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Over a white garden wall and a thick bank of indigenous greenery, Kleinmond beach presents itself as a giant sickle shape of deep blue sea edged with shreds of a white lace wave line. It is a glorious view and must have been the deciding factor for the positioning of the cottage – the first in the area – in the 1860s. Much of the authenticity of the original cottage remains, with deep window ledges revealing the width of the walls that naturally insulate the interior from summer heat or the cooler months from June to September. A break here offers the wonderful simplicity of a real beach holiday. Sand that may not have washed off entirely in the outdoor shower will fall on either slate, terracotta or sturdy wooden boards, all practical surfaces that invite a barefoot break.
Albertyn Huis offers ample space and different areas for a group of family and friends to converge. While a large Oregon pine dining table dominates the kitchen area, a boma area with a fire pit and braai, through double doors to a sheltered courtyard, is where summer evenings are likely to play out. There is a second dining table on the sea-facing veranda. It is a clever arrangement. At any time of the day and in any wind conditions, there is shelter and sun, a slatted reed roof breaking the strong light on the front veranda. It is both a simple and sophisticated house, unfussy yet comfortable, welcoming and practical. White crockery and kitchen basics are arranged on suspended shelves and for holiday cooks, this means being part of the conversation that may rally between the kitchen, the boma area and the adjacent living room where extra deep sofas invite a sprawl rather than provide formal seating.
You will also sleep well here. The thatched roof filters the sound of the sea but it will be there on the edge of your dreams, white sound to lull you into a restful night.
What we love!
The Kleinmond area is part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and there are fabulous walks and hikes in the area. The famous wild horses are often seen in the reeds beyond the lagoon edge.
While the village of Kleinmond is a few minutes away on foot, the position of the house offers complete privacy and quiet.
There are a couple of two seater canoes which guests may use on the lagoon which is a stone’s throw from the house.
What you need to know…
Parking is available outside in a shady spot under the trees. There is no formal garaging.
Please note there is no TV or wifi at Albertyn House. (This is due to the owners preferring to live life more simply whilst on holiday).
Reviewed by Les Aupaias
Based on 5 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Albertyn Huis.
We had a great time, thoroughly enjoyed the house and its location.
The house was lovely and just perfect with the location.
On arrival before we even looked at the house we had to sit on the deck to admire the view. One can see for miles uninterrupted along the beach. Trevor, the meet and great man was very friendly and helpful. The house is well appointed and does not lack for anything. Although Kleinmond has some great little restaurants and is close enough to Hermanus for a quick drive for lunch, we cooked/BBQd in one of the nights and can’t say we missed anything needed to cook with. The outside lappa area was great to Braai in but if you prefer there was also a Weber. From the house, a 5min walk along the beach there is a great no frills restaurant that is open from 9am to evening serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Portions were very generous, food good old fashioned. The Palmiet river is worth a visit for a swim. I would highly recommend the house and suggest a longer stay than the 2 night we could manage!
I just wanted to thank you again - we had an absolutely cracking couple of days at Albertyn Huis, we all LOVED the house itself, it is so beautiful and also really comfortable and well-equipped. Trevor our ‘greeter’ was super helpful and cleaning lady Monica greeted us each individually with a hug and even my (rather particular!) mum couldn’t fault the cleanliness of the house. We had a wonderful time on the pristine beach and canoeing on the lagoon, enjoyed a super lunch at Gabrielskloof wine estate and returned to Cape Town feeling happy and rejuvenated. We will definitely return.
We had a great time. The house and Kleinmond were great and worked well. We would like to book again.
Off peak: R5 500 - R7 000
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