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Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town along the Cape’s curvaceous peninsula of flourishing towns and tourist spots, the serene and secluded seaside village of Scarborough nestles itself at the foot of the Slangkop cliffs of Table Mountain. A burgeoning community of artists and architects, farmers and fancy entrepreneurs alike, have been seduced by the soul of this special place, and settled their creative roots into the invigorating soil. Clusters of beach bungalows meet the beautiful stretches of squeaky white beaches, with rambling walking trails that meander the cliffs and up into the thick indigenous fynbos of the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Cushioned into the wetlands down a little lane that’s no more than a five-minute wander from the shoreline, Abraça – which means embrace in Portuguese – wraps itself around the pristine nature it inhabits, and beckons it back inside. A structured and refined dune-inspired garden – with its waterbessie trees, milkwoods, weeping figs, wild strelitzia, long dune grasses and carpets of kikuyu – cunningly cocoons the property from the wilderness that prevails beyond the boundaries. A subtle sentiment in keeping with the whole embrace theme, the garden enraptures like a remote and restful retreat.

Set on two levels of supremely spacious, textured and tenacious living, dining, entertaining and resting spaces, this family-owned hideaway generously embraces the styles of the family members that occupy the home, together and apart. And given that the owners are a talented family collective: Boy and Frankie Ferguson (her much-loved decor stores is TAT in Stanford), Anton De Sousa Costa, and Boyd Ferguson and Geordi de Sousa Costa, partners in the esteemed holistic and contemporary lifestyle and design brand, Cécile and Boyd – who are the design alchemists behind Singita Lodges, their presence is palpable. Each room reflects their stories, passions, interests and loves – all intertwined to create a harmonious collection of antiques, bold contemporary art, with zen simplicity. Hand-hewn planks of oak furnish the floors, as rustic-greyed poplar beams break the open ceilings. Rough, exposed ancient stone, neutral and natural fabrics, brushing up against joyful, youthful pigments of colour that have been used to accent the decor. Handmade paint finishes, contemporary cane and age-old country furniture from Rajasthan, occupy the spaces. Alongside fine art by Nicolaas Maritz, Tracy Payne, Walter Battiss, Gabrielle Raaff, Josephine Grindrod and Sarah Pratt. It’s a home that gently soothes and nurtures, and excites and revitalises at the same time.

With its plethora of places to hang-out, rest and recline, dish-up and dance, Abraça is a cherished sanctuary you’ll yearn to escape to for those long weekends, with all of your favourite people – without feeling on top of each other. From the gorgeous garden, to the spacious double sitting room – that has a fireplace on one end and a tv on the other – the long verandahs, to the capacious kitchen and dining room – there’s ample space to claim your little place. After the day’s excursions down at the beach, or up the mountain, beside the swimming pool, or quite simply languidly snoozing on the deck gazing over natural wetland, you’ll be rearing to take the role as lead raconteur, beside the roaring evening fire-pit. The stars are out, the spirits are high as the banter keeps flowing. It’s moments like these that you’ll recall, long after your holiday, that you’ll embrace for the years to come.

What we love!

  • Doing endless dips in the pool, that is as functional as it is sublime to look at. The swimming pool is an important visual and reflective anchor of the garden space, with custom-designed stonework conceptualised as ‘naive farm handwork’ by Anton de Sousa Costa of Elem Stonemasonry.
  • The courtyard feel of the beautiful garden, that closes in on you, providing privacy, and yet opens out to the wilderness at the same time.
  • The lovely views of the wetlands, the dunes, the mountains and the little beach bungalows from differing aspects of the property.
  • The beautiful sandblasted golden poplar planks that are used in the rooms as shutters and for the joinery.
  • Immediate access to the wetlands and sandy path down to the beach.
  • The feeling of familiarity in the home, that comes with the furniture, the design, the art, and the atmosphere.

What you need to know…

  • There are only a handful of quirky cafés and delicatessens (the Hub and Whole Earth Cafe) so it’s best to stock up on all of the finer ingredients before arriving in the quaint little town of Scarborough.
  • Aside from the obvious activities of swimming and surfing, there’s lots to explore in and around Scarborough and is popular with cyclists who love to stopover in the village if cycling along the Cape Point route. There are plenty of hiking trails plus windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing, kids adventure courses and mussel harvesting (permits can be collected from the local post office). Take a drive to the Good Hope Nursery and stock up on indigenous fynbos, over visit Redhill Pottery on Kilfinian Farm. Simonstown is a scenic 20-minute drive away over the pass and Cape Point’s breathtaking beaches are equally close.

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

 

Facilities

  • 1 x Bathroom
  • 1 x Bedroom (double)
  • 1 x Bedroom (king ensuite bath & shower)
  • 1 x Twin single bedroom
  • 2 x Bedrooms (king)
  • 2 x Fridge & freezer (large)
  • Alarm
  • Apple TV
  • BBQ (wood)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Coffee plunger
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric oven
  • en-suite
  • Fridge x 2
  • Gas stove
  • Microwave
  • Netflix
  • Outside shower
  • Pool (no net)
  • Pool loungers
  • Servicing (on request)
  • Smoking outside only
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Umbrella
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

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Rates

R6000 - R18500 per night

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