Cape Point Villa and Cottage is one of Cape Town’s environmental and historic treasures. The villa, with its commanding and uninterrupted view of False Bay and with the mountainside as a dramatic backdrop, is a national monument which has been lovingly restored by its current owners. The stone cottage is a charming hideaway, tucked into the wooded ravine, carved by the mountain stream that provides the establishment with pure mountain water, for this sparkling diamond is completely off the grid. Not only does the water come from the mountainside but the energy to power both cottage and villa comes from the sun. The place has been eco-friendly since its initial construction over a hundred years ago, except that a state of the art solar system providing hot water, lighting, internet connectivity and refrigeration has been added to the gas lamps and the candles.
All these mod-cons do not detract in any way from a feeling of faraway wilderness, since Cape Point Cottage and Villa is surrounded by sea, mountain and fynbos. It is one of the anchor properties in the 37 hectare Castle Rock Conservancy where large stands of invasive alien plants have been removed so that the property has been transformed into a natural garden, as pristine and full of birdsong and secretive creatures as it was in the 1700’s when the Hugo family tethered their horses in the ravine to go hunting, fishing and exploring in and around the area.
There are few places like this in the Cape Peninsula. It is only an hour from the centre of Cape Town, but when visitors step out of their car and make their way up the winding path to the cottage and villa they are transported to another time and another place where nature untrammelled envelops you and where fascinating histories echo in every nook and cranny of a venerable establishment that provides all the modern comforts without crowding out an idyllic and unusual past.