Our home was built in 1889 in the historical part of Cape Town known as the Bo-Kaap. It is one of three units known locally as the Arabian Cottages. It balances the convenience of a city centre open plan living space with the old-time charm of the colourful houses that our neighborhood is famous for.
Our home is listed on another B&B site where we are getting favourable reviews. You are most welcome to do an internet search for our listing with the same name as here.
This is our favourite place in the world and a place we always love to return to. It has everything: a wonderful upstairs entertainment area, two balconies with lovely views of Table Mountain, generous rooms with high ceilings, plenty of storage space, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning and unlimited wi-fi.
There is a double bed in each bedroom and the upstairs section has a lovely open plan with a kitchen, dinning table and sitting area.
Access is to the entire house except for the garage which is off limits. Our friends are just a few blocks away if you need anything.
The Bo-Kaap is proud of its bright, colourful and sometimes noisy tradition. A few times every day, the local mosques broadcast their calls to prayer in the distance. Every day except Sunday you will hear a loud bang from the cannons on Signal Hill nearby to announce that it is 12 noon. The seagulls often perch on our roof or nearby, making animated conversation, and if the right wind has been blowing, the fishermen will drive past, calling out to sell their catches, often with a little tin horn to attract attention.
Sometimes you will smell the coffee shops roasting in the city below. And, on a cool morning, you can smell the Atlantic Ocean on the air coming from the north east.
You can see Table Mountain and Lion's Head from our kitchen window, and if you're lucky, the south easterly wind might roll a blanket of fluffy white clouds all the way down the mountain and into town. You can feel the rough cobblestone street in front of our house and follow it down the road into town. Within minutes you will be in the young and trendy Long Street, or feeding the squirrels in the Company Gardens just beyond. There are art galleries, monuments and cosy shops to explore on foot. On a bike you can visit the seaside promenade in Green Point or try out one of the many mountain biking trails.
And a little further beyond you can visit the beaches. Tip: Llandudno is the best one!
Early evening, you can draw the curtains open upstairs and watch the city lights, or sit outside on the balcony and listen to the world far below.
But my favourite thing of all is an early morning coffee in one of the dozens of coffee shops all across town. You can pick your favourite and stick with it, or choose to never visit the same one twice!
There is so much more to do here!
Just so you know: This is a real house with a real soul. Some of the walls are over 100 years old and they crack and chip. It is also a living house, not a museum. You will not find 17th century furniture here (nothing wrong with them though). If you like places with character then we hope that you will enjoy living here as much as we do.
The reality is that Cape Town has high levels of car crime. If you have a car, please make sure it is locked properly. Never leave anything visible inside because if you do, the windows might be smashed to get to it.