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At first glance you could mistake the endless stretches of blue water and windswept land for a Greek island but when you dig you toes into the sand on a misty winter morning the heady fragrance of Cape fynbos and the salty tang of the sea air on your lips are clear reminders that this is the West Coast. It is here, in this untouched haven, that Cape Town’s Untiedt family chose to build a weekend retreat on what had been two of the most sought-after pieces of land on this stretch of coast. “You feel this place in your heart and soul. It is where we wanted to experience unforgettable moments with our children while they are young and where they, in turn, can one day bring their children.” As parents to Daniel, Jessica, Claudia and India, David and Helen Untiedt draw boundless joy from the quiet blue waters and pristine natural beauty. “The children have a lot of freedom here and can play on the beach for the entire day without us having to worry.”

Surrounded by the West Coast National Park north of Cape Town on the R27, Scrimshaw Cottage is set in a sanctuary that attracts visitors with its glorious display of spring flowers each year yet is still secluded without any of the so-called modern comforts such as running water and electricity. But, say the Untiedts, transporting water from Cape Town on Fridays is a small sacrifice. They use gas for the stove, oven, fridge and geysers. Solar panels provide electricity. “Here, all of us have been taught how precious water is, just as David and myself learned to appreciate the importance of this life-giving resource when we travelled and worked on yachts when we were younger.” It is exactly the kind of lesson the couple would like to teach their children, how to preserve nature.

An amazing sea view. Most furniture is second-hand and antique-fair finds. The kitchen. French fabrics such as monogrammed linen, intricate pieces of lace and antique tablecloths
are elements that make Salomé’s soulful, Salome Gunther the interior designer of the house, interiors unique.
left An amazing sea view. Most furniture is second-hand and antique-fair finds.
right The kitchen. French fabrics such as monogrammed linen, intricate pieces of lace and antique tablecloths are elements that make Salomé’s soulful, Salome Gunther the interior designer of the house, interiors unique.
A small corner in one of the bedrooms
A small corner in one of the bedrooms

Images: Robbert Koene via Taverne Agency and Liezel Norval-Kruger. Salome Gunther

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