Ideads to maximise your short term rental income
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You know that Cape Town is popular. Extremely popular. Airbnb's total self-catering listings in Cape Town is more than the second largest Airbnb country in Africa. And growing fast. In South Africa Airbnb grew by 163% in one year.
You may think this is good news. But is it? In the past owners could dictate. Now everyone with an internet connection is listing online. It can still be profitable but the game has changed forever. Those who do not compete on price will win the game. Instead we are in the business of creating experiences.
And I am sure that you want to tap into this profitable opportunity, but where do you start?
On order to win this game we need to play by the rules. But that does not mean we can play to our advantage.
Let's try and make this read as easy as possible. We will be covering the following topics. You can skim through all our just click on a topic that may interest you. At the end of this read you'll know how we manage and market self catering accommodation in Cape Town. Hopefully you will learn how to do it yourself if that's what you want to do. Let's start......
Today Airbnb dominates the market. But that should not stop you from listing with Booking.com. There are many listing sites like Tripadvisor and it's affiliated sites; unfortunately these are insignificant. We therefore recommend Airbnb and Booking.com.
It's great to have your own website and Facebook page. Again your website can never compete with Airbnb or Booking.com. Your website will be a great brochure for reference on your business cards and marketing material. You can also advertise using Facebook, Google and Instagram but this is not for the faint hearted as these options are designed to take your money. And we don't recommend this if you are a novice.
In Cape Town, most great short term rental agencies pool their "stock". We have a joint database were we upload all our properties and other agencies can book these homes. Instead of paying a service fee to Airbnb we pay the booking agency the fee. We tend to book many exclusive and large properties via this channel.
Advertise Your Website or Facebook Page
You can use Google and Facebook etc. You are competing with the big guys when you do. For example Airbnb and Booking.com advertise on Google. You either pay Google or you pay a fee to your listing sites. We prefer to pay Airbnb etc when we have done a successful booking. Let Airbnb and Booking.com worry about Google ads.
Let my say that if you want to list (market) your own accommodation; you are the boss, you have the time and skills then do it. And we will not be the judge. But when it comes to our portfolio we choose only the best.
Only Remarkable Homes Will Make Good Money
Airbnb has commoditized the market. Even though many homes will make money few will excel. And we need to find that unique and remarkable home. The effort to maximise the income of a remarkable home is similar to that of an average home. But the income will be many times more for the unique home.
First, I will list some of the most important criteria then share a short list of things we consider before we list a home.
"We have just returned from a 5 night at the French Breeze and it was the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday. The house is on the outskirts of Cape Town. We certainly didn't mind, because the tranquility of the house makes more than up for the driving time. French Breeze is equipped with every little gadget one can imagine: a huge kitchen with tons of appliances, a TV room, a jacuzzi, a little outside pool and even a trampoline. A very special "thank you" to Janene, the property manager who did not seem to mind that our arrival time became later and later, due to a flight delay - in the end it was 5 to midnight when we met. Even more, she went out of her way to buy a birthday cake, some candles and balloons for my daughter, who celebrated her 15th birthday in Cape Town.”
Klaus and family
I am sure you may think this is an arrogant question. It may be. But let's use this opportunity to discuss expectations. We do understand that owners are protective of their homes. And they should be. Let's look at a few issues.....
"We must say that we are so happy to have met you. You are so professional and responsive. Everything about your business we like. We did not even consider another agency. The key is yours.”
Simon and Debbie - Owners
Let me start by saying that the Cape Town self catering market is massive. We have the ability to offer 3000 places and counting. I am saying this to show that many people are making lots of money already and they would not be in the market if it was a bad risk. But that does not mean we should not reduce risks....
Now for a the big one.....
"We have to learn to crawl properly before we start running. We rather decline now than disappoint you later!”
This is the question! The real question.
And it will depend on a lot of factors. Our experiences over time have helped us develop our own marketing philosophy.
We start off by asking the owners what annual income they expect. Many owner say to us, "but you are the experts! You should tell me!"
Yes. We are and we will use our expertise to maximise your income but before that we must know if this relationship will work.
Asking the owner what he expects is not intended to trick the owner. The only intention is to establish if we can work with the owner. And if so how will we work with the owner.
If the owner's expectation is way too high then we know we will have a problem. On the other hand if the owner's expectation is too low then we can correct it.
We believe we have a good idea of what you can get depending on the features of your home, the location (on beach or not), the luxury finishes, number of bedrooms and the suburb.
In Cape Town we have three seasons:
Summer after peak tends to be more popular than before peak with February the most popular of the summer months with the Mining Indaba, and foreigners escaping the winter for a month or more. (People can enjoy a holiday with less kids around and the wind tends to be better during Feb).
As a very general guideline you can use the number of bedrooms, the suburb and the season to get an idea. The best is to ask for a free rate consultation and we will assist you with our self catering rate calculator.
The further you move away from Camps Bay and Clifton, the lower your rates get. Let's say you have the exact same home in Camps Bay/Clifton, City Center, Southern Suburbs and Southern Peninsula.
Our Philosophy When Maximising Income
If we believe it's possible to generate the annual amount you expect, at an occupancy of between 33% and 40% during year one, then we will be interested in assisting. If the occupancy must be above 50% or higher to make the target then we may not be able to meet your expectations. We must learn to properly crawl before we run. And we rather say no now than disappoint you later.
The goal: Get 5 out 5 stars all the time. Anything less than 5 out 5 is not good enough. All management tasks must focus on this.
Management involves liaising with your guests from booking to pre-arrival to post departure. Ensuring your home always improves and that costs don't escalate. These are some of the crucial management tasks to ensure you get 5 out 5 stars all the time.
New owners, and mostly owners who make their homes available for high peak and other holidays think they can get the money from the guest, and go sit on the beach, switch off the phone and hope the guest survives the broken geysers, power outages, appliances breakages, flea attacks, etc.
“Management hassles and more hassles. Do you want that? Management will cost money, but pay for it and have peace of mind so you can enjoy your holiday and your investment.”
If things can go wrong- they will. And it will turn your holiday, your home, your investment into a disaster. You may have no idea how one negative review can set you back.
We are scoring 4.9 out of 5 on Airbnb. This is great. But not good enough. To maximise income we must work on maximising the experience.
We have discussed how to set your home up for guests arriving. If you have done the basics well, and ensured your home is up to date with any and all maintenance issues your guests will have few problems.
Managing a home is to be on call 24 hours a day. The hassles get less with excellent maintenance free homes, an owner willing to re-invest and unforgettable experiences for guests.
Our management Philosophy
Some agencies base their money making model on management costs. They ask for all kinds of monthly retainers. We don't. You pay a fixed management rate per incident. If there's no incident you pay nothing. If the house is maintenance free you pay no cost. If we arrange laundry we don't add money on top. You pay for the cleaning incident. (We can discuss the incident costs in detail when we meet)
Note 1. Although we provide a management function we only provide it if we have exclusive agreement to do marketing as well. Therefore we don't provide management if the owner is doing their own marketing.
Note 2. For every booking we receive the guest pays a management fee that covers most of the direct management costs. Therefore your guest related management costs are reduced significantly.
Every one can cook. But their are very few chefs.
"I have said it before; you can market your own home. Airbnb has made it simple. Very simple. And you can do it. But.......”
The question is if you can beat Pareto?
You know this guy? He said 20% of all houses on Airbnb earn 80% of all income generated.
Well. He did not say that exactly as he quoted the 80:20 principle in 1896. But the idea is applicable. Read more on Pareto here.
You have to ask yourself if you are willing to make a little money with the 80% or make proper money with the top 20%? This will depend on your love making skills with Airbnb as your partner. You can read more here.
Note: Some owners are happy with little money to cover costs and then you design your marketing plan accordingly. Obviously this then depends on your lifestyle rules.
A short term rental agency can assist you (1) when you don't want to get involved, (2) when you are not present and/or (3) when you believe an agency can in any case generate more income than if you did it yourself.
Marketing is a skill and if you love online marketing, social media, setting up your own website, answering client enquiries then go for it.
But as you may know; marketing is more than just listing it on a few websites; you need to know your rates, seasonal minimum stays, having terms and conditions, tax implications, indemnity, and third party insurance.
Note: If you focus on primarily on what our costs are and not on net income we can generate you then you should not work with CapeHolidays. Capable agencies are supposed to maximise your income while reducing costs.
In other words; although an agency will cost you money to market your home, the great ones should make you more money than if you did it yourself.
You will save yourself 20% on commission if you do it yourself. And if you know the business then do it. But will you get into the top 20% earners that made Pareto so famous? If you rank on page one on Airbnb then excellent. If you have 40 or more 5 star reviews then excellent. You are excellent. If not, remember we must crawl before we run.
Our Rate Setting Philosophy
You make money because of your many (+40) top reviews and your focus on increasing occupancy.
This is a very simple question to answer.
If you want to do your own marketing you would not need an agency.
CapeHolidays is an experience creator. We are not an e-commerce interface. Therefore we are not an advertising outlet. We are responsible from ground zero to lift-off and return.
CapeHolidays gives priority to our exclusive homes. These are the only homes we manage.
