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  • Shearwater Living room opens onto large wooden deck in Simon's Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
    Shearwater Living room opens onto large wooden deck
  • View from front of house
    View from front of house
  • Wooden deck with 270 degree views
    Wooden deck with 270 degree views
  • Seating area in main bedroom
    Seating area in main bedroom
  • Main bedroom with fabulous views
    Main bedroom with fabulous views
  • Views from Shearwater's main bedroom
    Views from Shearwater's main bedroom
  • Main bedroom with fabulous seaviews
    Main bedroom with fabulous seaviews
  • Mani bedroom with twin beds
    Mani bedroom with twin beds
  • Bathroom in Shearwater
    Bathroom in Shearwater
  • Second bedroom
    Second bedroom
  • Second bedroom
    Second bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath
    Bathroom with bath and shower over bath
  • Shearwater dining area
    Shearwater dining area
  • Shearwater living room opens onto a large wooden deck
    Shearwater living room opens onto a large wooden deck
  • Shearwater Living area
    Shearwater Living area
  • Shearwater living room view towards dining and kitchen areas
    Shearwater living room view towards dining and kitchen areas
  • Shearwater Kitchen area
    Shearwater Kitchen area
  • Shearwater kitchen area
    Shearwater kitchen area
  • View from Shearwater deck
    View from Shearwater deck
  • View from Shearwater deck
    View from Shearwater deck
  • View from Shearwater deck
    View from Shearwater deck
  • Watsonia Living room with large windows
    Watsonia Living room with large windows
  • Watsonia Living room looking towards kitchenette area
    Watsonia Living room looking towards kitchenette area
  • Watsonia Living room
    Watsonia Living room
  • Watsonia Living room
    Watsonia Living room
  • Watsonia dining area
    Watsonia dining area
  • Watsonia bedroom  taken from the window and looking towards the bathroom
    Watsonia bedroom taken from the window and looking towards the bathroom
  • Watsonia Bedroom
    Watsonia Bedroom
  • Watsonia Bedroom another view to outside
    Watsonia Bedroom another view to outside
  • Watsonia bedroom showing view to outside
    Watsonia bedroom showing view to outside
  • Watsonia Bathroom
    Watsonia Bathroom
  • Watsonia Decor up close
    Watsonia Decor up close
  • Watsonia bedroom decor close up
    Watsonia bedroom decor close up
  • Watsonia Bedroom linen
    Watsonia Bedroom linen
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Internet access
Bedrooms
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Fridge
Parking on Premises
Airport Transfers
TV
Shearwater, with its unrestricted and fabulous sea views, sleeps 4 adults comfortably. Facilities include a large open plan living room with self-contained kitchen and dining and sitting areas, a large sea-facing master bedroom and a second bedroom, both with twin beds, and two bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath.

Both living room and master bedroom face onto a large wooden deck with views in all directions. Kitchen is fully equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, crockery and cooking utensils.
TV and telephone available and kettle braai by arrangement.

Watsonia is a one bedroomed suite, with twin beds, a bathroom with large shower and a light and airy living room with small but well equipped kitchenette (fridge, microwave, hob, crockery and cooking equipment). TV. No patio and no direct sea views but there is access to the garden in teh front of the house where guests can enjoy the beautiful views

Laundry service is available in the village. All towels and linen are provided and are changed twice a week. The apartments are serviced on a twice weekly basis.
In Room Facilities:
TV
Hairdryer
Music Player

Area Information:
We are ideally situated to explore the delights of the Western Cape, from Cape Point to the Cape Winelands.
Simon's Town itself is a charming and historic village offering warm hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere:
- a variety of good restaurants and shops in and around the village
- safe, sheltered bathing beaches on the warm water side of the Peninsula
- Access to a myriad of activities, experiences and sights...sea fishing, walking, scuba diving, canoeing, bird watching, pelagic trips, whale watching, golfing, shark viewing, to name but a few...

And over and above all this, there are the simple pleasures of waking to a spectacular sunrise over False Bay and watching the full moon emerge over the bay.

Property Facilities:
Natural 'fynbos' garden with bird feeders attract many birds to the garden. Porcupines are regular night-time visitors to our garden pond. Whales can be seen in the bay during August and September.

The owners also run a tour operation and can offer advice and make travel bookings for onward travel to other parts of South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Bostwana.

Attractions:
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Boat trips to watch whales, sharks and pelagic sebirds from the Simon's Town harbour
Historic Simon's Town (museums, historic mile walk)
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Silvermine Nature Reserve
Chapman's Peak Drive
Constania Winelands
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Further afield:
Cape Town city centre is 50 minutes away by car, with all its attractions - Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Waterfront and many more

