Hout Bay is a picturesque, seaside village outside Cape Town, about 20km from the centre of the city. It is situated in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains and facing the sea.
It is also located at the foot of the world-famous Chapman's Peak drive to Noordhoek, one of the most breathtaking scenic drives in the world, with a road snaking along rugged cliffs towering over the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
A popular holiday destination, Hout Bay accommodation consists of luxury villas with stunning views and exquisite retreats tucked among sunny rocks and forested mountain slopes.
All rental properties are situated within five to ten minutes of the local beach - a large expanse of white sand with plenty of walking and sunbathing opportunities and enough space to ensure nobody feels crowded even in busy times of the year.
Hout Bay accommodation for everyone
Hout Bay takes its name from the Afrikaans word "hout" meaning wood and refers to the dense forests that use to grow on the slopes of the mountains. Many of these were cut down by the early settlers to the Cape colony for building purposes, but much of the dense vegetation has remained.
Nature lovers have a special affinity for Hout Bay due to the abundance of trails and walks along the mountains, ranging from mild meanders to challenging hikes. Most offer impressive views of the ocean and valley. The local fynbos and birdlife will delight those with an interest in fauna and flora.
Accommodation in Hout Bay ranges from modern one bedroom accommodation in apartments facing the sea and classy two bedroom accommodation studio flats near the hub of the village, to larger three bedroom accommodation and four bedroom accommodation in stylish holiday rentals perched against the mountain slopes with commanding views across the valley and the ocean. Five bedroom accommodation can also be found in Hout Bay, offering elegance and state-of-the-art finishes for an unforgettable holiday experience.
In Hout Bay holiday accommodation is not hard to come by – unless you leave it till the last minute and find all the good properties have been snapped up! This is why it is recommended to go to a holiday rental specialist like Cape Town Villas, where you will find a comprehensive listing of all the accommodation available – all at the click of a button.
The accommodation pages include listings of:
- Spacious, luxury holiday villas
- Private, discreet retreats fit for celebrities
- Sophisticated apartments
- Mountain getaway holiday homes
- Rooms with sea views
- Spacious gardens, jacuzzis and swimming pools
- Luxurious seaside rentals
Just outside the city
One of the best things about Hout Bay is its proximity to the city of Cape Town. A 30-minute drive is all it takes to get you back into the hustle and the bustle of the country's most attractive city with its myriad of attractions, activities and must-see destinations.
Yet when you are in Hout Bay, it feels like the city is so far away. There is a relaxed air in the village, inviting visitors to leave their cares and their worries, put up their heels, reach for a drink and contemplate the sunset.
There are many options for upmarket, self-catering accommodation in Hout Bay and these establishments really ensure that you and your family are able to truly unwind and forget all about your "real" life. Going for long walks on farm roads, taking excursions into the forest, horse riding through the trees are but some of the top activities around.
Things to do in Hout Bay
Another reason why holiday accommodation in Hout Bay is so sought-after is the village itself. There are many arts and craft shops, farmer’s markets and a sophisticated mixture of bohemian and exclusive designer products, clothes and jewellery can be found in the many shops and boutiques.
Browsing in the town is one of the favourite ways to spend time, with open-air cafés and restaurants inviting guests to enjoy a cup of tea, have some scones or a slice of cake.
The harbour is another place worth visiting – especially for families with children, who will enjoy the fishing boats and the crayfish and tuna industries that are based here. Boat trips, diving and fishing trips can be arranged as well.
Several delicious fish and seafood restaurants are dotted around the harbour and it is worth stopping for lunch to try their excellent fish and chips.
A holiday by the sea
Hout Bay holiday homes are a top choice for families with children of all ages. From toddlers playing in the gentle water to slightly older children wanting to boogie board.
The beach itself is vast; almost a kilometre long in fact, so there is plenty of room for everyone.
For surfing enthusiasts there is a well-known surfing spot just off the coast of Hout Bay. Called "Dungeons", the waves here are high and challenging – one of the reasons why Dungeons is one of the 16 well-known surfing spots around the world.
The natural beauty of Hout Bay is probably the main reason why so many people fall in love with the area – and why locals, as well as foreign holidaymakers, come back again and again.
Why Hout Bay?
Hout Bay is ideal for those holidaymakers who are looking for a break from busy lives and need to recharge the batteries. It is the place for relaxing and unwinding, for watching the children play without paying attention to the time.
Sunsets in Hout Bay are worthy of a mention too with dramatic vistas framed by the mountains and the Sentinel, the big rock at the entrance to the Hout Bay beach – a photographer's delight.
It is a village where everything you could need is all around you – shops, restaurants, bars, curios and craft markets, beachfront restaurants and seaside activities. Hout Bay accommodation really has everything you need for a great holiday, all within a five-kilometre radius.
Holiday planning is a breeze
If you are thinking of making Hout Bay South Africa your next holiday destination then you have made the right decision.
Your next move should be to move quickly to secure your dream holiday accommodation. Hout Bay holiday rentals and rentals on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard go quickly and you want to be able to pick and choose, right?
Why not make use of our services and let us guide you in the process? We have many years' experience booking rentals for a wide variety of guests know exactly what Cape Town visitors are looking for – and what would suit them best.
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