This means that we send all enquiries to sole-mandated homes first and when they are full or do need meet the guests needs we send business to non-sole mandated accommodation.
You Can still Book Your own House
We need to add more value than expected. We need to captivate them and create a 5 star experience.
First impressions are lasting. Your guests may be tired when they arrive, they may be critical; they have spent a lot of money - now they want to get fair value back. If you fail on the first impression test you are in for a nasty ride.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
The Agency.CapeHolidays thrive not because we want to be the biggest. No. We only want to be the best Short Term Rental Agency in and around Cape.
We totally loved our stay here. It’s such an amazing property, we just didn’t want to leave it!! It’s like home away from home – though our home’s no where near as lovely as this…for a start it has no pool, nor a lake that you can overlook whilst supping your local wine, and we… Read more “We had lovely stay”
Absolutely fabulous! Beautifully furnished, spotless, very comfortable! The horses were a highlight for our daughter and Anna made it very special for her, thank you so much, we really appreciate it! *****
“What an amazing house, with lovely views and in a quiet location. It was a truly relaxing place to be. Aureol, who was there to welcome us, was extremely helpful and provided us with all the info and tips to help us to enjoy our stay. She was a fantastic host! I would highly recommend!… Read more “You really went above and beyond and made our stay a very pleasant one.”
Everyone involved in running this property have been very efficient and welcoming. Anna personally met us at the property and made us feel very welcome. We had a wonderful stay, the house is absolutely stunning and the surroundings breathtaking. We will definitely be back!
Gloria & John were charming and considerate hosts. We greatly enjoyed their hospitality and staying in their fascinating apartment in the heart of Kalk Bay. When we were at home, the views of the fishing harbour, the hills and the passing parade of people over a coffee on our balcony were most enjoyable. Who needs… Read more “We greatly enjoyed their hospitality”
This is simply an amazing place to stay. The house, it is impossible not to fall in love with it, is perfectly placed. You will be close to the penguines (you can take as many swims with them as you like) and a great little private beach. The view from the terrace is astounding. Aureol… Read more “This is simply an amazing place to stay.”
Great stay with really responsive hosts. Clean, well configured property with all of the customary utensils and appliance needed in a home but without a whole lot of personal family clutter. Good decorative standard, good TV and media. Easy to plan trips around the area with great local restaurants. “Thanks for being brilliant hosts, we all… Read more “Great stay with really responsive host”
“Lovely little house, convenient location, good value for money. Hosts very always very quick to reply and to rectify a few small issues we had. We stayed there as a group of 5 friends and the place was a cozy and convenient home base. Washing machine and dishwasher were a bonus. Not much of a… Read more “Lovely little house”
“If you’re looking for a place to stay with a good value away from the main city this place is perfect. Peaceful and quiet yet with so much nearby. The place is amazing and I won’t even get into the view. Beautiful place. I loved the stay. Everything was perfect and like in the app. No… Read more “Peaceful and quiet”
“A really special little space. We really felt at home and quickly fell in love with Simon’s Town and the Whalers Cottage. I would highly recommend. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your space. It’s a really special place and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Aureol was really great as well. Thanks so… Read more “really special little space”
We were looking for a tranquil place to work for a few days and the house was just perfect. It is spacious, interesting and beautifully designed. There is a lot to admire in art and furniture and the view up to the mountain was lovely. We really enjoyed the pool as well, it’s a bit… Read more “It is spacious, interesting and beautifully designed”
We had a lovely stay. It was so spacious and clean. The hosts were very welcoming but at the same time were left on your own. Such a stunning place… kids lover being able to see the horses everyday
we had a fantastic stay here for a week with our kids..lovely house..well appointed and clean..always a prompt reply to queries etc..the house is in a lovely location with breath taking views all around..it is quiet and serene..it is close to everything and has many shops and restaurants within a 10 min drive..ideally located in… Read more “a slice of heaven”
“A great place to stay with your partner or the whole family located in a quiet and suburb a little bit outside Cape Town. The view is just amazing. Very nice seafood places are close by. Aureol will give you a warm welcome and tell you all the things you need to know. There is… Read more “quiet and suburb”
“What a perfect cottage! Loved everything about it – location, lovely deck to relax on – so peaceful and although not large the feeling of spacious inside. Communication and help from all involved excellent! Only three Little steps (2 outside-from road and out to the back braai area, one inside) so, as long as there… Read more “What a perfect cottage! Loved everything about it”
“Le Whales Cottage est un merveilleux endroit que nous recommandons vraiment : chaleureux, décoré avec goût, confortable… on a passé un super séjour à Simon Town! “Thank you Aureole for your warm welcome! We appreciate so much our stay in Simon Town!!”
Such eclectic style and hugely warm and caring host. Janine was the ultimate hostess. She was so gracious, kind, generous, and caring. Took extra time and effort to make us feel at home on our first stay in Cape Town. We wish we could have stayed longer there. By far the best accommodation we’ve had.… Read more “By far the best accommodation we’ve had. Just like the pictures…even better.”
“Great experience all around. A beautiful home, well-appointed, and sparkling clean. With lovely views in every direction, the Mbali lodge is perfectly situated within the gorgeous Constantia Nek Valley. A very comfortable, family-scaled mountain retreat. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this property. On a personal note, Janine, the house representative, welcomed us with the… Read more “beautiful home”
“Unfortunately we couldn’t stay at this beautiful house, but our friends did and were very happy there. Best views!! Hopefully we can stay there next time we’re in SA…”
Nandi, You are probably the only person that has responded within the hour!!! I have been looking for accommodation for over 2 weeks now, and have very little luck with people either getting back to me or no availability!!! And unfortunately, have only just this afternoon come across your awesome website!Thank you again for your… Read more “You are probably the only person that has responded within the hour!!!”
Everything about our stay was fantastic! The house is beautifully designed and furnished, and perfectly situated for a relaxing stay. Downstairs is great for entertaining or relaxing by the pool in the secluded garden, surrounded by fybos. The upstairs master bedroom is filled with light and has fantastic views on three sides. The beach is… Read more “stay was fantastic”
“This is a fantastic house for a holiday by the sea. Noordhoek is full of great beer, food, wine and adventures for the kids. My brother is a wheelchair user and found it so wonderful to be able to enjoy the view and upstairs living area with the rest of the family. There is even… Read more “fantastic house for a holiday”
Thank you for the use of this lovely home during our too-short stay in Muizenberg. The home was everything described and even more. the lake and out door activities kept us busy and entertained throughout our stay. The home was clean and neat and beautifully decorated. We thankful for the wood fire place that looked… Read more “I would certainly recommend this home to all my friends and family.”
Debbie was our host and she was great. The house was perfect and met our needs nicely. Two draw backs were the lack of a dryer in the laundry, even though the listing says there is a dryer; and the internet was terribly slow. I would definitely stay again if I am in Simons Town… Read more “Thanks Debbie for a great assistance.!”
Thank you very much for sharing your cottage with us. It was truly home away from home, perfectly decorated with everything one could want for a breakaway from hectic day to day reality. Debs was great and right on time to welcome us – thank you Deb for the chopped wood to get the fire… Read more “Truly home away from home”
For our yearly overseas reunion, my friends and I rented out this property. The house was good for a large group, and well equipped for a long stay (full kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.). The place is well secured, private and has its own garden. Whenever we had a question or an issue, Nandi was… Read more “Had a great experience”
The place was great! There is everything one could possibly need- even for a long stay. It has also a super nice location. Johan is very friendly and has always answered my questions very fast and adequate. I would definetely stay there again 🙂
A little piece of heaven. So close, walking distance, to everything, shops and beach and restaurants, yet so private and peaceful. Felt pretty wow to walk out one evening to find a penguin in front of our house, happily walking to it’s nest and mate. Honestly, I can see myself live in this special piece… Read more “piece of heaven”
We stayed 3 nights at the whale house in Simons Town. The house was as charming as the pictures described. Debbie was very friendly and welcoming to us. The house is ideally situated if you wish to explore the surrounding areas. We enjoyed Boulders beach & Kalk Bay in particular. We would definitely recommend this… Read more “The house was as charming as the pictures described”
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the hard work and dedication to turning our rental property into a successful business. Lindsay and I are very pleased with the service we are receiving, so a BIG thank you to all!
The apartment was very comfortable. The perfect space for our family of four. Stunning views of False Bay. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a private garage. The owner, Colleen, is friendly and helpful when you need her. Simons Town is a lovely, sleepy town. Otherwise, we loved our stay
We ( 4 people , no couples ) stayed for 3 nights at the Sunny Brae Villa in FIsh Hoek and it was absolutely fantastic ! Everything and more is available to make you feel right at home . We we’re on a road trip through the Garden Route of SA and I can honestly… Read more “Absolutely fantastic !”
You don’t know impossible! I need someone like you to assist: before we arrive, during the say, doing our search, visit the home on our behalf for our annual excursion.
Das war die perfekte Unterkunft für uns – ein sehr schönes Haus direkt am Wasser. Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt. Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ausgezeichnet. Strand und Kapstadt Zentrum unkompliziert und schnell zu erreichen. Sehr empfehlenswert! Johan war ein sehr freundlicher und hilfsbereiter Gastgeber. Hoffentlich können wir noch einmal wiederkommen.
