Whether you’re on a budget but in desperate need of a holiday, or want to ensure you make the most of the long weekends that are coming our way over the next month, these five self-catering pads in and around the city centre won’t break the budget.
1 Otter’s Bend
On a farm at the edge of a sparkling dam, Otter’s Bend cottages offer arresting views of the Langeberg mountain range. This Bonnievale-based establishment is a popular bird-watching spot that sees 130 different bird species, including guinea fowl and fish eagles, regularly visiting the farm. If you’re up for a more energetic activity, go for a jog as you admire the scenery of the orchards and alfalfa fields.
2 Blencathra Guest House
The slopes of Table Mountain play home to this sizeable, 10-bedroom guest house that boasts a distinct vintage flair. Relish phenomenal vistas of Signal Hill, the City Bowl and Table Bay from its pristine lawns and balconies or relax in the ambience within its walls. It will difficult to comprehend that the bustling CBD and world-renowned V&A Waterfront are a mere five minutes away.
3 J’aime la Mer
The white-washed stone walls, wood-panelled ceilings and shabby chic furnishings make J’aime la Mer the quintessential beach cottage. Nestled in a picturesque fisherman’s village, the cottage is close to Tieties Bay and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, constructed in 1936. According to locals, each of these landmarks is a recommended destination to which you can hike. Not into hiking? Take a casual stroll on the pristine beach instead.
4 Southey Cottage
Winner of the AA/SAA National B&B award for the past 20 years, Southey Cottage has the most affordable lodging in the city’s Southern Suburbs. Apart from being economical, it’s centrally located and allows seamless access to Newlands Stadium, Cavendish Square and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. What’s more, its roof installation is an eco-friendly means of keeping comfy during any season.
5 22 Die Laan
This quaint homestead is a haven of sophistication that features a host of amenities for contemporary living. Among these are free Wifi running at top speed, underfloor heating and heated towel rails. Since it’s located on an avenue bordered by towering oak trees, you can bask in a refreshing, forest-like scent as you step outdoors. Speaking of the outdoors, you can also unwind with a dip in the garden pool.
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