Rooms: 5 fully-contained serviced self-catering units: 2 x 3-bedroom units, 1 x 2-bedroom unit and 2 x 1-bedroom units. All with full kitchen, living area and en-suite bathrooms.
Prices: R1,400 - R3,600 per cottage per night.
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Meals: Fully self-catering.
Directions: Faxed or emailed on request.
These globe-trotting Brits have retired their backpacks and settled at the opposite, luxury end of the accommodation world. Seduced by South Africa’s charm and sunshine, Mark and Julia permanently unpacked, kids and all, building a new life and some very stylish self-catering cottages on the wooded southern slopes of Hout Bay’s leafy valley. When I arrived a fruitless effort to find a pen sent Mark dashing for a replacement and I was able to enjoy a purple moment inspired by the towering evergreens and the incredible stillness. A koi pond plinked occasionally with frogs or fish exploring the sun-freckled surface. Other visitors to the Flemings' subtly-crafted garden include peacocks, Egyptian geese, cormorants, butterflies and dragonflies. From the pool-side sun-loungers and braai area your eye will be drawn across the lawn and rocky peaks before sweeping, like the garden, into an area of dense wood. All units have private outdoor areas dappled by vine-wound frames. Marble-topped kitchens are fully kitted out with everything from top-of-the-range toasters to dishwashers, and laundering is available with the lady who does the daily servicing. Living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms are kept simple with clean-cut lines and contrasting tones; high-quality white linens gleam against dark leather headboards, fresh-cut sunflowers pose upon polished tables and square silver-tapped sinks rest against natural slate or travertine tiling. The Tarragon offers a finely-tuned mix of character and luxury.