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Swim with the Penguins!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Architect's award-winning beach house overlooks quaint Simon's Town and False Bay. Wind-protected balcony allows one to barbecue while enjoying the sights of the beaches below. A colony of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) has settled there and freely move among their human counterparts. Often they can be found nesting in the yard of the house.

In addition to the spectacular views over False Bay, there is a Golf Course across the street of the house and one may view golfers on the 7th green from the dining room table. There is safe, wind-free swimming on the warm side of the Cape Peninsula (Indian Ocean side) at Boulders beach, about 200 yards from the house.

Nearby Simon's Town (once a British Navy base and now the center of the South African Navy) has Victorian buildings and many shops, galleries and restaurants to visit.

Keywords: Beach House

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About The Owner

This property was built by my late father, an architect as a weekend getaway house from our house in suburbia. The basic design was inspired by the brightly-coloured cliff houses of Positano, Italy. Pretty much every weekend of my highschool life was spent here, along with many friends. I have subsequently left South Africa, but I cannot leave this house, which is as part of my life as my heritage .

The Owner purchased this house in 1970

Why The Owner chose Cape Peninsula

This property was inherited from my late parents. I have been visiting it for almost 50 years and never tire of it. The mandate was to build a maintenance-free beach house, and, except for the gutters and minimal paintwork around the windows, it's pretty much that! Some of our neighbours are STILL waiting for us to paint it. Simple, easy living. Drop your bags and head for the beach, or grab a cold beverage and admire the ocean view from the balcony.

What makes this house unique

The architectural feature that defines this house is something you would only notice when visiting. The weather in Cape Town is entirely dominated by the prevailing wind direction; in summer, the wind mostly comes from the southeast, and it can be a raging howl (Cape of Storms is a common name for the area). Sam (my late father) recognized this, and built the house backing as a wedge into the wind. As a result, even on the windiest summer days, the balcony is protected from the wind and one can enjoy the almost 270 degree view over the bay while relaxing and barbecuing. Similarly, Boulders Beach, below, is protected and is thus a popular venue for families. The addition of a penguin or two simply enhances everything.


Cape Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in loft above living area, Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) two or four in single room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cape Town International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Simon's Town Country Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Simon's Town
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Boulders Beach
Car: necessary

Home to a colony of African penguins that are often found nesting in the yard, Safe swimming sheltered from the summer winds


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Service Fee $44
Cleaning Fee $65

All rates quoted in US$, assuming payment in either dollars or ZAR. While exchange rates vary, please assume approximately 13 Rand to the US Dollar.

Long term stays (3 months or more) will have a mutually negotiated rate.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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