Checking In: Watercolours Studios – Cape Town • South Africa
Colorful; Beautifully decorated
BnB – Lots of nooks for reading
Amazing breakfasts & Rooftop pool.
A quick 5 minutes drive from the infamous Boulders Beach and the colony of Penguins lies Watercolours House.
More impressive than its proximity to penguins galore is its hillside location with uninterrupted views of False Bay towards the Hottentots Holland mountains from virtually every window and a rooftop deck.
This is a BnB in every sense of the term. The family run establishment will have you greeted by Sharon offering you a warm cup of coffee or tea to get you settled in.
The home has thoughtful touches in every nook. Bright colors, travel books, tasteful decor… all focused on providing comfort and maximum views of the South African coastline.
The home has two lounges, a library, a dedicated breakfast area and three common view decks that all jointly service four bespoke, private bedroom suites.
Wifi is available in the upstairs common areas and upstairs bedrooms. The downstairs bedrooms are admittedly spotty however sometimes it’s a blessing not to have wifi and if needed, the upstairs common rooms are available for use.
Private parking is free and secure within a remote controlled garage on the ground floor of the complex. A staff member is on site or contactable at all times for any needs.
The house also has a no children under 16 years policy making for an adults-only experience.
I did not get to experience the rooftop pool as the weather was bad during my stay, but it looked divine.
Four rooms are uniquely decorated with the same designers touch. The fluffy beds look out to sea views with seating areas to enjoy your private space. A Nespresso machine awaits for coffee on demand with a little chocolate and fresh bottled water to make their guests feel welcome and refreshed.
The bathrooms are bespoke as well with some featuring bathtubs and all immaculately clean with sparkling tiles.
Note: Baths are currently restricted in South Africa due to water shortages.
Sharon’s breakfasts are legendary.
Continental breakfast is served in the dining room each morning featuring a spread of fruits, yogurt, cheese, nuts and freshly baked quiches and muffins. This breakfast will have you fueled well past lunch for your daily adventures.
Many of the guests at the community breakfast table were return visitors. Speaks volumes not only to Sharon’s cooking but her hospitality. All of the guests I met there were also well traveled (both locales and foreigners) and this made for wonderful conversations.
In the Area
The penguins are just a quick 5 minutes drive away to the parking area. It’s 30 minutes walking but like most of Cape Town, walking is not advised especially solo. Simon’s Town is just a few minutes beyond. Ask Sharon for recommendations and she will gladly call in a reservation. I found her guests are well received at the local restaurants and receive the best window view tables.
Cape of Good Hope is a 20 minute drive further on the same road. I unfortunately did not go as the day I was there, there was a ferocious storm with winds howling. The Watercolour House more than made up for it as I snuggled in for the day and enjoyed the property and rest.
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I loved Watercolours House and was ready to put my name on my bedroom door to stay. The place feels like a home not only in the decor with books for days, but also in the vibe created by Sharon’s hospitality. I was greeted warmly, my room was both clean and well-appointed to make it feel cozy but no cluttered, and I felt safe and secure at the property.
Those little touches of water, a piece of chocolate, an offer of a warm cup of tea with honey go far when you are dragging in from jet-lag and too many days of travel. I spent two nights here and as detailed, spent most of day inside due to the weather. I could not have had a better place to stay in.
As I left on the second morning, they helped me with my luggage to the garage and sent me off with a wave. Just what you want a BnB to be.
My visit to this accommodation was independent and self-funded.
The recommendation and thoughts expressed are without compensation of any kind.
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