Hout Bay Beach Cottage in Cape Town, South Africa, Self-catering holiday cottage in Hout Bay
Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottage
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HOUT BAY

 

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottage

 

Where is it…

 

out Bay is situated on the Atlantic Ocean, just 20 minutes from Cape Town City Centre and 5 minutes from Constantia, known for its Wine Route and selection of pristine golf courses. Hout Bay is set at the foot of the magnificent Chapman's Peak Mountain with the world-famous coastal drive which provides some of the most spectacular and dramatic views…

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottage

 

Hout Bay beach…

 

he one end of the Bay is defined by Chapman's Peak Mountain, plunging into the sea, and on the other end is the festive Hout Bay Harbour set at the foot of Sentinel Mountain. The beachfront is backed by Nature Reserves with stunning mountain hiking trails. There are many restaurants and café’s along the Hout Bay beach front to enjoy fresh coffee, cocktails or scrumptious meals from breakfast to dinner. Llandudno’s beautiful sheltered beach with boulders and surf spots is only a 5 minutes drive away, so it’s easy to alternate between the two beaches.


Llundudno Beach…

 

here is a beautiful pristine beach 5 minutes drive from the house, called Llundudno beach. The sun sets in the Ocean, and there are large boulders to climb on and watch the sunset. This is an absolutely gorgeous beach, with white sand and very popular with locals, as well as tourist.


The village…

out Bay village is a very popular tourist destination for families and travelers as it is very close to Cape Town and has a large variety of activities to offer, as well as all amenities such as wonderful shopping centre’s, art galleries and craft shops, fantastic food and craft markets, lovely deli’s and many excellent restaurants. Hout Bay has character and charm with a wonderful balance between the old and new, with a rich history and a modern pace. The ‘World of Birds’ with the famous monkey jungle, where the mischievous squirrel monkeys play with kids and adults, is a ‘must’ on the list of things to do.

 

The Hout Bay harbour…

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottageout Bay has its own working harbour that is the home of the tuna, snoek and crayfish fleets. Choose your own 'catch of the day’ from the fish market or take a boat trip to Seal Island. Experience jet skiing and high speed boat trips as well as spectacular daily cruises. Watch the seals and seagulls enjoy the treats from the fishermen at the harbour, or the fishermen at work. Enjoy the festivity and the vibe of mixed cultures, whilst being entertained with traditional music of the Cape Minstrels in their colourful attire.


The Hout Bay markets…

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottageout Bay has a wonderful variety of markets, all with great ambiance and well worth a visit. The famous Sunday Craft market is a fabulous fair for all to enjoy, including pony rides and jumping castles to keep the children happy. There is a food market on Saturday mornings at La Cuccina deli and fresh fish to be bought from the daily fish markets in the harbour. But the new indoor BAY HARBOUR MARKET right at the end of the harbour (park at 'Fish on the Rocks' restaurant) beats them all, open on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 5pm. This market is very similar to the famous market at the ‘Old Biscuit Mill’ in Woodstock, with many yummie food stalls and interesting crafts, clothes and vintage stores. Unlike the ‘Old Biscuit Mill’ market, the Hout Bay Harbour market is also child friendly and suitable for a family outing as it offers cake and sweet stalls, kids entertainment and playgrounds.


The restaurants…

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottageout Bay offers many delicious Deli’s and fine Seafood restaurants in spectacular settings.
To name a few of our favourites:

- Deli Delish
- La Cuccina Deli
- Chapman’s Peak Restaurant (best calamari in the Cape!)
- Dunes restaurant (great setting at the beach)
- Kitima (best Thai, set in beautiful restored ‘Kronendal’ building)
- Spiros (fantastic Greek family restaurant with playroom for kids)
- Mariner’s Wharf (old timer – Seafood restaurant with ships cabin interior)
- The Look-Out Deck (beautiful setting, good ambiance, regular live music)
- Harbour house and La Parada on Constantia Nek

 

The scenic walks…

here are many, many scenic walks, picnic spots and hikes to choose from in and around Hout Bay. From easy circular forest walks at Constantia Nek to stunning hikes for more experienced hikers, such as the Karbonkelberg hike from above the harbour, or the most mind-blowing hike up Chapman’s Peak. There are ample mountain-bike trails as well.


 

The local Wine farms…

here are various beautiful wine farms in close proximity to Hout Bay. The most specyacular one is situated in Noordhoek, the Cape Point Vineyards, a mere 15 minute drive over Chapmans' Peak. The Cape Point Vineyards boast 360 degrees panoramic views, over the dam, the ocean, the vineyards sloping up the mountains and the beautifully tendered gardens. There is a vibrant Foodmarket on Cape Point Vineyards on Thursday evenings, not to be missed! One can also pre-order a picnic basket and have a picnic on the estate, or a fine dining experience with beautiful sunsets over the lake and ocean.

 

The most famous wine farm nearby would be the historical 'Groot Constantia' wine estate, ten minutes drive from Hout Bay. On Constantia Nek, 5 minutes drive from the house, starts the Constantia Wine Route. Some wine farms well worth a visit for lunch or wine tasting to enjoy the beautiful views are Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia (nice Sushi!), Constantia Uitsig and Klein Constantia. Steenberg security estate, a little further away, also has a lovely wine tasting in modern setting.

 

The climate…

 

Hout Bay accommodation in a self catering cottagehe climate is Mediterranean. In the summer months (Nov-Mar) it is sunny, warm and generally dry with temperatures averaging around 20-35 degrees. Winter is known as the secret season in the Cape. Temperatures cool considerably (especially at night), with a greater chance of rain and storms. However, during the day, winter temperatures can easily rise to 20-25 degrees with blue skies and emerald green landscapes, giving Cape winters a better climate than UK and Dutch summers! Spring and autumn are wonderful times for a visit, though always bring a warm top for the evenings. The best time for watching the Southern Right whales in South African waters is from June to October. Peak calving season is July and August, but whales can be seen throughout September and October, frolicking in the bay – on your doorstep.