Nautilus Lodge is a self catering establishment in Fish Hoek, overlooking False Bay in the foreground and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance.
Nautilus Lodge has two apartments – one with one bedroom, full bathroom, open plan kitchen, lounge and patio and the other with two bedrooms, one with double bed and shower, toilet and handbasin en suite and the other with either singles or kingsize bed and a full bathroom. It too has an open plan kitchen, lounge and patio.
It was created by it’s owner, Jean Smythe, to be a comfortable and easy to live in place for holiday makers. It is light and airy with tiled floors throughout (except for the bedrooms which are carpeted) and is serviced once a week when the apartments are cleaned and the linen and towels changed.
The two apartments are fully equipped for self catering with stove, oven, microwave and fridge/freezer.
For your convenience, there are washing machines and dishwashers in both the apartments.
Please note that there is no DSTV. Instead, you may go to the local Videorite store in Fish Hoek and take out DVD’s at no cost.
For Sports lovers, there are restaurants and pubs in the village where you can join in with other supporters to view the games in a convivial atmosphere.
Parking for your car is directly outside the entrance to the apartments.
If three bedrooms are required, the two apartments (if available) would suit your needs. They are totally separate, but next door to each other with full facilities as documented in the descriptions of the apartments.
Nautilus Lodge is a No Smoking establishment.
There is free WiFi in both apartments.
Children are welcome.
The views are breathtaking with the sun breaking over the mountains in the distance and lighting up the whole bay and the sunsets casting a pinky silvery glow to the sea. The patios overlook the rocks and sea a mere stone’s throw away and the path which runs next to the sea is a mere 100 metres away with access over a bridge. This path (known as Jager Walk) takes you to a kilometre long beach and in season, there are exclusion nets in the bathing area for your safety.
Between June and November, the bay is visited by the Southern Right Whales. These gentle giants travel from the sub-antartic waters to calmer waters where they calve and rear their young They are a familiar sight as they cruise around the bay, blowing and breaching in full sight of the Lodge. At night it is not uncommon to hear the “roar” as they blow just below the surface of the water
From Nautilus Lodge, you can visit Cape Point, with its cable car and wonderful drives with stupendous views of both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. En route, you pass through Simonstown with its quaint old buildings and the Navy Headquarters, visit Just Nuisance’s memorial statue and the Museum which gives you interesting data about Simonstown in the early days. A visit to Boulders Beach, which is renouned for the Jackass Penquin colony, is very worthwhile with paths where you can see the Penquins’ nesting places, and further along see them on the beach and “flying” through the waves.
After your visit to Cape Point, you can take the western route and see the Atlantic with it’s huge rolling waves and many pretty beaches. Kommetjie is the first village you come to with its scenic beaches and a mix of old beach cottages and very modern homes.
From Kommetjie, you travel east again and can either come “home” or carry on over Chapmans Peak to Hout Bay, where you can dine at the Harbour and enjoy fresh fish, or go to one of the many restaurants in the town.
For wine lovers, there are many well-known Wine Farms in the Stellenbosh/Franchoek area and day trips to these farms are very popular with guests. Closer to “home” are the wine farms of Buiteverwagting , Groot Constantia and Steenberg.