Our neigbourhood has a great community feeling: we are a very diverse population, and look out for each other. The house is homely, there are lots of trees, and you wake up to birdsong. Our garden is peaceful, and you can walk to local eateries.
TASTE GOOD SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALITY!
We have an old, spacious home in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood with a beautiful view of Devil's Peak and Table Mountain and the location is very convenient for getting around the city and the peninsula.
We can accommodate up to 4 guests; if the calendar does not show availability please write anyway, and we can check if the 2nd bedroom is free. The second bedroom is a little bit cheaper and is found at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1896206.
Our house is close to Rosebank Station (less than 1km, a 10-minute walk) on the Southern Suburbs train line between Cape Town city centre and Simonstown. It is a 10-minute train journey into the city centre. In the other direction, this train runs along the sea to Simonstown, the closest town to Cape Point Nature Reserve. There a several good restaurants only 5 minutes' walk away.
If you are driving, we are 10 minutes from the centre of town, 10 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, and 10 minutes from the University of Cape Town. It is very helpful to have your own car, but not essential. If you have a car, there is parking space behind electronic gates. We're happy to advise you about getting around in Cape Town and your room has maps and guides for a variety of activities.
YOUR SPACE AND FACILITIES
Four people can be comfortably accommodated. We offer a sunny bedroom with an adjoining study and its own ensuite bathroom. There is lots of storage space. The bedroom has doors onto the garden and if you prefer you can come into the house via your own entrance. There is a very comfortable queen size double bed with a good quality pocket-spring mattress and cotton bedlinen. There's a choice of lighter blankets or a winter duvet, and feather or foam pillows.
The second bedroom has its own bathroom, not ensuite, but a few steps along the passage.
You'll have your own set of keys for the duration of your stay, including for the automatic gate, behind which you can park.
If you wish to make tea or coffee you can do so at any time; there's a full kitchen (shared with your hosts) which you're welcome to use for cooking, and space in the fridge to store food. A continental breakfast is supplied: it includes tea/coffee, toast, eggs, and jams. It is available at any time which suits you - you help yourself when you wish. Any additional food you wish to buy can be stored in the fridge. You're welcome to let us know of any dietary preferences before you arrive (e.g. low-fat or soya milk, bread preferences, etc.)
There are various spaces to use in the house, the most popular being outside in the garden, which is very peaceful and quiet, but there is space to relax in the large kitchen or in the lounge.
We have fast wireless internet, but South Africa's bandwidth is costly so we request that you don't download large files, and that you pay R1 per minute for internet phone calls.
If you wish to do laundry there is a washing machine and lots of drying space outside. We supply shower gel and shampoo, and washing powder for the washing machine.
ARRIVING IN CAPE TOWN
Guests frequently use a shuttle/taxi service, which is reliable and efficient. They meet you at the arrivals section of the airport, if you book online beforehand.
There is a small car-rental company very close to our house.
ADVICE AND HELP
We are friendly and experienced travellers and can show you great places to go in South Africa, whether your interest is in nature reserves, wine farms, politics, history, culture and art, shopping and eating out, or adventurous sports.
OTHER POINTS TO NOTE
While check-in time is flexible, we don't offer late-night check-ins, unless there are special circumstances.
We have two dogs who stay inside.
We are gay and straight friendly.
Guests have access to the kitchen, garden, and living room, and full use of laundry facilities. We request that you dry clothes in the sun rather than routinely using the tumble drier.
Interaction with Guests
This is open-ended; it depends on everyone's day!
There is a wonderful community spirit, particularly fostered by the park space across the road where people exercise, and play with their children and dogs.
As convenient as it gets, in Cape Town. Rosebank Station is 7 minutes away.
More of a request than a 'rule'...Having been a host for a few years now, I find what really helps is if you let me know (when possible) your approximate arrival time, where you're arriving from (by road, or air), and whether you're hiring a car so that we can make space for parking behind our automatic gate. This applies particularly to last-minute bookings.
Also, if your arrival is delayed, and you're able to, it's great if you let me know, for example, getting the car-hire company to give me a quick call.
It's a huge help if you give me a cell number (local or international) and save my phone numbers before leaving home, for easy contact. Once you've booked, even if you don't have internet access, you can always look up my home number in the old-fashioned telephone directory!
