I really like Hout Bay. And Hout Bay Hideaway was the perfect place to experience it.
The girl on the plane told me it "wasn't as chi-chi" as the rest of the peninsula. I guess what she meant was that it doesn't try too hard, doesn't try to be something it isn't - is comfortable in its own skin. That suited us.
The Hout Bay Hideaway is a bit like that too. Run by husband and wife couple Martin and Sue it is a welcoming, relaxed and comfortable bolt-hole on the hill behind the bay.
There are four tastefully furnished en-suite rooms. Ours was well-proportioned with a huge bed; two armchairs; desk; a good sized loo and shower room; as well as a closed off space with kettle, toaster and microwave. And double, shuttered, doors led into a balcony where breakfast was served ( and wine drunk, later in the day). Breakfasts were good - fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereal, breads and a cooked option - and set us up for the day.
What makes it all tick are Sue and Martin: friendly but unobtrusive, chatty but not overbearing, they make you feel truly welcome and their desire for you to enjoy your stay in Hout Bay is palpable.
Hout Bay itself is great. It has a feel of a Mediterranean town in Greece or southern Italy. The restaurants are good - we particularly liked Chapman's Peak Hotel and especially Cheynes - and there were some pretty shops, particularly for textiles and interiors. But most of all we liked that relaxed feel, the friendliness and the gentle pace. If you want trendy bars and a bit of noise head north up the coast but otherwise try Hout Bay. And be sure to stay in the Hideaway, if it is not fully booked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hout Bay Hideaway is a peaceful luxurious Guest House overlooking the ocean, mountains and beach of Hout Bay, accommodating a maximum of 9 guests in 4 beautifully furnished rooms. Only a few minutes walk to the restaurants and beach and only a 20 minutes easy drive from the center of Cape Town. ... more less
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