About The Beach House Britannia Bay
Britannia Bay is 160km up the west coast, 90 minutes from Cape Town. The Beach House is situated in the middle of a 5km stretch of beautiful unspoilt white sandy beach. The bay is protected and has families of dolphins who play and entertain in the waves. The Southern Right whale is often around too, for ten months of the year. It is the perfect dog-walking beach; just keep the wild ones on a lead and the locals will keep smiling at you.
Self Catering Accommodation
The house itself is the perfect place to stay and relax; once you arrive it will be hard to leave for anything. The living area is open plan with courtyard pool in the middle which serves to protect from the breeze, the perfect sun tanning station!
The colours are all neutral and calming tying into the organic surroundings. The furniture emphasizes the comfort factor and is beautiful in its simplicity for low maintenance easy living. Huge sliding doors open up on both side of the house so on windless days there can be an open flow to the sea, inside becomes one with nature.
There is a private board walk down to the beach, deck chairs and bean bags on which to relax, a cushion laden cosy corner for reading books, catching the sunset or having a snooze. The pergolas are covered and balau screens open and shut depending on where you need protection. It’s all about finding your cocooning spot ... this just may be in your bed!
There are six bedrooms all with super comfy mattresses and 100% cotton percale sheets and down duvets, gorgeous overstuffed continental cushions in Belgian linen and shabby chic brocades. Well-equipped bathrooms with fluffy white towels and heated towel rails add to the comfort factor. Handmade skin nurturing soaps and top quality liquid soaps and body lotions as well as luxurious shampoos and conditioner keep you in creature comfort pampering style.
Meal times are a pleasure as cooking here becomes a relaxing ritual, the sea and the view and creativity will overwhelm you. The kitchen is very well equipped as being at the beach house means having great food to accompany your surroundings. There are two dishwashers and deep sinks to hide all the ugly bits and plenty of fridge space, wine cooler and ice to keep the drinks cold.
For the I-can't-be-away-from-TV-freaks there is a separate TV room with a flat screen surround sound system with DVD and satellite. There is also wi-fi. Luckily for the others trying to escape these activities the room is sound proof! A perfect place to stash early rising noisy kids or teenagers that stay up beyond late!
The house is fully staffed so there is no need to wash a dish or empty a bin bag, beds are made up, bedrooms tidied and you’ll wonder how it all happened.
The climate is warm and sunny all year round with summer south-easterly wind and a north western in winter. In summer the mornings are paradise perfect for beach, walks and lazing in the sun. In the afternoon the breeze picks up and the sea air makes taking a nap essential. The evenings can be perfectly still or breezy so keep those kikois handy for around the shoulders. In winter the days are hot and sunny and the evenings are cold and the odd storm can create a spectacular display across the sea. The enormous fireplace keeps things more than cosy. The bay has a safe launch and is a perfect spot for boating and water sports and kite surfing. Supping is popular and the bay is often as still as a mirror for paddling.
The famous surf spot " Heaven" is on the right hand side of the beach and "Pastures" around the corner. One can surf right in front of the house depending on conditions and boogie boarding is a late afternoon must.
Britannia Bay shares its beach with Shelley Point, which is a peninsula, which gives the illusion of being on an island, as three private beaches surround it. Because it is a peninsula, bird and sea life remains unspoilt, and provides a safe haven for whales, dolphins and seals.
At low tide, black mussels can be picked from the rocks to the right and left of the beach in front of the house, and white mussels can be dug out with your feet (if you know how to do the twist!).