Our Authentic Travel – Three Anchor Bay Stay
Family and fish go off after three days. This mantra is so ingrained in me that being a house guest for an extended period does not sit well.
We had hardly dragged our suitcases, bags and bits and bobs up the flight of stairs in Green Point that Butch and I decided we needed our own space. We certainly would win the Golden Buzzer for being terrible house guests. Besides this, there was a briefcase full of administrative paperwork we needed to complete.
Fortunately, Bertus and Anna could come to our rescue and suggested we find ourselves suitable accommodations in Three Anchor Bay. Trolling their website and other accommodation booking sites we soon found a two-bedroom apartment which suited all our requirements.
Situated just three kilometres from their house, along the Promenade and a Woolworths Food store on one corner and a selection of coffee shops, restaurants and Bistros within walking distance, the choice was a no-brainer.
This well-appointed apartment has recently been added to the Authentic Travel Portfolio. Elegantly decorated in neutral tones, the open-plan living space invited us to relax and take in the sea and mountain views.
No sooner had we unpacked, and Butch was settled behind his laptop, trying to renew our car license, an exercise in patience and diplomacy! Although load-shedding is a constant dilemma, there was always access to free wifi.
One has to experience a sunset along the Atlantic Seaboard to appreciate a champagne day in Cape Town. We did on numerous occasions. Sliding the enclosed balcony windows all the way open allowed the sea air into our apartment as the sun set golden on the horizon.
Early mornings were rewarded with sunlight streaming into the spare bedroom window, getting us out of bed to join other walkers, runners, and cyclists on the Promenade just a stone’s throw from the building’s front door.
On the third day, the penny dropped, and I realised that part of my joie de vivre could be accounted for by the safety and security the building offered. We’ve been holed up behind security gates and alarm systems for a very long time. Although systems are in place and guests’ safety is paramount, I felt free. Of course, it could also be the fresh sea air and ozone flooding the apartment that invigorated us.
Although minimalistic, the kitchen was well stocked with all the necessary appliances allowing us to do housekeeping chores, and we occasionally entertained guests at our table.
Our days at Vicmore court allowed us to catch our breaths and regroup, and we didn’t feel that dismal state of limbo for a while.
As we’re officially retired, we decided to call our stay a mini holiday and rewarded ourselves with outings to touristy places like the Beach Club and Bar. We walked, following excited Seven's fans as they made their way to the nearby Cape Town Stadium, to the Oranjezicht Market for Vietnamese Spring rolls, Pasteis de Nata, and bunches of fresh flowers.
We walked to the Zeitz MOCCA Gallery on a Wednesday and enjoyed the pensioner’s discount at the gate. When Butch was busy, I’d go for long walks and meet him for coffee and croissants at one of the many bakeries nearby. We’d occasionally meet up with friends for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Although online shopping is the way to go being in Town and so conveniently located allowed me to browse and shop in our neighbourhood and the Waterfront, a rare treat indeed.
Mr D, the delivery app gave takeaway meals new meaning; at a touch, we could select meals delivered to our door while in pyjamas.
Bertus and Anna are listed as Super Hosts on Air BnB. Ensuring that their guests are happy is a priority. It was refreshing to see that what we saw on the AirBnB photographs was what we got. We are delighted to recommend Vicmor Court and Authentic Travel to you.
VICMOR COURT: Three Anchor Bay, Atlantic Seaboard.