This charming, well equipped comfortable 3 bedroom house with an extra sunroom, is in Pringle Bay, a beautiful seaside village 70 kilometres (44 miles) from Cape Town Airport. The house can sleep 8 adults. Only 600 metres to the beach, there are wrap around sea and mountain views, and a swimming pool.
The house sleeps 8 adults. There are three double bedrooms (one can have 2 single beds or a king size bed) with good quality mattresses and white cotton linen, three bathrooms, a lounge with a separate sunroom (separated from the lounge by a glass sliding door and curtains for privacy) which has a queen sized double bed plus a daybed couch, open plan kitchen dining area with a separate scullery. A sheltered timber deck overlooks a sparkling swimming pool, with sea views, perfect for barbeques and sun downers. There is a double garage, equipped with adult & kids boogie boards, four bicycles and two sets of fishing rods and tackle, pool & beach toys, including boules/petank sets. Safety features include a security-linked alarm, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a comprehensive first aid kit. The lounge has a wood-burning heater and the bedrooms contain panel heaters for winter and ceiling fans to keep cool in summer. The lounge is equipped with satellite TV and an uncapped wireless internet service. The house is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday.
The whole house is available for rent - the floor area is 180 square metres situated in a large wild heather garden of over 2,000 square metres, which attracts numerous local bird species.
Interaction with guests
The owners, Jenny & Paul, live in Cape Town which is one hour's drive away. We have a Malawian housekeeper, Lamson, who works at the house every Monday. He lives nearby and has been provided with a utility vehicle so that he is available at short notice to meet you on arrival and to do the check-out on departure on any other days. A comprehensive visitor information booklet for the house is provided to guests, with wi-fi codes, emergency numbers, do's and don'ts etc. and Lamsen will show you around the house and facilities on arrival.
Other things to note
The house is 600 metres (660 yards) from the beach and 400 metres (440 yards) from shops and restaurants in the village centre. The area has beautiful beaches, safe for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing with life guards present in summer season. There are numerous mountain walks and bicycle trails close by. There are numerous tourist attractions in the region, including wine tasting, whale watching and shark-cage diving.
No smoking in the house please. The area is in the buffer zone of the Kogelberg Biospehere reserve and there is a lot of wild heather around, so bush fires are a danger, so watch those cigarette butts and BBQ fires. The swimming pool is unfenced, but has a cover and pool net available, but for this reason extreme caution needs to be exercised for anyone, especially young children, who can't swim. There is low roof beam on the timber deck, so tall people need to be careful that they do not bump their heads please!
Snakes are a potential hazard in Pringle Bay in the bushy areas, mainly in the spring and summer so exercise a keen lookout when walking or hiking in the bush or mountains, and wear hiking boots with ankle protection.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.
I am a marine biologist, specialising in plankton research, married to Paul Baines, a chartered accountant. The Mermaid's Tail is our beloved weekend and holiday home in Pringle Bay, to which we like to escape to get away from the city, and to enjoy beach and mountain walks, sundowners, BBQ's with friends and family, visiting the local restaurants and star-gazing at night. There are numerous fabulous wine estate in the region and we enjoy going wine tasting and having lunch at the wine estate restaurants.