Rooms: 1 free-standing holiday home on its own plot of land: 1 king/twin, 1 queen, two shared bathrooms; one with bath and hand-held shower/one with full shower/guest toilet upstairs near bedrooms.
Prices: R450 - R600 per person sharing. Ask about rates for longer stays and single person rates.
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Meals: Self-catering. A light meal is provided, depending on time of arrival. First morning breakfast supplies.
Directions: Emailed on booking.
Arriving at the quaint and appropriately-named Acute Cottage in the late afternoon sunshine, I was delighted to find an ivy-clad, thatched, chocolate-box cottage and a warm welcome from owner Simonette. I stepped through the stable door into a cosy kitchen to discover afternoon tea and cake had been laid out on the table in my honour. Inside the fridge I also found milk, yogurt, fruit, bacon and eggs for my breakfast; no need to venture out to the shops just across the park. How thoughtful! Simonette had even gone to the trouble of putting up a Christmas wreath on the door and a tree in the lounge. Now if that doesn't make you feel at home, I really don't know what will. The cottage is fully equipped for self-caterers, a true 'home away from home'; with brass beds in each of the rooms; rich, wine-coloured velvet bolsters on crisp white bed linen (fluffy pillows naturally); walls hung with botanical prints, pretty plates and delicate framed tapestries; cupboards arranged with antique objets d'art and tea sets. With plenty of cupboard space, long-term guests can really move in here and use the place as a secure, easily accessible bolt-hole from which to explore the Cape. On Simonette's advice I took a walk across the green to the Italian restaurant, a hidden gem in quiet suburbia with an impressive reputation among locals and celebrities alike. Picture perfect, convenient for the airport and centrally located for pretty much everything.