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Gordon's Bay or Glorious Bay! The local residents nickname for Gordon's Bay



Updated: 24-Nov-2016
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with wonderful views. Close to beaches and harbour

The two upper floors of a three story house form a complete living unit for 4 adults with two double bedrooms and separate bathrooms.

Kitchen and two lounges. Covered terrace, gas braai and stunning views of mountains, the sea and magnificent sunsets. Secure lock up parking is provided.

Situated close to the Blue Flag Bikini Beach, a yacht harbour, restaurants and other amenities.

Please note that additional accommodation is available on request.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Solveig was born in Cape Town of Norwegian heritage where she grew up and educated. After their marriage the Martin's moved to Johannesburg where their two sons were born and raised. Solveig started her successful Wearable Art business at the V&A Waterfront after they returned to Cape Town in 1992.

Ian was born and raised in the Helderberg region. After their marriage Ian worked as a Sound Engineer at EMI in Johannesburg. He recorded dozens of hit records and worked with famous recording artists, later becoming a director of EMI.

After suffering cardiac infarction he left the recording industry to start his own Acoustic Design business designing, building and installing numerous Recording Studios around the country.

Both Solveig and Ian are passionate about photography, nature and the outdoors. They've traveled overland throughout Africa, South America and Central America camping in their 4x4 campervan.

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Superb property

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly as shown in the photos. We found it hard to tear ourselves away from the stunning views over the harbour from the patios. We loved the drive along the stunning R44 coastal road with its beautiful beaches. The friendly owners and manager went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect in every way.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An unforgettable Cape experience

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stumble on this beautiful home on our recent trip to Cape Town.

What was supposed to be a week long stay turned into 6 weeks the moment we saw the house, I absolutely love the Earthy aesthetic of the home

With spiral staircases and stunning views of the harbor from the bright and warm balconies.

I appreciated the knowledge and advice of the hosts, they are good natured

down to earth people who really went the extra mile to make us feel at home.

The Cardamom House is truly unique and i would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a tasteful, homely atmosphere in Gordon's Bay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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WOW.....what a fantastic place to stay :-)

  • 5 of 5

WOW.....what a fantastic place to stay in. We were super excited when we first booked the house and knew it would be great. But when we arrived at Gordons Bay and our eyes caught the sight of the house it is difficult to describe our impression, simply beautiful.

The garden and the interior has so much soul and art details that we felt home instantly. The thought of spending our holiday here was just great!....and what a view from the porch(es).....

In addtion the location is is highly recommendable, 1 minute walk to Bikini Beach (not large but with quality), 10 minute walk to the second and much larger Beach (many restaurants /bistro's), 45 minute drive to Cape Town, 30 minute drive to the various wineyards (highly recommended!!!!!!!)

One thing is for sure, this was not our last time visiting this wonderful place.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous property which ticked all the boxes

  • 5 of 5

Property exceeded all expectations for a holiday rental . Beautiful setting, spacious and tastefully decorated, with all home comforts included. A great base for exploring the unspoilt western cape. We enjoyed every moment of our stay and can highly recommend Cardamon house.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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From the Owner

They both grew up in the area and have happy memories of the good times spent in Gordon's Bay during their youth. On returning to the Cape they settled in Gordon's Bay, their favourite town in the Helderberg, surrounded by mountains, the stunning views, safe bathing beaches and small town atmosphere. The Cardamom House was bought on an auction because of its location. It started life as a rondavel and grew up into this unique house with its excellent position and the best sunsets you'd find anywhere to relax with a sundowner.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cape Town International at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Tavern Restuarant at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Gordon's Bay Harbour at 300 Metres Nearest Golf : Strand at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Strand at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N2 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Harbour Lights at 150 Metres Nearest Beach : Bikini Beach at 200 Metres Car: recommended

Gordon's Bay is perfectly situated to visit all the wonderful attractions Cape Town has to offer.

Cardamom Villa is located at the start of Clarence Drive, voted the Best Coastal Scenic Drive in the World. Clarence Drive takes you to the seaside villages of Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond en route to Hermanus, you may be lucky and even spot whales!

Near Betty's Bay you can visit the Harold Porter Nature reserve and enjoy the splendour of the Cape's Floral Kingdom or hike in the mountains. Also at Betty's Bay is the Stoney Point Penguin Breeding Colony. The African (or Jackass) Penguin's breeding colony is one of two shore based breeding grounds in South Africa. The nesting burrows can be accessed via a wooden boardwalk which also prevents damage to the nesting sites. Sharing the venue are the endangered Whitebreasted Cormorant, the vulnerable Bank Cormorant and the Hyrax, better known as a Dassie or Rock Rabbit.

The Helderberg Nature Reserve and the Steenbras Nature reserve are also within 20 minutes drive. Gordon's Bay is located on the edge of the Kogelberg Biodiversity Reserve, a World Heritage site with over 2000 species of wild flowers.

Close by is Stellenbosch, Franchhoek and the Cape Winelands with their excellent wines , cuisine and beautiful settings.

The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Cape Town city, the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve at Cape Point are all within an hours drive.

Gordon's Bay has two harbours! Within walking distance is the Gordon's Bay Old harbour. A yacht and fishing harbour with a popular pub and restaurant, The Tavern, and the upmarket Harbour Lights restaurant. The Blue Flag Bikini beach and The Naval Collage are here too.

The village centre is a short walk away along the seaside beneath protected Milkwood trees. Here you'll find the Post Office, convenience stores, coffee shops, a book shop, gift shops and more pubs and restaurants as well as a safe bathing beach.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Peak Summer
11 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
12 night minimum stay
for 12 nights
Summer 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A cleaning and a laundry fee (see above) is payable per booking.
500 units of Electricity usage, DSTV Satellite and Wi-Fi are included in the rental.
An additional electricity top up can be purchased by the tenant on a pay-as-you-go basis

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Location, location, location; a favourite phrase of estate agents. We built this wonderful home with it's unique architecture in one of the best locations in Gordon's Bay for it's stunning view and shelter from the South Easter wind. Close to everywhere you'd want to visit while in the Cape.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • PLEASE NOTE: Bedroom Three is only available by special arrangement as it is located on a separate floor and not part of the normal rental arrangement. Each of the three double bedrooms are on their own floor with their accompanying living area and bathrooms.


  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering


  • The Third floor is available by special request if additional accommodation is required.

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