Overall, I am very pleased with how it is going – you guys are very on it and I feel I am in very good hands. Many thanks,
What a beautiful place! We were met by Debra who assists with managing the property. We were pleasantly suprised by how well the house is equipped and well maintained. We spent lazy days walking thr property, relaxing on the patio and by the pool. In the evening we owl watched and enjoyed all of the… Read more “What a beautiful place!”
What a beautiful house in the most spectacular position with breathtaking views! We loved our stay here. It is the most lovely house, immaculately furnished and with lots of space! The rooms are big and airy and take advantage of the views. The house was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. It is quiet albeit… Read more “What a beautiful house in the most spectacular position with breathtaking views!”
Beautiful ocean views, stylish venue, quiet town, everything needed for a relaxing break with the family. Thank you for being excellent hosts. We loved your place.
It was great! Big House, and a swimming and a trampoline. Even they have a coffeeshop machine
“The house is very nice and the rooms are unique. The location is wonderful and the view of the sea very nice. The hospitality is very great. We would have liked to stay longer and will certainly come back.”
“Stylish chic apartment in an amazing location close to the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point Promenade. Very convenient and easily accessible. The cherry on top of my birthday weekend. We really enjoyed our stay. Regards, Elizette & Trevor”
“What a wonderful stay we had! Beautiful, spacious place with lots of character. The still water, milk, coffee, tea, salt and spices was wonderful to have on hand. Very well equipped and well situated (within walking distance of the beach). Wonderful welcome from Aureol. Even the baby cot was taken care of. We will for… Read more “a wonderful stay”
Our stay in muizenberg was great. We get a clean and nice house. All things you need are there. We would come again.
“A house in a beautiful location at the secure Silvermist Estate. Excellent views from a large balcony. The swimming pool was very well maintained and larger than usual by South African standards. Two restaurants at the estate makes this is a very convenient location especially for families. The Constantia wine estates are only few minutes… Read more “Excellent views from a large balcony”
The apartment was very spacious with great views over the sea and a balcony which catches the sun for much of the day. A very convenient location for accessing central Cape Town, close to several local amenities as well as Table Mountain and beaches on the western side of the Cape. Host were very accommodating… Read more “Host were very accommodating. Apartment was very spacious with great views”
What an amazing experience we had at Mbali lodge. The views were breath taking. Exquisite house perfectly located and perfectly detailed. It was thorougly enjoyed by my family and i would highly recommencd Mbali lodge for a close getaway. Thank you very much for having us. We will definitely be back.
Elmarie was generous and took time. She was also accommodating and very friendly and tried to assist with wi-fi. Great overall.
“Thanks much for a lovely stay in Simons town. The home was perfect for our two families with kids traveling together. We particularly enjoyed the views. Communication with Aureol was fast and professional. Great with small things available like baby chair, cot, washing powder and stain removal.”
Dear Johan I must just tell you how impressed I have been with your professionalism. Your response time has been excellent, you have responded to my request in a really appropriate way – taking into account all aspects of what I have asked for. So I just wanted to say thanks for the amazing help… Read more “I must just tell you how impressed”
Staying at this apartment is quite a luxury. Everything in the apartment is high end and decorated with a very creative touch. Also, the view is unbeatable. The hosts were so accommodating and we were very comfortable. a fantastic stay! It was a lovely stay! thank you so much for being accommodating : )
“Brilliant as always, perfect location, perfect amenities, perfect hosts. Always my 1st choice.
Thoroughly professional and always friendly and available.
House Pax is absolutely stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was extremely comfortable and had everything we needed. The host was a pleasure to deal with and very helpful. The picture perfect views (from every bedroom) truly set this house apart. Aureol and Elmarie, it was lovely to meet you both, thanks for the… Read more “House Pax is absolutely stunning”
“Fantastic property in a great location. Has everything you need and is so close to the penguins. We were met with a warm welcome and had no problems at all. Thanks so much for making our stay in Simon’s Town such a great experience. Your accommodation had everything we needed and was in an excellent… Read more “Fantastic property”
This is a lovely old house and you are made to feel very welcome. It is well situated for sight seeing and going to the beach. That scared everyone a bit.
My friends and I loved staying here. The house and the view were even more beautiful than in the photos, and the location was great for accessing Simon’s Town, Boulder’s Beach, Cape Point. Johan and Nandi were very professional and the arrival instructions were thorough and clear.
This house was really awesome. Our host was very friendly and helpful. Super relaxed. The house has everything you need. A very relaxing place to spend a few days. Walking distance to the lighthouse and the boardwalk along the rocks. Nice to braai on the balcony in the evenings and watch the sunset. We had… Read more “Super Helpful. This house was really awesome.”
Wonderful in every way!
We had a wonderful stay at this property! It is every bit as beautiful as the pictures suggest. We spent a lot of our time admiring the sea view from the deck and enjoyed the fact that the beach (and penguins!) were only a short walk away. Will definitely re-book!
“My family and I loved our stay at the delightful Whale View Cottage. Fantastic location with unforgettable views – Our small boys enjoyed watching the comings and goings at the Harbour. All our needs were catered to with regards to amenities, and the host was incredibly accommodating with our late check-in. We would certainly recommend… Read more “Fantastic location”
“This was an excellent cottage to stay in, especially if you want a quiet, long-term place. Placed in walking distance to the beach, it is a bit of a further walk to Simons Town, but that makes it quieter. The cottage is lovely and very secure and the host is very flexible with check-in and… Read more “An excellent cottage”
“It’s not that often when, what you see is what you get. All the pictures of this lovely home is exactly as it is and more! The view is truly spectacular and the decor and amenities stunning. All our sight seeing activities were very accessible from this location. The lovely Janene kept in touch to… Read more “Such an amazing place to stay. The views and decor were stunning. Thank you!”
“We had such a lovely stay in this absolute amazing house with wonderful view from each room that immediately has a calming effect on one’s soul and gets you in a peaceful, happy mood. The best is swimming at night in the pool with view on the lights of Simons Town and the opposite coast.… Read more “Absolute amazing house with wonderful view from each room”
Gorgeous house in a stunning location! Every detail was considered. Very comfy. Will definitely return!
“Very fine place — best Service!!!! — best view to the see — if you will visit this Simonstown take this house!!!! “Thank you very much for everything —we Loved to Stay”
This is a gem – a beautiful escape with luxurious accommodation and breathtaking views of False Bay. It is a perfect and thoughtful holiday home. where it is easy to relax and simply to enjoy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it’s location – we visited Boulders Beach for the penguins, did an early morning… Read more “This is a gem – a beautiful escape with luxurious accommodation and breathtaking views of False Bay.”
Superb host, easy to reach, and easy to deal with. Very accommodating. A perfect get away, and so close to the sea side. Great for families. Truly recommend it, and will without a doubt return.
“We really enjoyed our stay at Johan, Elmarie and Nandi’s lakeside house in Marina De Gama. The house was fantastic; very spacious, well equipped, and beautifully decorated. We loved the views over the lake and the privacy of the pool. It was the ideal base for us to explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula… Read more “We really enjoyed”
Good location, close to nice cafes and boulder’s beach. Lovely interior.
“Wonderful place to stay if you have your own vehicle . The house was clean and all amenities made a pleasant stay . The pool was also nice and clean and serviced well. Simon’s Town is great for proximity to beaches and CAPE Point and nearby tourist places. A little far ( 45 minutes) to… Read more “Wonderful place”
Superb rental. Great locations and excellent, helpful hosts. Very easy arrival/departure and the place is home from home. Thanks Helen for all your help. *****
Every bit is like in the description! Yes! The whole house is yours! Incl. cleaning and laundry service every day (except on Sundays ;-)) It is simply perfect! The best part of our holiday! We felt so welcome and – to be honest – a bit like princesses! The house is absolutely stunning (the kitchen:… Read more “The house is absolutely stunning”
Thanks Elmarie. You are a gift to humanity ( and me) Tor
It is a perfect place to stay if you wish to have a quiet seaside holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town city living, but still wish to dip into what Cape Town has to offer – just what our London family of 4 was looking for. Its secure and private location… Read more “It is a perfect place to stay”
The host was great in communication and meet us for the key in the shortest time. The house is nice and very well located in GreenPoint. As well the patio with the barbecue make a great add-on. We had a great time in Cape Town.
We stayed here 4 nights and it was absolutely perfect. A beautiful setting and quirky but elegant accommodation to enjoy it from. The house comfortably accommodated the five of us and was well set up in every regard. Although it’s on the ‘main’ road, you don’t need to worry about traffic noise as there’s not… Read more “Absolutely perfect. A beautiful setting and quirky but elegant”
“Очень красивый вид, стильный интерьер, общительная хозяйка, подсказала хорошие места для посещения, все на высшем уровне. Very beautiful view, stylish interior, sociable hostess, suggested good places to visit, all at the highest level”
We loved staying here, it is a beautiful place, very relaxing and very welcoming. We made excellent friends, such as with Isabella the goat, Vito the dog, and wonderful horses, and their friendly owners. Our daughter even got to ride one of the horses, a real highlight.
