Large 4 Bedroom house with seaview

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Country: South Africa Suburb/Town: Groot Brakrivier City: Groot Brakrivier State/Province/Region: Southern Cape Type of home: House Located: near the beach Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Sleeps: 7
Our home:

We have a fairly large, single story house with lots of space (280 m2) and a garden in front and at the back of the house. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The main bedroom has a double bed, TV and its own bathroom with a shower, washbasin and toilet. The bedroom of our daughter has got two beds and it's own bathroom with a shower, washbasin and toilet. The other two rooms share a full bathroom. The one bedroom has a double bed and the other one only a single bed, but enough space for a second bed. So all in all space for 7 to 8 people. The main bedroom has a sliding door that leads out onto a patio with a beautiful view of the bay of Mossel Bay. The antique dinning table in the dinning area is big enough for 6 - 8 people to seat at. We spend most of the time in the living room where the TV is. There is a DVD player and DSTV Multichoice Decoder with plenty of movie, actuality, sports, wildlife and reality TV channels. DSTV also has a Dutch, French, German and Arab channel to mention a few. Also in the living room is an indoor BBQ area where we barbeque (or as we call it, Braai) every weekend. A sliding door from the living room leads out onto a patio with a table with 6 chairs. From here you have a maginficent view over Mossel Bay, Hartenbos and Klein Brakrivier, some of the other towns in the Mossel Bay Municipality area. We love to sit here outside and enjoy the winter sun and breathtaking views. Our kitchen has all the necessary equipment like an electrical stove. Fridge/freezer, dish washer, coffee machine, microwave, slow cooker, kettle and oven. We also have a washing machine and tumble drier. We have a domestic worker that comes in on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday to clean the house and to do the washing and ironing. She is also a fairly good cook. We can arrange on your behalf for her to come in as normal. We have a garden boy that cleans once a week outside the house and mow the lawn if necessary. The double garage are used as a music room, storage place, washroom and there is a second freezer. But we have covered parking for 3 cars. The house is enclosed and has a remote control gate. Our house is situated in a quiet and safe area. The street in front of our house ends in a cul-de-suc, so almost no traffic. Of our family stays close by and are on standby if you need any help or assistance. We have free wi-fi internet connection throughout the house. There are security gates infront of the front and kitchen doors. For those people who like cooking on gas, there is a portable three burner gas fryer that can be used on the patio or in the covered area outside the kitchen. We have a Ford Fiesta available and would like to negotiate for Auto Exchange. The Fiesta can easily accommodate 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids. A TomTom GPS is available with co-ordinates of many important and not-to-miss attractions.    

Home amenities

  • BBQ,
  • Bath,
  • Cable/Satellite TV,
  • Carport,
  • Clothes Washer/Dryer,
  • Dishwasher,
  • Fans,
  • Fireplace,
  • Garden-Yard,
  • Heating,
  • Internet Access,
  • Lock Up Garage,
  • Microwave,
  • Patio/Deck,
  • Security/Doorman,
  • Sound system,
  • TV/DVD,
  • Video Games
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Our neighborhood:

