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“Was a great House in a lovely city”
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Views from the Living room
Open space Lounge, Dinning and Terrace
Hallway
Kitchen
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Dinning Area
Passage to bedrooms
Lounge and TV area
Terrace
Heated Pool
Pool and barbecue area
Main Bedroom
Double Bedroom
Twin Bedroom
Bathroom
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Secrete little beach 1
Secrete little beach 2
Secrete little beach 3
Secret little beach 4
Secrete little beach 5
Secrete little beach 6
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Simon's Town, Western Cape

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SueAbroad
Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“No View!!”
Reviewed 22 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

This house could have an amazing panoramic view of almost the whole of False Bay, but it is blocked by a fortress of extremely high hedges. It is so frustrating. That magnificent unique vista could be the greatest feature of the house.

The interior of this very, very blue house consists of a fair size main bedroom with bathroom, 2 very small, dark bedrooms with 2 single beds and a second, dark bathroom / guest bathroom. The open plan lounge, dining room, kitchen opens up onto the verandah with stack glass doors, which is a nice feature.

We had a celebratory lunch on the Sunday, but it was difficult as there were no platters and simple things like electric whisks. The hand towel hook also fell off the wall in the guest bathroom, which made my guest feel very awkward. A fair bit of maintenance needs to be done on this house (dangerous rotting decking, rotting wood in the shower and rickety railings), as well as attention to little cleaning details - sweep under the beds (sweet papers and tissues from previous guests), clean the door tracks so the doors can actually slide and stack (we had to do this).

The pool was clean and we were given a welcome bowl of fruit which was a nice touch. The house was generally clean and neat when we arrived. We were nicely greeted and settled in.
However, you need to bring everything right down to salt, pepper and hand soap.

For what I paid I expected more attention to be paid to the details.
Nope, I won't be going back which is a shame as there is potential for it to be really nice.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
23 Apr 2016
Thank you for your feedback. One of the remarks that surprise us most is when you state that the house had not been cleaned properly, as this for us is not acceptable as ourselves as guests when renting a house, we demand and expect to enter a spotless house and, if it is not the case, we immediately call the owner on arrival to let them know. We did not hear from you, even after we sent a sms asking if all was fine and your answer was a simple "All is fine". In the last 2 years we have hosted a total of 197 guests and we have never received any such comments. In any case, of course, we will bring the point up with our housekeeper.

The house is prepared to host up to 8 guests, with all the necessary equipment. We were not advised that you were planning to have an Event at the house, as we were after told by neighbors and housekeeping removing a fairly amount of glass bottles. Although in our contract is stated that we do not accept rentals that will be using the house for events without the owners previous consent, we would have gladly assisted you bringing in more serving platters, or any other special requirements, as we have done in the past with guests celebrating small weddings/birthdays or at Christmas/Easter periods, but sadly we were not informed about it.

We understand that things can break when using them, so if a hand towel hook, that was previously fixed onto the wall, is broken during your stay, we just come and fix it, as we do with other similar things (replacing light bulbs, bedside lamps, loose door handles...). For the "rotting deck", our housekeeper advised of a loose wooden plank, which has now been fixed. We do not recall any wood on any of the bathrooms.

As it can be seen on the photos and description of the house, two bedrooms have big windows that look at the backside of the house, so they do not have the sea view as the other two. When the venetian blinds are pulled up, more natural light comes in. As a contrast with the rest of the house that is all open and full of light they seem darker.

Being a Self Catering unit we do provide a small welcome pack of coffee, tea and sugar, individually packed, salt and pepper, a roll of kitchen paper, dishwasher liquid soap, a sponge and a few dishwasher tablets. In the bathrooms we provide 2 new rolls of toilet paper and "liquid" hand soap in each of them. We do advise housekeeping to remove any rest of foods or dry ingredients left over by past guests. She seems to have removed the salt and pepper and we apologies for this.

Our garden services, that attend to the house every second week, were not able to come into the property, as lasts guests staying for three weeks, and that left the same day of your arrival, did not want to be disturbed and we respected this. As a consequence the hedges were not cut in the last three weeks (and they do grow quickly! That is why we have a garden service coming every two weeks). So the view was not so spectacular when you arrived. As you stayed over a weekend, garden services were only able to come to the property after you checked out. Hedges are now cut back again to normal.

We pride ourselves and are happy to have the more and more repeating or 'loyal' clients. And it is a pleasure for us to read the guest book left at the house with past guests experiences.

I will kindly suggest, for your future rentals, to please let owners know of any issues or problems on your arrival day, so they can act accordingly and make your stay a pleasant one. In our case, that is what we aim for.
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Terence_1...
Erlangen, Germany
1 review
“Was a great House in a lovely city”
Reviewed 15 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015

We was 6 friends and was for one week in Pingushouse. The house is wonderful, with a great view to the sea.
We had a great time at simon's town and we will come back.

The house have 3 beedrooms (one in the "poolhouse") and 3 bathrooms. The Pool was perfect in the great garden.

Thank's for such a great vacation at your house.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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AlanSteph...
Northampton, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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“Great House, Great area - felt like a home from home...”
Reviewed 24 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We stayed for 6 nights with 3 young children who all also loved the house and solar heated pool and didn't want to leave! It was a very relaxing holiday and the house was well equipped so we needed only our food - Berthas in Simonstown just down the road does great food and there is a Sushi place nearby as well and a Seven Eleven shop on the main road that sells most basic foodstuffs.There are also plenty of places to visit nearby, with Cape Point National Park only 15 minutes down the road and Boulders beach (complete with penguins wandering around) 5 minutes away. All in all, a great place to stay - just wish we could have stayed longer :-)

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PaulEBSmi...
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
“A very tasteful and peacfully located home in a residential area above Boulders beach. Would highly recommend.”
Reviewed 16 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Found Pinguhouse through Trip advisor when looking for a ' home from home rather than a hotel. Always a bit scary when a property has not received any guest recommendations yet, but dont be concerned, this house is a gem!
Peacufully located up the hillside above Boulders beach in a residential street, the property is lovely. With great living space and large veranda overlooking the bay. Peaceful Garden with small pool (more of a plunge pool than swimming) It is ideal for guests who want a bit of privacy.
the beach is about 10 mins away down a steep hill, but dont be put off, its the hill that is providing the awesome views and if you cant be bothered to walk, there is plenty of street parking at the bottom of the hill.
there are some good resteraunts in Simons town (5 minutes drive away) and others around the area.
I was working while I was there and my wife felt very much at home on her own, walking up and down to the beach each day.
Highly recommend!

Paul

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Reviewed 16 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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