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Cottage with Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa - Peaceful Location 10 Minutes Walk to the Beach

Mermaid Rock Cottage is a charming fisherman's cottage offering independent self catering private family accommodation situated in Jackson Road, Simon's Town. Positioned just 7 minutes walk from lovely, sandy beaches, in a quiet little road with a stunning view of the sea and lighthouse. From the sea facing deck spectacular sunrises and sunsets can be savored. Within easy reach is the picturesque seaside village of Simon's Town for shopping and fine dining at reasonable prices. Take a stroll down to Boulders Beach National Park famous for its Jackass Penguin Colony or a breath taking walk up the Naval steps on Admirals Kloof, the mountain behind the cottage. Drive the scenic road south, down the peninsula, to the well known Cape Point Nature Reserve where you can get a magnificent view of the 2 oceans, Indian and Atlantic, merging. Enjoy a glass of Cape wine of an evening as you gaze out to sea from the deck and you may catch a rare glimpse of the Mermaid of Arc Rock!

Elspeth Campbell
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, french
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

About Elspeth Campbell

Elspeth lives in Wimbledon, London with her family having settled there from Zimbabwe 28 years ago. She is a professional running her own Management Consultancy business, a mum and is committed to the philosophy and practice of yoga. She is training as a teacher of Iyengar yoga. Her cottage in Cape Town dates back to Elspeth's time studying at UCT in 1982 when it was acquired into the family and many happy times have been spent there over 33 years.

Elspeth Campbell purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Elspeth Campbell chose Cape Town

We adore the quiet beauty of the area around Simon's Town and the lovely, unspoilt beaches and rugged walks immediately accessible out of the back door. The location is pretty, calm and safe; also easy to get to interesting, lesser known places anywhere on the peninsula.

What makes this cottage unique

From the deck watching the sunrise or sunset across the sea is very special. By night we get a magical view of stars and glittering lights across the bay. Mornings are glorious watching sunlight playing on the sea, and the movement of the waves to get a sense of the day ahead. Breakfast or lunch in the protected area means we enjoy being outside away from wind and sun. This Indian Ocean sea is warm, lovely for swimming. Local penguins are a delight! We wash sandy feet at the hose pipe in the patio so sand doesn't get into the cottage. The quiet road and safe neighbourhood mean the children go to the local store or into Simon's Town without us worrying. On cold winter nights its cosy with curtains drawn, heating on, chilling out on comfortable sofas, with the bonus of sea view - its great!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for our time in Mermaid Rock. Your house was in all respects suiting our highest expectations, we found all we needed for our stay. The situation of the house was nice in a calm surrounding and gave us opportunity for some daily exercise by walking the street up and down to the beach. In the light of what we experienced on the latter part of our SA-stay we much appreciate the WI-Fi facility, I have as the others in our party developed an addiction to the use of modern cellphone technology. Being abroad for such a long time as we were makes contact with relatives, banks and business very essential.

Barry from the rental agency was a very helpful and in all aspects agreeable man to have to deal with.

We might consider a return to Mermaid Rock at another occasion though we found Simon's Town more windy this year than at earlier visits.
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 2 has shower attachment on taps Both are large bathrooms with natural light, well tiled, wall mounted shelves and cupboards, and railings for drying towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon , with desk
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , with chest of drawers
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , with dressing table; ensuite bathroom, bath and shower
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All have built in cupboards and large windows so lots of natural light.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • long term rentals available
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Security: Garage, house alarm, tasteful burglar bars do not obscure view Suitable for children: enclosed patio is secure. Quiet road with neighbour traffic only, from age 10 may walk 5 minutes down to local shop for supplies. Outside: Large deck with railings and full sea vista: garden table and chairs, barbeque. Lower patio area has hose pipe for washing down after the beach and space for paddling pool. Utility Space: Internal utility cupboard: hoover, iron, household equipment and supplies necessary. External utility area is enclosed space for hanging washing, storing garden furniture, out of sight of exterior living space. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is professionally managed by our agent in Simon's Town, they supervise maintenance, cleaning, regular change of towels, linen. All linen including hand, bath, beach, tea towels is provided. Other: Dining area yellowwood furnishing: round table seats 6, window with view to attractive cottage opposite. Conveniently arranged with the dresser containing crockery, corner cupboard holding glasses, the dining area leads naturally to kitchen


