About South Winds Self Catering
“South Winds” is a self-catering wooden bungalow situated directly on the rocks of Castle Rock Marine Reserve on the Cape Peninsula. This piece of paradise is unencumbered by crowds, traffic or pollution and is a favourite spot for discerning locals who cherish the wild magic of the area.
The reserve has one of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastlines in South Africa. It is a conservation haven for a diverse and colourful marine ecosystem and a playground for scuba divers and rock pool enthusiasts. While the house gives one the impression of being serenely remote and far from civilisation it is in fact only 5km from the charming village of Simon’s Town. The venue is ideal for balancing complete privacy with the convenience of top restaurants, delis, pubs, museums, interesting shops and sporting facilities nearby.
The house boasts floor to ceiling views across False Bay towards the distant Hottentot’s Holland mountains. Situated just above the high tide mark and overlooking rock pools, you can watch the fish from your couch. There are three sunny bedrooms (two double, one twin), bathroom with shower, an immaculate open-plan kitchen, a large lounge/diningroom with a wood-burning fireplace, viewing deck and 160 degree views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. The fresh, contemporary décor invites complete relaxation and stress-free living.
South Winds is fully furnished and equipped with everything needed for an extended stay. There is a TV, DVD player, microwave, fully-equipped kitchen, as well as linen and towels of good quality. We are happy to assist with information on airport transfers, car hire, local tours and outings, and any other information or help that will enhance your stay. You need only stock up on food and drinks, bring a few good books and your sense of adventure.
The Cape Peninsula mountain range is directly behind the house so there are numerous walks through the indigenous fynbos right on your doorstep. The range is home to the smallest and richest floral kingdom in the world and a healthy bird life. Small wildlife such as ghecko, tortoise, tiny buck and baboon live in the valleys bordering the nature reserve
Coastal walks meander from your front door, left to Simon’s Town and right to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The rock pools along the way are full of life and colour and are a constant source of wonder. From May to November, the Southern Right Whales come to calve in the warm waters of False Bay. South Winds panoramic view of the bay is perfect for whale watching from the lounge or deck. Schools of dolphins are constant visitors to the bay as are seals.
Simon’s Town, as home to the South African Navy, boasts a wealth of historical buildings perched along cobbled streets and alleyways. Stone steps lead up the side of the mountain to a jumble of Victorian architectural gems. The tiny alleyways offer a kaleidoscope of colour and form with bougainvillea spilling over stone walls and cottages terrace gardens overgrown with local flora. Museums, galleries, antique shops and restaurants abound. The local eateries’ speciality is seafood and the daily catch is hotly bargained for each morning by resident chefs.
Attractions & Activities
Local attractions within a 3km radius include the famous Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony, where you can swim with the penguins in a safe and wave-free environment. Take a boat trip from Simon’s Town Waterfront to watch the whales, dolphins and seals frolicking in the bay. Three boat clubs in the area offer keelboat, speedboat and catamaran facilities. Golf is also well catered for with three world-class courses nearby. Gym facilities, squash, horse riding and many other nearby activities are also available to the visitor.
Other neighbouring villages are a must to visit. Fish Hoek has an excellent beach for swimming and surfing and is a paradise for children. The quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay is known for its antique shops, theatre and restaurants and where you can buy fresh line-fish directly from the boats, is worth a full day’s excursion. The Constantia vineyards are only a 20-minute drive while Scarborough and Muizenberg are 15 minutes in either direction. The Cape Point Nature Reserve, ostrich farm and wine farm are within a 10km drive. The city of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the vibrant V&A Waterfront are a 45-minute drive away, which takes you through the beautiful Silvermine Nature Reserve en route.
Whatever the season, be it for a short break or long stay, a sojourn at South Winds is certain to relax and inspire you by its location and comfort.
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