One of Camps Bay’s original homes, Shell Cottage has been totally renovated into a superstylish four bedroom holiday house whilst still retaining its 'bohemian chic' beach-style character, and each year gets just a little more beautiful due to the loving administrations of its architect owner.
It is set right in the heart of the village, just one road back from the trendy buzz of the promenade...but step through your front gate and you'll find yourself in a secret haven of peace and tranquility, hidden away from the world. Timber boardwalks meander for 50m through the lushest garden imaginable filled with hibiscus, lavender and all sorts of flowers and scents. Floating timber decks overhung by a giant Persian Lilac tree are surrounded by views of the Twelve Apostles and Lions Head mountains, and there are secret hideaway spots for you to find.
Shell Cottage is very different from many of the ultra-modern steel, glass and concrete properties on the Atlantic Seaboard, as it offers a lovely sense of privacy and space. Most people say that they immediately feel at peace and at home in this space filled with beauty, inside and out. It's a home that has been created with a lot of care and attention to detail, giving it real soul - a stunning contemporary creation that retains its relaxed beach cottage feel.
Shell Cottage houses a collection of original art and designer pieces lovingly curated by the architect owner over time. Equipped to to the highest standard, it offers everything an international traveller may need in a self catering property, including unlimited wi-fi, satellite television, Netflix, a huge stash of dry wood for the fireplace and barbeque, excellent security and the daily care of my wonderful housekeeper, Privilege, each weekday.
Each of the bedrooms is unique and stylishly designed, all open either onto the garden or private courtyards, and each has its own unique theme with an emphasis on nature - sand textured paint, pebbles, mother-of-pearl mosaic, shells, driftwood... Beds are dressed with white Egyptian cotton percale, quality pillows, heating blankets in winter and furry throws for your comfort, and each room has heaters in winter and fans in summer.
The garden has many hidden treasures: lush greenery hides a bubble swing chair, a serene stone buddah, mosaiced stepping stones, crystals hidden amongst the foliage and, for the little ones to play on, a lifesize wooden sheep named Ma-aaa-ary!
Though intimate, the property feels spacious and airy as it enjoys a wonderful flow from outside to inside, the garden and house blend as one as the lounge opens up onto the generous patio and pool deck, which overlooks the garden. There's also a light and airy yoga room in the garden for your practice, which could also be used as a playroom for the little ones.
One of the best things about Shell Cottage is its most desirable position - Camps Bay beachfront is very close; less than a 150m stroll from the front door down a palm lined walkway but, despite being so close to the buzz, the cottage suffers no noise due to its secluded panhandle location off The Drive, a quiet residential road. The local tennis courts, where you are welcome to play, and kiddies play park are across the road, and within a few minutes’ walk you have access to in excess of 35 restaurants, a number of bars, a library, shops, and all the other amenities that Camps Bay offers.
Shell Cottage is a holiday house that appeals to all ages. Its single level design & enclosed garden suits families with young children or the elderly but its stylish design and great location, just behind the trendy sunset strip and the beach’s great surf break, make it a dream holiday location for a group of friends who want to have a fun holiday. Our whole emphasis is to give our guests their best holiday experience ever!