My quest is to supply you with first-hand research on the best alternative accommodation, like Airbnb, available in Cape Town. Because pictures can be deceiving, I wanted to experience this Airbnb myself.
Armed with camera and notebook, I drove from Fish Hoek deeper into the south of Cape Town towards Simonstown. Welcome Glen is a small village that is nestled between the two more known villages and surrounded by mountains and hills and sea. If you are looking for a comfortable self-catering facility close to the beach, with hikes, parks for kids to run and nearby touristic villages, Welcome Cottage is it. Seven months ago Deric and Alsion purchased this property with a view to cater for family visiting from afar and to an Airbnb for guests like you. Having been met at the gate, I was led to the front of Welcome Cottage. On a veranda was a small table with comfortable chairs. Deric promptly offered to prepare something to drink. Tea!
I felt the sun on my back as we sipped at our hot beverages with delicious looking hot-cross-buns begging for attention. However, the conversation was too compelling to exchange pen for bun. Alison, a teacher, mom of two and avid rower has a ‘make it happen’ relaxed demeanour and an ability to make one feel very welcome easily. She gives ample time to receive her guests, answers their questions and pops in when needed. One can see the touch of a woman with an eye for detail (sorry Deric) in the open-plan kitchen-salon, bathroom and bedroom. The kitchen has all that one needs but Alison is happy to help and is open to additional requests. For an Airbnb in Cape Town, Welcome Cottage offers great value for money.
Alison left the conversation to attend to a cute little voice coming from the main house. Alone with Deric, a mechanical engineer which is easily detected in his methodical explanation of ‘what to do’ in Welcome Glen, Cape Town, we continued the conversation. As a family man, he thinks about safety first. He made it clear that Welcome Glen is home to personnel from the South African Navy, which gives pause to misbehaviour. Security is most important in any Airbnb. Pointing to the vast open greenery, he tells of a park for kids to run and play and for walks to meditate or just to hold the hand of a loved one. One can see horses grazing at a nearby riding school which adds to the already relaxed surroundings. Within walking distance is the beach with a tidal pool (2km/1.24m), a pub and multiple hikes. Deric loves to hike and have been on most of the hikes on the beautiful, green mountains. He is a true South African but there is a strong trace of a British accent, a left-over of his 10 years in the UK….-sad! right?
I recommend this Airbnb in Cape Town for affordability, comfort, great hosts and for being very family friendly. Welcome Glen, Cape Town is low on public transport. Of course Uber and a train station (a good walk away) are available. The best is to have one’s own car or get a rental. Call +27 76 793 9280 for more information. Also visit www.welcomecottage.co.za