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Shearwater, with its unrestricted and fabulous sea views, sleeps 4 adults comfortably. Facilities include a large open plan living room with a 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.
DSTV and wifi; kettle braai by arrangement.
Watsonia is a one bedroomed suite, with twin beds, a bathroom with large shower and a large living room with small but well-equipped kitchenette (fridge, microwave, hob, crockery and cooking equipment). DSTV, Wifi. No patio and no direct sea views but there is access to the garden in the front of the house where guests can enjoy the beautiful views
All towels and linen are provided and are changed twice a week. The apartments are serviced on a twice-weekly basis.In Room Facilities:
* Music Player
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, hiking, scuba diving, canoeing, bird watching, pelagic trips, whale watching, golfing, cycling, whale watching, 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:
Indigenous 'fynbos' garden with bird feeders which 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, and dolphins at any time if you're lucky.
The owners also run a tour operation and can offer advice and make travel bookings for wildlife safaris to other parts of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
* Penguins at Boulders Beach
* Boat trips to watch whales, and pelagic seabirds from Simon's Town harbour
* Historic Simon's Town (museums, historic mile walk)
* Cape Point Nature Reserve
* Silvermine Nature Reserve
* Chapman's Peak Drive
* Constantia Winelands
* Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
* 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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A gorgeous, immaculate apartment with amazing views of the entire bay. Helpful and friendly hosts. Simonstown is a beautiful area
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.
Wonderful environment cultivated with love, and very friendly and helpful owners.
Link to birding experience and tours.
Very comfortable apartment in a great location with stunning views and very helpful and welcoming hosts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Simon's Town Reviews
The beautiful view.
5 stars from me, amazing people, amazing view and such a small and intimate place!!!
The buzz and quaintness.
The quaintness, cleanliness and lovely places to walk around.
It really is a must see town, there is a scratch patch with the most beautiful stones. Boulders beach is a fantastic spot to relax and enjoy the penguins and plenty of shops to browse, plus a very nice yacht club with plenty of spots to choose from to grab something to eat.
Everything is central.
The quiet tranquility :-)
The town itself is amazing, historical and quaint. The view of the bay and the beach were breathtaking.
The stunning views of beach and mountain. Excellent restaurants and bars. Scenic drives. Hiking trail.