We watched the fight unfold from the luxury of our home for the weekend, behind colossal windows as the sun began to set. An intruder barged in on an unsuspecting couple who, quite naturally, were far from impressed. Kicks were thrown, giant wings flapped and some violent pecking occurred. Clouds of dust filled the sky.The unwelcomed ostrich scurried off in a manner not unlike that of the Roadrunner. The dust settled, and the ostrich couple went back to cavorting in their patch of fynbos.
Due to the fact that my husband and I worked throughout the festive season, we missed out on much of the family fun. He celebrates Christmas on January 7th and we decided to have a family weekend getaway before 2017 really kicked off and everyone got back into their working routine. Very rarely do all our schedules align, but on this occasion however, the stars seemed to be in our favour.
We wanted a relaxing escape that wasn’t too far from home and found that Yzerfontein was the perfect location. Just over an hour out of Cape Town, the West Coast fishing village was a leisurely drive away.
Yzerfontein Home For The Weekend:
The decision was a spur of the moment one and finding accommodation in the midst of the holiday season matching our criteria proved quite challenging. Most houses were booked out for the entire month and those that were not, had too many or too few rooms or did not accommodate pets. On the 3rd day of my online search, I happened upon Bella Capensis- a property with uninterrupted ocean views and only steps away from the beach.
A friendly face, Annemarie, met us at the entrance. She took us on a tour of the place and handed over the keys. The house was grand- in every sense of the word. The floors and countertops were concrete. Colourful art hung on brick walls. International crafts lined bookcases and shelves. Much thought had gone into every detail of the house. Fresh flowers greeted us in each room and once there, we realised we really only needed to bring food and clothing- as everything from champagne flutes to braai grids were provided.
What We Did:The kitchen, second lounge and entertainment area were all on the second level and naturally, it’s where we spent most of our time. We watched sparkling sunsets from the sunroom (this is where we watched the ostrich incident from), sat around the braai (barbeque) and played 30 Seconds until 1am- luckily the house is very private as the inevitable bursts of laughter erupting from the game could wake the whole neighbourhood.
We walked on the beach and strolled around the area when not entertaining ourselves. I was fascinated by the combination of structures that could be found in a single street. Entire properties were uprooted and planted in Yzerfontein. Or rather, it felt that way. A whitewashed house imported directly from Santorini, face-brick homes from any Cape Town suburb, and more prominently, wooden beach houses straight out of Maine. Weirdly, all these different styles seemed to fit together and blend well with their surroundings.
I found everything to be working contrasts. The rough waves of the Atlantic crashed onto the softest, white sand. Fynbos and free- roaming ostriches surrounded striking mansions.
For me, Yzerfontein is both, luxurious and wild…
The house consists of one king sized bedroom with en-suite overlooking the upstairs entertainment area. Two queen sized bedrooms have private balconies and ocean views. The final queen sized bedroom overlooks the pool.
Rates are R2 500.00 from May to October. R3 000.00 from November through to April, and are priced per unit per night.
Stock up on food supplies and firewood at the Spar supermarket located about 3km away. We should have done the same but brought everything from home.
Discuss pets prior to booking. They are sometimes allowed at the discretion of the owner.
For enquiries or to make a booking, contact Margo Verster directly on +27 83 261 1016 or make a booking here.
What To Pack:
Warm Clothing for the chilly evenings.
A windbreaker to keep out the West Coast breeze.
Your swimsuit for beach and pool delights.
Board games for some family fun.
To find out more about Yzerfontein, click here