If you are looking for peace and tranquility at the foot of a mountain in Betty's Bay, look no further than Mountain Mist, which can accommodate six guests in a fully furnished house with all the comforts of your own home.
Far from your run-of-the-mill damp and weather-beaten beach shack, Mountain Mist is a spacious group getaway with a touch of colonial, dollops of feel-good luxury, and a chilled holiday atmosphere. Set in open fynbos at the foot of the Kogelberg in Betty’s Bay, you have plenty in the way of open space and views towards the ocean. A full-length patio to the front of the house sets the scene for chardonnay and crayfish at the end of a tough day on the beach, while to the back, in the lee of the mountain and protected from those Atlantic gusts, we have a thatched entertainment area featuring a (cold-water) jacuzzi for the boys and their JC Le Roux, and a built-in braai for the gals and their Black Label quarts. Stepping inside, Mountain Mist is beautifully furnished in a mix of muted colours and screeded floors. There are three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin and queen, all with electric blankets) that open to the front patio. As such the house can sleep a maximum six guests. The living area is spacious, with a large open-plan kitchen and lounge with wood-burning fireplace and flatscreen TV - select DSTV channels included. The kitchen also has a washing machine, a must if the kids have tagged along with you. Worried about your Beemer in the salt air? Don't be, there's a double garage. Keeping you and the gang busy ain't a problem. In the unlikely event you can drag yourself away from this relaxing haven, the Penguin Nature Reserve is a few kays down the drag, there are some good hikes and walking trails in the surrounding mountains and fynbos, the beach is about 2km down the road, and there are various eateries and pubs littered up and down the immediate coastline. “A combination of mountain and sea views, close to numerous attractions,” quips a happy guest. Add a comfortable house to the equation and we'd say you have a winning weekend by the sea.