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Romantic-gourmet-seaside-small hotel near Cape Town

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Romantic-gourmet-seaside-small hotel near Cape Town

Hello, my girlfriend and I are planning to go to Cape Town early April for a friend's wedding and would like to stay for a few more days after the wedding so we can rest, enjoy the food and sea and have a nice time just the two of us. We are thinking of finding a hotel in a small isolated town or neighborhood that's not that far from Cape Town but still far away from the crowd.

The ideal place would be a small hotel (no more than 6-8 rooms), with a nice balcony looking out to the sea (beach in front of the room or crossing the street), very good restaurants nearby (even better if the hotel or guesthouse is renowned for its classic and amazing local food), a local pub we can end the night at and the possibility to take a cab and go to Cape Town if we'd like to.

We will stay in Cape Town with our friends before the wedding so we would like to see a different side of the area, a place where you would take your girlfriend for a nice romantic-gourmet-sea side weekend if you were from Cape Town. Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Romantic-gourmet-seaside-small hotel near Cape Town

have a look at the St. James or Rodwell House.

Mark September

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Not so sure how far away you are thinking?

90mins drive from Cape Town to the north you get to the wonderful tiny fishing village of Paternoster. A broad bay with a white sand beach you can walk on for hours without seeing another soul.

Right at the end of the village fronting onto the beach is Ah! guesthouse. A lovely comfortable place to stay with three very well equipped and furnished rooms. Run by a couple from Joburg, Arnold and Annalise, who will make you feel right at home.

But the number one reason to come to Paternoster and to Ah! is Arnold's food! A master chef before leaving Joburg meals are wonderfully cooked and presented. There are only three rooms and guests eat together round a large country table. The menus are themed - Local West Coast Crayfish, Meat, Fish and there are always vegetarian options. Whoever books first gets to choose the menu and if you are one of the later couples Arnold will let you know what's on for that evening.

We stayed there just over a week ago for a night away from the city. The four course Crayfish menu was superb with two Crayfish courses, a wonderful salad and delicious desert accompanied by some excellent West Coast wines. Next morning up early for a 90 min walk along the beach and back to, what my wife described as, the best breakfast she has had - ever! No run of the mill Bacon and Eggs here but fresh fruit, yoghurt honey and muesli, followed by a delectable light Cheese Soufle with Asparagus and then small egg soaked pancakes with a butterscotch sauce and cream!

http://www.ahguesthouse.com/index.html

If you want more opinions there are 12 more here on TA - every one 5 star :

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Not a place you can travel in and out of the city from but the absolutely perfect place "for a nice romantic-gourmet-sea side weekend" - with your girlfriend or your wife!

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jpfj

Fully agree with Mark about Rodwell House even though it might be a little bit pricey. Another small disadvantage is that the venue is relatively far from Cape Town however let me emphasize that it is an absolutely wonderful place to stay and I am sure will accommodate your needs.

Another suggestion is to look at the suite at Camps Bay Terrace. http://www.campsbayterrace.com/Suite.shtml. I know you wanted to be away from the crowds and it would sound as if staying in Camps Bay takes you straight into the crowd. While this might normally be true it is not the case at Camps Bay Terrace in that when staying in the suite you are isolated in a wonderful apartment with fabulous views overlooking the sea while not being interfered with by anybody. Take the 50 step stairway down to the beachfront and you will be walking on a promenade that flanks the sea at all times. f you dont want to walk on the seafront you will have a private pool next to your front door that overlooks the sea which you can sit at and enjoy to your hearts content. Camps Bay Terrace is a meticulously run establishment and whatever you need you will find when staying at this venue. All in all the venue represents wonderful isolation in a beautiful setting. Where the venue falls slightly short in terms of your expectations is that it is a self catering establishment so you will be dependent on self made meals (phenomenal fully equipped kitchen in the suite) or else dining out. In this regard you will be located 500 meters from the many restaurants on the "Camps Bay strip" however you will also be within 10 - 15 minutes from Cape Town central by cab where your choice of top class restaurants will be many.

I have hired the suite at Camps Bay Terrace for many of my visitors to Cape Town and without fail they have all come out raving about the venue, hence I recommend this establishment highly.

Hope the above helps and that you have a wonderful wedding celebration as well as fabulous stay in our great city when you visit us.

Selwyn Davidowitz

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Van de Caab:

Thank you for your advice. We saw this B&B in the New York Times and your review certainly has made a final case for it. We are almost certain we will go there. We sent an eamil to them and answered back saying they have the upstairs and downstairs room avaliable (which one is better??) but the only thing that makes us hesitate is that it may be too far away and we don't have a car. Although we don't mind spending three nights there without going back to Cape Town, we would like to know how we can get there and move around without having to rent a car - are there any buses or trains in thta direction? We are thinking of arriving there wednesday night and then leaving saturday morning back to Cape Town to catch our flight sunday morning, so we need dependable transportation. We hope you can help us with some additional tips. Thank you.

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Hi Jpfj

Wholeheartedly agree with VdC that a 3 night break in Paternoster staying at Ah! Guesthouse would be a wonderful, romantic treat.

From knowledge however you will definately need a car - unlike most European and US countries and States, South Africa remains very much a car drivers domain - public transport is very limited if not completely non existant in many areas.

Is there a particular reason you'll not have a car? If driving is worrying you please be assured that even in the city driving is pretty simple and once onto the roads to Paternoster for example, it's unlikely you will experience very much traffic at all.

If possible consider having a car - you will have a much more fulfilling time in the Western Cape and enjoy the area so much more.

Edited: 26 December 2009, 22:38
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hi jpfj

Yes, Ah! guesthouse is a wonderful place for a romantic weekend but I honestly dont think that you will be able to get there without a car. There are certainly no buses or trains that you could use to get up to, or even near Paternoster. To hire a taxi to take you there from Cape Town and to then come and pick you up would be really expensive - more than the cost of a night there.

Hiring a car is really the only way and would not be expensive. The route is very straightforward and the roads are excellent. Otherwise all I can suggest is that you e-mail Arnold and ask if he has any suggestions. He may know someone coming up that can give you a lift.

I do know both the upstairs and the downstairs rooms. Both are fine but, on balance, maybe the downstairs opening out onto the terrace where you can look out over the sea.

Hope you can sort something out. But if you need more help on car hire and driving there post back on here.

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Van de Caab:

Thanks again! It seems that there's no other option that renting a car. We are loking around for good deals and it certainly is an affordable option. Arnold recommended us renting a car, maybe dropping it at Vredenburg but a one way rental is more expensive than the three day rental. Budget seems to have good deals and is a good company. If you happen to know of any other option, we would appreciate your advice.

On the other hand, you may also know of a good option for a big van (for 10 persons) we can rent for our trip along the Garden Route. It would have to be a good van since we would take it to Addo Elephant Park for one night (does this sound crazy?). Thanks for your help.

jpfj

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