A wintry weekend in Simon’s Town

After driving through Simon’s Town for a friend’s birthday a few weeks ago, I realised how little time I’d spent in the area, and vowed to fix that.

As soon as we arrived home from the beach picnic, I started looking into arranging a weekend away in this charming seaside town. I was looking for a B & B that would allow us to explore the are on foot – and Mariner Guesthouse came out tops. Situated above town, it’s right in-between Boulders Beach and town square – just under 2km each way – which was perfect for our plans.

We checked into our room and parked our car for the weekend – determined to explore on foot. Our room had an ocean-facing balcony, bath and little kitchenette with a toaster and microwave, allowing us to whip up a midnight snack if needed.

We then set out to the centre of town, down one of Simon’s Town’s famous set of stairs. Convenient for getting down to Main Road, try not to think about how steep they are when planning your return trip.

Taking a slow meander down the road, we popped in to any stores that piqued our interest – learning that starfish and dinosaurs are quite popular out here – and admiring the gorgeous details on buildings. We went as far as the British Hotel, before turning back and wandering towards Seaforth and Boulders Beach.

After a fairly lengthy walk, we were happy to call it a night and stocked up on a few provisions to prepare in our room for dinner. We found a movie, snuggled up in bed and watched the light change and twinkle over the sea below. Sleeping well, we woke, ready for breakfast.

Starting with a small, continental buffet, you can then choose between a selection of hot, a la carte dishes – including Eggs Benedict with hot smoked salmon, French toast with bacon and maple syrup and a seasonal special – curry-filled jaffel.

We were home by 11h00 on Sunday, giving us the whole day before having to think about work again – a weekend away, in one night.

We enjoyed our stay at Mariner Guesthouse at no cost. All images and views are my own.

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