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You’d be forgiven for imagining yourself in Bali as you enter the Villa Maison Noir across the wooden boardwalk straddling two ponds filled with koi, and approach the lanai, the open-sided verandah in front of you. It’s dominated by a high-pitched roof lined with bamboo latte, and there’s low-slung Asian furniture of the kind you might find in a temple. Two large Buddhas watch as you make your way, across a long hall-corridor which connects the living areas on the left with bedrooms on the right, into the heart of the building and onto the lanai which looks out over the pool to the garden and the indigenous fynbos beyond. And just as you’re beginning to enjoy that idyllic slice of the Far East, a different type of exotic takes over as Africa rolls into view.

The house is in fact laid out as a collection of A-frame buildings masquerading as ‘huts’ clustered alongside one another as though they were part of a traditional, rural African village. They’re distinguished by a variety of heights and volumes, staggered footprints and, most of all, by a dark tone of paint that’s not only chic and practical, but that hints at the mud brick-built homesteads of central Africa. A high wall encircles the ‘village’ – just as the kraal wall, in any part of the continent, would a remote village, designed to keep the cattle in at night and wild animals out. But this is Hout Bay, on the south side of the Cape Peninsula, and we’re only 30 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. Think of Maison Noir as a private village where the kraal wall provides privacy and roots the houses in its physical context on an awkward slope way above the Hout Bay Valley.

To understand architect Paolo Deliperi’s vision, you’d have to climb the steep, wooded incline behind the house so that you can look down onto it huddled in the embrace not just of the encircling wall, but of a series of terraces which fall away to the valley below. And while the Bali theme is ever-present, it seems, in the seamless arrangement of interconnecting indoor-outdoor spaces and a series of serene pools of water, it evaporates when you realise that the site, surrounded by no less than four magnificent peaks of the mountains that give the Cape Peninsula its character, is rugged and dramatic and, well, African. To the north, and visible from the pool, is the flat-topped back of Table Mountain – an unusual view that’s normally the exclusive preserve of mountain climbers.

Sleeps 8-12 guests

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 1 x Bedroom (king) upstairs loft room (queen)
  • 2 x Bedroom (king) upstairs loft room (single)
  • 4 x Bedrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • All linen provided
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • CD player
  • Dishwasher
  • DSTV (Card supplied)
  • en-suite
  • Espresso machine
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer
  • Ice makers
  • iPod docking station
  • Microwave
  • Movie cinema
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pets (by prior arrangement)
  • Pool (heated)
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Toaster
  • Towels (swimming)
  • TV
  • Wi-fi
  • Wine cellar

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Rates

R14 300 : 1 May '17 - 06 Dec '18
R32 500 : 07 Dec '18 - 15 Jan '18

All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability / actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

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Cancellation / Prepayment

The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.