Gordon’s Bay Weekend Getaway
A mere 50kms from Cape Town, and you’re in another place altogether. Gordon’s Bay has the complete package: the dramatic beauty of the Hottentots Holland Mountains bearing over perfect beaches and views that go on forever. Having spotted Berg en Zee (the name coming from old Dutch) a couple of years back, it stayed in my memory as a place to visit. Now it was finally time to find out what staying a few steps from the beach really is like.
Climb the stairs to the proud-looking, white guesthouse entrance. The original title deed dates back to 1899. Meet Jackie, the owner, who instantly welcomes you warmly to top beachfront accommodation. Boasting six rooms (three luxury and three family) all with sea views and private balconies, this is already a treat. Each room feels spacious with a lounge area before the balcony and added home comforts like plush linen. And they cater to your individual needs – in our case a camper cot which was fully made and ready to use.
But being at Berg en Zee extends beyond your private room. We enjoyed exploring the cellar lounge which is kitted for fun, games and DVDs. It’s great to have another space besides your room to unwind in. And if you’re wanting a night in then the honesty fridge and bar is a real treat. There’s everything from drinks and snacks, right down to microwave meals.
If you’re feeling more adventurous though, then heading out from Berg en Zee is easy as the location is within walking distance from everything. Being near to blue status beaches is a huge plus, plus you can meander into the town and search the knick-knack stores for interesting things.
But don’t be surprised if you simply enjoy stretching out in your room and watching the sea for ages. You can rest assured that the morning will further indulge you with a scrumptious breakfast. All in all it’s a peaceful and comforting experience. Who could ask for more?
See it for yourself:
Berg en Zee Guesthouse
135 Beach Road
Words: Claire Barnardo
Things to do
- Coastal drives to spot whales
- Explore the local book store
- Go wine tasting
- Play a round of golf
- Walks on the beach.
Head down to the harbour if you’re looking for a place to eat. Harbour Lights is a seafood restaurant that provides you with many a choice. Whether it’s Kingklip Thermador or the Bikini Beach Seafood Platter, you can nibble while the yachts sway below. And the view is breathtaking. Boasting a classy wine list too, the service was great and it’s a memorable night out.