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Cottage with Sea Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Our stay at Mermaid Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mermaid Cottage. Everything was just right and the only complaint was the constantly strong southerlies which were a bit of a surprise! We had lovely walks around Simon's Town and visits to explore the Cape Point national park. We would very happily book again.

Also to mention we found the letting agency to be most helpful with everything.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael I'm delighted you explored Cape Point and enjoyed walking, we love these too. I'll pass your comments on to Barry and Karon at Engel & Voelkers. You are welcome, Mermaid Rock awaits your next visit!
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Very well kept cottage with perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We are a swedish family of five that spent 3,5 weeks at this lovely place. Simon's Town and Mermaid Rock Cottage was a perfect "base-camp" for us.

The Cottage is so well kept. Everything was clean and nicely in order when we arrived, it felt very welcoming.

The service from Barry and Karon at Engel & Voelkers has also been very good, they always answered e-mails and phone calls immediately.

We hope to come back soon again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you had wonderful weeks in the Cottage! and Simon's Town was a perfect "base-camp" for plenty of family time and surfing too. Looking forward to having you stay again.
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Excellent property with a fantastic sea-view

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property with a fantastic sea-view and overlooking much of Simonstown. The location is excellent, 40 min from Cape Town and about the same to Cape of Good Hope. You find beautiful beaches after a 10-15 minutes nice walk and only 3 min away by car. The Town Centre is 5 min away by foot with a number of good restaurants and shops. The Tourist office is on the way. The best location you may find south of CT and with a very comfortable water temp. You find Boulders Beach very close. Public services such as a health centre within walking distance. Tennis and horse-riding 7 km away.

The propoerty is in a very good condition and very well maintained. The veranda is the best in the neighbourhood, spacy and overlooking the Sea. Good TV connections/channels so may follow developments in SA and internationally. Service by the Agent/Owner is very good.WE WILL GO BACK TWO WEEKS IN NOVEMBER 2015 !!! We have strongly recommended this property to our Swedish friends and colleauges. / Staffan and Birgitta

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Staffan and Birgitta I'm delighted this worked so well for your visit with family. We agree the veranda deck is the best in the neighbourhood! Elspeth
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Charming Cottage Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mermaid Cottage for just over a week for our wedding. The location is just perfect & safe with wonderful views over False Bay whilst enjoying breakfast or evening dinner on the fantastic outside seating areas. The cottage is well equipped, the 2 bathrooms providing privacy for all. It was clean & homely with good views of False bay even in the rain. Simons Town has everything you need and Mermaid Cottage is a short walk into the town.

Will return & stay in Mermaid Cottage again, fantastic value for money.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased it worked for you both, your wedding and guests! We too enjoy the expansive sea view which is enhanced if you ascend the mountain behind, a breathtaking short walk. I hope you managed to see the penguins at the Boulders Beach Colony, though its true they roam lots outside of this, and perhaps enjoyed the restaurants in Simon's Town, they suit a variety of tastes and budgets, we like the friendly Salty Sea Dog right by the pier, reliably delicious line fish.
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Cape cottage

