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Long-time residents of Pringle Bay will gladly share a tale or two about their beloved seaside village that rests around the ankles of the Hottentots Holland mountains. But being fastidious conservationists, nurturing their section of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – a UNESCO Heritage Site – they won’t be shouting it from the Hangklip peaks. So as not to arouse the crowds, little is known about the magic that exists within this quiet, little stretch of heaven. Until you go and experience it all for yourself. Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, along the curvaceous coastal roads that mark the start of the Whale Route, an unassuming cluster of beach houses scatter themselves about the eastern shores of False Bay.

At the end of a gravel road, perched high upon the dunes, Beach Haven House looks out over the fynbos, into the sea and all the way to the tip of Cape Point. Originally a humble beach shack, this family hideaway – embellished with books, memorabilia and seashell collections – has evolved over three decades into a three-storey bungalow. It has an earnest story to tell and every room candidly shares the love and the laughter that’s bounced between the walls over the years. With the open plan kitchen and living space at the helm, stairways lead up and down to the cosy bedrooms and calming bathrooms, and an abundance of creative nooks that all catch the glorious ocean as it washes into view. The occasional pod of dolphin adding to the romance. At night, when it’s still and quiet, the sound of the southern right whales calling out to each other can be heard above the pecking of the oystercatchers, as they bury their eggs deep into the fynbos shrub. Out of sight of the caracal’s beady eye.

Still days will be spent in the shallow, warm waters of the Buffels estuary that trickles out into the ocean. Paddling about on the rubber duck and kayaks or rock fishing for crabs. On the not so still days the kites come out for some colourful dancing in the sky. Until the wind whips a little stronger and then it’s time to take nature’s crafts inside and build something beautiful. Or just read a book on the comfy sofas with fabrics that have worn soft from the sun. Or start preparing the paella potjie that’ll be happy to simmer away. As long as you’re all together and the laughter rivals the bark of the baboons in the hills, that’s all that matters.

What we love!

  • Sunsets do not get better than at Beach Haven House. With the house facing directly west, the horizon burns bright, right in front every evening.
  • Mornings and evenings – or anytime of day – hanging out on the deck, reading and listening to the sounds of the sea.
  • The friendly, laid-back feel of the village that’s home to the non-nine-to-fivers of this world. Artists, writers, film-makers and restaurateurs reside here, making it feel like you’ve stumbled upon your own creative pathway.

What you need to know…

  • The top level of the beach house has two adult bedrooms, which we recommend for couples. The ground level and first floor bedrooms are for teenagers and children. We don’t recommend these for adults.
  • Lemon & Lime Deli in the heart of the village is a great spot to stock up on delicious baked treats and olive oils and quiches and jams and wine and cheese.
  • For a beautiful, secluded and quiet walk, explore beyond the Lighthouse and on to Moonlight Bay.
  • Hook Line and Sinker on the beach is an iconic seafood restaurant if you’d like to venture away from home for the evening.
  • There are some amazing hiking trails to explore – Brodie Link and Hangklip are the best for a couple of hours of an adventure.
  • When the night calls for a bit of dancing, visit Hangklip Hotel for some great live music and insight into the lives of the locals.
  • Visit the Alpacas at La Hacienda when the kids feel like a change of scenery.
  • Please do not feed the baboons!

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (queen & twin singles)
  • 1 x Queen bedroom
  • 1 x Single bedroom
  • 2 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • Alarm
  • All linen provided
  • Coffee plunger
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • en-suite
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Nespresso machine
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

Guests

Sleep 10

Pets

No pets allowed

Pringle Bay

Long-time residents of Pringle Bay will gladly share a tale or two about their beloved seaside village that rests around the ankles of the Hottentots Holland mountains. But being fastidious conservationists, nurturing their section of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve - a UNESCO Heritage Site - they won’t be shouting it from the Hangklip peaks. So

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Rates

R5000 - R6500 per night