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A feast for the senses…

A feast for the senses…

A feast for the senses…

Renowned for its incredible sand and amazing views...

There is absolutely nothing to beat the experience of staying in your own, exclusive beach house on one of South Africa’s most beautiful stretches of coastline here in the little village of Kommetjie, near Cape Town. Originally a fishing village, Kommetjie’s Long Beach is renowned for its incredible sand and amazing views… and, of course, Kommetjie is known for its incredible seafood, caught fresh every day in the plentiful waters on your doorstep!

Lobsters, prawns, crabs, mussels, calamari, oysters, kingklip, snoek, kob (kabeljou), yellowtail… The choice is endless and all are absolutely fabulous, whether you’re eating at one of the amazing seafood restaurants in and around Kommetjie or buying fresh and cooking yourself.

The local rock lobster (also known as crayfish) caught in the shallows off Long Beach is absolutely amazing braaied (barbecued) with garlic and lemon or a selection of flavoured butters…

Here’s one of our favourite recipes:

Ingredients:

4 whole crayfish or 8 tails (allow 2 per person)

250g butter, melted

2 chopped anchovies, mixed with a handful of chopped black olives,

A handful of fresh, mixed soft herbs (mint, basil and parsley)

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

A large pinch of saffron (if you can’t get saffron, use turmeric)

A large pinch or chilli flakes/fresh green chilli, sliced

  1. Braai over a medium heat (if you use wood or charcoal, make sure the heat has died down to a bearable level before braaing, if you use a gas braai, don’t overheat the griddle). Halve the whole crayfish or crayfish tails lengthways and remove the veins. Rinse under cold water and pat dry. Brush each crayfish or tail with a little melted butter and place on the grill. Divide the remaining butter into three separate ramekins.

Add the anchovies and olives to one ramekin, the herbs and garlic to another, and the saffron and chilli to the remaining ramekin. Mix and allow the butters to stand for a short while for the flavours to infuse (keep in a warm spot so they don’t solidify).

  1. Grill the crayfish or tails on the braai or in the griddle pan for five to six minutes. Serve immediately and drizzle with the butters. Serve with rice or chips, a crisp salad and fresh ciabatta or crusty rolls. If you like, double the amount of butter and ramekins and use as a sauce for the rice!

Whatever your choice, be prepared to have a feast for the senses during your stay with us here at Fin Whale Beach House!

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A great way to explore the Western Cape coastline!

A great way to explore the Western Cape coastline!

A great way to explore the Western Cape coastline!

Summer is the perfect season to be at the beach...

If you really want to experience the dramatic landscapes around Kommetjie and Fin Whale Beach House, the best way to do so is on foot! There are some incredible hikes to be had in the mountains around Chapman’s peak, as well as the iconic Table Mountain itself and the famous 12 Apostles – the 12 mountain peaks that tower over the Atlantic seaboard from Kloof Neck (the “saddle” between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head) all the way up to Hout Bay.

This is one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world and just a stone’s throw from Fin Whale Beach House, so don’t forget to bring your walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and water bottles and head out for the day with a picnic lunch.

The views are incredible and you’ll get a whole new appreciation of this part of South Africa’s Western Cape as well as enjoying huge amounts of fresh air!

There are also some great mountain bike trails in the area, so feel free to bring your bikes with you if you are travelling down by car, or ask us about hiring bikes for the duration of your stay. Horseriding is also available close by and gives you yet another way to discover the magic of the landscapes around us.

Of course, with the gorgeous Long Beach on your doorstep, you don’t have to go far to explore! Walks along our beach are a fantastic way to both start and end the day here at Fin Whale Beach House, along with toasting the setting sun with a fine, South African wine from the dunes in front of the house.

It’s summer at the moment, and it can get hot, but escaping the heat of summer is easy in our wonderful swimming pool. Unless you’re brave enough to venture into the chilly waters of the ocean, that is! The Atlantic ocean here is a brisk 12 deg C so you might want to bring a wetsuit!

At the end of the day, with a crayfish grilling on the braai and the craft gin flowing, surrounded by family and friends, summer is the perfect season to be at the beach and living the beachside lifestyle. So get in touch to ask us about availability over the summer season and we hope to see you soon!

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Explore the ocean on a marine safari!

Explore the ocean on a marine safari!

Explore the ocean on a marine safari!

Take advantage of the incredible Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep...

During your stay at Fin Whale Beach House you can take advantage of the incredible Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep with a range of amazing and exciting cruises exploring the marine ecosystems of South Africa’s Western Cape coastline.

A short drive from the village of Kommetjie is Hout Bay – home of the incredible Chapman’s Peak that can be seen from Fin Whale Beach House. Named after John Chapman – first mate of an English ship named “Consent” that was becalmed in Hout Bay in 1606 – Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the world, and an opportunity to experience it should not be missed!

