Situated in the beautiful Noordhoek valley, Leopardstone Hill is a tranquil and charming self-catering accommodation offering the ideal place to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. With its panoramic views of the sea and mountain, the guest house is also just a few minutes drive from the beach and wide range of attractions within the Noordhoek area.
The warm welcome from Alison Faraday and her friendly canine companions set the tone for the duration of our stay and after being shown to our accommodation at Stone Cottage, which is a beautiful rustic cottage boasting original stone crafted walls, high wooden beams and thatching and an impressive wrought-iron staircase spiralling up to the loft-style main bedroom, we were left to unpack and explore.
The cottage has three bedrooms, sleeping six guests. A gorgeous bathroom featuring details such as mosaic tiles, soft lighting, froggie plug stoppers and heavenly lotions and potions also included a luxurious bath with plenty of hot water - perfect for the cool weather we experienced during our stay! Just outside the front of the cottage is an outdoor shower too, as well as the smaller Pebble Cottage with its beach theme.
The open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area has a vast open feel thanks to the high ceilings, and with a subtle hint of African contemporary style, the squashy leather couch, antique wingback chairs complete with footstools and the flat screen television offered a comfortable space to whittle away the hours reading one of the books from the library upstairs or enjoy a movie or two with a glass of wine. The kitchen is stocked with all the basics you might need, from cutlery to pots and pans, and divine breakfast platters are also available to order.
The garden has a patio with a hammock swing and table, and further down the lawn are two loungers that are ideally positioned to catch the breathtaking sunsets over the ocean. Just down the path is the pool area, featuring a spectacular rock pool with a wooden deck, loungers and foot stools - perfect to catch a few rays and enjoy a splash on a hot day.
What sets Leopardstone apart from the rest however, is the focus on ecology and the natural environment around the Noordhoek valley. The guest house was named after the Leopard toad - a species that is native to the area, and highly endangered due to habitat loss. Guests are invited to assist in conservation efforts during breeding season, and the handy guide book also gives information on the Leopard toad alongside other useful tips from restaurants in the area, pets you may meet during your stay, activities within the area, emergency services and more.
Morning runs along the beach, coffee and scones at Noordhoek Farm Village and idling the hours lounging with a book or enjoying the peace and quiet is what it's all about at Leopardstone, and with a home from home feeling, you can be sure that you will want to return again and again to this exceptional Cape accommodation.
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Last updated 13 January, 2017.