Visit to a hut at the end of the world, between a turquoise lagoon and supposed slow life

In the Cape region, between land and ocean, it’s a white cottage where life flows in harmony with nature.

Out of time, 80 kilometers from Cape Town, a tiny village nestles on the edge of a lagoon. In the heart of this unique place, in a gentle and wild landscape, interior designer Clinton Savage has restored an old cottage. Wood for the frames, floors and walls, corrugated iron for the roofs… he kept the balance between nature and living space. Here running water and electricity generated by solar panels are used sparingly and with full respect for the environment. Between a fisherman’s hut and a holiday home, a hut at the end of the world where you live in a sarong, barefoot, your hair is always a bit salty, your eyes are enlivened by the mint-colored reflections in the water.

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In the shade of the pergola

Light wood and wicker combined with lagoon blue cushions. Nicholas Matheus

All eyes are on the lagoon and its turquoise waters. To make the most of the space, the bench and table were designed by Clinton Savage Interiors & Architecture and custom built by Moorgas and Sons. The light wood is associated with the wicker of the armchairs (Pezula Interiors) and the cushions with graphic patterns (Skinny laMinx) respond to the blue of the lagoon.

African dream

Large paintings by South African artists contrast with the sobriety of the walls. Nicholas Matheus

The living room above, in a fairly classic style, is enhanced by works by South African artists, a painting by painter Ade Kipade and a photo from concept store Weylandts. Under the bench seat is clever storage for beach towels (Country Road), punctuated by flavorful cushions (Maison de Vacances).

strawberry effect

A mix between the Shaker style, sober and refined, and the bohemian spirit, cheerful and colourful. Nicholas Matheus

The rattan and raffia hangings (Block & Chisel) complement the beautifully restored frame and add a bohemian touch to the dining room. A nod to the Shaker spirit, the table and chairs were custom made. On the table a blue ceramic vase by Vorster & Braye and a green ceramic bowl found at a Cape Town flea market. Gonsenhauser carpets.

Immerse yourself in nature

In the bathroom, the blue and green waves of the ceramics match the sky and lagoon palette. Matheus

Out of consideration for the environment, no bathtubs, but spacious showers. Inside the beach house, the bathroom has several windows on the left, including the shower. In terms of materials, a beautiful Iroko floor mixes with blue-green ceramic tiles (SQM Flooring) and bronze-effect faucets (Meir). Equipped at the back of the house, on the right, a very rough shower for returning from the beach. African jacquard towels, laundry basket, Weylandts.

room with view

Open to nature, the bedroom, like an invitation to freedom. Nicholas Matheus

Each room has large openings and harmonises with the landscape. Here, the turquoise of the lagoon matches the patchwork linen bedspread (CFOC) and celadon curtains (La Redoute Interiors).

praise of simplicity

It’s a white house in lush greenery. Nicholas Matheus

This cottage utilizes the local fisherman’s cottage building codes: timber frame, exterior walls and corrugated iron roof. On ultra-simple floor plans, the 140-square-foot beach house offers Robinson living. Electricity and running water in moderate use, we live in simplicity here.

doing nothing outdoors

Before the sun reaches its zenith, take a relaxing break in this dream landscape. Nicholas Matheus

In the privacy of this nature reserve where you can see flamingos, a reading corner has been set up on the right in front of the house. A bench with a mattress has been transformed into a comfortable day bed, embellished with beautiful cushions in embroidered linen (Evolution Products) and plain linen (Maison de Vacances).

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