On the dunes above Noordhoek’s epic Long Beach, this holiday home is as snug as it is state-of-the-art.
It’s not often that a property is better in real life than it appears in photographs! Cape Beach Villa on Noordhoek’s Long Beach is one such spot. Flaunting unbelievable 180-degree panoramas of the most beautiful strip of beach in the world, this bright and airy, five-bedroom holiday house is as homely as it is hi-tech.
A walk-in fridge, Bluetooth connectivity with surround sound and an electric pool cover are just some of the slick features that make stays here effortless, while oversized daybeds, textured flokati rugs and good linen provide the type of cosseting that makes you feel cosy and cared for.
Spanning 700 square metres, there’s not a bad corner in the house. All the open-plan living areas (there are several, dotted around the villa, including an indoor braai space and a film room upstairs) have inordinately beautiful views – no matter what time of year you visit – and are dressed in a seductive mix of modern Scandi-style furniture and warm African art and accessories.
The view and proximity to the sea are undoubtedly the villa’s drawcards, which is not to say the rest of the house is unimpressive, boasting five en-suite bedrooms that sleep a maximum of 16 guests. We visited on one of those glorious sunny weekends in mid-winter, and spent our days on the deck, sipping G&Ts, watching the surfers from our loungers, braaing and breathing in the fresh sea air, while our five-year-old son flopped in and out of the swimming pool. The stuff that seaside fantasies are made of…
- five en-suite bedrooms (with heating and cooling functionality), pure cotton linen, hairdryers and thoughtfully selected bathroom amenities
- one of the bedrooms has four single bunk beds and sleeps up to six people
- a separate cottage (with one bedroom and two single sofa beds)
- fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a walk-in fridge
- indoor braai and butlers kitchen
- spacious open-plan dining area
- seaview lounge overlooking the pool and ocean
- cosy fireside reading lounge
- television lounge with a floating TV
- complimentary wifi throughout the house
- Carribean-inspired sunset bar
- wraparound wooden deck
- private access to beach
- outdoor shower
- solar-heated swimming pool and sun loungers
About the owners
The husband-and-wife owners, French-born Christine Dercourt and Brit Andrew Simmonds, bought the home in 2019 with the intention of spending European winters (South African summers) here – like swallows. “Andrew’s sister lives in Franschhoek and after visiting her many times, we fell in love with the country and knew we wanted to semi-retire here,” recalls Christine.
They settled on Noordhoek for its proximity to nature, and also because it ticks both of their passions. “We had a shock when we visited the house,” she remembers. “The views on that pristine beach… eight kilometres of empty space… it is simply unique. There is no other house like this in the world. This view is rare and so precious.” This, from a couple who has travelled extensively. “Also, there are so many things to do here. We are both nature lovers and fell in love with the raw beauty of the region. Andrew is very sporty and I enjoy the cultural side of things. Noordhoek has it all.”
“Every morning, we go down to the beach barefoot and enjoy a long walk before breakfast. And every evening, we celebrate the beauty of the view from the Sunset Bar. This is pure luxury!”
Distance from CT 30 minutes
Child friendly? Yes, for children over 10
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it 5 Ratelklip Close, Chapmans Peak, Cape Town
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