The accommodations were perfect in every way. The view from our place was spectacular! All of the amenities were more than we needed. Also loved the close proximity to other wonderful towns – Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, etc. Take time to go for a dive or snorkel with Shark Explorers! You won’t regret coming to Simonstown… Read more “Accommodations were perfect in every way”
The property was breathtaking! Decorated amazingly and homey yet modern. Nestled in a very nice, quiet neighborhood, it is the perfect escape. We stayed for 4 days at the end of a month of traveling, and it was exactly what we wanted; relaxation. It was quite cool the first two days, so the pool was… Read more “Breathtaking property”
A wonderful holiday in a stunning location. The house is beautifully maintained and furnished with everything one could want for a comfortable and memorable stay. Waking up to views of Table Mountain outside my window was one of the highlights. Others were visiting wineries, great restaurants, friendly cafés, lovely beach close by and fun shopping.… Read more “First trip to Capetown”
“Lots of space, quiet area. Perfect place to explore the Cape and enjoy fine dining while always having the possibility to relax in this beautiful house. To walk up the hill and have lunch or dinner at La Colombe is a must. “Thank you very much. Everything was great and we enjoyed our time a… Read more “Lots of space”
I can not express how nice this house is, highlights have to be the master bedroom upstairs, the covered courtyard area and the view from the porch! Although only two of us stayed here, the house can easily accommodate a further four people. Kitchen and lounge areas were ideal and parking was simple and convenient.… Read more “Nice beach”
Gloria was there to meet us and show us around the apartment. We know Kalk bay and the apartment is located on the main road over looking the sea. There was some basics left in the fridge for us and the supermarket is right across the road. Kalk bay is a great location plenty of… Read more “Kalk bay is a great location”
It was a beautiful house and we really enjoyed our time there. The view was amazing, the interior was as shown on the pictures. Everything was perfect and we would always come back. Debbie was wonderful and very helpful and heartful. Thank you very much for everything! We would always recommend to stay at this… Read more “Thank you very much for everything!”
We had a wonderful time in this gem of an apartment. Gloria and John made us feel very welcome. They looked after our kid some mornings, took us out to lunch and shared a few bottles of whine in the evening. Lovely people! The Apartment is very special. filled with art and classic furniture. It… Read more “Lovely people! We had a wonderful time in this gem of an apartment.”
Fantastisches Haus , mit allem was man für einen erholsamen Urlaub benötigt. Sauber, großzügig, sehr ruhig. Die Betreuung durch Debbie war hervorragend.
“Best hospitality. Best sunrise. Best sunset. Best location. Best cleanliness ”
Johan and Elmarie Horak (Cape Holidays) have been acting as agent on behalf of Welgelee Luxury Self Catering for the last year. It has been a great success. They are both constantly cheerful and light-hearted and simultaneously ruthlessly efficient and reliable. I have only the highest praise for them and the ethical and straightforward way… Read more “Aways a pleasure doing business with you.”
“ Amazing experience in Simon’s town ! We couldn’t ask for any of better place and view really enjoy our stay and Aureol was fantastic host she give us a tour around the house and explain everything you need and even send us some tips for restaurants and shops 🙂 ”
Me and my family of 3 had an amazing time at the lake house. The view of the lake is beautiful and the house is lovely and tastefully decorated. 10/10 for us
“A beautiful view across the valley towards the mountains. This home is perfectly positioned, well appointed and comfortable. We enjoyed several swims in the AMAZING lap pool, and also spent some time relaxing on the front deck area. We would definitely recommend it.
“What a wonderful experience. We were welcomed with beautiful fresh flowers in the reception rooms. The decor is stylish and homely at the same time. Sitting out on the stoep felt like being in the country with horses, guinea fowl and birds all around. Anna is a wonderful caring hostess and Alice cleans the house… Read more “What a wonderful experience”
“This place was amazing!! My wife and I stay at this place to start our Cape Town holiday. Was a perfect start, stone throw to boulder beach, 30mins to Cape Point Park, 15 mins to Muizenberg. House was safe and secured. With nightly guard at the street. Our house manager, Aureol was helpful and keeps… Read more “amazing place!”
I stayed there for a few days to attend a wedding. I had a wonderful time. Poppy went out of her way to make our stay comfortable and showed a very high attention to detail. The owners are very up to date with events and activities in the area. I would recommend this place!
We came to Cape Town for a friends wedding in Simonstown. After a few nights in Cape Town itself 5 of us booked this house for a long weekend. Johan responded within minutes of my initial enquiry in January and was available to hand keys over when we arrived, Debbie was really responsive and helpful… Read more “I would certainly recommend – The house itself is absolutely stunning”
“brilliant place to visit quiet clean , absolutely remarkable :)”
Gorgeous, spacious, airy, light home. Extremely comfortable. Great views toward the sea. The very well equipped kitchen begs to be cooked in. Photos on the listing do not do the property justice in size or decor. Every extra has been thought of from blankets to hairdryers, to tea in the cupboards, books on the shelf… Read more “Gorgeous, spacious, airy, light home. Extremely comfortable.”
“VIEWS! Great location, great hosts. All was as expected, and views were as breathtaking as we hoped. Aureol who did our check-in was a star! Gave us tips for surroundings etc…and she is just so welcoming! The neighbourhood is great too – like a little wisteria lane with nice houses and quiet neighbours. Thanks a… Read more “VIEWS! Great location, great hosts”
We stayed in this house for a few days. It is beautiful and spacious, exactly as in the pictures. We loved the way it is decorated. Parking is easy in the area and it is a safe and beautiful neighborhood. We only had one problem with the house that made us leave before we expected,… Read more “Beautiful and spacious house, exactly as in the pictures”
“Unreal setting in a beautiful house. We had a very easy check in and were shown around the house with all questions being answered. We strolled down into Simon’s Town stopping off at coffee shops on the way to Boulders Beach to go see the penguins. The naval base activity kept us entertained for hours… Read more “such a great place!”
Nandy quickly answered to any question before and during our stay. She managed to easily exchange the key with us, although we arrived late and left early., exactly as in the pictures clean and is located in a quiet and charming neighbourhood.
Wir waren mit der Familie im mbali Haus. Es ist ein wunderschönes Haus mit vielen Terrassen und einer spektakulären Aussicht auf die Rückseite des Tafelberges. Das Haus ist sehr schön eingerichtet und bietet genug Platz für 6 Personen. die Lage ist perfekt da man schnell in Constantia, Heut Bay sowie Kapstadt ist. Die Bilder in… Read more “Wunderschönes haus mit einer gigantischen Aussicht”
“Wunderschönes Haus, alles sehr sauber. Wir wurden sehr herzlich Empfangen und mit guten Tipps ausgestattet. “Wunderschönes Haus, alles sehr sauber. Hervorragende Gastgeberin” “Beautiful house, everything was very clean. We were warmly welcomed and provided with good tips. Excellent hostess “
Beautiful view. Beautifully furnishes space. Excellent service from the hosts. 10/10!
We really enjoyed our stay at 10 de hoop! It was plenty of room for 3 married couples, and had everything we needed. It was a great, safe location, and had amazing views of Table Mountain. We were very well taken care of with tea, coffee, and wine available upon arrival, and even fresh milk… Read more “Highly recommended!”
Had a great stay, excellent neighborhood. Close to everything and really nice house. Perfect for 2 – 4 guests.
If you are staying in Simonstown, it would be madness not to rent this place. Do not give it a second thought. The views from the house are spectacular. The house is incredibly well equipped. The decor is well appointed and thought through. The owners paid a lot of attention to detail. They are kind… Read more “Honestly one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of dealing with.”
