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Who can resist the allure of Clifton, with its turquoise waters and string of exceptional white-sand beaches sheltered by massive granite boulders? One of the world’s sexiest beach destinations, it is a heady mix of the best Cape Town has to offer – truly exceptional natural beauty combines with a glamorous yet laid-back beach scene. This is sunshine living at its most vibrant.

After a blissful day at the beach, what a joy it is to retreat to the barefoot luxury of Touch Stone. This serene oasis above the hurly burly of Clifton’s Victoria Road is a tranquil delight. After the breath-stealing cold of the ocean, we all plunge into the warm water of the pool for the last swim of the day. From this magnificent spot we soak up the home’s incredible location. We have an eagle-eye view of Clifton’s four famous beaches and, stretching off to the south, the long spine of the Cape Peninsula’s Twelve Apostles mountain peaks that plunge right down into the sea. As we sip our sundown cocktails, the sun sinks towards the horizon in the most show-offy, astonishingly colourful sunset imaginable. My hot tip: plan to be home for sunset every day – you won’t find anywhere with a more spectacular view. And the easy, open-plan living area on the ground floor is made for effortless entertaining.

Gourmet-chef types will love the brilliantly kitted-out kitchen that opens onto a central island and the refectory-style dining table. Glass doors to the sheltered poolside veranda ensure the seamless indoor-outdoor flow that is the hallmark of South African lifestyles. The sitting area is gloriously inviting and comfy, so there are plenty of spaces for everyone in the household to relax in. The interiors celebrate the home’s location at the tip of the continent with a quiet elegance and laid-back warmth that is the epitome of African Zen. Natural textures and a neutral palette are key: polished wood, woven grasses and textured linen create a calm, soothing backdrop, with animal trophy heads woven from grass adding a playful touch. The owners’ beautiful art collection is a standout feature.

As is typical of Clifton homes, which cling to the vertiginous mountainside above the sea, the house is built on three levels. (Don’t worry: there is a lift for those not keen on climbing stairs!) I love the way Touch Stone so beautifully bridges the steep slopes of the mountain on which it is anchored and the glittering Atlantic Ocean that stretches out as far as the eye can see. This is a home designed to honour its setting. Not content with the dazzling sea views that are the stars of the show, the house has a spine formed by a three-storey glass stairwell that gives you a window into the cool, solid, granite-boulder-strewn mountain at its back. This space is filled with plants – a verdant touch that is reflected in the gorgeous bamboo-print wallpaper judiciously used here and there to add to the Zen ambience on the second storey. This is where you’ll find three of the four en-suite double bedrooms. These are cleverly designed for maximum privacy, space and comfort as well as incredible sea views. The top storey is taken up by the magnificent, penthouse-style master bedroom – your greatest challenge is going to be to force yourself to leave the sanctuary of this suite when it’s time to get out and play.

What we love!

  • The sheer tranquility, outstanding views and excellent location a very short stroll from Clifton’s beaches.
  • The flow of this space, which seems to expand to accommodate everyone in the home yet at the same time offers pockets of peace and privacy if you want some time out.
  • The way you can truly relax and unwind: despite its quiet elegance, this is a relaxed, warm and welcoming home.
  • The proximity to Camps Bay’s brilliant beachfront restaurants, clubs and bars as well as to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town city centre and Table Mountain Cableway, all just minutes’ away.

Need to know…

  • Even though the home expands over three storeys, all floors are accessible via a lift (elevator).

Reviewed by Sally Rutherford

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 3 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • Alarm system
  • DSTV
  • en-suite
  • Garage
  • Pool (heated & with a cover)
  • Serviced (Mon-Fri)
  • TV
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wifi (fibre)

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Rates

R45 000 per night