About 24 hours into our weekend stay at Harbour View, I looked around at our comfortable clutter and remarked to my friend that we sure know how to settle in and make ourselves at home really quickly, even in the fanciest of places. Indisputable proof we were destined for the good life.
This three-bedroomed apartment with two bathrooms is on the Main Road in Hout Bay, which is a super-convenient location from which to explore, and it’s combined with an elevated position which provides a gorgeous sweeping view of the bay, The Sentinel (the big rock, below), the harbour (as promised in the name), and even the beach on the south-eastern side of the bay. Read more.
If you exit the city on the N7 and drive up the country’s west coast, past the West Coast National Park, through the town of Velddrif – keep going – and past a vast tract of low-lying marine scrub, you’ll chance upon the quaint seaside community of Dwarskersbos. Here, a clutch of residential homes and holiday cottages bathe in the gentle, ever-present purr of the ocean waves and the salty maritime breezes that blow off the Atlantic Ocean.
Dwarskersbos and its beach, Dolfynstrand, is a place to “get away from it all” – away from the city and the insanity. It’s a serene escape in which one can do a little reconnection with oneself, a loved one, and nature. And as a visitor to this far-flung portion of the Cape, I couldn’t think of a better home-away-from-home to do it all in than DK Villa’s beach cottage at Skilliepark. Read more.
Walking into The Boardwalk apartment at DK Villas is a sensory treat that immediately tells you – this is going to be great.
Before your eyes are even able to process the stunning decor that will be yours to marvel at for the weekend, your nose is greeted by what I would argue is one of the top five scents on the planet. I still cannot get over just how amazing the space smells so if you’ll indulge my mental imagery. Read more.
A mere 30 minutes drive out of the Cape Town city centre, a secluded home away from home awaits you at the dk Villa Harbour View Villa in Hout Bay.
As we entered the address into the GPS for the drive there, I began to wonder what the stay had in store for us and imagined a weekend of relaxation and sea breezes. Read more.
In the quirky seaside town of Hout Bay, you’ll find Harbour View – one of the three luxury self-catering accommodation available within the DK Villas group. Couple and co-owners Johann and Petra de Kock have put everything into the construction of their villas, and it is this passion and absolute attention to detail that make Harbour View the perfect choice for a home away from home. Harbour View is elegant without being pretentious and cozy without being cramped. Read more.
Hout Bay, situated just 30 minutes from the city bowl, has great restaurants, shops, coffee bars and markets, and is also the gateway to the spectacular Chapman’sPeak, meaning mountains and nature galore. Unlike its more cosmopolitan seaside counterparts – Camps Bay and Clifton – Hout Bay is not over-populated with expensive hotels and over-priced guesthouses, making it the perfect escape from the maddening crowds during Cape Town’s peak summer season. It’s the kind of place where those who seek a more relaxed holiday venture to – those who want to spend balmy days exploring the beaches, harbour, and markets, and quiet evenings with loved ones over wine and delicious food. Read more.
Having said that, our accommodation for the two nights in this remote West Coast location just outside of Veldrif was in housing complex.
Formerly the private beach home of Johann and Petra de Kock – co-owners of dk villas – it is, we have it on good authority from the neighbours, the most beautifully decorated property in the whole of Skilliepark.
It’s a claim I can easily believe is legitimate. Read more.
To me, the West Coast is ruggedly beautiful with a few rough edges. One day it’s sunny and hot with magnificent sunsets, the next the wind is howling while the sea is raging. To be honest, you never really know what you are going to get when you visit the West Coast! But if you are looking for somewhere cosy and comfortable to stay while exploring the area, then the beach apartment at Skilliepark in Dwarskersbos is guaranteed to be a safe bet! If the weather plays nicely, then it’s the perfect lock-up-and-go place, but if the weather turns foul, there’s soft couches, cosy beds and a giant flatscreen TV with DSTV to make being indoors a pleasure. Read more.
I felt right at home as I stepped into the dk villas The Boarwalk apartment that would be ours for the weekend. My impression was of a delightful combination of a modern, luxurious home-from-home (as glanced at kitchen and living area) to five-star hotel room when I entered the master bedroom and the en-suite. Read more.