An exceptionally sunny position, facing north over the sea.
The sea at your doorstep.
Six kilometres of white sandy beach.
Direct access to the beach from the garden gate. 20 paces up a dune, and you are there !
A surfer's paradise.
Many people say that Kommetjie is Cape Town's best kept secret. There are few places on the Cape Peninsula which face north (towards the noonday sun) over the sea. People from northern Europe are often astonished at how sunny it is, even on a fine day in midwinter (July).
Until the late 1960s Kommetjie was an isolated fishing village, with only a few houses near the Kom. (Kommetjie = small basin in Afrikaans, i.e. a small natural tidal pool.) Small children love paddling in the Kom, which warms up in the sun and is very safe.
Fifty years ago the celebrated Long Beach (a white sandy beach of more than six kilometres, stretching from Kommetjie in the west to Noordhoek, just below Chapman's Peak, in the east) was completely pristine and unspoiled, despite its close proximity to Cape Town; it was a place where the hand of man had seldom set foot.
A new tarred road, the Ou Kaapse Weg (the Old Cape Road, a historic ox-wagon route over the central mountain chain), was built in 1968, a mountain pass from the suburbs of the eastern peninsula to Noordhoek and Kommetjie on the west coast. This road made the Kommetjie much more easily accessible from central Cape Town. Since then, the village has grown like topsy.
Our unpretentious single-storeyed weekend cottage on the beachfront was built in 1981, and was one of the first houses on the Long Beach. It has recently been completely redecorated inside and out. The kitchen is fully equipped, with refrigerator, gas stove, microwave oven, washing machine, dishwasher, and coffee machine.
One can leave by the front garden gate, walk over a dune, and be on the beach in one minute. The beach is never crowded.
Bring a wetsuit ! The cold Benguela current flows northwards up the west side of the Cape Peninsula, and the sea can best be described as fresh. On the other hand, the seawater at Fish Hoek, a very popular sheltered bathing beach 10 km to the east, on False Bay, is warm in summer.
The garage is not available to guests; but otherwise there are no restrictions on access. There is ample private parking on a brick-paved surface in front of the garage.
Общение с гостями
We live about 25 km away from Kommetjie, and we can give advice about the neighbourhood and help resolve any problems.
N'hésitez pas de nous adresser vos questions en français par courriel; ou de nous passer un coup de fil.
Другие важные подробности
Kommetjie is well known for its surfing.
It is also an excellent place to fish for Cape Rock Lobster (crayfish or kreef), one of the Cape's finest delicacies. But you will need a boat, several specialised conical rock lobster nets .... and a sport fishing licence. Lobster fishing is stringently controlled. Take advice locally.
More simply, you can take the spectacular scenic corniche road, Chapman's Peak Drive, from Kommetjie to Hout Bay via Noordhoek. Fresh fish and live rock lobster can be bought at Hout Bay harbour.
There are some excellent restaurants in Noordhoek (one of which is quite outstanding), about which we can give advice.
In the other direction, the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve is about 20 km to the south of Kommetjie.
The marine bird life at Kommetjie is abundant and very interesting. There are tidal lakes nearby, close to Imhoff's Gift.
Please no smoking indoors.
The municipal refuse collection is on Tuesdays, and the refuse bin (kept in the garage) should be wheeled outside and left on the street kerb, early on Tuesday mornings; and brought back after collection (normally by noon).