“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder, forever.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer
Kommetjie means “little bowl” and is named after the circular bowl-like sea basin, “Die Kom.” This laid-back little village is on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, south-west of Noordhoek and north of Scarborough and overlooks the fiercely beautiful white-tipped waves and tempestuous tides of the Atlantic Ocean. What convenient companion’s this little seaside village has. On the one hand, Scarborough lies beyond Misty Cliffs, and en route to the Cape Point Nature reserve and on the other, the unspoilt sands of Long Beach offer an 8km waterside walk route through to Noordhoek.
It is in this unique setting that Serenity sits, or more specifically, in the locale of Klein Slangkop. Not only is it known for its lighthouse, but it’s a spot that surfers, anglers, divers and nature lovers have hand-picked as the place they call home. It affords an authentic and outdoorsy lifestyle, sans arrogance.
If you are looking for bare-footed bliss, this property is perfect.
Cushioned into the thick fynbos shrub of the Klein Slangkop dunes, with little pathways meandering their ways down to the beach, Serenity throws open its shutters and glass sliding doors to the elements, inviting in the good winds. Set on tiered spaces around spacious wooden decks with sun loungers, comfy sofas and seating areas, a plunge pool, a hammock, a fire pit and endless views of the ocean, this hideaway seamlessly settles into its wild surroundings. It implores you to do the same.
“Take off those city-shoes and come and sit deep,” it says, “rest your weary bones, dive into meaningful conversation, lean into your family, read good books, write that novel, romance the evening light, sleep soundly.”
The state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled defines Serenity. Its open-plan living, dining and entertaining spaces lead out onto the wrap-around deck and outdoor terraces areas, where the textured colour of the fynbos is reflected in gentle hues of green and grey and accented by cream and stone tones.
The typically understated touch of Gregory Mellor‘s design technique is evident in every room. “I feel it is critically important for each interior to be unique in the way that it responds to the occupant’s lifestyle, yet there should be a common thread of incredible comfort and great style,” Gregory shares.
The interior layering of Serenity is like an orchestral melody. Textural high notes of reed, timber, glass and quartz set the tone, whilst the crisp linens, wicker weaves and friendly shaggy rugs hold the base. Whilst simple magnificence bombards the senses, authenticity assures. The overall experience is restful, gentle and calm and contrasts when the weather whips up on windy days.
There are three ensuite bedrooms and one bunk-style for kids. The downstairs TV room offers lazy respite from hot summer days, and fireplaces call for rowdy game time play.
And the views, the views, the views. At Serenity, every vantage point offers some kind of lookout pleasure that soothes the soul.
There is something undeniably alluring about Kommetjie as an unspoilt, old-fashioned seaside destination. Towny attitudes have never tainted it. Instead, this is a close community of barefoot beachgoers who defiantly enjoy life as it presents itself on each new day. Urgency and agenda are foreign activities on these shores. Instead, this lovely village is under the influence of the tides.
Serenity’s connection to nature satiates that longing we all have to be still. Enjoy ambles on the shoreline or dive into icy waters for a refreshing hee-haah health kick. Or, roam the gardens. The landscaping credit goes to Carrie Latimer, who added bursts of beauty. Her creed is to contribute positively to our fragile ecosystem.
Life at Serenity nurtures a quiet sense of belonging. After all, that is why we pack in our bathers, flippers and sunhats and flock to be beside the sea. Season upon season, the waves dare us to rip their curls, and community eateries invite us to taste hot bakes and other treats. There are early morning hike outs on mountain trails too, whilst birds act as our scouts in the skies.
The position of Serenity is spectacular. Peninsula roads map out more wilderness to explore and other curious hamlets to commune. Every amenity you need is just 15-minutes away, and you are only a 40-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town.
There is never a time when your private viewing theatre puts on the same outdoor show. At the end of each day, settle around a long table with good wine and seafood and savour the kaleidoscopic colours of the setting sun.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
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