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One of Camps Bay’s original homes, Shell Cottage has been totally revamped into a superstylish four bedroom holiday house whilst still retaining its 'bohemian chic' beach-style character.
It is set right in the heart of the village, just one road back from the trendy buzz of the promenade...but step through your front 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 hibiscus, lavender and all sorts 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.
Shell Cottage is very different from many of the ultra-modern steel, glass and concrete properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, as it offers a lovely sense of privacy and space. Most people say that they immediately feel at peace, and at home, in this stylishly architecturally renovated gem, filled with beauty inside and out.
More about the house: Shell Cottage is a home that has been created with a lot of care and attention to detail, giving it real soul. A top architectural designer has renovated it into a superstylish home whilst retaining its beach cottage feel. Equipped to to the highest standard, it offers everything an international traveller may need in a self catering property, including wi-fi, satellite television, excellent security. It houses a collection of original art, quality furniture and many special pieces lovingly collected over time. Beds are dressed with white pure cotton linen and oversized soft cushion. The garden has many hidden treasures: there's a reflection pool guarded by a 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!
Though fairly compact, the property feels spacious and airy as it enjoys a wonderful flow from outside to inside, and the care and attention to detail is evident. The lounge opens up completely onto the generous patio and pool deck, which overlooks the garden.
Each of the bedrooms is unique and stylishly designed, and all open either onto the garden or private courtyards. Each of the en-suite bathrooms has its own unique theme, with an emphasis on nature - sand textures, pebbles, mother-of-pearl, driftwood.
More about the fabulous location: 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 and 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 design & 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.
Bedroom 1: Wonderful airy bedroom that opens directly onto the garden, with romantic shuttered windows with ornate bars that can be left open for fresh air. It has high ceilings and a sitting area with a couch and 2 chairs. Accessed from the entrance hall, a lobby dressing area with large contemporary sandblasted glass cupboards gives the room privacy, and leads into the bathroom.
Bedroom 2: Another airy high ceiilnged bedroom that opens onto the garden via glass doors, with large antique sleighbed, two armchairs and a freestanding wardrobe. Secured windows give plenty of fresh air.
Bedroom 3: The smallest bedroom, but very charming with mother-of-pearl accents and a screen wall dividing the bed from the bathroom. Wooden floors and high ceings with a fan add to its charm.
Bedroom 4: accessed from the dining room it has wooden floors, high ceilings and big glass doors giving lots of nautral light opening onto a private gravelled courtyard with tumbling bouganvillea...moreless
Bathroom 1: Sunny bathroom with large skylight giving wonderful natural light. Bath, vanity, toilet and separate shower all in one room with sandblasted glass door.
Bathroom 2: Semi open, with bath, double basin, separate shower and closed toilet.
Bathroom 3: Light and sunny bathroom with bath looking into rose garden and opening onto cobbled courtyard with outdoor shower. There is a closed toilet.
Bathroom 4: Semi open with a large shower and single vanity. Romantic shuttered windows bring in light and fresh air. Separate toilet....moreless
Green Season 2015 Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Early Summer 2015 Sep 1 - Dec 14, 2015 3 night min stay
Peak Season 2015/6 Dec 15 - Jan 10, 2016 14 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jan 11 - Mar 31, 2016 5 night min stay
Late Summer 2016 Apr 1 - May 31, 2016 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
once off cleaning£60
Shell Cottage has regular upgrades to keep it in tip-top condition, with a thorough renovation done each spring. The rate includes a 1/2 day housekeeper on weekdays, with linen changed twice a week & towels when required. Guests may use the laundry for personal items.
Payment may be made in South African Rands, $ or € instead of pounds - conversion rate as per www.oanda.com on day of payment.
50% deposit to be paid within 3 working days of receipt of invoice, with the balance payable 6 weeks before arrival.
Cancellation schedule: more than 3 months prior to arrival - full refund of deposit less banking fees; between 2 and 3 months prior to arrival - 50% of deposit refunded; less than 2 months to arrival - no refund of deposit; after full payment 6 weeks before arrival - no refund.
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Camps Bay is the jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, this spectacular bay comes with as near perfect a beach as you'll find anywhere, to suit veryone.
A massive expanse of fine, soft sand forms a sugarwhite crescent around a bay that varies from pale turquoise to petrol blue, depending on the depth and the weather. On the left there are sealife-filled rockpools for kiddies to paddle in safely and gentle swimming, on the far right is surfers' paradise. Palm trees on the periphery shade a promenade just made for jogging, strolling or chilling.
Local life is casual and vibrant; residents & holiday makers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront. It's no wonder that Camps Bay is the place of choice for some of the country's wealhiest homeowners.
Golf: There is a small urban golf course on the seaside about 5km from Camps Bay, just before the Waterfront. Slightly further afield there is a wonderful selection of courses, from cliffside links to undulating winelands courses, or challeging courses set in magnificently mountainous scenery.
Year Purchased: 2004
About: I specialize in high end residential architecture and love to create homes that are a joy to live in. I own 2 other rental properties in Cape Town and 2 in Greece, and have renovated or built each one personally. I have also had my own villa rental company so really understand the needs of international travelers, and strive to make my guests' experience the absolute best it can be. After all, you've come all this way, and we want to you to love Shell Cottage and Cape Town, and come back again!
Why Camps Bay: Simply this: just about everybody who stays here absolutely loves this house. Many people return year after year and occupancy is close to 100%.
The Unique Benefits at this House: So close to the beach yet so very private and serene, set in the most beautiful garden with lovely mountain views. Absolutely no traffic noise, very secluded, completely secure. A very happy home.