The Loving Birth of "A Whale of a Time"!
Colleen purchased the property about 15 years ago as a residential home. She immediately felt that the amazing seaview, which takes ones breath away and make one feel as though one is on a boat, should be shared with as many people as possible.
Being perched on the side of the mountain, the ground was far too steep to provide space for the kind of accommodation and recreational facilities they had in mind for their guests, so they called in the big guns - the same architectural landscapers who had worked at Cape Point.
She dug, cut, filled, and pushed boulders, rock, sand etc., and levelled out a lovely platform (this was an amazing site to be seen) a total transformation and absolute miracle. attractions-cape-town. They then built the stone wall, ("the whaling wall"), with which even the great wall of China could not compete!!). Once the site had been prepared, Colleen, and her trusty helpers personally carried down and placed each piece of the Monkey Stone which now forms part of the Waterfall features.
The pool duly arrived - blocking the entire road! "There was great consternation at the logistics of the seemingly impossible task of manhandling it down the mountain, over the boulders and into place, without all of us ending up in the sea". However, believe it or not the lovely salt water pool now gleams (almost laughs) as it lies overlooking the expanse of False bay, its seaboard and surrounding mountains. The colour of the pool being Charcoal Grey assists the water to mirror the changing colours and moods of the warm ocean.
Now was time to continue building the stone cottage. Seven wonderful, traditional, stone masons (a dying trade) were found and work commenced. Seven is Colleens favourite number and when a number seven shaped stone was found, it was concreted into the kitchen wall.
All through winter the work continued, with the team carrying down the heavy stone, by hand from the mountainside. The rustic beams, thatch and dormer windows were all brought down the slope by hand. The railways sleeper kitchen, was especially designed and made up by Craftsmen who cut and styled the lovely cupboards from yellow-wood, blackwood and teak sleepers cutting and removing the bolts from each one - many an industrial saw blade was broken in this process.
The solid Bar counter is much admired by all visitors to the cottage, being an amazingly beautiful and unique piece of nature. By completion, the stone cottage was so spectacular and natural that it became rather famous and demand for occupancy exceeded its size. It was then, on demand from their guests that they converted the rooms of the main house into lovely seafacing guest suites.
And so legend of A Whale of a Time was born! One of the first guest lodges in Fish Hoek and still one of the lovely golden oldies still around having run steadily 365 days of a year since 1996. It has nurtured many wonderful visitors, most of whom have now become great friends of the family, coming back year after year.
We offer luxury penthouse apartments, a garden apartment and stone cottage accommodation in Fish Hoek, all with magnificent sea views of False Bay.
GPS: -34° 8' 46.93", +18° 26' 13.83"
Past Customer Comments:
"Great place, great beds! Perfect place to end our 6 week stay in South Africa." - Reg & Dawn Brandston, Seattle Washington USA