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Gorgeous, historic beach house in secret garden

SuperhostCape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Entire house hosted by Alia
8 guests4 bedrooms4 beds4 baths
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Shell Cottage is truly magical: super-stylish yet, with its lovely bohemian-chic beach style character, so different to all the other steel & glass mansions.

It's set in the heart of Camps Bay village just off the trendy promenade...but step through your front gate & you'll find a secret haven of tranquility surrounded by mountain views.

Timber boardwalks meander through the lushest garden imaginable filled with trees, birds and a bouquet of scented flowers & citrus.

The space
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One of Camps Bay’s original homes, Shell Cottage has been totally renovated into a super-stylish four bedroom (each with their own bathroom and outdoor area) holiday home, whilst still retaining its historic roots.

It's located just one road back from the trendy buzz of the beach promenade, right in the heart of the village, but step through your private gate and you'll find yourself in a secret haven of peace and tranquility, hidden away from the world. Timber boardwalks meander for 50m through the lushest garden imaginable filled with shady trees, hibiscus, bougainvillea and all manner of flowers and scents. Floating timber decks overhung by a giant Persian Lilac tree are surrounded by views of the Twelve Apostles and Lions Head mountains.

Though intimate, the property feels spacious and airy as it enjoys a wonderful flow from outside to inside; the garden and house blend as one as the lounge opens up onto the generous patio and pool verandah, which overlooks the garden. There's also a light and airy yoga room in the garden for your practice, which could also be used as a playroom for the little ones or a home office (good wifi signal).

Beds are dressed with white pure cotton linen and soft blankets, plump pillows, heating blankets and heater in winter and fans in summer. Each room has somewhere to sit quietly, both inside and outside. The garden has many hidden treasures: find the serene stone buddah, mosaiced stepping stones, crystals hidden amongst the foliage and, for the little ones to play on, a lifesize wooden sheep named Ma-aaa-ary amongst the lush foliage and flowers.

Equipped to to the highest standard, the house offers everything international travellers may need in a self catering property at no extra charge, including unlimited wi-fi and electricity, a large Smart TV with Netflix, twice weekly pool servicing, unlimited dry wood for the fireplace and barbeque, discrete private security and the daily care (weekends excluded) of the world's most wonderful housekeeper, Privilege. Most of our rave reviews have a paragraph dedicated to her!

A note at this point on the safety measures we have in Shell Cottage...and its perfect viability of being a safe retreat from which to live and work in this strange new world:

- between each rental we do a full sanitation fogger to ensure it's absolutely safe for our guests
- Priv cleans the house every week day (weekends are for her family)
- we have a subscription with a 24-hour emergency service, Bay Response, who are trained to respond to any emergency instantly
- Supermarkets such as Spar, Checkers and Woolworths will deliver your order into the garage
- There is a separate home office in the garden, currently set up as a yoga room, which would be a private and sound proof place to work remotely.

One of the best things about Shell Cottage is its most desirable position - Camps Bay beachfront is very close; less than a 150m stroll from the front door down a palm lined walkway but, despite being so close to the buzz, the cottage suffers no noise due to its secluded panhandle location off The Drive, a quiet residential road. The local tennis courts, where you are welcome to play, and kiddies play park are across the road, and within a few minutes’ walk you have access to in excess of 35 restaurants, a number of bars, a library, shops, and all the other amenities that Camps Bay offers.

Shell Cottage is a holiday house that appeals to all ages. Its single level layout and enclosed garden suits families with young children or the elderly, but its stylish design and great location, just behind the trendy sunset strip and the beach’s great surf break, make it a dream holiday location for a group of friends who want to have a fun holiday.

What makes it so different from many of the steel, glass and concrete properties on the Atlantic Seaboard is that it offers a lovely sense of softness, privacy and space. Most people say that they immediately feel at peace and at home in this space filled with beauty, inside and out, created with so much care and attention to detail giving it real soul. The architect owner has curated a collection of her favourite original art and has housed it in Shell Cottage, and each year the house gets just a little more beautiful due to her loving administrations. We'd love you to read our guest book reviews!

Please come and experience Shell Cottage, where our whole focus is to give our valued guests their best holiday experience ever.

Guest access
Private enclosed garden with 7x3m swimming pool (serviced twice weekly in summer). Free unlimited wi-fi, Netflix, excellent security with perimeter alarm and security company services, week daily cleaning service, weekly linen change.

Other things to note
Fabulously private and quiet, yet so close to the action of the Camps Bay beachfront. Other properties which are not as lucky to be this close to the beach have to drive down and park miles away. You can also walk home from the restaurants and bars in the evening and not worry that you've enjoyed a lovely glass or wine or two.

Also, if you are a group larger than 8 I have access to another property very close by, when we can supply 1 or 2 extra self contained rooms, 3 bedrooms all ensuite or all 5 together, thereby being able to sleep a total of up to 18 people.
Shell Cottage is truly magical: super-stylish yet, with its lovely bohemian-chic beach style character, so different to all the other steel & glass mansions.

It's set in the heart of Camps Bay village just off the trendy promenade...but step through your front gate & you'll find a secret haven of tranquility surrounded by mountain views.

Timber boardwalks meander through the lushest garden i…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Wifi
Air conditioning
Kitchen
Cable TV
Indoor fireplace
Pool
Hangers
Iron
Dryer

Accessibility

Well-lit path to entrance

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Camps Bay is the most desirable and requested destination for international travelers in the whole of the country. Why? Because it's incredibly picturesque, nestled between the one of the natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain, and the ocean and transected by swathes of green forest with clear mountain streams. The beach is spectacular, around a kilometre long and several hundred metres wide, and pure white sand, which has earned it a place in TripAdvisor's top beaches list. And there is the most wonderful choice of restaurants lining the beachfront, within a very short stroll from the house.
Camps Bay is the most desirable and requested destination for international travelers in the whole of the country. Why? Because it's incredibly picturesque, nestled between the one of the natural wonders of…

Hosted by Alia

Joined in August 2013
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Im an architectural and interior designer, impassioned transformer of homes into beautiful living spaces, villa owner and very proudly Capetonian. I have 15 years experience in hospitality in Cape Town (as well as Greece and London) and honestly do my best to give my guests the most joyous holiday experience with the help of my backup team of Priviledge (housekeeper) and Carole (manageress)...after all, I really want you to have such a good time that you come back and bring your friends and family with you! Not only is Cape Town exceptionally scenic, but that beauty is so accessible...we're surrounded by beaches and spend much of our spare time in or on the water, but we also enjoy the many mountain trails around the city, horse ride on long white beaches or through hilly vineyards, play tennis overlooking the ocean and explore the magnificent coastal roads, all without battling crowds or traffic. When we're feeling less energetic we sit at seaside pavement cafes with a great cappuccino and a backgammon board, enjoy delicious, affordable fresh food at one of the stylish restaurants that Cape Town is so famous for, chill at a cool urban bar listening to a local band or stroll through the city on warm evenings when all the art galleries are open late...good reasons why Cape Town has time and again been voted Best City to visit. Come and see why for yourselves, you'd be so very welcome!
Im an architectural and interior designer, impassioned transformer of homes into beautiful living spaces, villa owner and very proudly Capetonian. I have 15 years experience in hos…
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