Tudor House was built in 1937 for the Hobbs family using strong Tudor styled architectural features in parts of the building. The property has been transformed over the years into 9 luxury self-catering apartments each with its own feel and personality. A hint of the Tudor style has been retained and is evidenced in large wooden beams in some of the apartments.
Tudor House is located right on the rocks of the Fish Hoek Bay with Jaegers Walk (refered to as the Cat Walk by locals) and the railway line providing a quaint and real holiday atmosphere to the area. The number of trains using the railway line has decreased steadily over the years with guests commenting that they add character rather than a disruption of their stay at Tudor House. The railway line has been damaged close to Glencairn with the result that it will be closed for at least a year.
Sea views that are north facing are extremely sought after as the property gets the best of the sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west. Early morning sunrises are sometimes so beautiful during the winter that the sky is a bright orange in colour.
We must not forget the annual visit to our shores of Southern Right Whales; they frolic in front of Tudor House virtually everyday between July and November each year.
Tudor House has been in existence for well over 20 years with the Erica and Brian Bax selling the apartments in 2008/9 as part of a sectional title scheme. Jeremy who managed Tudor House for almost 4 years for the Bax’s is now running part of the Tudor House Complex with the assistance of Mercia in the same way as they did in the past for the new owners.
More than 60% of its occupancy is derived from returning guests and seems to cater ideally for the more discerning traveller.
Brian Blessed's heaven on earth: Fish Hoek, South Africa
The actor Brian Blessed was introduced to Fish Hoek in South Africa by his wife – and has remained smitten ever since.
By Brian Blessed
Published: 8:00AM GMT 21 Feb 2010
The actor Brian Blessed is a fan of Fish Hoek in South Africa because
of its setting, benign climate and the fact that it has barely changed.
Fish Hoek is the most beautiful place in the world, as far as I'm concerned. It lies at the mouth of the Silvermine River on South Africa's Cape peninsula and has a fantastic beach and a stunning setting, as well as a benign Mediterranean climate.
I discovered this lovely little seaside resort when I met my South African wife. After falling in love, I thought: "I've got to do this right." So I travelled down to Cape Town to meet her family and she said she wanted to take me to her "favourite place" – Fish Hoek. I was immediately smitten and we've been going back there as often as possible ever since.
One thing I like about it is that it's changed so little since I first started visiting years ago; it's also very safe. A good time to visit is around about now, when the weather's virtually perfect. That said, October is a great month to go whale-watching. What's more, you have the penguins at Boulders Beach, while the Winelands are within easy reach, too.
We usually rent a self-catering apartment at Tudor House Guest Lodge (0027 21 782 6238 begin_of_the_skype_highlightinend_of_the_skype_highlighting; www.tudorhouse.co.za), which is right by the sea and boasts the most fabulous views.
There is a terrific little restaurant on the beach called The Galley (782 3354; fishhoekgalley.com), which serves the tastiest fish I've ever eaten. Nearby Kalk Bay, which has always been a beatnik-type area according to my wife, has lots of funky little antique shops.
The last time we went to Fish Hoek, I went out to Table Mountain – about 20 minutes' drive away – and as I was climbing it, I suddenly found myself eyeball-to-eyeball with an ugly baboon. I was in a very precarious position, but I think he must have thought I was a gorilla because he looked at me in horror and scarpered.
By Brian Blessed
Published: 8:00AM GMT 21 Feb 2010 Telegraph.