I also really welcome feedback, on any aspects of your stay, so that I can improve the experience for future guests.
Guests need to be comfortable with a pair of dogs, who live in the house.
You have full use of kitchen for self-catering. We make compost and recycle. We're relaxed about sharing space and even cooking/eating together with guests!
You're welcome to smoke but only outside please (front verandah or back garden).
It's great if you dry clothes in the sun rather than using the tumble-drier.
We have fast wireless internet but in South Africa, bandwidth is very costly so we request that you don't download large files, and that you pay R1 per minute for internet phone calls. Ordinary internet usage is fine.
Had a lovely week in Ingrid's welcoming home!
The house is cozy, the two rooms with own bathroom very comfortable, and the use of kitchen, washing machine, and garden a bonus.
I had no car, but found the train to Cape Town and Muizenberg/Kalk Bay beach - at walking distance from the house - most convenient.
In spite of being very busy, Ingrid found always time to go the extra mile and make me feel at home. And so did Mavis, Robyn, and the two friendly dogs.
I would absolutely recommend this airBnB!!!
I can only really add to the praise - I had a really nice three-day stay here and found Ingrid fascinating company and really enjoyed the fact it's right next to a park making it feel like a far more lived-in neighbourhood than many of the places I stayed in in South Africa. That might make it feel too suburban for some, but remember that the centre's only a short Uber taxi away even after the train's stop.
My girlfriend and I stayed with Ingrid for our last week of a 4 week medical student elective at Tygerberg Hospital. She was a fantastic host and her place is completely as billed. She has quite a lot of good reviews so I will just highlight what made our stay especially good. She gave us full access to her kitchen and fridge for some storage, and provided food for us to make breakfast. We went to a concert at Kirstenbosch while we stayed with her, and she provided us with a cooler for our food and a blanket to sit on. She printed our plane tickets for us the night before we left. Overall she was just a completely generous host and was also very nice and interesting to chat with when we had a chance. We would love to to stay there again if we come through again.
Fantastic house in a great location with an amazing backyard and a charming host. I stayed in this room for 3 nights and loved every second... Ingrid was incredibly kind and helpful with giving me tips about how to get around town. She also left food and coffee which was great to get a quick start in the morning. The location is also fantastic -- a quick walk to the University and Devils Peak and quite easy to get into town with the train.
Hôtesses très charmantes et très accueillantes.
La chambre est grande et confortable. Salle de bain et wc sont avec la chambre.
Petit bureau attenant à la chambre, donc de l'espace en plus.
Quartier tranquille mais un peu éloigné du centre ville (pas de problème pour moi qui avait loué une voiture).
On peut garer la voiture sur une place intérieure sécurisée par une grille.
Petit déjeuner à faire soi-même mais très copieux.
The house is in a nice, quiet area. Easy to find and there are some shops and restaurants close by.
I felt very comfortable staying with Ingrid, She was very accommodating. The room and study area was clean and organised. I would stay here again with no hesitation.
It was primarily a residential neighborhood with limited commercial and a few restaurants nearby. Nice large public park across the street. Ingrid promptly replied to all our pre-arrival inquiries, provided written instructions as to how to drive to the home and was there to meet us and present our accommodations.
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I work as an Alexander Technique teacher and as a high-school English teacher. Interested in travel, books, music, politics, environmental issues, human and animal rights. The change to democracy in South Africa was one of the most significant events in my life.
My deepest admiration goes to people who care about improving the lives of others and about leaving the world a better place.
My style of Airbnb hosting is to be helpful but not intrusive, to make sure you're comfortable and feel at home. If we catch up at the end of the day or at breakfast, that's great.
I love Cape Town's natural beauty and all the places one can walk - the slopes of Table Mountain, the forests nearby and the long beaches. I also love the lively outdoor cafes and the vibrant mixture of cultures which makes up Cape Town, reflected in the food, the architecture, the languages, the music and the clothing.
I can't live without podcasts from Radio 4 in the UK, my dogs, being outdoors in natural surroundings, books, classical music and my family and friends.
My favourite style of travelling is to use local transport, or a bicycle, and not to move too fast. I feel privileged to be able to visit other parts of the world, and hope always to be conscious of how life is for those people who live there.