An airy split-level cottage on a low ridge 100m from the beach with skylights overhead and a free-standing wood-burning fireplace on the upper level, with extensive sea and coastal views including the Cape Columbine nature reserve and its lighthouse. The cottage name, 'kwaThula', means 'peaceful place'.
Designed by noted architect, Jaco Visser, and built with thick plaster walls and chunky chimneys in the architectural vernacular of traditional Cape West Coast fishermen's cottages, the top level is open plan with lounge, kitchen and dining area flowing together and opening onto two sea-view porches with banks of aluminium and glass doors that fold out and away beneath split-board pitched ceilings with exposed trusses. The larger porch has a braai (BBQ) and small seating area great for sunsets and stargazing. The lower level has traditional reed-thatched ceilings and two en-suite bedrooms with expansive walk-in showers. Each bedroom has its own free-standing wood burning fireplace. Double French doors open from each bedroom onto a small courtyard with seating and a hammock in the shade. A path leads from the cottage through the indigenous garden to a private gate leading toward the beach. With the tight-sealing aluminium windows, skylights and doors and the wood-burning fireplaces, the cottage is fantastic any season and in any weather, and comes complete with a chest full of board games and shelves of great novels. There is a private path to the lower boundary wall of the property which opens through a private gate onto a path through conserved green space that leads down to the beach. Two off-street parking spaces are available.
Paternoster is a charming seaside village with many excellent eating establishments, including Reuben's just a few doors down and Oep ve Koep Bistro known for its hyper-local regional Strandveld cuisine foraged from the land (fynbos) and sea. This cottage is in the Bekbaai area, which is more private and expansive than other sections of the village, and offers its own beach and walking paths. The village is quite small and walkable, but bicycles are available for hire from the petrol station at the entrance to town.