At The Mountain House

6 Jul

Many of you told us that you are interested in where we are living. To respond to this request here are links to our home in South Africa. The little guest house is called The Mountain House. The  house is located in Clovelly, a small community adjacent to better known Fish Hoek on the East Coast of the Cape of Good Hope on False Bay. The ocean on the East Coast is warmer than the Atlantic on the West Coast.  We are seeing kayakers and scuba divers in the water everyday. We even saw one couple in the surf, swimming without a wet suit. They must be Russians.

Clovelly, and our house, looks down on a nature preserve called the Silvermine Wetlands Preserve. Where we look out at it, the Preserve is a marshland filled with birds and home to the protected Leopard Toad, a cute little guy.

The Mountain House itself is absolutely beautiful. Sited on Trapieskopp Mountain, it is nestled below a rocky escarpment surrounded by native plants and flowers. The style of the house is modern with clerestory windows surrounding the main living area.  That and the surrounding windows on the ground floor flood the room with light making it seem much larger that it actually is.

We couldn’t be more pleased with our new home in South Africa.

4 Responses to “At The Mountain House”

  1. Ellen Gregor July 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    It’s so beautiful! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. (Baboons? Really?)

  2. Ursula Freer July 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    The house is a dream! Can’t wait for more information on the cultural/racial complexities.
    We are finally experiencing the start of the so called rainy season here!

  3. runningfam July 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    The photos look straight out of architectural digest! Does it feel foreign enough for you there? Meaning different enough from the USA so it feels like an adventure or who really cares because it’s so darn pretty?

    • Jill July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      The prevalence of English is very welcome after Italy. It is much easier to find our way around and manage all of our needs more easily. But the culture is pretty foreign. The difference in race relations effects a lot of the things you do and the way you do them. When we have more experience, I will write about it. There are many intuited mysteries right now. And you are right. You can see why people never leave no matter what the social conflicts. Reminds me of California x 2.

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