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A family cabin with ocean views

A family cabin with ocean views

Nicolas Mathéus

In a bohemian-chic seaside style, this ocean view cabin meets all the criteria of the ideal holiday home. Nestled on the Atlantic coast of South Africa, this unusual dream house lives with the wind and the tides. An idyllic setting that Côté Ouest makes you discover in pictures ...

It's like being at the end of 44 hectares Ferret ... we are on the Atlantic coast of South Africa! Freedom, friendship, bathing, surfing and strolling are on the program of this holiday home imagined as a bohemian sea cabin. A vitamin-enriched summer style to imitate.

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Passionate about virgin places, off the beaten path, Rob discovered this exceptional site almost thirty years ago. "I was 16. A surfboard on the roof of my old van Volkswagen, I was cruising the west coast looking for the perfect place to spend a few days and take the waves alone, says Robert McClelland.

An outdoor dining room allows for evening meals. Sheltered by the bushes, the place is better adapted to windy days.

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It was the revelation! I found that day my paradise and I never stopped coming back until I found a piece of land for sale. "Ten years go by without Rob realizing his dream. At the age of 26, the young man acquires a piece of ultra-preserved land between the sea and the mountains, where he spends his holidays, camps and organizes great trips with friends. "For me, this is the ideal place to surf. , fishing, swimming ... The exposure of the terrain is perfect, thanks to the mountain of Bobbejaan Berg a few kilometers that breaks the strong south-easterly winds. "

Always so assiduous, Rob now comes with his wife Gina and their two adorable girls, Meeca and Hannah, for a sporting and invigorating vacation. This couple of photo producers based in Cape Town have long camped on the site before deciding to turn this makeshift haven into a cozy log cabin. "On this very well-preserved moor, there is no electricity or running water, so we started by fixing photovoltaic panels and a solar pump," says Rob.

All dressed in white, the master bedroom also hosts a toilet area. Am-Pm yellow linen sheets, Skinny laMinx cushion. On the wall, sarongs in red and orange cotton voile, Hermes.

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The whole family then went to the metamorphosis of the summer refuge. Built with planks of recovery and pieces of wood harvested on the beach, the shelter has been enriched by two rooms and a common room. Shower and toilet are out of the way, in the middle of nature. Simplicity is the key word of these summaries but very practical amenities. For the kitchen planted facing the sea, Rob and Gina have fashioned a large tau in eucalyptus branches, a bar and shelves with rough planks, then lazurized all in white.

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At any time, this holiday cabin designed to live "inside-out" bathes in an atmosphere of incredible sweetness. The shadow rubs the light, the sand borders the wood, the tau branches spread the charm of eternal materials. Comfort ? He will never come to break the sincerity of the place. After long swims, endless shopping on the beach and good surfing on triumphant waves, the tribe gathers around the bar to concoct light meals. The images of a summer happiness parade ... Here, we feel good. Everything is fluid, free, the mind is on vacation.

The kitchen faces the ocean. Built with recycled wood planks, the bar and cupboards were simply painted white. All in eucalyptus branches, the tau pleasantly shades meals and creates beautiful graphic beats according to the time of day

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Thanks to the solar pump installed a few meters from the hut, the kitchen area, practical and sober, even has its sink with water.

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Here, surfing is a family affair. Meeca, the eldest, runs to the waves with her board under her arm.

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Bordered by sand and bush, the cabin overlooks the ocean.

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At lunchtime, Rob, Gina and their two daughters concoct simple, light meals. The large bar made with a simple wood of recovery allows the family to prepare on the go salads, melon or grilled fishes: a carelessness which makes the feast of the household. To shelter from the wind or the sun, blinds were made in a large striped cotton canvas.

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Carafe and glasses, Country Road.

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The outdoor seating area welcomes moments of idleness and reading on a large bench full of cushions. Am-Pm linen sheets and Skinny laMinx graphic pads in Cape Town.

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Family wash, facing the sea, in the huge outdoor shower made by Rob.

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Crockery in turquoise sandstone, Weylandts.

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