South Africa

The Beach House, Nooredhoek - Cape Town, South Africa

Noordhoek Beach Views is a recently adapted house built on the sand dunes in a small village just outside Cape Town. I'm the owner but because we've only just started no wheelchair users have stayed there and hence no one to review it yet! We have adapted the house for my daughter, a full time powered chair user and now are looking to help other people enjoy South Africa. The house is built “upside down" to take advantage of the ocean views so 3 of the 4 bedrooms are downstairs, all with level access from the parking area/garage. One of the bedrooms is fully adapted and has an adapted ensuite. There is a ceiling track hoist between the 2 rooms and they have been laid out for turning circles etc. The wardrobe doors have been changed to open away from you and the hanging rails have been lowered. There are double doors from the bedroom onto the lower deck which is then ramped down to the pool. The bathroom has a wet room, roll in shower, a wheelchair accessible basin, comfort height toilet and hoisting into the bath. The bath and shower have attendant shower heads as well as the regular ones, also we have 2 Rifton Blue Wave toilet/shower seats at the house (small and large). In between the rooms is a lift to the upstairs living room/dining room/kitchen which is completely open plan so there are no walls, doors or steps to worry about. We've thought about the furniture from an access point of view - the dining table for example has no “skirt” so a wheelchair can get under it from every angle. From here you can go out onto the upper deck and take in the view of the ocean. If you are lucky you might see whales, orca or dolphins. Often there are flamingo on the beach too.

Outside the garden is flat access all round and then a ramp up onto the lower deck. By the end of Easter 2019 there will be a manual pool hoist into the pool as well. The pool is not heated, but reaches a good temperature in the spring, summer and autumn.

In the village itself there are 4 accessible restaurants at the farm village and also there is the beach in front of the house. It is a bit of a wild and wooly beach with a bit too steep ramp at the end of the boardwalk, but I've taken my daughter on it plenty of times. We have a beach wheelchair in the garage, a Hippocampe but it is a medium and definitely pink! On the other side of the peninsula (4 miles away) is a much calmer beach which is also ramped but has very compact sand and a cafe, accessible toilets etc. A few miles further on is another beach where they have the same but also accessible surfing!

As the owner I've tied to be open and honest about the house, please look at the website to get a better idea of how things are laid out and what else the fabulous city of Cape Town has to offer -  - I hope someone goes to stay soon so there is an independent review to read as well. Thanks.

Epic Guest House, Nooredhoek - Cape Town, South Africa

I had the pleasure of staying at Epic enabled guest house in Nooredhoek, a B&B nestled between the mountains and sea on the cape peninsular approximately 20 km from Cape Town.

The guest house is excluded from the stress and noise of the city but still within easy reach of the beautiful beaches, vineyards and mountains surrounding cape town.

The room I had was extremely spacious and had a large en suite bathroom with roll-in shower and bath. The linen and personal touches within the room were spotless and equal to any top hotel I have stayed around the world.

There is an accessible vehicle which was available for all the excursions and airport transfers. As a wine lover who has visited California, Chile and Australia, I can honestly say the Cape Town vineyards are among the tops and very easily accessed from the guesthouse.

There is no doubt that Alfie and Sabine, Epic enabled hosts, have thought very clearly of the needs of a wheelchair user and the hiccups that go with it, and endeavour to meet all requests.

If you're looking for a break, and time for rest and relaxation, then this is the place for you.

- Gerard Dunnett , London , United Kingdom 

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple



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