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Auret's Cottage, Self-Catering accommodation, St James (Cape Town Accommodation)
Auret's Cottage is a 150 year old house, situated in a garden opposite the St James beach and tidal pool. It has many original features, such as wooden floors, wide walls and sash windows. It sleeps four - five people and has one double bedroom and two single bedrooms. There is a large lounge/ dining room leading to an open plan kitchen. Rates are affordable, and range from R150 - R200 per person per night. In peak season, the cottage next door is also available, and a party of eight - ten people can be accommodated in both houses.
Contact Carol at 021-7886799
I'll tell my guests in future to post their comments on this page, but for now here's a comment from my visitor's book:
"Lovely cottage, beautiful walks and scenery, interesting history, fun shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed our stay."
Excerpts from an e-mail exchange:
27 July, 2003
Being interested in history, I would like to know if the cottage advertised in Country Life will be available for a single, as from 10 to 23 December?
28 July, 2003
I am afraid that as the cottage is equipped for four, we have a minimum charge of R400 a night in December, which would be very expensive for one. This stretch of the coast is wonderful if you are interested in history. For example, there are very active historical societies in Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, there is the Muizenberg - St James historical walk listing all the historical properties in the area, including ours, and of course there is Rhodes Memorial and the Labia Museum. I do have other accommodation available ....
Regards and Best Wishes
01 August 2003
... I was already picturing myself walking around and exploring all the spots. St James is particularly intriguing because of the Auret cottage. Do you know the connection with that cottage and the three POW's who escaped and who were helped by the Auret family until they joined up with the commando of Gen Jan Smuts? It's a great story.
02 August 2003
Did you realise that I live in Auret's cottage? The cottage which we rent out is the original barn in which the POW's apparently hid. Let me know when you are here, and I'll be happy to show you around.
20 August 2003
(After many e-mails back and forth about alternative accommodation)
You are a honey. Thank you so much for keeping me in mind...The information concerning the POW's that escaped with the help of the Aurets reads as follows:
"At the Simonstown camp the prisoners were frequently taken to the beach to wash and swim in the sea, and on one of these occasions Hjalmar Pettersone-Janek, one of the Scandinavians captured at Magersfontein, had himself buried in the sand with a reed to breathe through. This ruse worked, and he made his way from Cape Town to Lourenco Marques and back into the Transvaal, where he joined the Lichtenburg Commando." I am not sure that he was one of the three because they joined up with Jan Smuts but it's a pretty good story.
Thank you once again. Sincerely, Joan Abrahams.