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“Lovely house with fabulous views”
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8 reviews
View towards the waterfall - upstairs balcony leading off bedrooms
The Rectory, Simon's Town
View from the upstairs bedrooms
huge kitchen including sofa, french doors leading to outdoor area and sea view
Bathroom with mountain views
Reception rooms
Sunrise over the Hottentots Hollands mountains, in the sea, 6.30 am
Beautiful walk to the old reservoir that used to supply the town
Jumping off the rocks, Windmill Beach (not for sissies)
Part of the kitchen - the cook never has to be alone!
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Manor House -
6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Simon's Town, Western Cape

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Deborah R
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
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“Lovely house with fabulous views”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This was our third visit to this magnificently restored Herbert Baker house. The location is spectacular with a panoramic view over Simon’s Town’s Yacht Club, Naval Base, with False Bay and the Sir Lowry’s Pass in the distance. There’s even the distinctive Simonsberg Mountain to be seen towering behind Stellenbosch. For early morning risers the view over the great bay as the sun begins to make its appearance is unforgettable. For those with a naval bent, there are always the two submarines and various frigates to observe while young naval recruits are put through their swimming paces in the sea. At the weekend there were thirty or so yachts and dinghies participating in races just beyond the Naval Base.

This beautifully appointed and spacious house is north east facing, yes, NE even this far south, so you have the benefit of both the sea and the mountains as well as the sun. Five of the six bedrooms, as well as the two reception rooms and kitchen on the ground floor, all have a great view. The view is particularly good from the small sheltered balcony which leads off two of the bedrooms. We loved having breakfast and lunch just outside the kitchen on the veranda which runs the length of the north-east side of the house. Apart from the view, in the foreground there is a pretty and well-maintained garden with a small pond. Should you want to eat inside there is a lovely large table in the nice big kitchen which has been very tastefully arranged. It is such a pleasure to have a larger than average stove and one those big side by side fridge freezers as well as separate coolers for drinks. There is even a separate TV room with full DSTV, although we always seemed to be otherwise occupied. We loved walking down to see the penguins and continuing on to one of the sheltered beaches or burning up some calories going up the mountain behind the house to the 1st WW Cross and ‘Just Nuisance’s’ gravestone for the spectacular view from the top. We also enjoyed being able to jump on the train from Simon’s Town station to go to one of the many restaurants in Kalk Bay with the sea only a few meters away throughout the brief journey.

There is just this lovely feeling of space throughout the house with its high ceilings, which gives such an uncluttered impression. The ever-attentive and charming housekeeper, who lives on the property, looks after the house and garden with great pride and energy. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him. We were once again sad to leave this beautiful house which feels to us so like a home from home. -

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charl39
Europe
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63 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“The best holiday rental we've ever had”
Reviewed 23 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Everything the owner Sarah says about her house The Rectory is absolutely true. This is a stunning home of manor-house proportions: six bedrooms, at least three bathrooms (but I'm sure there were more!) a kitchen so large you could fit a snooker table in it (there isn't one, but you could put one in there) and best of all, a friendly, capable and discreet housekeeper.

Two of the rooms open out onto a beautiful balcony, perfect for breakfast coffee or evening cocktails. The view is breathtaking: you can see all of the northern False Bay coastline stretching out in front of you, with the naval base (more like a marina, really) directly in front of you.

The house is so quiet at night it's absolute heaven. Even when the south-easter is blowing, the house feels (and is) so solid and safe. There are wooden floors and staircases throughout - but not a creak from any of them.

It's absolutely beautifully decorated and appointed. (It must have cost a fortune to do up to this standard, I'm sure). The kitchen is so clean it felt as though we were the first people to stay there, ever - seriously, the gas hob and electric oven (Smeg, of course) looked as though it had never been used before - we used it though! The bathrooms are fantastic: the main bathroom has a shower cubicle so big you could actually swing a cat in it without touching sides (not that I'm recommending that!). Everything is, in fact, incredibly light and spacious.

It is absolutely true to say that I've never rented a holiday house so beautiful, so comfortable, so perfect as The Rectory, in more than thirty years of going on holiday with my family.

I'd go back in a heartbeat. And I will.

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Liked best: Location, location, location (and comfort, and cleanliness, and everything else)
Liked least: Nothing. It was perfect.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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NJJ65
Surrey, United Kingdom
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“House with a view”
Reviewed 15 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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A beautiful house which felt more like your own luxurious home that came with the wonderful care of houseman Witness. We thoroughly enjoyed home to a clean and tidy house. Witness was wonderfully discreet and at the same time attentive.

We all enjoyed being able to walk down into Simonstown for a coffee, lunch or dinner. Boulders with its penguins is only a 5 min drive away and my husband and I enjoyed going running in the morning along the coast.

A fabulous base to explore and visit the area.

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Liked best: The glorious views that greeted us each day.
Liked least: The excellent exercise we received from walking up and down into Simonstown
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
19 Jan 2013
I really hoped you ended your run with a refreshing swim in the sea, with the sun coming up. Awesome. It is like your very own scene from 'The Blue Planet'. This season we swam with penguins, cormorants flying overhead out to their fishing grounds, wild dolphins and the very rare Cape Otter. I love Simon's Town and feel very lucky to live there.
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Reviewed 11 January 2013 for a stay in November 2012

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Management Response
15 Jan 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words about our beautiful house and our Houseman. Witness is indeed a legend; he is Jeeves-like in the way he shimmies about unobtrusively whilst seeming to anticipate what you want, and getting your laundry back into your room at the end of the day.
I am proud to say The Rectory is actually significantly cheaper than similar luxury accommodation - the prices in Cape Town can be silly. We protect ourselves from wayward guests with a hefty deposit which is given back the instant Witness confirms all is in order. The cost can be as low as £40 pppn for the breakfast option, with bread and pastries freshly baked that morning, the highest quality Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee, fruit and conserves; luxury linen and furnishings, at less than half the price of a very ordinary English b&b, Mount Nelson living at a fraction of the price!
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