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Reviews

Schalk van Schalkwyk
27 January 2020
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Superb. 5 out of 5
Penny Coetzee
07 October 2019
A gorgeous, immaculate apartment with amazing views of the entire bay. Helpful and friendly hosts. Simonstown is a beautiful area
Superb. 5 out of 5
Megan
03 January 2019
The hosts were very hospitable and our stay was very comfy.
The apartment was big enough for a family of 3 and it was great that we had access to an umbrella and beach chairs for our day trips to the beach.
Superb. 5 out of 5
David
02 November 2018
Wonderful environment cultivated with love, and very friendly and helpful owners.
Link to birding experience and tours.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Annette
29 September 2018
Very comfortable apartment in a great location with stunning views and very helpful and welcoming hosts.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
18 September 2018
Avian Leisure rents two apartments and we stayed for several nights in both. Both were very comfortable and well equipped and Marie-Louise and Patrick are attentive and welcoming. The smaller Watsonia apartment (sleeps 2) is very nice but the larger Shearwater (sleeps 4) is amazing with its huge rooms, picture windows and full-width verandah to encompass the view out over False Bay from high up on the hillside above Simon's Town. Great library that, as you'd expect, covers bird life but ranges beyond. Fine variety of local birds at the feeders in their big natural garden. A male whydah was a regular visitor to (his) verandah.

Shearwater was a memorable home away from home.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
18 September 2018
This property has a gorgeous fynbos garden where you can sit, watch the birds and view False Bay from on high. The apartment was very comfortable, and there is a heater about which we were happy because we were there when it was a tad chilly. The kitchen is stocked well with appliances and cutlery. The bed is comfortable. It's a good location from which to explore the Cape.
Superb. 5 out of 5
OKwight
10 September 2018
Avian Leisure is a beautiful, spacious apartment located in Simons Town and overlooks the ocean. Our host, Marie-Louise, was gracious, meeting us as we arrived, showing us the apartment and answering any questions we had. She provided lots of ideas about what to do and see in and around Simons Town. One of the highlights of our stay was watching 3 large porcupines eating the veggies and fruits Marie-Louise left out one night. We were mesmerized by them and sat watching for nearly an hour. What a treat! Another highlight were the birds! Oh my goodness. So many birds feeding at the feeders is a birder's delight.
If your travels send you to Simons Town, South Africa, be sure to book Avian Leisure. You will not be disappointed.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Robert
25 August 2018
Beautifully designed, equipped and looked after. The apartment has everything you might need, and is perfectly situated within easy distance of the penguins and the museums. We watched humpback whales swimming through the bay, as well as lots of sea life. You can also hear the penguins at night - like a herd of donkeys. And the huge garden is magnificent, with lots of exotic birds. The most special thing happens after dark: porcupines! They come to a feeding bowl just below the balcony.

Marie-Louise is a wonderful host too!

I think Avian organise bird watching tours too, so worth doing if you have time.

Also worth doing when visiting: kayaking from Simon's Town (penguins, whales), the Lighthouse Cafe (great sea food), Simon's Town museum, Navy Museum, Boulder's Beach swimming with penguins.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
16 August 2018
We had three fantastic nights at Avian Leisure. A large, beautiful appartment with everything you need and the most astonishing view of False Bay and Simon's Town. The host is a knowledgable bird guide and bird photographer. He supplied us with all the information we needed for birding in the Western Cape area. There are several bird feeders in the garden, and every day we could enjoy local endemics, like Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird. African Porcupine was seen at short range on two evenings. I would recommend this place for everybody who loves birds and/or other wildlife. However, the appartment is located on the top of a steep hill so a car might be useful... There is a five minutes drive to Boulders Beach and the restaurants in Simon's Town. About twenty minutes drive to the Cape of Good Hope.
Superb. 5 out of 5

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Simon's Town Reviews

Venetia Bailey
05 June 2019
All the wonderful things to see and do!! We stayed at Boulders Beach Lodge where, from the deck, we saw penguins walking in the car park!! Really awesome stuff!!! Boulders Penguin Colony is something else. Do yourself a favour and get there!

Then there's the Jubilee Square Craft Market and the Harbour (we liked Fran's Place and her story), we visited the Toy Museum, danced to live music at 2 and 6 Pence, enjoyed the elegance of the Lord Nelson Inn where we had pizza and watched the Champions League final, spent a laid back afternoon sitting at the Black Marlin having wine and oysters and just watching the boats down below and then views, views and more views!! Absolutely breathtaking!

We'll be coming back to camp at Smitswinkel Bay (bucket list stuff!) and at another time at Miller's Point, can't wait!!!

P.S. Was surprised and sad to see that the British Hotel is closed. I really wanted to have a sort of tour of the inside if they'd have allowed me. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what is happening there?
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
28 May 2019
The olde world character, views, restaurants, the penguins, Cape Point, the beaches, paddle skiing, scuba diving, golf, hikes, coffee shops, horse rides on Long Beach, wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards, museums and boat trips.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Melynda Jacobs
30 March 2019
Beautiful in Simon's Town.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Jess van Vuuren
25 March 2019
A very quaint and tranquil town, truly lovely.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Chrystal Maphike
27 November 2018
Much to see, experience and feel in Simon's Town.
Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Kagiso Marakalla
16 October 2018
The naval base, the boulders by the Dolphins, a walk on the small shopping center and intersecting with the naval personnel.
Fabulous. 4 out of 5
MALCOLM VENTER
04 October 2018
Well situated to visit Cape Point. Nice walks.
Okay. 3 out of 5
Anonymous
13 August 2018
The Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Gemstone factory!
Superb. 5 out of 5

Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Just Nuisance, Boulders Beach, Kalk Bay Theatre