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Physical Address:

India House
Western Cape

Postal Address:

34 Whittlers Way
Hout Bay
Cape Town

Tel: 021 791 0142 | 021 790 0972 (all hours) | 079 789 5459
Cell: 021 790 7822
Call us “old-fashioned” - we’d love to talk in person! In this way we can figure out exactly what you are looking for and provide valid recommendations... call Helen or Sue.
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" The India House was our retreat for a fabulous relaxing weekend with family and friends - highly recommended and always ready to go back there any time... just for your information, I carried my beloved Nespresso machine with me as you never know what to expect on arrival and I can say that this kitchen is better equipped than my own! Absolutely amazing place - we cooked up a storm and everybody had enough private space to chill out. "
Katja | August 18, 2014

" India House is beautiful and the owners tastes are exquisite. "
Mark | November 19, 2013

" I love it when I find a real gem of a place when I least expect it. That is what happened at India House. Large cool interiors, very stylish and understated with that enviable appearance as if it’s been thrown together and just works, when in actual fact, every detail has been carefully considered "
Carrie Hampton | June 3, 2011

" Just a quick note to tell you how much we all loved, loved, loved India House.
It is even better than it looked in H&L
I loved the details – from the quirky clasps on the shutters to the grills on the vents. Everyone loved the outdoor showers. It is wonderful that there is a huge lawn for the kids to kick balls. (Mine are obsessed with football.) I loved that every window had such a considered and thoughtful view "
Vanessa Raphaely | June 3, 2011

" I wanted to say a big thanks for our wonderful time at India House, it was truly superb and I would not hesitate to come back with a bunch of friends, possibly in the winter to see it in a different light "
Tony Fishlock | June 3, 2011




India House, Bainskloof Pass

India House nestles in the Bastiaanskloof valley, which is part of the UNESCO Boland Mountain World Heritage Site, an hour and a half from Cape Town International Airport. So named because of its beautiful turquoise front door, imported from Gujarat, India, India House offers a luxurious retreat for up to six people. There are two spacious main bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. The bedrooms and bathrooms have underfloor heating and have candle lighting to induce a more relaxed mood. A third bedroom sleeps 2 with an en-suite shower room. India House has a state of the art French oak panelled kitchen, fully equipped to cool your wine and perk you up with espressos and cappuccinos, a massive fireplace and sheltered courtyard for alfresco dining. Guests can experience total silence except for the frogs and the crickets.

Amenities include a swimming pool with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, hiking trails (one with a waterfall shower and traces of khoisan art), secluded river pools for summer swimming and bicycles for exploring the 2500 hectare estate. The formal gardens are planted with indigenous fynbos species, many of which are endemic to the area. Or if you are more of a relaxation fiend, curl up with one of the house library’s many novels or cookbooks!

India House is one kilometer off the twisting and vertiginous Bain's Kloof pass (R301) built by the Scottish engineer Andrew Geddes Bain and completed in 1853. It is part of the Bastiaanskloof estate and nature reserve, home to over 800 different plant species, 200 bird species and some 50 mammal species including the Mountain Leopard, the Chacma Baboon and the Cape Grysbok antelope. Three indigenous fish species swim in its two rivers. On clear nights, star gazing is a must and you may be lucky to catch the shooting stars.

Sleeps 6
2 Master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers
1 smaller bedroom with an en-suite shower room
Open plan living area with state of the art kitchen, dining room and lounge with large open fireplace
Mini Library
Large verandah and indoor courtyard with barbeques and outdoor dining areas as well as outdoor seating for reading and relaxing!
Swimming pool
Access to a private river pool on the Bastiaanskloof river
TV, DSTV with DVD player and selection of DVDs
Music System (Ipod player)
Underfloor heating in main bedrooms and bathrooms

ZAR R3 850- R4 850
mid week *** SPECIAL RATES *** long stays
All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability / actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

Please note that the majority of our properties have a 2 night minimum stay - bar the boutique hotels.

Legend - Accommodation

No of Rooms: 3 - sleeps 6 Room service: No
Restaurant: No Spa Facilities: No
Air-conditioning: No Honeymoon suite: No
Swimming pool: Yes Wedding package available: No
Wheelchair access: No Hotel Shuttle service: No

Legend - Venue

Dimensions of wedding venue: Seating Banquet (no of pax):
Catering available: No Audio Visual equipment available: No
Catering staff available: No Dance floor available: No
Bar staff available: No Décor available: No
On-site wedding co-ordinator: No Air-conditioning available: No
Kosher catering: No Wheelchair access: No
Seating cocktail (no of pax):    

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We’ve scoured South Africa and further, so that we can bring you only the best places that ooze personality, that are situated in spectacular locations, that make you feel good to be there and that promise an unforgettable escape.

Our story

In the style of a classic Cary Grant and Grace Kelly movie Helen and David Untiedt met and fell in love in Monte Carlo… she a travelling English rose and he a young man from Johannesburg, hell bent on leaving the big city behind and sailing off in search of adventure. And what a place to begin a life together amid the glitz and glamour of the yachting fraternity, the gamblers and the glitterati.

Opulent Monte Carlo can overwhelm with its grand architecture, flashy hotels, fast cars, expensive boutiques and Monégasque (a mix of French and Italian) culture, food and language. But luckily having day jobs (as well as down-to-earth personalities) meant that instead of getting lost in the racy materialism of the international jetset, they were able to step in and out of the madness whilst still observing all!

From the South of France they travelled, mostly working on chartered yachts between Europe and the USA… spending time in the Spanish Balearic Islands, sailing through The Caribbean, taking on New England in a sportscar, crossing California and Nevada, exploring New Orleans and even dropping into Venezuela.

On their travels they witnessed the highs and lows that come with being on the road (and sea). They know that it takes a little time to appreciate a truly special holiday moment isn’t necessarily defined upon opening the doors to a luxury suite… but can be found eating roast goat cooked outside a beach shack with a rag-tag bunch of locals.

Which brings us to Cape Town where Helen and David have been living for 12 years raising their four children. Largely chosen for its beauty and because it’s one of those unique places on the planet that encompasses an incredible and interesting diversity in culture, language, food and style: a land that at one time is wholly African but also borrows much from foreign shores, making it a great place to start a business centred around dream locations.

by Robyn Hodgson