R300pp (with minimum cottage rate of R750 nightly; R1200 minimum during Festive season)
Budget Getaways Review
The Blue Hammock lies diagonally across the road from the well known Red Herring pub and restaurant, and within earshot (600m) of the incoming tide at Noordhoek's infinitely long, uhhh, Long Beach. While the area has admittedly developed somewhat over the years, beautiful sunsets, long days, quiet mornings, endless mountain views, cosy coffee shops, green paddocks with horses, are still the dominant theme.
A simple timber chalet set in a wild indigenous garden, Blue Hammock is suited to families and couples, and offers a relaxed break from the humdrum on the far side of the mountain. It's affordable, it's close to the city, it's a shortish walk to the beach, its certainly conducive to letting your hair down, feeling the squelch of beach sand between your toes, lying back on a hammock, and putting wors to braai.
Your accommodation comes in the form of two double rooms, one twin room and a large open-plan living area with a fireplace in the corner. Though we haven't managed to get past the front door yet, we are told the house is nicely furnished and well equipped, with linen, towels, beach towels and all the kitchen modcons provided, including washing machine, tumble drier, gas stove and micro. Not that you really need a kitchen as there are restaurants within spitting distance.
To help your weekend along, there are two mountain bikes (with helmets), TV (for DVD only), a small library of DVDs, an i-Pod basestation and a CD player, as well as board games and a puzzle. Further afield, there's the amazing beach and plenty in the way of good eateries and other pleasant activity to fill a weekend.
"The Blue Hammock harks back to a kind of innocence Noordhoek used to have - before the developments and the big houses dotting the hillsides. It's also true to the one-with-nature ethos, the town's most charming, and enduring, feature. It's just right, from the size of the cottage to the lovely indigenous garden, to the view from the hammock, to the crossing the street for a great cup of coffee. There was enough of everything, and all very tasteful, from the DVD collection to the stack of CDs to the gas cooker and decent-sized fridge. The only place we missed a bit of space was the bed. But then we're usually king-sized. The dogs loved it too. Beach walks and soup bones scattered in the garden is some sort of doggie heaven. Highly recommended."
(Theo Erasmus, visited March 2010)
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