Self-catering, direct oceanfront villa. Perfect for a relaxing holiday away. Whale watching directly from the villa (June - November).
Settle in, feel at home
With its open plan living area the house has a spacious rustic feeling. The thatch roof and 7 meter high atrium keeps the villa cool even on the hottest of days. With stupendous views of the ocean from every room, there are various cozy areas to relax, look out over the sea or cuddle up next to the fireplace on cool winter evenings.
The main entrance to Whale Huys is on this floor. The living/dining room space is open plan. The central atrium area has 7+ meter ceilings. Glass sliding doors and a balcony that extends over the length of the house. This provides views of the ocean from three sides. There is a large flat-screen TV, (DSTV Premium) and a DVD Player.
The modern gourmet kitchen with a cooking island featuring an induction stove-top (Smeg) and full-size oven (Smeg). Additionally, there is a microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, food processor, and large refrigerator with ice and water on tap. There is also a double sink and a separate tap for filtered water. The kitchen is further well equipped with utensils, plates, glassware and cutlery even for large groups, Next to the kitchen there is a small office area with a laptop for doing emails or surfing the web.
The master bedrooms is also on this floor with its private balcony. It has built-in cupboards and an en-suite bathroom with double sink, large walk-in shower and separate toilet.
There is a guest toilet on this level as well.
One flight down from the entrance level, the pool level features a smaller kitchen/bar with full-size refrigerator, and an outdoor braai area. There is an indoor dining area and a smaller quiet seating area at the far end with a small sofa and chair. There is also a fitness room on this level with exercise bike, rowing machine, weight machine, yoga mat and exercise ball. This level opens directly onto the spacious eco-wood deck and the infinity pool. It’s perfect for a relaxed sun-downer watching the sun sink into the ocean. There is also an outdoor shower on this level.
There are three bedrooms on this level, each with its own bathroom and balcony. Two bedrooms are to the left of the stairs, while a wooden walkway across the atrium area connects to the third bedroom. Two of the upstairs bathrooms have showers and one has a bathtub as well as a separate shower. One of the unique aspects of the villa is that all bedrooms have ocean views in two directions. All bedrooms have built in white-washed cupboards, wall-mounted fans and luggage racks.
The villa is rented as one unit, so guests have exclusive access to all spaces including the swimming pool, braai (bbq) area, and gym.
Interakcija s gostima
You will be met by Nicky when you arrive. She will explain how everything works and can answer any questions about the area. If you have any questions during your stay, Nicky is only a phone call away, or you can email me (Bruce) with any questions you might have. We love the area and are happy to share tips on things to do and see while staying at Whale Huys
The pool is cleaned on Wednesday morning, usually about 9. You don't need to be home, but just so you aren't surprised when you see people near the pool.
Whale Huys is our dream retirement home and we are delighted to be able to share this magical place with people from around the world. We have carefully selected quality furnishings for the villa to make us feel at home. Rather than a log list of "do's and don'ts". We would ask that you treat it with the same care and respect we do. But for complete clarity on a few common points of question: There is no smoking allowed anywhere inside the villa and no pets allowed.
I have always loved traveling. Exploring new places, meeting new people and speaking new languages energizes me and enriches my perspective. So not surprising that I have lived and worked on four continents. Although I grew up in the US, I have lived in Amsterdam more or less continually for more than 25 years and it’s still my favourite city.
I first visited Africa, and South Africa about 15 years ago, and like many people who visit South Africa, I was fascinated by the diversity and warmth of the people and the beauty of the natural environment. So it is perhaps not surprising that after ten years of annual visits, my partner and I took the step of buying a house there last year.
Whale Huys was the first house we looked at, and while we visited many more after that, we both felt that this was right for us. The fabulous views from every room were of course the most amazing thing about the house, but we also very much liked the combination of a traditional and quaint thatch roof which keeps it cool even on the hottest of days, and panoramic sliding doors on the ocean side.
The fact that it is located right on the Whale Coast less than 2 hours from Cape Town was also a major attraction for us. We love the sea in all its different moods, and it still amazes us that we see so many whales, dolphins, seals and other wildlife right from the living room window. On a practical note, the other thing that attracted us to the house is that it is in a quite safe area, where people are friendly and the pace is slow. Perfect for unwinding from our stressful European jobs.
Our long-term plan is to retire in Whale Huys (at least part of the year) but in the meantime, we are eager to share our lovely villa and all it has to offer with people from other parts of South Africa and all over the world.