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88 Dorries Drive Froggy Farm, Simon's Town 7975 South Africa
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#1 of 27 Speciality lodging in Simon's Town
Avian Leisure has 2 spacious self catering apartments in a magnificent situation on the mountain slope above the penguin colony in Simon's Town, Cape Town: Shearwater is a 2 bedroomed apartment (140 sqm) with 2 bathrooms, a large living area, fully equipped kitchen, opening onto a large wooden deck with breathtaking sea views. Watsonia (70 sqm) is on the side of the house with one bedroom, one bathrooom, large living area and kitchenette - although it has no patio and no direct seaviews, it makes a very comfortable base from which to enjoy the surrounding area. The house overlooks False Bay and is set amidst natural Cape Fynbos - and you can see whales, seals, penguins, sunbirds, sugarbirds and a host of other birds right from Shearwater's main bedroom! An added delight is the regular night-time view of porcupines coming to the garden pond!Avian Leisure’s location in Cape Town makes it perfect accommodation for activities and sightseeing in the Cape Peninsula such as birding, pelagic birding, shark trips, whale watching, kayakking, hiking, sunbathing and swimming in the sea, or just enjoying the natural beauty in the Table Mountain National Park
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Golf course
Canoeing offsite
Car hire
Taxi service
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Bay View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Brucevdb wrote a review Nov 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
There is an expression - seeing is believing. If you are looking for a fully equipped kitchen with laundry facilities and a spacious living area you, have it. If you are looking for a 180 degree view of False Bay at sunrise and sunset, with the possibility of whale sightings, you have it. If you are looking for a relaxed ~ 3 km walk into Simonstown, the original naval base, followed by an energetic walk back uphill to work off the creamed scones, you have it. On your way, look out for the African Penguin who is sure to cross your path, and in the evening, don’t forget to look out from your balcony for the nightly visit of the resident porcupine. And if you are up for some adventure, Cape Point Nature Reserve is a just 10 km away! Your host and hostess have a comprehensive knowledge of all things local, and their willingness to go the extra mile to assist guests with their travel needs, makes Shearwater a very unique and special experience.
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Date of stay: October 2020
MelTripp wrote a review Sep 2020
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
The indigenous fynbos garden is alive with birds and just relaxing and watching the constant activity is rewarding. Ideally placed for the Simon's Town quay where world famous pelagic birding trips depart from, but I was not going on one this time. Also perfect location for an early start to get into Cape Point Reserve before the crowds turn up.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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tkotze632125 wrote a review Sep 2020
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Lovely couple that made me feel at home whilst giving you your space to do your own thing. The apartment is super tidy and adorned with beautiful flowers from their garden. Bird life is tranquil to watch while drinking a cup of coffee in the garden. I would recommend to bump up your stay and select the room with the sea view because it is spectacular. But for me as a business trip- the ground floor apartment was perfect.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Marie-Louise Cardwell, Owner at Avian Leisure
Responded 04 Sep 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. And thanks for highlighting the difference between our 2 apartments. Whilst the one you stayed in (Watsonia) is very comfortable as a 'home base' in the area, the sea-facing apartment (Shearwater) is a whole different experience as the comments about the magnificent views prove! Next time bring your family and stay in Shearwater!
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Tam wrote a review Aug 2020
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What an incredible stay! I had been waiting for the moment intraprovincial travel was allowed again during the COVID pandemic, as I knew the first place I wanted to have a getaway to was to return to Avian Leisure for a weekend away. I'd stayed there two years ago and our trip didn't disappoint! Strict hygiene protocols were in place so we felt very comfortable during these unusual times. The views from the sea-facing apartment is just sensational and one really can sit on the balcony for hours, enjoying the views, reading a book and watching the beautiful birdlife in the gardens below. We were fortunate to see some whales in the bay and the local porcupine in the evening too. The self-catering apartment is so well equipped, they really have thought of everything and anything to make your stay easy and comfortable. Marie-Louise and Patrick are the most hospitable and lovely hosts. I cannot recommend this place enough!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Marie-Louise Cardwell, Owner at Avian Leisure
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for your delightful review! We are happiest when our guests love staying here - as do we! I really look forward to having you stay again soon.
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bklette wrote a review Jan 2020
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa1 contribution
We had a few happy nights staying at Avian Leisure. Our accommodation was really good and the apartment is well equipped. Our host and hostess were extremely helpful and friendly. We spent a day birding with them and, despite the weather, had a productive birding experience. I highly recommend Avian Leisure and suggest that birding with Patrick and Marie Louise is well worth while.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Marie-Louise C, Owner at Avian Leisure
Responded 03 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review - we always appreciate hearing from our guests!
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US$57 - US$83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Avian Leisure
Which popular attractions are close to Avian Leisure?
Nearby attractions include Boulders Beach Penguin Colony (1.0 km), Scarborough Beach (7.3 km), and Fish Hoek Beach (8.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Avian Leisure?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Avian Leisure?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Avian Leisure?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Avian Leisure?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Avian Leisure?
Conveniently located restaurants include Whole Earth Cafe, The Lighthouse Cafe, and The Village Hub.
Does Avian Leisure have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Avian Leisure offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Avian Leisure?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Avian Leisure?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Scala Battery (4.6 km) and Noorul Islam Heritage Museum (2.2 km).
Does Avian Leisure have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.