Stylish 4 bedroom (all en suite) house in an exquisite secret garden with pool
- english, french
About Alia Preyer
I specialise in high end residential architecture and love to create homes that are a joy to live in. I purchased Shell Cottage in 2004 and have done extensive renovations, and continue to do so each year to make it better and better. Because I own 4 other rental properties in Cape Town and Greece, and have renovated or built each one personally, and also had my own villa rental company, I believe I really do understand the needs of international travellers. I strive to make my guests' experience the absolute best it can be. After all, you've come all this way, and we want to you to love Shell Cottage and Cape Town, and come back again and again!
Alia Preyer purchased this House in 2004
Why Alia Preyer chose Camps Bay
Simply this: everyone who stays here absolutely loves this house, and we love our guests. We treat them like VIPs, believe in generosity at all times, and are so happy that many of our guests return year after year.
What makes this House unique
So close to the beach yet so very private and serene, set in the most beautiful garden with lovely mountain views. Absolutely no traffic noise, very secluded, completely secure. A very happy home.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Please respect the treasures in the house, and no smoking allowed at any time inside, for our sake and yours!
Please set the alarm when you go out, always keep the gates closed, and no strangers allowed in - let's keep Shell Cottage secret and secure
Cape Town is experiencing a drought si suggested usage is 105 litres pp/pd...we are doing well so far but overuse can result in water being restricted
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A perfectly located comfortable and cosy place to stay especially over a very wet weekend! Despite the unseasonal weather we had a lot of fun and laughs around the log fire and walking on stunning Camps Bay beach. Excellent base from which to explore the many beautiful beaches and sites. And of course Cape Town.
Everything was super. Very clean. Thank you Priv))
Location in fantastic place.
We loved this house!
Our group of 6 were perfectly accommodated in Shell Cottage, a private bathroom for each of 3 couples, a nice kitchen to prepare breakfast and the PERFECT location to enjoy the restaurants of Camps Bay with the beach a few steps from the house. I would return in a heartbeat! Thanks to Alia and Priveldge, the caretaker for providing all the needs for a perfect stay.
Charming house, great location
The house is just like it is pictured. We were very comfortable in this daring cottage, which was cozy on chilly winter days.
Eclectic Cottage centrally located in Camps Bay
The location of this cottage is hard to beat, with a short cut making it 2 minutes to the waterfront and beach. Camps Bay Seafront is teaming with great restaurants and coffee shops, a great place for a cocktail to watch the sunset. There is a Pick n Pay for groceries and soon to be a Woolworths Foods, you never have to leave Camps Bay (other than to buy alcohol).
The cottage is historic and has been added to over time making it the 4 bedroom place it is today. The draw back is that the shape is unusual and the kitchen very small when you have a party of 7 in there. The plus is that there is plenty of privacy for a large group and having two sitting areas (one inside and one outside) also adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
I would recommend this cottage as being a great place to stay, but would add that the pictures appear better than the place is in person. The garden has been allowed to go somewhat wild and its beauty would greatly improve from some serious clearing out of undergrowth and pruning. The furniture is also a little more tired in real life than in the pictures, but very comfortable. We also found that the outdoor shower was not really something that one wanted to use for a morning shower!
The host is very responsive and certainly made us feel very welcome, her staff is well trained and the cottage very clean when we arrived.
It was good to meet you and your party, I enjoyed our conversations.
Thank you for your review and yes, I can imagine that 7 of you all crowded into the front kitchen would be a bit much, but remember there are 3 areas to the kitchen with the separate tea/coffee section and the laundry. so fairly spacious.
Regarding the garden, our horticulturists have advised us to keep as much undergrowth and mulch on the garden during the drought in order to retain water, and it seems to have helped as the garden is still absolutely glorious and lush, despite the severe water restrictions.
Im very glad you enjoyed your stay.
3 minutes walk from the beach with beautiful pool and garden
Absolutely will be returning to Shell Cottage! Perfect location only 3 minutes walk to the beach, with a beautiful private garden with large pool, lots of lovely sitting areas and superbly equipped. Super contact with host Alia, daily cleaning service from the lovely Privelege and Cape Town hints from Carole really round off this wonderful find!
Camps Bay is the jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, this spectacular bay comes with as near perfect a beach as you'll find anywhere, to suit veryone.
A massive expanse of fine, soft sand forms a sugarwhite crescent around a bay that varies from pale turquoise to petrol blue, depending on the depth and the weather. On the left there are sealife-filled rockpools for kiddies to paddle in safely and gentle swimming, on the far right is surfers' paradise. Palm trees on the periphery shade a promenade just made for jogging, strolling or chilling.
Local life is casual and vibrant; residents & holiday makers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront. It's no wonder that Camps Bay is the place of choice for some of the country's wealhiest homeowners.
Golf: There is a small urban golf course on the seaside about 5km from Camps Bay, just before the Waterfront. Slightly further afield there is a wonderful selection of courses, from cliffside links to undulating winelands courses, or challeging courses set in magnificently mountainous scenery.