“We had such a good time at this lovely and cosy place. The cottage is very nice furnished and very cosy and clean. It felt like a Second Home. Very close to the amazing boulders beach. Perfect place to get to all tourist attractions at the cape. We can really recommend this place. Aureol, thank… Read more “lovely and cosy place”
“We have just returned from a 5 night at the French Breeze and it was the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday. The house is on the outskirts of Cape Town, outside rush hour it takes you about 45 min driving time to the airport or the city center. We certainly didn’t mind, because the… Read more “wonderful holiday”
“This is a very beautiful place to stay: lovely open plan and peaceful house with stunning views of the entire bay from most of the rooms. The beaches and penguin colony are in walking distance from the house, with some lovely cafes and restaurants nearby. Simons Town itself is a 20 minute walk. Aureol, your… Read more “peaceful house”
“Excellent location within walking distance of the V&A + Cape Town Stadium! It was the perfect touch & go place for us being busy walking around, checking out the lively town life! We felt very safe with secured parking & a building security guard on hand. It’s very chic, fit for 2! It was nice… Read more “perfect touch”
The house is very true to the picture and with a breathtaking view. Everything is functional and very organized. Beddings are clean and comfortable. Aureol is very sweet and helpful. One light in the bathroom didn’t work she sent repairman right a way. And also helped us a lot on the grocery shopping places and… Read more “The house is very true to the picture and with a breathtaking view”
Fantastic location, you’re really directly on the coast, with a terrace that overlooks the ocean, and is totally private. Simons town we love as a destination. The furnishings in the house were top quality but the windows and doors were really needing an upgrade, but this was scheduled to happen directly after our visit –… Read more “Fantastic location, you’re really directly on the coast”
Mbali Lodge is a beautiful house set in the hills between Constantia & Hout Bay and thus ideally located to explore both Cape Town as well as the total Cape area. With it secure gated & supervised entrance you feel very safe. The house provides all the comforts that you need and especially liked the… Read more “Mbali Lodge is a beautiful house”
I really wanted to Thank You so much for setting everything up for us to rent the house in Runciman drive Simonstown for our wedding weekend in March this year. I cannot begin to express just how beautiful the house was, and di the owner went to so much trouble to make everything just extra… Read more “I cannot begin to express just how beautiful the house was”
“Emplacement privilégié pour visiter la péninsule. Un grand merci à Janene pour son accueil chaleureux et sa bienveillance.” “Privileged location to visit the peninsula. Many thanks to Janene for her warm welcome and kindness. “
What a great time. A beautiful house in a magnificent area surrounded by mountains. Breathtaking views. The interior of the house is very tasteful and cozy. It makes you feel, you are home. Great restaurants in the neighborhood. We loved to eat our breakfast at the Chardonnay Deli but the highlight was our dinner at… Read more “great time”
Thank you for the special effort made to make us welcome and introduce us to this wonderful historical house for our holiday. Centrally situated with a sea view from the patio, everything was within in walking distance from the house. Accommodation spacious and comfortable, well equipped and tastefully furnished. A special thank you to Debbie… Read more “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay”
“What a gem! Five of us stayed from Friday to Monday. It was probably the most perfect weekend-away I ever had. The house has a very welcoming feel, was spotlessly clean and has all amenities one could wish for. The upstairs living and outside sitting areas are so spacious that it never felt like one… Read more “What a gem!”
“First time in Cape Town and absolutely loved the apartment. The view is incredible and the balcony outside where you can have breakfast is a dream. The apartment is modern, clean, stylish and secure. Will definitely come back and stay here!!!”
It is difficult to overate the retreat as it has so many outstanding features. The tranquil site, superb ’boutique hotel’ facilities, the panoramic views, great walking trails all make Mbali a wonderful base for a restful holiday. An added bonus is that the house is situated just forty minutes drive from the international airport. The… Read more “truly 5 star retreat”
“We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home close to the beach. Great location close to shops and just a 15 min walk to famous long beach. Wonderful hosts, easy going and very nice. Great holiday! thank you for a wonderful stay.”
Stylish space and located very close to the best region of Cape Town. Crystal welcomed us very well and was very attentive. Highly recommend to travelers!
Excellent location, nice sea view, good communication and accommodated our late arrival “Accueil très chaleureux de jeaninie dans cette si belle maison. Tout était parfait. Merci jeaninie pour ce si bel accueil”
“We had a very beautiful stay. The house is really cosy, very calm (even with the school nearby) and with everything needed. You got to have a car to go visit all the very nice points around. We really hope to come again and recommand this house.
“Beautiful quaint cottage. “Thank you for a lovely stay, we will do it again!””
I found your services to be efficient, prompt, professional & helpful. When we needed flexibility, we were given it. Both yourselves & the home owner certainly went the extra mile! Thank you, we’ll use you guys again!
A perfect cottage in the most stunning location. Would go back in a heart beat. Very will equip and communication was seem less for check in and out. Thank you for a lovely stay.
We had a lovely time in the property. The views from all the rooms were amazing… What was not clear to us was that it is 60min drive to Cape Town from this property.
“What a great location for a visit to Cape Town. The town of Muizenberg is full of charm and character. Lots of shops and restaurants within a few minutes drive. The apartment boasts perfect views of False Bay with the Indian ocean just beyond. You will never see a more spectacular sunrise. The apartment is… Read more “What a great location for a visit to Cape Town.”
Quiet surrounding,amazing view of table mountain,artistic decorating,abundant facilities,reliable security system,and nice house owners. We had a unique Chinese holiday in the house.
We really enjoyed our stay at M’bali Lodge and hope to be back soon!! The Securities and cleaning stuff had been very friendly and the view from the terrace is amazing – you think you are nearly alone in nature. The three bedrooms have their own bathrooms whereat one you only have a bathtub and… Read more “a great place to be”
Manager Janene has been fantastic – and I am finding working with you guys a pleasure – very many thanks. Philippa
“To start, we would like to compliment the owner of the property for their incredible design choices, thought and effort that went into creating this space. Well done! Our stay was short, but fantastic. Great location, safe and such a tranquil environment. The house is also equipped with everything we needed and much much more.… Read more “incredible design”
Le logement était exactement comme décrit sur le site, avec un salon confortable, une belle salle à manger et trois chambres, chacune avec sa salle de bain privée. Tout était bien équipé. La terrasse sur la marina était très agréable pour prendre le petit déjeuner. La piscine dans le petit jardin était également très agréable.… Read more “We have a very good memory”
We had a lovely stay at House Pax. The view is amazing and the house was clean, well maintained and equipped. Debbie received us at the agreed time and was very friendly and informative. The two double bedrooms have amazing views with great en-suites with baths. The twin bedrooms downstairs are practical and ideal for… Read more “The view is amazing and the house was clean, well maintained and equipped.”
Great property. Probably the best place I’ve ever stayed in. Comfortable and everything is the finest quality and style. Brilliant host too.
You can just go ahead and book this apartment. No need to search any more. It’s beautiful. Location is perfect. Thank you! We loved our stay. Janene looked after us as if we were family.
We used Whale House as spill over accommodation for our family in the lead up to our wedding. It was perfect for hosting big family meals in the undercover courtyard with well equipped kitchen. The fireplace in the living room was also great for wintery nights.
Fantastic villa, very big, nice surroundings. Johan took care of the booking and responded very quick. Also gave us some great tips todo in the area (botanic garden & world of birds). The service in the house is also fantastic. Everything is cleaned everyday! So no need to do the dishes! We had a bag… Read more “Fantastic villa”
“Excellent séjour passé en famille dans cette maison! Je recommande.” “Great family holiday in this house! I recommend.”
“We had an amazing time at the house. It had an amazing view, had everything we needed and more, plus the hosts were very friendly and attentive, just a phone call away. We were really sad to leave and will definitely be back. Highly recommended!”
This house is a perfect base for a stay in Cape Town. We enjoyed the tranquility of the setting – beautiful views and peaceful but also very close to all the local attractions. The layout of the house was perfect for our family of 5. It is beautifully decorated, with comfy sofas and beds. We… Read more “This house is a perfect base”
Lovely place this. Very large in a stunning setting – a smallholding that looks after horses right in the middle of the Constantia which of course is beautiful in its own right. Everyone we met was helpful and lovely. Lula the maid was a delight, so helpful and hard working. Great with my three year… Read more “Everyone we met was helpful and lovely”
The House was perfect for the weekend. It was cozy, perfect tranquil, beautiful spot of kommetjie, only few minutes walking from the beach and lighthouse. I loved to spend the weekend there! both in summer, where you can enjoy the terrace for a sunset, and a rainy winter day where you can sit in front… Read more “Beautiful spot of Kommetjie”
Pax House was everything you see on the pictures plus more. We had an awesome time. Johan, Elmarie, Nandi and Debbie was easy to get ahold off and very helpful. We would definitely recommend Pax House to anyone wanting to visit Simon’s Town.
“The pictures of the space does not do justice to this wonderful house, from the great views across the bay to the small touches that made our stay here that much better. Aureol our host was very easy and great to deal with, quick to respond and gave of some good suggestions on what to… Read more “wonderful house”
“Don’t miss this awesome experience whenever you exploring the Cape! Will be back in a heartbeat!”
“A beautifull house, at just 2min by foot of a small beach (with pingouins). Lovely family home, with a stunning view. A perfect place to enjoy Simon’s Town and surroundings. Our 2 little boys and us just loved everything about it! “We had the best time at your House! The kids and we loved it. Thank… Read more “Lovely family home”
“Coming to Cape Town quite often it always was an exhausting rally for us to find a suitable and nice place to stay, combining pleasure, leisure and business – and of course authentic Cape style combined with good views! Not less than all that. Well, dealing with owners personally often brought me into the situation… Read more “We had beautiful and perfect moments”
Sehr freundliche Begrüßung und Unterstützung während unseres Aufenthaltes. Es hat an nichts gefehlt. Es ist ein traumhaftes Haus…
The place was great for my family and I, and we were able to enjoy our time in Muizenberg together. We were greeted when we arrived, and we blessed with a great view!
