Rooms: 6 en-suite double rooms, all with spectacular views.
Prices: R550 - R950 pp sharing.
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Meals: Full buffet and a la carte breakfast included. Lots of restaurants close by for lunch and dinner.
Directions: Entering Simon's Town you will see a sign 'Alternative Route to Cape Point via Runciman Drive', opposite Admiralty House take off-ramp to the right. Top of ramp turn right into Arsenal Road, then left into Cornwall Street. Cornwall Street then becomes Runciman Drive. Continue along Runciman Drive for 650m (straight over 3-way stop), take first right into Nelson Drive, then first right into Victory Way, then first right again into Dolphin Way. A Boat House is down the hill on the right.
On my way to 'A Boat House' I saw a pod of dolphins playing in Hout Bay harbour, so, to my mind, that had to be a good sign. Following Thérese across the gangway over the pool to the reception room, I was greeted by warm smiles, a pot of tea, home-made carrot cake... and the sun streaming in through sparkling, open windows, tipped my happiness rating off the chart. My luxurious cabin for the evening was the Lower Deck, a bright, open-plan suite with a huge walk-in shower and private balcony overlooking the marina and historic naval base of Simon's Town and False Bay. I skipped enthusiastically down the steps to town to fetch fish and chips from the Salty Seadog before the sun set. Be warned: you won't feel half as enthusiastic about the steps on the way back up but at least it burns off the deep-fried calories. When I eventually made an appearance in the breakfast room the following morning I was met by the wonderful Elise armed with fresh coffee and a breakfast buffet that could sink a battleship: banana bread, fruit cake, home-made muesli, fruit salad, muffins and an a la carte menu fit for a pirate princess. I felt so spoiled during my stay here. No wonder when Therese and Lud earned their hospitality stripes on board luxury yachts in the Caribbean. Two caramelised banana pancakes later I waddled off to see the penguins and search for hidden beaches along the rugged coastline of the Peninsula.