful experiences available at the hands of her equally skilled and personally trained staff. As we used to say at university (for some reason), “live the dream!”

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