Republic of Hout Bay Getaways

Birdsong at sunrise.  Walking through the garden, the grass still moist with dew.  Coffee and freshly-baked croissants in the breakfast room.  Sundowners at the pool side after another lovely relaxed day.  These are the things you will experience at Riverside Estates, a uniquely beautiful venue in Hout Bay, Cape Town.  An up-market guest house venue, with sixteen stylishly decorated rooms, three swimming pools, a Cape Dutch Manor house, an elegant function venue.  A tranquil, family-friendly holiday venue on a spreading, 5-acre garden.  Time is always precious, and the traveller – whether a businessman or holiday maker – needs an accommodation venue which is comfortable and customer orientated.

Guests start the day in the breakfast room, which overlooks the main garden area, and end it with a nightcap in the pub, built around a fireplace for the winter nights.  Facilities include a sunlit garden gazebo, three swimming pools and sixteen en-suite double rooms, each one individually decorated and furnished, and comfortably equipped. Each room has DSTV, wireless internet access and a coffee station.  Various accommodation options include The Manor House, Paddock Lodge, the three Studio apartments. There is also Tree House, a two-bedroomed chalet overlooking the mountain stream, with open plan lounge and fully-equipped, self-catering kitchen, with its own private swimming pool.

Hout Bay lies just 20 minutes’ scenic drive from the centre of Cape Town yet has a unique and timeless beauty that makes it so popular with us locals and visitors alike.  Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, from the Dutch for “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town, with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor.  Hout Bay is often  called the Heart of the Cape, being situated almost halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point.  The views in this sociable village are mesmerizing as Hout Bay is set in a fold of sea-lapped mountains that look out across the Atlantic Ocean.  The town is presided over by the Sentinel – guardian of Hout Bay’s treasures.

The protective mountains surround Hout Bay and the long sandy beach is ideal for swimming and water sports like sea kayaking, sailing, fishing and surfing.  The main street in Hout Bay is full of interesting shops and there is an excellent craft market on the green every Sunday.  People sit chatting in local cafes as they sample the cuisine in the many restaurants and there is a meandering feel to Hout Bay. There is also a vibrant township called Imizamo Yethu.  The harbor is a worthwhile visit, as there are spectacular views of the bay and boat rides to Duiker Island and around the Sentinel.  Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most scenic mountain drives and has recently undergone renovations to ensure the safety of travelers using the route.  The East and West forts built by the Dutch in the 18th century can also be visited, with the original cannons and barracks still standing on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak.  The East fort is the oldest operating gun battery in the world.  The mountains surrounding Hout Bay also make for good hiking trails.  In the same area is the bronze statue of a leopard looking out over the ocean.

Road Travel is delighted to share a few amazing specials for everyone and for every occasion.  The Pamper Special, valid until 31st of Oct.’11 for Only R900.00 per person sharing includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and a full body massage.  The 5 Day Golf Package from Only R3 250.00 per person includes 5 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and 3 rounds of golf.  Riverside Estate is located within 20-30 minutes drive from Westlake, Mowbray, Steenberg, Rondebosch, King David, Clovelly and Royal Cape Golf Clubs.

A lovely 3 Day Special at Only R1 000.00 per person sharing includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Red topless bus tour including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens as well as a boat trip from Hout Bay Harbor.  The Stay for 5 Nights Pay for 4 is real value for money at Only R430.00 per person per night, as it includes daily scrumptious English & Continental Breakfasts, Entrance to the World of Birds – largest bird park in South Africa with more than 400 species and 3 000 birds, a boat cruise to Seal Island and Chapman’s Peak, a guided township tour in Imizamo Yethu to meet the people and see projects, as well as a day in Kirstenbosch Gardens which hosts 85% of the world’s flowers as well as all plants indigenous to the Western Cape.  These offers are valid until 31 October 2011, so we suggest you contact us today to arrange your stay.