“Historic villa with lawned grounds, a pool and a prime location by Hermanus' endless beach, 90 minutes from Cape Town (sleeps 5-10)”
There are 4 bedrooms on the ground floor, around a sheltered courtyard, and a suite upstairs. Three have ensuite bathrooms; 2 share a bathroom.
White walls and wide windows infuse the rooms with light and serenity. You'll find wooden floors, old dressers, plump pillows and luxurious bedding of 100% cotton percale with satin stitching. In the bathrooms, blue tiles and white wooden surfaces surround contemporary showers and fixtures; there's also a wash-stand in each bedroom.
Bedroom 1, on the seaward side of the house, has a kingsize bed, a fireplace, a green-tiled Arts & Crafts washstand and an array of bright, hand-embroidered cushions from Namibia. It shares a bathroom with Bedroom 4, a smaller twin room with a yellow tiled washstand and kilims on the wall. These 2 make a self-contained family unit, with access to a terrace, a courtyard and a living room. Bedrooms 2 and 3, 1 twin and 1 king-bedded, face inland across the gardens or braai area to the mountains. Both have ensuite bathrooms.
Upstairs from the kitchen, twin-bedded Bedroom 5 has the best view in the house, with a fish mouth window overlooking the bay. It's ideal for kids, with its own entertainment space - a small sitting room with TV and DVD facilities. There is a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower under the eaves.
The open-plan kitchen-dining room has had a complete overhaul, with bright downlighters, smart wooden worktops and white wooden storage units, including a lovely plate rack. There's enough equipment for the most adventurous of cooks: 2 fridges, an oven with a gas hob, a twin sink, a dishwasher and plenty of sharp knives, chopping boards, graters etc. There's a breakfast table for 6 (a toaster, a kettle and coffee pots are on hand), and windows onto the pool deck and barbecue area. The adjoining dining room has a polished antique table which comfortably seats 10, and views out to sea.
You can join the South African passion for braais - there's a built-in barbecue and a 12-seater teak table in a shaded area by the pool. Fresh fish can be bought at the harbour, and other provisions at Hermanus' well-stocked shops and supermarkets (a short drive), you can also pre-order shopping throught the owners. The town has some excellent restaurants, or the Pickstones can book a chef to come to the house - a real luxury for those special celebratory meals.
This is a great spot for an extended family getaway, a family party, or as somewhere to rent with your friends. It sleeps 10 in total. The owners have children and as a result the house is stocked with plenty of gear for all ages from baby to teens.
You've got the run of the place. Kids will like the bedroom upstairs from the kitchen, which has a TV and small sitting room as well a great views and twin beds. The master bedroom shares a bathroom with a twin room so it works well for a small family; there are also 2 bedrooms upstairs which would work well for a second family. Two of the bathrooms have a bath and a shower.
The housekeeper speaks good English and loves children. She's happy to babysit (for a small fee), and alternative nannies can be arranged (ask in advance).
A baby monitor is available to borrow, and its signal reaches throughout the property.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
You can pre-order shopping and can arrange a chef if you don't want to cook. There's a great family-sized barbecue as well as a fantastically equipped kitchen, which has a blender and microwave for preparing baby/toddler food. There are child-friendly cafés and restaurants nearby as well as takeaways.
There are some steep steps in the house but they can be gated if necessary. The pool and Jacuzzi area is gated and child-safe (though the pool is not heated). There are some good supermarkets and a baby shop in Hermanus village nearby.