Mossel Bay is synonymous with good weather – perfect for enjoying our beaches and the great outdoors. Average Temperatures: Summer (September – April). Day Time: 26° C Night Time: 12° C Dress sense: Wear light clothing, a hat and sun block. Winter (May – August) Day Time: 19° C Night Time: 8° C Dress sense: Wear light clothing during the day; you’ll need a sweater or coat at night and during the occasional cold snap. Frost is rare and snow has never been recorded in Mossel Bay, although it is sometimes seen on the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains, 60 km to the north. Mossel Bay is in the Guinness Book of records as having the second most moderate climate in the world. Our house is 15km from Mossel Bay in Groot Brakrivier, one of many towns that form part of the Mosselbay Municipality. Mossel Bay is in the Garden Route that stretches for about 200km along the coastal region. The Garden Route is called after its beauty and splendour .... with a breathtaking coastline, beautiful mountains, indiginous forrests and green vegetation. Much like the Garden of Eden. An excellent road system connects the towns along the Garden Route. Direct domestic flights from Johanesburg or Cape Town international airport to George will get you here in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Some of our domestic airlines are reliable and quite cheep with flight costs from Cape Town or Johannesburg ranging from about €45 - €100. We can supply you with the detail of that airlines. From George airport it is 15 minute's drive on countryside road to our house in Groot Brakrivier. We can arrange free pickup for you at George airport. Rental cars are also available at the airport if a swap car is not negotiated. Mossel Bay was first used by Portuguese sailors trading up the East coast of Africa and India, over 500 years ago. The sailors stopped at Mossel Bay to replenish fresh water. In a "mailbag" that they left hanging in a perticualar prominent Milkwood tree, they "posted" letters, or probably advice, for other passing sailors. The freshwater spring and Milkwood tree now form part of a museum that is a must-see for visitors. Housed in the Maritime museum is a replica caravale (boat) sailed from Portugal in 1988 to comemorate the voyage. The calm bay of Mossel Bay is visited annually by whales that calf and nurse their young from June to November. It is a common sight to see them playing in the water, sometimes just about 100 meters from the shore! A whaling station formed part of this fishing village. In the bay is an island called Seal Island and here is the breading place of the Great White Shark. The fishing industry is very much active and restaurants all serve the catch of the day or one can buy fresh fish and other seafood from the factory shops located in the harbour. Long walks on white stretched beaches or even along the cliffs at the lighthouse at Mossel Bay is a must do. The region is fast becoming a golfing Mecca. In Groot Brakrivier is a 9 hole course. The world famous Fancourt, Pinnacle Point and Oubaai cources are just about 15 minutes drive from us. Mossel Bay itself has a top class golf course with 18 holes costing around €30 to play. For the more adventurous, one can cage dive with Great Whites at Seal Island, or take a boat trip around the island. You can visit one of the game farms within half an hours drive from us to view the Big Five or take a nice drive inland for round about an hour to Oudtshoorn and take a ride on an ostrich at one of the Ostrich Farms. Near Oudtshoorn is the world renown Cango Caves (a must-see). It is a 3 km long sequence of caverns of glittering stalagmites and stalactites, which makes it the longest underground cave sequence in the world. At the end of the cave, some people take the challenge to crawl through the "Devil's Chimney". More adverture as waiting at Nature's Valley (2 hours's drive) in the form of bungy jumping. The Bloukrans Bridge is an arch bridge located near Nature's Valley. It is the world's highest commercially operated bungee jump. The bridge has the length of 451m and span of 272m. The bridge itself stands at the height of 216 meters over the Bloukrans River. That makes it the highest single span arch bridge, and highest commercial bungee jump off a bridge, in the world. Face Adrenalin, the company that operates the bungee jumps, even has the Guinness® World Records certificate to prove it.Or you can do tree top gliding in the forrests of Knysna (1 hour's drive) or walking the steps down to the beach at Noetzie outside Knysna to see the castles of the locals. In Knysna is the breathtaking view of the "Heads", the entrance from the sea to the Knysna Lagoon, the breading place of the tiny seahorse. In Knysna you can order fresh oysters, play golf or just drive through the forrests where the famous Knysna Elephant used to roam. A trip on the Knysna Lagoon with a ferry can be booked. The ferry takes you to the Heads. Unforgetable! Or just sit and relax with a glass of wine at the many restaurants at the quays in the Knysna Waterfront. On your way back, stop to enjoy the cosy town of Sedgefield and the breathtaking view from the lookout at Dolphins Point of the town Wilderness (half an hour's drive from us). You can even take the turn off to Victoria Bay or Harolds Bay and enjoy the friendliness of the local people in these small coastal villages. Cape Town is a merely 4 hour's drive where you have to take the cable car up Table Mountain ( declare as one of the Seven Wonders of the world). Table Mountain is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. Standing at just over 1000 metres, it dominates the city's skyline. It can be seen as far as 200 kilometres out to sea.. Or you can enjoy the lively Cape Town Waterfront with its hundreds of shops and restaurants, make a visit to Cape Point where 2 oceans meet, drive through the millionaire's playground in Clifton or visit Houtbay past Llandudno where Sandy Bay, the only nudist beach in South Africa is hide away around the rocks.  We can suggest fairly  cheap but comfortable hotels/lodges in Cape Town where you only pay more or less €45  per night for 3 persons. From these lodges you can explore all that Cape Town has to offer before come back alongside the Cape Wine Route, the longest wine route in the world, to our heaven on earth in the Garden Route. If we manage to negotiate Auto Exchange , we can put all important attractions's co-ordinates on a TomTom GPS to assist you for direct and easy trips. We have a Spar supermarket 6km from us where you can get , apart from all sorts of groceries, fresh meat, fresh produce, Ready to Eat meals, a Deli, Bakery and a Tops liquor store . Here you will find a huge variety wine of the best wine estates in South Africa at unbelievable prices. (ect Top quality red wine for €5 -€7). Or an easy drive of 15 minutes will get you to two Shopping Malls with cinemas and shops that sell all kind of technical and digital ware, clothing, food, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. We have many fine restaurants nearby with beautiful scenery that serves traditional dishes, seafood, pastas, pizzas, Beef, etc.  The game farm, Botlierskop, 15 min drive from us, serves excellent traditional dishes like impala buck, crocodile, buffalo,  ostrich, lamb, bobotie, etc in a buffet. Phone them to book seats and to get the menu. One km from us is a open air restaurant on the beach called De Vette Mossel. It serves seafood like moule, crayfish, BBQ fish, homemade breads just to mention a few and all prepared on open fire. Here you can relax with your bare feet in the sand and "eat as much as you can". Booking is essential.