The apartment is classy and spacious while cosy romantic. The bed is king size with a fantastic mattress, and bathroom is large and light. There were lots of lovely towels and beach towels available to use, and the size of the fridge and freezer accommodated all our picnic bites and champagne bottles! The location is… Read more “Classy and spacious while cosy romantic”
Elmarie Horak of Cape Holidays has looked after our home, since we moved there in November 2010. She has done an excellent job, both sorting out all the inevitable problems of re-locating, and then dealing with the day to day problems of running a house in a foreign country. I highly recommend her services. If… Read more “Highly recommended”
The house was delightful and spacious – we loved the tranquility, bird life and views. We also really appreciated the eclectic and interesting art work in the house, which is very comfortable and beautifully furnished. All the beds are extremely comfortable and warm (we stayed in mid-winter and all commented about how well we slept)… Read more “The house was delightful and spacious”
We’re not even home yet! Still in transit but stopped to write this review since we had a great time staying in Cape Town! The house was the perfect base to move around from. It’s as described …big, picturesque views of table mountain from the upper sleeping rooms. The street is very quiet and the… Read more “Quite excellent”
House amazing!!! First feeling was very nice like a dreams comes in truth))) Very quiet and piecefool place with amazing view to the lake! Comfortable 3 bedrooms and dinning room with tv room and fully citchen. Johan and Elmarie very helpfull and commucative))) Thank you very much for unforgettable time All was perfect!
“Fantastic house and host. Clean, recently renovated, stylish, quiet, and with everything you need, even if traveling with a baby. Friendly and super responsive hosts. Just note the walk to the house from the beach is up a steep hill. Will stay again. Thank you so much for a lovely stay. Aureol was fantastic and… Read more “Far exceeded our expectations”
Wow! What a dream spot to spend some time exploring the peninsula! The pics and setting barely do this home justice. It’s a truly beautiful space to stay in and a stunning view as well. Johan and his family made everything very welcoming and hotel like. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. You’re just down… Read more “Wow! What a dream spot to spend some time exploring the peninsula! We strongly recommend”
An exciting and truly unique experience. Spacious and bright with great views of False Bay. The apartment has a plethora of art work that really enhances the stay. Shops and restaurants abound in a quirky and vibrant quarter of the Cape Peninsula
This is such a cute cottage and we were so comfortable here! The location is awesome and yet so quiet and peaceful. The kids loved it and so did we!
“Beautiful house in a perfect spot – exactly as advertised. Had a fantastic stay. Will be back!”
“An amazing place with spectacular views all day round. Hosts were extremely accommodating and hospitable. Big thank you to the host for a warm welcome and ensuring the home felt like our own.”
Mbali Lodge couldn’t be in a better location if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in the midst of beautiful enchanting mountain scenery, good restaurants within easy reach in and around the vineyards of Constantia Valley and in a gated nature reserve. It is very comfortable and well-equipped, stylish and very well-maintained. I would… Read more “Comfort with style and amazing view!”
We spent a very nice week at this nice old and very pleasant place. All the house has a wonderful atmosphere and a very nice location just at the see. It is quite big and the kitchen was nicely equipped. Johan and his wife were very nice.
“My family loved our stay in this delightful house. The location is great, a quick walk to the beach or anything needed. We did have a car which helped as larger grocery stores are further away. The house is wonderfully stylish while preserving historic character. We would love to return. Aureol was very kind and… Read more “My family loved our stay in this delightful house”
Our host, Elmarie, was very welcoming upon our arrival and showed us around and explained everything we needed to know about the house. The house is so comfortable and the views and breathtaking. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped which makes it convenient to cook on site. The garden is lovely and very well manicured.
“I would recommend this lovely place to anyone visiting Cape town. Great space to switch off and relax. Aureol was awesome! She was very responsive and helpful. The house has everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Super clean space. The views are out of this world! Oh, there’s Netflix too! ” Tino
We had a lovely holiday in simonstown, we loved the house, it was clean, easily accommodating 6 adults,the photos were very accurate, beds were comfortable and pretty, lounge was also comfortable and interesting, main bedroom was fabulous,we loved the antique baths, the shower was also good,attention to detail is excellent and Everything we needed was… Read more “Lovely house”
Great, quiet and cozy accommodation in Simons Town. Irene is a lovely host who can help with heart and soul. the view and sunrise from the bed are sensational. very clean, great equipped and a place to relax. a car is an advantage, parking in front of the house available. Walk to Boulders Beach and… Read more “lovely host”
This house is the perfect location to explore the area around Cape Town. Almost every destination is within 45 minutes or less from the house, which is perfect. The house itself is lovely, we enjoyed every mornings and evenings on the deck overlooking the sea. The house is fully equiped with everything you need for… Read more “We enjoyed everyday. The house itself is lovely”
Thank you Cape Holidays for being so passionate about what you do – I sleep peacefully at night trusting that you guys take care of everything!I honor your commitment to this industry, thank you xxx
“We loved our stay at this beautiful house. It’s a truly magical place. It’s simple and stylish with fabulous views from every window. Thank you for sharing this fantastic space with us. Thanks so much to you for being so prompt with all our questions. we really had a wonderful time. ”
“Excellent location within walking distance of the V&A + Cape Town Stadium! It was the perfect touch & go place for us being busy walking around, checking out the lively town life! We felt very safe with secured parking & a building security guard on hand. It’s very chic, fit for 2! It was nice… Read more “lively town life!”
This place is an absolute dream come true and we had a lovely stay here. Debbie was welcoming, patient and helpful both at check in and check out. We loved the view which is spectacular and the house itself is gorgeous and comfortable.
Everything was just PERFECT! The House is amazing and have a excellent location. The house was very clean and the kitchen are fully equipped with everything needed. So we enjoyed to cook every evening together and enjoyed our dinner on the beautiful terrace while the sunset. Every evening we drive a round with the pedalo.… Read more “PERFECT”
“Location. Price. Value. Cleanliness. Friendliness. This apartment has it all. I felt welcome and comfortable from the second I walked into this gorgeous apartment at The Granger. The apartment would be comfortable for singles and couples alike. With high speed internet the business traveller could quite comfortably make this a great temporary office space and… Read more “Loved your apartment. Location. Price. Value. Cleanliness. Friendliness”
“Perfection! Words can not adequately express how wonderful the ‘On the Rocks’ home truly is – stunningly beautiful, generously appointed, and exceedingly comfortable. And the view of False Bay is spectacular – complete with dozens of Southern Right whales breaching, paddling, and playing in clear view from every room of this lovely home. On a… Read more “Words can not adequately express”
The hosts very kindly made a plan for them and made them feel extremely welcome (I did not get to join the ladies this time around but made the booking for them so am leaving the review). The place was clean, beautiful and had everything they required. Plus it was a great location. They absolute… Read more “Great location.!”
“Got the best place i ever had in cape town ! Great host ! Always up with help and information ! I would book this one over and over ! I cant say more than this … just keep up the good work ! I got my best stay at your place ! I will book… Read more “best place i ever had”
The management definitely made us feel welcome. I went for my 30th birthday with 9 other friends and it was almost as described. There was a 5th bedroom which was in a basement and away from the entire living quarters which made the people staying in that room, very removed and secluded from everyone else.… Read more “They made us feel welcome”
We were met at the Whale House and showed around by Elmarie. The property looks just like it does in the pictures-there is so much attention to detail. It is more spacious than I had expected. It was well equipped and comfortable. It took about 15 minutes to walk into Simonstown for restaurants. Boulders Beach… Read more “It is more spacious than I had expected”
A not-so-little piece of Cape Town heaven. Beautifully furnished house; each room with a luxurious en suite bathroom. We spent most of our time on the patio, enjoying the pretty garden alive with birdsong (including an owl) and views across the horse paddocks to the mountans in the distance. My noisy and demanding family was… Read more “Beautifully furnished house”
“The place is amazingly clean,beautiful and welcoming the host was going out of her way to make sure we are comfortable my family can’t stop talking about the nice stay. We had a beautiful time. It amazingly beautiful my kids had the best time ever,It honestly felt like home and Aureol the host was just… Read more “The place is amazingly clean,beautiful and welcoming the host….”
The house was absolutely lovely and the setting just perfect for a relaxing weekend in Muizenburg with my family. the inside has been beautifully done which made for a very comfortable stay.
We had the most relaxing weekend and were most delighted to spot whales right in front of the house. The house is clean and well maintained and there wasn’t anything more that we needed. Highly recommend if you need some peace and quiet!
“I cannot express how amazing Aureol was. By being the best Airbnb host I have ever encountered. The place was clean as a whistle, she was responsive, extremely hospitable, THERE’S COFFEE along with a coffee maker and I can’t believe she brought us detergent to wash our clothing! The view was killer and the bedrooms… Read more “The best Airbnb host I have ever encountered.”
“Ein top Haus mit einem tollen Blick über die Bucht auf den Indischen Ozean. Gegenüber die Lichter von Fishoek, Kalkbary und Muiszenburg! Einfach ein Traum, den wir in unserem Inneren behalten werden. Im Haus fehlt es an nichts, die Zimmer sind toll aufgeteilt, reichlich Handtücher auch für den Pool. Wir kommen bestimmt wieder!” A top… Read more “A top house”
We stayed at this property in September 2015 for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time! It was a little too cold for the pool, but we enjoyed being on the lake, the paddle boat, the garage was nice for parking our car… Very spacious and clean, cozy decor, secure. Next time we will be… Read more “We had a wonderful time! Very spacious and clean”
“We experienced ambiance of sea, sun and views, We recommend anyone who wants break away from the everyday life to enjoy a home away from home.”
