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Travel Sep 28, 2022

Perfect Hideaways: Icaria

Suspended on the steep mountain slopes over Cape Town’s iconic Atlantic Seaboard is an astonishing hidden treasure. Icaria is a delightful surprise in every way.

This exclusive cliff-side home offers uninterrupted ocean and mountain views. The open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room have a warm and luminous ambience mirroring the outside views and making the most of the abundant natural light.

Five spacious ensuite-bedrooms each with their own unique, private outdoor spaces, open onto panoramic vistas. Furthermore, three bedrooms are located within the main house, and two feature their own separate entrances. Furnished with carefully sourced bespoke pieces, the bedrooms have an atmosphere of understated and reflective elegance.

What people have to say…

“I love the way the home is grounded in the environment that surrounds it: the entire south-facing facade is punctuated with windows that bring the granite boulders and fynbos vegetation of Table Mountain Nature Reserve right indoors. The communal spaces are open plan (the kitchen is a cook’s delight!) with picture windows and doors that slide away into the walls framing extraordinary sea and mountain views. And something that I particularly like is the way cleverly positioned panels of wall create peaceful zones so that the space is airy and free flowing but yet always feels intimate.

The interior is lovingly decorated with furnishings exclusively repurposed or handcrafted for the space. Beautiful artworks and photographs collected by the cosmopolitan owner (his other homes are in New York and the Hamptons) are the perfect finishing touches for a home that celebrates conscious simplicity. The finishes are tactile and delightfully uncomplicated. The slate floors extending from the living areas (where underfloor heating warms them in winter) out to the terrace are easy on the eye as well as smooth and comfy underfoot.

The outdoor spaces are a revelation. Despite its steep location, Icaria has the most wonderful flow. The barbecue area bridges the alfresco dining area and the kitchen, making for sheer practicality and convenience. Even with a full house and whatever the season, there is always somewhere peaceful and private on the different terraces and spaces where you can relax in comfort.

Each bedroom has its own personality and private outdoor space where you can retreat with a good book on a lazy summer afternoon. On a lower terrace overlooking the pool area is the ‘cave’ bedroom – so-called because of the way granite boulders have been incorporated into the architecture. My teenagers would give their eyeteeth for this space, although for that privilege they’d have to fight off any adult couple wanting a spa-like retreat.

And then, perched at the very top of the house, there is the master suite with astonishing views of the sea and the mountains. You won’t want to leave this blissful bedroom, and it should come with a travel warning: ‘This seductive space may endanger your travel itinerary!’ It is not an exaggeration to say that the ensuite bathroom has the most iconic view in Africa: as you soak in the bathtub you can take in the Cape Peninsula as it disappears off to the south and gaze out over the endless horizon of the swelling Atlantic Ocean. Simply heaven on earth!”

What else you can expect?

It’s all about indoor-outdoor living. Icaria House has a large granite pool with a natural stone wall and a generous terrace perfect for both entertaining and relaxing. Furthermore, the property is extensively landscaped, blending in with the indigenous plants of the adjacent nature reserve, and accented with a California-inspired mix of succulents and wild grasses.

If you’re dreaming of a magical escape, then Icaria is the perfect spot to recoup and unwind. Visit Perfect Hideaways to find out how you can book this spectacular house and others.

You can also view their full portfolio of amazing hideaways on the website at Perfect Hideaways.A review


by Sally Rutherford.


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