Local Activities

  • Aquarium,
  • Art Gallery,
  • Beach,
  • Biking,
  • Boating,
  • Cafes,
  • Canoeing,
  • Cinema,
  • Fishing,
  • Go Carts,
  • Golf,
  • Gymnasium,
  • Hiking,
  • Historical Sites,
  • Jet Skiing,
  • Kids Activities,
  • Lake,
  • Lawn Bowling,
  • Museum,
  • Night Clubs,
  • Parks,
  • Playing Fields,
  • Public Library,
  • Pubs Clubs,
  • Restaurants,
  • River,
  • Rock Pools,
  • Sailing,
  • Scuba Diving,
  • Shopping,
  • Surfing,
  • Swimming Pool,
  • Ten Pin Bowling,
  • Tennis,
  • Waterfalls,
  • Windsurfing

Our Houseswap preferences

Swap type: Simultaneous Preferred start date: June Length of Swap: 2-3 weeks Preferred destinations: Amsterdam, Rotterdam Open to offers?: yes

Other preferences

  • Car swap negotiable,
  • Non smokers only,
  • Pets ok
Number of travellers: 4 Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans
About us:

My name is Johann and my wife's name is Leana. We have a daughter, Juanique (12) and a boy, Shane (18). We are non-smokers and friends respect this by smoking outside on the patio of the Livingroom/BBQ room. We just love travelling and normaly visit the Kruger National Park for our yearly holliday. Last year me and Leana did an European tour of 9 countries and fell in love with most of them. To exchange homes seems just to be more fun, affordable and a wonderful way to discover as much as possible of one country. And to live out of your suitcase and are trapped between the 4 walls of a hotelroom at night for a couple of weeks is not always fun! So we decided to do the home exchange thing! We are the owners of a Supermarket and therefor spend a lot of our time in the shop. We travel sometimes with friends who share their love of good food, good weather, beautiful settings and exciting things to do. We love a variety of activities and attractions and we enjoy mixing and socialising with the local community where the true spirit of the area can be experienced. We are open minded about any location. We are a party of four but this changes between three and six, depending on the time of the year. So please, contact us, even if you are only able to accomodate 3/4 people.    

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