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully kept and tastefully furnished cottage in Simonstown, just outside of Cape Town, with all the amenities that you need. Its about a 10 minute walk to the beach from the cottage and being at the top of a hill it has a panoramic view of the sea, wonderful to wake up to. It has a spacious patio with lounge chairs, perfect for an evening cocktail as the sun goes down. Simonstown is an old naval base and has a atmosphere reminiscent of a Cornish village where you can find good restaurants and small boutiques. If you look for it there´s a lot to do from visiting a submarine or the penguin colony to whale watching, local walks, museums or just sitting at a cafe in Jubilee Square overlooking the small harbour with all the ships. The African craft sellers in the square sell an amazing variety of beaded sculptures and other curios. The beaches along this part of the coast are stunning and other places not far away which are worth a visit are Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Hout Bay. I would definitely recommend the cottage both for couples and people with a family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect holiday cottage to explore Cape Peninsula from. Light, clean, stunning views over Simonstown, excellent safe yet secluded characterful location close to shops and amenities, fully equipped with everything working. Luxurious for two, comfortable for four. Sip Cape wines on the sun terrace watching whales or stay warm inside listening to the wild winds off the mountain. I'd go again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Caroline Thanks for a descriptive and glowing review and excellent it worked well for you there, certainly hope you stay again. Love the nickname 'mermadic' ! Elspeth
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Cape Town International
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Simon's Town
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Boulders Beach or Tibetan Tea House
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Seaforth and Waters Edge
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We can arrange transport to and from Cape Town International Airport. We can recommend a dependable hire car service, for car collection at the airport. We can arrange trips to Cederberg on the arid West Coast, kayaking on the Orange River and in West Coast National Park. We can arrange trips to other main cities in South Africa: Durban, Johannesburg and trips to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.


Closest beach 7 minutes walk is Waters Edge Beach sandy, pretty and safe. Others Indian ocean, ie warmer: Glencairn our favourite! Boulders (penguin sanctuary), Fisherman's and Longbeach, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg - for surfing and swimming. Further away Atlantic side, ie rather colder! Hout Bay and LLundudno for swimming. Scarborough and Kommetjie - for extreme surfers and marvelous sunsets, Nordhoek - for long walks, horse rides and experienced surfers, and Soetwaters - for kite surfing.


Cape Town International Airport is 60 minutes by car.

We strongly suggest the use of a hired car.


Situated 2 miles/20 mins walk to Simon's Town Village with many nice restaurants, harbour tours, boats to seal island. Cape Point National Park - 30 mins scenic drive south. Silvermine Nature Reserve for walking, picnics - 30 mins drive. Cape Town - 50 mins by car (or 70 mins scenic train journey by the sea) for the cable car to ascend Table Mountain, the Waterfront Plaza and boats to Robin Island. The wine growing areas of Paarl and Stellenbosch are 60 minutes drive. Wine is also grown locally.

Further Details:

Shopping: 'Seven Eleven' on the main road, 5 minutes walk,and has most essentials. Spar at Glencairn for more. In Simons’s Town and Fishhoek you can buy almost anything. In Sun Valley Pick and Pay at Long Beach Mall you can buy everything. There is also a cinema at Long Beach Mall.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid season
24 Apr 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season
29 May 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning on exit R400 A$34.61

Booking Notes:
Please contact Elspeth Campbell for availability, price and a booking form. Price range depends on low, mid, high, peak season, number of people and length of stay. Our letting agent in Simon's Town hands over keys for entry and takes a security deposit for breakages/damage to be refunded on day of departure following property check.

Changeover Day:
Flexible on changeover day. Usually arrival 2-3pm, departure 10-11am, we can be flexible though this depends on the departure and arrival of other guests.

Notes on prices:
Above price for property in UK pounds. The equivalent in Euros or SA Rands is charged to those who prefer to pay in these currencies. Payment in SA Rands can be made to the agent in SA. Prices are worked out on maximum occupancy of 5 people. A 10% discount is made for occupancy of 3 or less people or for long lets. The weekly rate is based on 7 nights stay and reduced pro rata, per night, for less than 7 nights.
Discounts for long winter lets June to September.

On receipt of the booking form we invoice for 50% of the rental, payment is by direct bank transfer or cheque. Once this deposit is made the booking is confirmed. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. The remaining 50% is required one month before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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