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88 Dorries Drive | Froggy Farm | Simon's Town, Cape Town - 7975 | enquiries@avianleisure.com
Mobile : +27 83 272 2455 | Tel/Fax : +27 21 786 1414 | Postal Address : P.O. Box 74 | