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When the children were small and we needed to go to a beach where they could play safely all day and swim in the shallow waters, our first choice was always Boulders Beach in the sleepy village of Simon’s Town. It is still one of our favourite Cape Town beaches. Baxter House sits perfectly positioned above Boulders, making for easy trips up and down to the beach with your flip-flops and beach towel tucked under your arm and kids in tow, dragging boogie boards.
Baxter House is, at first, deceptive – from the outside it looks like a typical clapboard beach house. It is only when you enter that you realise quite how spacious it is: there are rooms unfolding around each corner! While cosy nooks abound, the overall effect is airy and nautical. This home bursts with character and history, and the well-stocked kitchen (a pleasure to cook in) leads into the large dining room – with a fireplace for chilly evenings – and living room. You’ll have to draw straws to see which lucky couple gets to call the upstairs master suite home for your stay: this delightful space with its expansive sea views includes a private lounge, bathroom and a writing nook with desk and chair. Downstairs, the other bedrooms are invitingly cosy, and two lead onto a secret garden with wonderful views across the bay to Fish Hoek.
The relaxed, shabby-chic interior features vintage collectables, loosely slip-covered couches and junk-shop finds that sit alongside lovingly restored family heirlooms. The feeling is one of utter relaxation, and the home is simply beautiful.
I have fallen totally in love with Baxter House and feel so privileged that the owners are willing to share their precious seaside home with us and others. This is somewhere I would choose to spend a long beach holiday with my family – it ticks all the boxes!
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Based on 11 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Baxter House.
Wow, where do I begin… Baxter House was so much more than what we were expecting. We arrived in Simonstown on a blustery afternoon to be greeted by the owner Elle. This lovely lady set the tone for a very special family get-together. She was genuinely welcoming and attuned to the family dynamic. She went out of her way to engage with the ‘old man’ in our group, who then later commented on what a friendly lady the owner is. Elle has created a space that can be enjoyed by young and old and everyone in-between. The kids (and their parents) loved the bunk room with the treasure trove of books, games and toys. I loved the fresh flowers in striped pots and the bedrooms that were so beautifully dressed and welcoming to the visitors. The kitchen truly serves as the heart of the home and had us all gathered around the window that opens up to the most incredible view of the ocean. The men were treated to an awesome braai deck that catered to those who enjoy sitting back with braai tongs in one hand and G and T in the other. Snorkeling, visiting the penguins, lying in bed watching the day dawn and enjoying a cup of tea at the kitchen table were highlights to our stay. Baxter house offers many nooks and crannies with trinkets and books to fire up the imagination; a magical space to share with friends and family. It was everything that you said it would be AND MORE!!!
The Baxter house is truly something special! We did not want to leave. The perfect location, we will definitely be back. Such a unique house with beautiful views. Everything worked well.
Baxter House was such a wonderful surprise, as was getting to know, via various Whatsapp texts, its charming and lovely owner, Elle Katzeff. So much care and attention is given to making its guests feel welcome and the obvious love that is manifested in this wonderful house-with-a-soul meant that our family had a truly happy time for the short visit we enjoyed. We would love to visit this enchanting home again.
Baxter House was lovely - we would thoroughly recommend it. Elle is delightful and was there if we needed anything. It has a wonderful feel to it. Hub at Scarborough became a firm favourite and Lighthouse a very good breakfast. Home now- seems quite surreal!
“Although it’s less than an hour from central Cape Town, being at Baxter evoked an emotional sea-change; we were aeons away from the busy week we had all left behind, having stepped into a simpler, brighter, unhurried alternate universe. As the weekend languorously unfurled, we cooked and ate and drank like kings. We went swimming at Water’s Edge and for strolls along the boulder-ringed coastline or among the milkwoods where penguins nest. This is what ‘luxury’ really is.” – Alexander Matthews in Business Day's Wanted magazine
We had a wonderful weekend, thank you very much. The house was very special.
WE HAD A LOVELY STAY AT BAXTER HOUSE. WE ENJOYED MEETING THE OWNER ELLE ON OUR ARRIVAL
We had a great time at Baxter House last weekend and Elle was delightful and extremely accommodating. Thank you!
We had a great stay, thanks. It is a lovely house
We really had a truly wonderful time at Baxter House. Everything was absolutely perfect and we so appreciated being there. Thank you!
R4 500 - R11 500 (dependant on guest numbers and season)
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.