“This is an amazing house for a large family group in a brilliant location for exploring Cape Town and the surrounding area. The accommodation worked really well for our party of 6 adults and 5 children and we couldn’t keep the kids out of the lovely pool. The garden is stunning with views of the… Read more “an amazing house”
“Vue superbe, avec un emplacement privilégié sur cette magnifique péninsule. Accueil exceptionnel de la part de Janene. Merci mille fois !” Superb view, with a prime location on this beautiful peninsula. Exceptional welcome from Janene. Thank you so much
What a house… We have called this Muizenberg house home for two weeks, and we loved every second of it. Beautiful architecture, cosy and convenient, a wonderful environment and view, a pool very much enjoyed by the kids, despite the winter season, a nice fireplace, convenient and well equipped bathrooms. We would love to stay… Read more “Beautiful architecture & wonderful environment”
Such a beautiful view… absolutely breathtaking. Clean and well-furnished.
Great communication from Johan and Elmarie, and they happily extended our check out time and accommodated an early check in. The House was stunning, even more amazing than the photos. It was super modern with high vaulted ceilings in the lounge, and an awesome balcony, we spent many an evening out there overlooking the lights… Read more “Great communication”
Lovely apartment, fantastic views, ideal location, warm, homely, everything you could want/need, an absolute must stay. Janene (hostess) was extremely kind, helpful, friendly and made our stay extra special. Highly recommend this apartment for a time to remember in Cape Town. “Lovely apartment, fantastic views, ideal location, warm, homely, everything you could want. We loved… Read more “Lovely apartment, fantastic views”
“From the minute I requested to book the contact and communication was absolutely fantastic. From keeping me up to date with tips and things I needed to know, everything was charmingly covered. The apartment is stunning, light, airy and spacious, the views and location are so special and the apartment is beautifully furnished with everything… Read more “such an amazing stay”
“The house was great and the view amazing. The pool area was a lovely hang out place for us. The house also had baby furniture, like a high chair and baby cot, which was perfect for us traveling with 3 infants. Aureol was such a lovely host and great to communicate with. Thanks for a… Read more “The house was great and the view amazing”
This villa is a great recreation. Clear kept and articulate decorated. Anna is warm and neatly host. Stable is just behind the villa. I was wakened by horse in the morning. This is so amazing. They have 12 beautiful horses. But don’t worry. They are very quite.
We had a perfect stay in this fantastic appartement. Gloria and John welcomed us with open arms, and we had a really nice time with them! We can recommend this place 100%!! It is situated in the heart of Kalk Bay with a fantastic view over the harbour and ocean from a large balcony. Everything… Read more “Had a perfect stay”
“This place is great! Very clean, all the amenities you need and very comfortable! The location on the water canal is beautiful too! Thank you Johan,Elmarie and Nandi your place was great and very comfortable!”
Gorgeous house. It has an incredible view in all directions. Excellent equipped. Easy to find with the directions from Johan. We were trying to always come back early, so we could enjoy the house. 🙂
We had an amazing time in Simon’s Town. The house was beautiful with the most stunning views of the bay, close to great shops and restaurants. Our hosts helped us with our every need – from setting up the internet, to recommending restaurants and great conversation at check-in and check out. We’re looking forward to… Read more “Many thanks for the hospitality”
“This home is one of a kind! First of all the views over the bay are extraordinary and the pictures don’t do it justice. But its not just an amazing view and beautiful home – we had exceptional hospitality and thoughtful touches. High quality beach towels (7!), sparkling pool, efficient and warm check in and… Read more “extraordinary”
“My husband and I stayed here with our two young kids and my husband’s parents- and it was the perfect place to stay for all of us. The house was gorgeous, spacious, and the view was spectacular. The grandparents could lounge on the deck, and the kids could do laps around the top floor, and… Read more “The house was gorgeous”
“Irene ist eine ganz ganz wunderbare Gastgeberin. Wir haben sie und ihren lieben Hund Amber sofort ins Herz geschlossen. Es kam uns vor als würden wir uns schon seit Jahren kennen und fühlten uns in der Wohnung mit dem herrlichen Ausblick aufs Meer wie zuhause. Das ruhig gelegene Apartment war blitzsauber und sehr gemütlich eingerichtet.… Read more “wunderbare Gastgeberin”
It’s great knowing that everything’s under control when I am out of the country and would otherwise be stressed about managing things back home. And I know if push came to shove you would make a plan to sort it out. Very happy!
“Everything about our stay was just right. Anna & Alice were incredibly helpful & gave us impeccable suggestions for restaurants. We especially loved going to the Friday night market that Anna suggested to pick up take away. It turned out to be a local food vendors’ market with live music. Everyone in our group got… Read more “We especially loved”
“Beautiful views in a quiet and peaceful location. Generously sized bedrooms and reception rooms. Friendly and obliging hosts. A truly wonderful place to stay in Cape Town! Thanks for a wonderful stay! in your lovely house, Sam and Zoë said it was their best holiday ever!”
“Fantastic property and Janene/Toby were of great help with check-in/check-out/local tips. Absolutely would stay there again. Fantastic experience. Janene and Toby were both great. Would absolutely do it again. This is how you imagine a short term rentals should be. should go!”
“What a lovely space! Just a short walk from boulders beach and nice and central to all there is to do in cape town and wine district. Had a lovely time!”
“We really enjoyed this house created in old grain silos. The result is superb: generous volumes, comfort, charming decoration, beautiful view in an exceptional setting in the countryside (former agricultural domain became a vast domain with horses) and geographically very well located (very beautiful place, not far from wine estates, shops, the city center, the… Read more “Charming decoration, beautiful view in an exceptional setting”
Anna was most welcoming and lovely. House is fantastic and we had a great time. Will definitely be back.
A wonderfully spacious and secluded house that is totally private yet within easy reach of the centre of Cape Town and peninsula beaches. The owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Thank you for a great stay
The apartment is in a great location in sea point, with beautiful views overlooking the ocean. The pre-arrival correspondence was excellent and we arrived without issue. Nandi showed us around the place and explained everything well. The living and dining areas are well appointed, both looking over the beach. The kitchen is well equipped. The… Read more “The pre-arrival correspondence was excellent”
We had such an amazing time in Muizenberg! The whole place is pretty amazing and our house was great and our hosts were just friendly and help full all the time… Also the place was located at a very good spot, not to far from the city centre and directly at the beach! All I… Read more “Had a stunning time in Capetown! : CapeHolidays Review”
Just to thank you for a very pleasant stay at your house. We’ve really enjoyed ourselves and kept pretty busy most of the time but we’re much more relaxed than when we came and ready for the next stage. The house was great: lots of room for the two of us and we soon felt… Read more “Just to thank you for a very pleasant stay at your house”
“This airbnb was the perfect for our stay in Simon’s Town. Aureol greeted us, gave us a great overview of the space, and made sure we were well taken care of. She also provided enough wood for the indoor fireplace, which kept us cozy in the cold weather. We loved your space and will definitely recommend… Read more “perfect stay in Simon’s Town”
“Great location, amazing ocean view, lots of sightseeing around, cozy and well equipped house. Warm atmosphere and hospitality from Janene. Recommend to stay ;)”
We had a great time on a perfect weekend. The area was perfect and so were the views. Didn’t have time to take a dip in the beautiful pool. A weekend is not nearly enough. No cooking was done but we use the microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
“We had a great stay. Nice location with boulders beach very near and cape point just 30 mins away. Aureol was very helpful with local tips and agreeing to check us out really early at 7am. Would love to stay here again.”
“We have spent a fantastic week in St. James. We can very much recommend staying there. Great view, you can walk to St. James and Muizenberg which is very nice. Great restaurants and beaches. Everything has been perfect. very nice stay. highly recommendable.”
“Cosy, clean, great view, fast internet, close to the penguins, worth a visit! Excellent location, nice sea view, good communication and accommodated our late arrival
“The place was exactly as described and a little extra! Literally looks like it came out of the pages of a home design magazine. Janene who checked us in was an absolute delight. There is a little plaza nearby which has a Spar (grocery store) with a selection of wines – closes relatively early though… Read more “It came out of the pages of a home design magazine.”
Lovely comfortable place with everything we needed from wifi to satellite TV and all appliances etc. Very friendly and efficient service. House was perfect for what we needed and we definitely be back. Thank you
This place was absolutely amazing! Super clean, super safe, really nice area and absolutely stunning views! Our host was absolutely great, very friendly and helpful with local info and tips on food and places to go. Alsoright by boulders beach so you can go and sunbath with some penguins! I dont have a bad word… Read more “absolutely amazing!”
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in Simons Town. Loved the house, and location, and of course the views which were amazing. It was a delight to meet Aureol who welcomed us on our early arrival and we felt immediately at home and relaxed after she had shown… Read more “Loved the house, and location”
We had a wonderful time. Fantastic house, very livable, best view in Pringle Bay. Cleverly built with a lot of shelter from the wind. Pool table a HIT!
“Sehr schönes Haus in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Strand. Janene ist wunderbar und kümmert sich um einfach alles!” Very nice house in close proximity to the beach. Janene is wonderful and takes care of everything! Everything was perfect, thank you very much”
The host was gracious and unobtrusive. A perfect getaway with brilliant views easy access to the heart of Simons Town. Highly recommended.
