Balnacroft is a lovely thatched cottage situated in the seaside town of Strand. The cottage is beautifully renovated in warm African colours, with large rooms giving the feeling of space and comfort, the thatched roof reducing extreme summer temperatures to a relaxing coolness inside.
Once you arrive at Balnacroft, you already feel a world apart from the stress and noise of every-day life. The indigenous trees and plants in the shady garden give you peaceful secluded areas to sit and relax, or enjoy breakfast outside. Plenty of lounging chairs surround the salt-water pool which catches the sun most of the day.
The braai area beside the pool can also be used during the day or evening for the favourite South African meal of steaks, sausages, chops, prawns and other shellfish barbecued on wood.
The entrance veranda leads to a large sitting area with a wood-burning stove opening to the dining area. The large comfortable sofas and chairs in African buffalo hide and cosy cotton in African style, fill the lounge area, and dining chairs made from 200 year old railway-sleeper wood make you feel part of this magnificent country.
The beautiful front door, also of Rhodesian sleeper wood, is a feature to be admired. The automatic sliding gates protect the off-street parking areas which allow for four or five cars – (depending on their size).
Sue found this lovely cottage about five years ago, and could see the potential in the rather dilapidated state of the house and garden. She added the wooden deck in the front of the veranda entrance, with two levels, giving a private « higher » deck for a little more intimacy, and the height allows for the view of the Helderberg mountain behind Strand.
B&B and Self-catering facilities
Balnacroft can be rented as both Bed and Breakfast and Self-catering facilities. The cottage itself, with three bedrooms is rented as a whole unit, for 6/8 people, adding a third bed to the Sunset Rooms 1 & 2. The whole cottage together with the Honeymoon Loft and suite can also be rented as one, catering for 8/10 people. This allows for the entire property to be rented by one party. There is a fifth bedroom which has a double bed and en-suite bathroom, normally occupied by the owner, but which in the case of the entire property being let, can be included into the whole.