Hout Bay is also the home of the magical Duiker Island – also called Seal Island – a rocky outcrop in the bay that’s home to a colony of Cape fur seals. Various charter companies in Hout Bay offer cruises out to Duiker Island, allowing you up-close encounters with the seals and a variety of sea birds that also call the bay home. During whale season (August to December each year) the southern right whales also visit Hout Bay and the waters along this stretch of South Africa’s coast to calf, making this an absolute hot spot for whale-watching either from the shore or on a dedicated cruise.

You can also enjoy cruises around Hout Bay, viewing the towering cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and visiting the wreck of the Bos 400 in Maori Bay. This was a French derrick/lay barge that ran aground while being towed by a tug boat in 1994. Maori Bay is no stranger to wrecks and is named after the SS Maori which sunk there in 1909. It’s a fascinating ship’s graveyard and popular diving site.

Sea kayaking, shark cage diving and snorkelling tours are also available in Hout Bay.

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Living the barefoot lifestyle

Living the barefoot lifestyle

Living the barefoot lifestyle

Beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa's Western Cape region

There’s nothing like digging your toes into the soft white sand of a perfect beach, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and views out over the endless ocean. Which is why Fin Whale Beach House is the perfect home-from-home for anyone looking for the ultimate beach holiday.

At Fin Whale you literally step out of the house onto Kommetjie Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa’s Western Cape region where the Atlantic Ocean meets the magical “Cape of Good Hope”. Perfect for long walks, or stretching out to enjoy the African sun, the beach is also home to a variety of bird and animal species and while the sea may be a touch on the chilly side, the house has its own sun-drenched pool in which to cool off and swim.

Fin Whale Beach House is the epitome of barefoot luxury, inviting you to kick off your city shoes and reconnect with the earth, recharge and energise body and soul while spending valuable “we” time with friends and family. Whether its gathering around the kitchen table for a fabulous breakfast or throwing some steaks onto the barbecue (we call it a “braai”) outside on the verandah (which we call a “stoep”), relaxation is the name of the game. There’s also satellite television on tap so you can keep up with what’s happening in the world and gather for special sporting events.

And to top it all, Fin Whale is just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and the amazing winelands beyond. Get in touch for more info!

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A fond farewell to winter!

A fond farewell to winter!

A fond farewell to winter!

Time for sunshine aplenty and a burst of spring flowers ...

That’s it! Winter’s over and spring has descended on South Africa’s Western Cape in style, with sunshine aplenty and a burst of spring flowers marking the arrival of what is perhaps South Africa’s most beautiful season!

It’s the perfect time to visit the Mother City of Cape Town and her surrounding area, and there’s no better place to base yourself than here in the small coastal village of Kommetjie, just half an hour from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery the Cape has to offer.

From the magnificent Chapman’s Peak that frames the end of Kommetjie’s immaculate Long Beach to the surrounding hillsides dotted with rare and endemic species of fynbos, this is a true coastal paradise, fringed by white sands and the sparkling but chilly waters of the southern reaches of the Atlantic ocean.

Our beautiful beach house is designed to encourage absolute relaxation and fun for the whole family, with four fabulous bedrooms and all the amenities families and friends could wish for, from a sparkling pool to a fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen. And the beach is literally just a step down from the back door… What more could you ask for? See you soon!

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So much to do in Kommetjie!

So much to do in Kommetjie!

So much to do in Kommetjie!

Charming little oceanside village...

It’s name means “little bowl” for the circular, bowl-like basin called “Die Kom” that this charming little oceanside village sits in, but there’s a lot more to Kommetjie than just a quaint name!

It’s one of Cape Town’s most sought after surfing and kite surfing destinations and offers world-class windsurfing in the waves off Long Beach. In fact, there’s one of the biggest drops in the entire Cape pensinsula just off shore!

Kommetjie is also home to history, with one of the tallest cast iron lighthouses left in the country – Slangkoppunt Lighthouse. You can take a tour of the site and climb to the top of the lighthouse to get amazing views over Hout Bay and the Cape Point nature reserve. And the wreck of the SS Kakapo is another historic hotspot. This 665-ton schooner rigged steamship floundered on the treacherous rocks on 25 May 1900 after mistaking Chapman’s Peak for Cape Point. What’s left of her hull can now be seen on the beach.

Another great drawcard for visitors to this lovely little village is Imhoff Farm, up on the Kommetjie Road. With amazing views, first-rate food and a range of fresh, organic produce, shops, beach rides and animal encounters, including a traditional farmyard and snake park, this historic Cape farmstead is one of the most popular tourist spots around.

Also try Mashiphumelele where you can enjoy an interactive walk-in township tour and Ocean View where walking tours can be arranged through this vibrant fishing community.

Hope to see you soon!

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