Hi Elmarie I just wanted to say how beautiful the house looked on Sunday. Thanks very much from our side, for how well you are looking after it. It warmed my heart knowing that it is a place that I can move into at the drop of a hat, which is exactly what it was intended… Read more “Thanks very much from our side, for how well you are looking after it.”
The house is comfortable and so nice, my kids just loved the pool and the paddle, however you need to have a transport. Near to the sea, restaurants and supermarket, the house have all the comfort you need if you want to enjoy the Indian Ocean side of SA. Yohan was very quick to respond… Read more “Thanks for making our stay memorable”
“As always a great stay and I will always return. Clean, safe and I’m a great location. The service is above and beyond and I cannot fault anything about this wonderful unit. “Amazing as always! Thank you! I would say a nice touch with the milk… but maybe a pod coffee machine in future… ” We have… Read more “As always a great stay and I will always return.”
“Stunning house, very spacious. Great views, right in the lake! Private paddle skis. Thank you so much for having us golfers.”
“Can’t rate this house highly enough. Very stylish and comfortable. Photos are accurate and the views from the huge windows are to die for. Lots of space and very well equipped. What a beautiful home! We loved sitting with the glass doors open just looking at the ocean. We saw whales each morning! Simonstown is… Read more “Can’t rate this house highly enough. Very stylish and comfortable.”
“A beautiful and serene townhouse just a short stroll to the penguins, with a super-friendly host. Thanks for an awesome stay.”
Stunning place. Accommodation was excellent and had a beautiful view. Debbie really took care of us.
“We had a great stay, Anna was very helpful with a very late check-in and also bought some groceries for us before our arrival at our request, excellent service. We loved the big roomy bedrooms, enjoyed the very comfortable duvets, very nice bathrooms. WiFi is there, but works best on the ground floor. Pool area… Read more “We had a great stay”
There are very few places that can compare with the beauty of the setting, sense of security and the luxurious excellence and comfort of Mbali Lodge. It is special. The personal touches really do make you feel at home and wish you would never leave. The three king sized bedrooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable. As… Read more “A sublime treat”
“What a great house! The house was more spacious than I expected it to be. The high ceilings and superb furnishings really made it pleasant to be in. Easy walk to the beach. Great for kids. Very kid friendly house. The kitchen has everything you need; we cooked almost all our meals there and had… Read more “What a great house! The house was more spacious than I expected it to be”
“Our family had an amazing beach holiday at this perfectly situated beach house. Unfortunately it was just too short. You really can’t get much better than this. What a gem. Janene was brilliant.
The accommodation is extremely well located. The sea is only a stone’s throw away. The beach is only a few hundred meters walk. The location was very clean, tidy and spacious. Cathy was extremely helpful and always supported us with our extraordinary wishes. With our vehicle we were quickly in Cape Town and other attractions… Read more “accommodationwelllocated”
We enjoyed our stay a lot. One of the better houses available in CT via Airbnb in the price range. Beautiful setting on the water and the wifi network was great- which might be important to some. I will recommend this 100%.
We had the privilege of staying at 19 Gay street in Simons town in December 2017 and what an unbelievable holiday stay! This home is the best kept secret,nestled in the best location in Simons town . As you enter the house you will be drawn to the beautiful balcony view of the sea and… Read more “This home is the best kept secret,nestled in the best location in Simons Town.”
“This property exceeded our expectations in every way. The house is so beautiful, comfortable, and perfectly located. The host was so kind and hospitable and offered us many good tips! We enjoyed several beautiful mornings and evenings on the deck and the beach is truly a hidden gem with so much to explore, many times… Read more “house is so beautiful”
I just have to take my hat off to the three of you for the outstanding service and encouragement you have afforded myself with the hosting of Irene’s Pad. Simply 5 star treatment by staying in contact with me regarding my visitors, bookings and all round interest in every way possible. I am sure that… Read more “Outstanding service”
Built/designed/decorated this house yourself? We are absolutely amazed by its beauty… what a fabulous place to relax and find inner peace.
This house is gorgeous! The pictures don’t even do it justice. Simonstown is a small naval village about 45 minutes outside of Cape Town. A couple of us looking for a break from the city headed out here, and returned fully recharged. Debbie and Elmarie were also great hosts – they brought over extra blankets… Read more “Great hosts: This house is gorgeous! The pictures don’t even do it justice.”
Hosts were very good before arrival answering all our questions and putting us in contact with others fro cot rental. We met at the property and show around and also had emails and calls during the stay to check all was ok. The place itself was perfect for our family of 6, close to everything… Read more “Perfect place”
Wow, this was a first class, excellent experience. The descriptions in the advert are rather understating the beauty, the warmth, the friendliness, and the luxury of this place. We loved our apartment, the service, the vineyards around, the nice garden, the slightly heated pool, the decent care of our host, and, of course, Jessy and… Read more “Had an excellent experience.!”
We had a great experience staying at this property in June/July. Johan was amazingly quick in responding to all my questions before we arrived, payment was easy peasy, and Geoff the caretaker was wonderful while we were there. The house itself is gorgeous – right on the water and all the pictures are accurate. It… Read more “Great experience. The house itself is gorgeous – right on the water”
This house was a very nice vacation rental home. It had everything we needed and was plenty big enough for our family of 6. Wonderful views of the bay and walking distance to the town and beaches of simonstown. Debbie was super helpful and responsive before and throughout our stay.
“Thank you for the wonderful stay and allowing us to hire this place. All the ladies were impressed. The host (Hans) was so helpful in every sense.
“We loved everything about the Walk to the Beach! Such a wonderful place with character, history and a nice Scandinavian touch! We have found our second home away from home… 🙂 ” “Such a wonderful experience! We absolutely love and adore this place, which has character and history. Love the Scandinavian touch. We will for… Read more “Thank you for saving our holidays in the Cape”
A perfect stay at this lovely spacious apartment with a magnificent view overlooking Simonstown harbour and False Bay. We arrived a few hours early but received a most warm and helpful welcome. Apartment is excellent value and very comfortable, well furnished and kitted out, contributing to another great stay in Simonstown.
Breathtaking view and stylish interior! Janene (who met us) is very nice person, very communicative and friendly. Villa has crazy ocean and mountain view. We had great staying here with friends, will never forget it. Villa is very clean. We have no words to describe how it was truly amazing! Thank you! Highly recommended!
“This is the place! Perfectly placed, close to the Point and CT. Really Nice neighborhood with an awsome local restaurant. You Will never get Tired over the Amazing overview from the balconies, over the sea and sunset! Nice welcoming and support from Super Janene♂️This was just fantastic! What a place, What a view. Brieflly….AWSOME!!!! Janene… Read more “Perfectly placed”
“Modern clean apartment, amazing location, helpful concierge – well worth every cent. Thank you – hope to stay again next year”
“This is SUCH a special place, there are almost no words. If you want to find tranquility, peace, beauty & comfort in Cape Town, this is it. We stayed for a week but wish it was a lifetime. The place is immaculate & cozy. It’s a dream home away from home. And the owners could… Read more “Our stay was just HEAVEN on earth. Thank you. x”
“The place was very nice, security was great, place was clean and close to the best parts of Cape Town! .”
An incredible house with breathtaking views of Simonstown harbour. The house was clean, spacious, warm and we felt right at Home. The hosts are fantastic and were available always. Thank you so much for being incredible hosts. The House was unbelievable to stay in. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it. Areola was amazing… Read more “An incredible house”
This was our first Airbnb booking. Johan’s instructions, photos and information were spot on. Geoff the liaison assisted and answered all our questions promptly when we arrived. We were only two but this house is ideal for 6 people. Very helpful to quickly buy something you need for a braai (a Weber was included thanks… Read more “Assisted us prompt and friendly”
“Wonderful stay in a wonderful little cottage with all the amenities and the hosts are simply amazing. It’s just not as close (walkable) to boulders beach as its a bit of a uphill return over the main road. But otherwise its simply great.”
“Not having visited Capetown before, we were uncertain of the practicality of the location. It turned out to be perfect. Staying for 5 days we had a hire car which meant everything was within an easy 20 to 30 minute drive. Driving around the region was also one of the highlights as the area is… Read more “It turned out to be perfect”
Tops. The place was very nice .spacious and with all the home comforts it was just like home the views were good from all around the apartment everything was in working order there was even a washing machine and dryer so we washed our clothes there was two bathrooms which were big and not cramped… Read more “Treated me very friendly”
I don’t normally write reviews, but Mbali lodge is such a breathtaking, beautiful place I can’t recommend it highly enough. SItuated in picturesque Constanzia Nek, the views look onto table Mountain in all its dramatic glory. Some of the finest vineyards South Africa have to offer are conveniently close, as are the beaches and amazing… Read more “Mbali – WOW!”
“A beautiful clean , bright and happy space . It was wonderful! “We absolutely loved our stay and Aureol was great ! Thank you””
“This is an incredibly good listing. Very modern, spacious, well equipped and comfortable. The location could not be better if you wish to be in this trendy area. Janine was fantastic checking us in and giving all sorts of tips. The apartment overlooks the Kalk Bay harbour, very close to some of Cape Towns renowned… Read more “The location could not be better if you wish to be in this trendy area.”
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