For the first time in 60 years, this little pocket of paradise – a pure haven of a hideaway – is ready to change hands. A legacy on the lagoon, Hout Huisie has recently undergone a maternal makeover, gently sweeping out the old, yet retaining its integrity and simplistic purity.
With colours washed in white and soft neutral hues, the abundance of natural light permeates every open space and offers charming views of birds frolicking in the shallow.
With furnishings sourced by renowned interior designer, Salome Gunter (@salome_gunter_interiors), French linens, and navy cottons have been tailored to canvas the subtle nautical statement. A British sailor’s shirt and an image of a sunbird darting over the dining table framed by a porthole adds a whiff of good wit to the serenity of the space. A lovely laidback deck and oh-so-romantic boma both cocoon from pervading winds, lending to the theatre of the lagoon and its symphony of ever-changing sounds and colours.
Being completely off-the-grid, you’ll be induced into living closer to your roots and an existence around nature’s clock. You’ll be up with the sun, as it creeps through wide open doors, hooked back for the night. You’ll be out with the sandpipers and the plovers, as they preen their feathers in the warm morning waters that are gently receding with the tide.
After sailing and supping your way across the turquoise lagoon, you’ll dive into those beautiful blue waters once more, as the tide decides to lap back to the front porch. You’ll char, steam and grill those treats over the fire-pit, as the sun sets behind and the birds take their final flight for the night. When the last game of cards has been dealt and the last sip has been swallowed, you’ll be out with the candles and the lanterns. Over to the stars as they conjure up one last symphony of light.
Living on the lagoon is returning to a way of life that we are constantly yearning for. The life of the beachcomber. Where the birdlife is breath-taking, the stillness is pacifying, and the hours seem eternal. It is poetry in motion, and it is as unique as only West Coast lagoon living can be.