There’s a venerable romance to Simon’s Town. An age-old ambience of elegance and cordiality. Its history told in its harbour, its eclectic blend of Victorian bungalows, stately homes and old hotels. Its vintage charm felt in the courtliness of its community, seen in the shop windows of its antique stores and tasted around the tables of its quirky cafés, buzzing bistros and fish ’n chip shops. Where the seagulls soar above the sails and the beach-goers lay beneath their brollies enjoying fruity ice-lollies, as the bonnie penguin colonies shuffle along the beautiful beaches. It’s a place that evokes nostalgia and familiarity, inspiration and possibility. For many who reside along its coastline, cushioned into the hills, it’s a sacred spot that’s held dear to their own heritage. As honourable heirs to the legacy of the area and conscious custodians of its future. That’s what makes Simon’s Town one of the most engaging seaside hamlets to live.
Presiding upon the footpaths that escort you down to the shoreline of Boulders, Fisherman’s and Water’s Edge Beaches, with endless views of the ocean and the mountain ranges in the distance, Fisherman’s Cove gracefully rests like a grand dame of its realm. Set on two levels of voluminous living, dining and entertaining spaces, reading libraries and long wrap-around terraces, an indigenous garden where the swallows and sunbirds bath in the swimming pool, a separate cottage and artist’s studio – all ensconced in an abundance of natural, north-facing light – this hideaway is your postcard, stamped from Simon’s Town with love, to all of those yearning the African sun.
The property’s perfect positioning allows for endless hours of ocean wildlife watching from the stoep, sheltered from the Cape’s notorious south-easter, basking in the sunshine. Whatever the weather, the spellbinding views of the sea and verdant landscape behind, engulf every space. Rising with the sun creeping over False Bay each morning, enjoying a hot brew on the balcony will become a daily ritual. As will a dip into the rock pools below and rinse of the salt in the swimming pool afterwards. The quiet and stillness of the surroundings induce a round of afternoon boardgames in the living rooms, or on the terrace, around the kitchen table or perhaps away from the hub of the home, in the separate cottage. That’s what’s so wonderful about Fisherman’s Cove and its ample quarters; the property is an ideal investment for families that have the propensity to grow at any given time of the year. Whilst some are cartwheeling across the lawn as others are reclining in the dreamy bathtubs, the odd few are preparing the seafood feasting in the kitchen as the rest are getting on with their makings of an idyllic seaside existence. It encapsulates everything you as a family of five – or fifty – will set out to achieve as honourable custodians of the grand dame of Simon’s Town.
Written by Colleen Ogilvie
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