My 3-bedroom house collects sunshine and is warmed by two fireplaces. The spacious kitchen-living-dining area is set for happy dinners. Five minutes from the city centre, and on bus routes, Walmer Estate is a friendly neighbourhood.
My house is over a hundred years old, and newly renovated into something simple, but special. The mood of the mountain is visible from the coffee corner in the kitchen. And from the sink (if you don’t use the dishwasher) you can see the harbour and city lights.
Sun pools in from different directions throughout the day. The two fireplaces do the heating when the sun does not (and the cellar has a good supply of wood).
The kitchen-living-dining-room open onto the deck. The whole space is designed for comfy, casual entertaining.
There are two double bedrooms (one en-suite with a queen sized bed), and one single bedroom.
The main bathroom has a huge claw footed bath. It has a habit of making people disappear for long periods.
The courtyard is stuffed with plants and has an outside shower.
The deck is the perfect place to recline on a warm evening.
The outside shower provides relief on a hot summer's day.
Zugang für Gäste
In addition to the bits described above, the house has:
100% Cotton percale bedding
Plenty of towels
A washing machine
A kitchen set up for cooking
Off street parking (for one car)
An espresso machine
Interaktion mit Gästen
I will be away between August and December, but am more than happy to interact via email as much as is required. I do know the city well, and will happily provide personalised thoughts on what might suit you in the city.
I do have detailed house guide which you get access to once you have booked and there are also copies of this printed out and in the house.
Weitere wichtige Infos
There are a few things that I have changed since the pictures were taken. There is a new dining room table (especially designed and made for the house), the couch has been recovered, and there is a new antique wall hanging in the spare room which I found on a recent trip to France. I'm confident that these are improvements so you won't be disappointed.
If you smoke please do so outside.
If you use the fireplaces keep a good eye on them.
Please tell me if you break anything.
Please park in the house parking, or directly in front of the house, as this is the neighbourhood norm.
Please lock up when you go out.
Please greet the neighbours if you see them in the street they will notice if you don't!
In general, please treat this as the much-loved home that it is.
I’ve done a turn or two around the world, but for a while now have been letting the dust settle on me a little in Cape Town. I’ve spent the last year renovating my house, building it around not-so-obvious gems I have found in markets and antique shops and given a bit of a shine. My home is made to be properly lived in and loved, and ideally any guests staying here would appreciate that.
I get my kicks from kiting and my highs from climbing. My nine-to-five is spent doing the research for my PhD in medical anthropology, on a topic I find dismal, but fascinating. I mellow out by getting dirt under my fingernails making things grow.
I will likely be round the corner in the city if you rent my house and would be happy to give the guidance and advice about getting the most of Cape Town if you require it.