I spent my birthday weekend at a gorgeous villa in Noordhoek called Maison Deniz. Tucked high up the hill in Crofters Valley with sweeping uninterrupted views of the ocean, this is a very special Cape Villa Collection property to rent in the area. With 5 double bedrooms, a wide covered patio and a long rim-flow pool, it’s a house you can really relax in for a family holiday.
Maison Deniz was designed for easy living with so many nooks and crannies to languish in. Having recently been given a décor update, the vibe is minimalist, modern, and comfortable. The outside vistas come streaming in through every window, so you either look onto mountains, ocean or garden or all three. With an open plan kitchen with separate scullery and direct access to an outside cooking area including a fire pit, this is an entertainer’s dream.
The first thing you notice when you arrive at the house is the space. There is so much of it everywhere. Space within the rooms and outside the house. The sunset sets into the ocean in front of the house & Noordhoek delivers spectacular ones.
The pool is naturally partially heated and was a welcome respite from an aggressive heatwave the weekend we were there. There is an outside rain shower to warm you up should you need it after a nocturnal dip.
I loved being able to welcome friends for a celebration lunch on Sunday and enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and over the fire. Admittedly I was so lucky in that I had a couple of people do most of the cooking for me. On check-in at a Cape Villa Collection property, you will be welcomed with a few local treats and possibly my first cookbook. A lovely personal touch to promote local businesses.
Features of the house:
- Open plan kitchen with a 12-seater indoor dining table.
- Large indoor lounge, flowing onto an outdoor patio lounge either closed in with glass sliding doors or kept open weather permitting.
- An outdoor table with seating
- A large separate walled-in boma area with braai and fire pit for outdoor cooking.
- 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) in the main house.
- A separate 5th en suite bedroom is ideal for a little independence
- Large warm rim-flow pool with cover operated via remote control
- Double garage with separate laundry area and ample parking
- Kitchen with separate scullery including 2 ovens and a dishwasher.
- For all the details of the villa plus rates and availability check out the website
Places of interest & things to do around Noordhoek:
Kalk Bay – This bustling seaside village is my favourite place to visit in the Southern Peninsula and it’s an easy 5km drive from Noordhoek via Fish Hoek. The working harbour is filled with colourful boats that bring in their daily catch. You can buy fresh fish straight from the local fishmongers here. Kalky’s sells fried fish & chips and is a Cape Town institution. Live Bait and Harbour House are two popular restaurants in Kalk Bay with spectacular views of the ocean and False Bay.
My favourite restaurant in Kalk Bay is Olympia Cafe and I have been going there since it opened 24 years ago. They have a fabulous bakery around the corner too. Freshly baked ciabatta, bacon and egg-filled croissants and chocolate-dipped shortbread and almond triangles are things I struggle to resist here. I always order the linguini di mare, a tomato-based seafood stew with pasta that is consistently excellent. I have heard that Salt is lovely and I plan to try that soon, along with Satori who makes delicious thin-based pizzas.
Kalk Bay tidal pools – Swimming in one of the local tidal pools is a must-do activity. The larger Dalebrook (on the St James end) is the bigger and more popular pool, but Wooly’s Pool on the Fish Hoek side is quieter and smaller.
Cape Point & Boulders Beach– If you feel like a short drive further south, Cape Point Nature Reserve & Boulders Beach (penguins) is nearby for a visit.
Beach Walks – Sunrise and sunset walks are the thing to do in Noordhoek and you can go for a longer one to Kommetjie via the SS Kakapo shipwreck. Another good walk is around Bird Island at the Kommetjie slipway where boats are launched during Crayfish season. There is a lovely boardwalk you can walk along.
Cape Point Vineyards – Sample wine or dine at this mountainside vineyard with incredible views over the bay. They are known for their award-winning Sauvignon Blancs.
To Eat – There are a few lovely dining options in Noordhoek including the Foodbarn & Deli and Café Roux (where you might also catch a local band playing) in Noordhoek Farm Village. The newish and ultra-popular Aegir Project Brewery and Restaurant has opened in the old Red Herring space and this kid-friendly spot offers up incredible beach views from their deck along with delicious Neopolitan-style pizzas and outstanding burgers. Being a brewery, you can sample their array of homebrews too. Limoncello next door is also a lovely neighbourhood Italian eatery with plenty of outdoor seating.
Surfing – is one of the main pastimes in neighbouring Kommetjie and Long Beach is a world-famous surf spot.
Imhoff Farm Village – Here you will find a few restaurants (I can recommend the Blue Water Café for a casual pizza), a lovely deli (I can recommend the amazing bread and other treats here), an ice cream shop and more. We luckily managed to discover the well-hidden fishmonger tucked behind the deli and it’s where we bought a fresh whole cob to barbeque.
Horse Riding is offered on Noordhoek beach.
Slangkop Lighthouse– Kommetjie is home to South Africa’s tallest cast-iron lighthouse and you can enquire about tours. There are a few nice coastal walks in this area.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is nearby for a drive or a hike.
*I was invited to stay at Maison Deniz as a guest of Cape Villa Collection and to feature the house on my channels
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