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December 7, 2010

Houtkapperspoort Mountain Retreat Cottages

There has to be a good reason why guests return to our wonderful country South Africa, and in particular to this specific area nestling on the back slopes of Table Mountain. Flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Constantia Berg mountain range, lies Houtkapperspoort which has a rich history of roping and lugging logs to Hout Bay Harbour and loading them for shipping to Table Bay harbour.

Today guests can relax and enjoy these same beautiful views from their comfortable accommodation in the Hout Bay valley. For 27 years Houtkapperspoort has played an important role in our local as well as international guests’ annual holidays to Hout Bay, and we are very proud of our reputation of offering accommodation of the highest standard in South Africa – Cape Town, whilst the tariff remains remarkable value for money.

Hout Bay, a short but beautiful drive down the Main Road from Houtkapperspoort, has evolved from a quaint little village to one of thé popular towns on the Atlantic Seaboard. The increasingly popular Hout Bay Craft Market is held every Sunday at the common between 10am and 4pm. There are pony rides for children, food stalls, jewellery, clothes, second hand books, framed historical photo’s, a mini nursery, and much more to choose from.

Approximately 2km from the Common is the largest Bird Park in Africa, the World of Birds. Set aside enough time for this absolute must visit. You are welcome to take a picnic basket and relax before completing your visit, and if you are there at closing time, one of the resident Macaws could bid you goodbye!

Although there is ample accommodation in Hout Bay to choose from, Houtkapperspoort has stood the test of time, and has many returning international guests, as well as South Africans, guests from bordering Namibia and even locals from Hout Bay and Constantia.

There are many things to do and see, and our Houtkapperspoort staff will assist in arranging a boat trip to Seal Island, give you information on scuba diving, sailing, jet skiing, point you in the right direction to view whales during the season and advise where to go horse riding. An extensive information file is in all the units with many more activities to choose from.

With 26 charming, fashionable and superbly appointed self catering cottages which include the Manor House and luxurious suites, Houtkapperspoort can offer a variety of cottages for our guests to choose from, depending on their requirements or needs. We have a choice of Standard self catering cottages or Superior self catering cottages. The One Bedroom and Two Bedroom cottages either have one or two bathrooms, the Three Bedroom cottages two or three bathrooms, and the Four Bedroom cottage (Manor House) has four en-suite bathrooms.

All our self catering cottages offer tasteful furnishings, TV, DSTV (Hotel Bouquet), DVD players, bed linen and towels, pergola covered veranda, barbecue, daily basic cleaning service, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Cooking facilities include a four plate electric/gas stove with an electric oven and a microwave. Most cottages have air-conditioning and some have fireplaces.

Facilities at Houtkapperspoort include 24-hour security control, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, Wi-Fi, DSTV (Hotel Bouquet), DVD’s for hire, safe, parking bay, laundry service and magnificent mountain paths.

Our accommodation in Hout Bay is perfect for short and long stays, for business and vacations, for singles, couples or the whole family. To simplify and make your stay with us more comfortable, you can visit our Reservation option and use the direct shopping link to send us a list of the shopping you need us to do.

Our self catering cottages are set in spacious, meticulously landscaped grounds, and are perfectly suited to anyone with a passion for nature, fresh air and open spaces.

Houtkapperspoort offers you a warm friendly welcome, quality accommodation in Hout Bay, combined with superb nature and local area knowledge to maximize your visit to the Cape.

Directions From Cape Town International Airport

On exiting the airport grounds, follow the Cape Town signs. Drive over the bridge and immediately turn right towards and onto the freeway (N2) which will take you towards Cape Town.

Closer to Cape Town the road will start turning towards Table Mountain. You will drive over a bridge (the M5). Make sure you are in the left lane. Go over a bridge (M5), underneath two bridges (close together) and underneath the third bridge the road will split. Turn to your left (Muizenberg/Kirstenbosch/ M3).

This will put you onto De Waal Drive, which becomes Rhodes Drive. The University will be on your right with Rhodes Memorial a bit further on your right as well. Soon after, go over to the right hand lane, and at your first set of traffic lights, turn right (Board=Hout Bay/Kirstenbosch).

Drive past Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (on your right), and at the T-junction turn right again. Go uphill (there is a pedestrian crossing at the top on the turn – be careful!), and then downhill through all the turns, past Cecilia Forest (on your right) until you get to the traffic circle (roundabout) at Constantia Nek.

Go around the circle (avoid the first exit), and downhill towards Hout Bay (M63). The entrance to Houtkapperspoort is about 200m down the road, first entrance on your right.

As you enter the premises, please stop at the security boom and they will direct you to the office during office hours, or to your cottage if it is after office hours. Please note that the speed limit is 10kmh on the property.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 50% or two nights, which-ever is the greater, will be due in 5 days. For a stay of one or two nights, the full accommodation will be due as a deposit to confirm and secure your reservation. The balance of the accommodation will be due on arrival as well as a separate R1000 Key & Breakage Deposit (we will on arrival request to do a manual imprint of your credit card, which will be destroyed again after the cottage keys have been returned and housekeeping has checked the cottage after your departure).

The following cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason for cancellation:
More than 42 days prior to arrival date – 50% refund of the deposit paid.
42 Days or less prior to arrival date – No refund

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