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Private Room, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Clovelly, Western Cape

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Esther H
Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Spectacular views, peaceful and convenient location”
Reviewed November 16, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We very much enjoyed our week long stay at the Mountain House. I echo all the positives in the previous reviews and will add that we appreciated such details as a kindly set up travel cot for our infant, wonderful underfloor heating, fresh local flowers on arrival, and a pretty baby-proof house. It was even nicer than the photos, in my opinion, secure, and a scenic drive into Cape Town proper and the other beach towns. We also really enjoyed being able to do a scenic hike into Kalk Bay, or just walk along the road. We had a little trouble with the internet but Carin was happy to try to trouble shoot. Fishhoek is a few minutes' drive away and had all the necessary amenities like groceries, and also a quiet beach

Traveling group: Young Children
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Birender...
Maseru, Lesotho
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Where Mountain meets Ocean”
Reviewed September 22, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

A chance search on TripAdvisor (India) revealed this self catering independent house located between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek (along the road to Clovelly Golf Course). The Mountain House's web page was intriguing enough to send a message to the owners, Carin and Miles, as we (two couples) wanted a place that was central to all that is "essential" to see and do in and around Cape Town. It turned out to be a truly exceptional place that we'd selected. The house itself, adjacent to the owners' own house (actually its built over their garages) is very well designed with two bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms and a lovely living cum kitchen space that looks out to the Ocean on one side and the Clovelly valley on the other. A lovely wooden deck with a trellis makes up the entire space available along with a lovely natural garden with a braai and space for parking a car. We really enjoyed our mornings and evenings sitting out on the deck soaking in the serene surroundings and being one with nature. With a car available it was so easy for us to visit the plethora of nature's wonders that dot the Cape, be it Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, V&A (and the ferry to Robben Island), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Constantia Valley for wine tasting. The Mountain House was central to almost all places and it was a pleasure to come home each evening to our retreat and chalk out the next day's plans thanks to excellent wifi and helpful suggestions from our hosts. We spent a week at the Mountain House and if ever one gets a chance to visit the Mother City again I have no doubts about where I would be staying. Thank you Carin and Miles Hartford for allowing us into your lovely mountain retreat where the land and water meld into each other as if by magic.

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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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Rory O
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
“TOP TOP Class if you wanting something cosy and intimate.”
Reviewed September 4, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Absolutely Brilliant venue. Close to all necessary places one needs have a great weekend away, Beaches, Trails, Mountains, Shops, Restaurants, Main Road.. Jst a perfect location!! Could do with more steak knives as it is self-catering and a whisk for eggs in the morning, Otherwise, NO COMPLAINTS...

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Liked best: Location is perfect and the under floor heating on the chilly night was a cherry on the top.
Liked least: only 1 steak knife and the house holds up to 4 persons and no whisk, after all its a self-catering venue and scrambled egg is fav breakfast for many South Africans. No dstv either
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Sonja E
Mauritius
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful House in magical surrounding.”
Reviewed May 11, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We stayed in this house with 2 young kids. We all loved every minute of our stay. Every detail of the house is well thought off. Kitchen has all you could think of and need. We enjoyed eating on a huge terrace taking in all the sunrises and sunsets over the oceans! It was fantastic! The owners are very nice, friendly and ready to help with any advice or things you may need. We felt at home instantly and loved coming home every day after exploring Cape town. Our boys loved the nice walk in wetlands that leads toward the beach. My personal favorite were the heated floors everywhere and the location with the views! I don't know how you could not love this place! I highly recommend this property and thank you Karin and Miles for everything! All the best!

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Reviewed April 20, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Lastinger
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“beautiful place and wonderful people”
Reviewed November 18, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We stayed here with our three sons (ages 8,8, and 10) in October as we backpack around the world for a year. It's one of our favorite places so far. Miles and Carin were so friendly and helpful. We felt very welcome. The Mountain House was perfect for the five of us with two bedrooms and two baths plus a wonderful deck from which we could enjoy the spectacular views.
We loved the area as well. There is so much to do. The house is an easy drive into the center of Cape Town and is within walking distance of Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and other nearby villages. It is also an easy drive to the Stellenbosch area where you can visit the various vineyards.
We took the train to Muisenberg and then walked back to the Mountain House, stopping at Surfer's corner to surf for a while and stopping for lunch and dinner on the way back. It was a really nice way to spend a day!

Traveling group: Young Children
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JeanVerde
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Comfortable, Kind”
Reviewed May 9, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

My parents and I stayed in the Mountain House this past April. I've been living in Malawi this year, and my parents flew from Seattle to South Africa to see me. It was incredibly important to me that they enjoy themselves, and our stay at the Mountain House left nothing to be desired.

It is in a great area--quietly placed on the side of the mountain, with lovely views. There are nice trails nearby where you can safely walk and run. Kalk Bay (cute, good restaurants, boutiques) and Fish Hoek (grocery stores, etc) are within easy walking distance. The house itself is lovingly maintained, furnished in a modern but comfortable style, and boasts a wonderful deck and garden braai area. I was very happy to come home at the end of each day of exploring!

Most importantly, Carin and Miles are amazing hosts. They gave us great recommendations for restaurants in the area, and are very kind and accommodating.

I recommend the Mountain House enthusiastically and without reservation!

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Liked best: Location, design, hosts
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Other
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