Rooms: 4: 3 king/twin suites with en-suite showers and kitchenettes. 1 ground floor apartment with kitchenette, king/twin beds, bath and separate double cabin shower.
Prices: R850 - R1,250 pp sharing (depending on season and length of stay), singles on request.
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Meals: Full breakfast included, 5-10 mins walk from restaurants and the beach.
Directions: On the website and can be emailed on request, or just call.
The Hout Bay Hideaway, painted ivy green, literally disappears into the thick foliage of its delightfully overgrown garden. Smart meranti shutters lead you out of the rooms onto the long winding verandah that wraps around the house. Making my way along the tree-lined platform, where a jacaranda tree draped its purple flowers over the rail, I ogled at mountain, pool, garden and beach (which is only a five-minute walk down the hill). I’m sure most of the action takes place outside here, round the pool or rambling up buried garden paths to find the hammock platform. Inside, the rooms are a treat too, big, elegant and cosy with Turkish rugs decorating the floors, leather armchairs, palms in large pots, mohair blankets, giant wooden wardrobes, old trunks and original artwork, not to mention hard-working fireplaces for those less well advertised Cape Town winters. Skylight Suite is my favourite, with prime access to the outdoor Victorian bath buried in the shrubbery. Despite being rather exposed, outdoor bathing is apparently very popular. As Sue pointed out, "it is your holiday!" and that’s exactly the atmosphere she and Martin encourage – carefree and relaxed. Breakfast served on the balcony, just outside your room, is just one of the perks. Don't feel bad if you're still wandering around in your dressing gown at noon. This place has that kind of effect. Thick fluffy gowns are provided, by the way.