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“Quiet, attractive, pleasant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Hout Bay Hideaway

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The Hout Bay Hideaway
Ranked #5 of 61 Hout Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Quiet, attractive, pleasant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2010

This is a bigish house up a hill behind the bay that has been converted to a guest house. It isn't stately or colonial, but it has been done very well. Everything works, it is clean, and it has been decorated meticulously with a quite effective mix of colonial-style fixtures and furniture, although some things feel more indonesion and even New England than SA! Doesn't matter. It all holds together just fine. We stayed in the appartment that was downstairs at the back of the house. Having a living room suited for the travel cot (which the owners provided).
The owners are English. They were very helpful in everything and knew the area well. I believe they spend half the year here.
Breakfasts were super-abundant. I think that when they whipped the cover off the tray was the first time I ever heard my two year old son say 'wow'! Unfortunately we don't eat much breakfast. But the detail may be appreciated by others.
Hout Bay, by the way, is a great place to stay near Cape Town. The better known bays up the coast are massively overrated and remarkable mainly for being remotely comparable to some med resorts (Camps Bay) and Hong Kong (Clifton). They are closer to Cape Town, of course, if that's important.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2010

Even before we arrived our hosts had organised competitively priced car hire and delivery for us in a hassle free professional manner. A very warm welcome on arrival at this gem of a house that is truly hidden away yet close enough to local restaurants and shops to walk if required and an excellent base for exploration of Cape Town and the wider Cape. Sue and Martin's interior decoration is to be admired with modern and period art and furniture blended together in a most delightful way giving a natural quality feel throughout. Needless to say the rooms are very well thought out even including a hidden kitchenette housing tea and ground coffee (nice touch) and milk in the fridge. There's also a microwave and sink hidden by doors at your will. One can take breakfast in the room, on the terrace overlooking the pool or in the dining kitchen, our favoured option where you can quiz your hosts and other guests on all things SA. The breakfast is as good as you can expect anywhere the quality and range of choice being exceptional. The team work of our hosts at breakfast is also a pleasant experience to observe particularly the subtleties that maintain the very high standards. The place is spotless, the rooms spacious, the bathroom clean with an excellent power shower, you want for nothing. We have travelled extensively throughout the world (60+ countries) and stayed in all types places from basic to the best available. The best places offer a combination of luxury, coupled to high standards due to the 'people factor'. Hout Bay Hideaway have the perfect combination.

Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Derby
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2010

As experienced travellers,we are used to the finest.Our "Hideaway" experience turned out to be truely 5 star.The knowlegable,kind and generous Martin and Sue do their utmost to make your stay memorable.The "Hideaway" and our views from the terrace are stunning.Interesting antiques and paintings added a special touch.Egyptian cotton sheets on the enormous beds gave us excellent sleep every night. The enormous breakfast was superbly cooked and presented.We originally booked for 17nights and stayed for 26 (World Cup).So many wineries to visit-and Martin and Sue know every one! We loved South Africa,Cape Town and everything and everybody at the "Hideaway"

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2010

Sue and Martin were fantastic hosts; couldn't do enough for you. Hout Bay Hideaway is a perfectly located guest house for exploring the surrounding areas including the Constantia region, Camps Bay and Clifton beaches and especially taking day trips into Cape Town. We were just sorry we didn't stay longer - 2 days just wasn't enough. The rooms were beautifully appointed and the breakfasts delicious. We would certainly return to this area and most definitely stay with Sue and Martin again at Hout Bay Hideaway. Loved it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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163 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2010

We loved this peaceful and tranquil place. Sue and Martin are wonderful hosts, the rooms are just georgeous, the garden and pool is nice (although a bit cold), and the location excellent for exploring the Cape Peninsula. Breakfast on our terrace was divine, and so were the views! If you're looking for a true hideaway to unwind from your travels in South Africa go for it. You can't do better.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

What a pretty and charming place that lived up to its reviews and descriptions. It was a great way to start out stay in the Cape. We had the mountain facing room which was spacious and very clean. Our hosts were helpful but not intrusive and the garden was a delight.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2010

We spent four nights with Sue and Martin at the Hout Bay Hideaway and we have nothing but praise for them and their very comfortable home close to all the amenities of Hout Bay and close to everything you could want from time in Cape Town. As we arrived I needed to find a dentist - Sue immediately sorted out an appointment for me locally.
The room had everything and more we needed, breakfast on our verandah every morning was delicious and plentiful. The garden had sunbeds and a small pool -
We can highly recommend this guesthouse - thanks to Sue and Martin

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Hout Bay Hideaway
Address: 37 Skaife Street, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Hout Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hout Bay Hideaway is a peaceful luxurious Guest House overlooking the ocean, mountains and beach of Hout Bay, accommodating a maximum of 9 guests in 4 beautifully furnished rooms. Only a few minutes walk to the restaurants and beach and only a 20 minutes easy drive from the center of Cape Town. ... more   less 
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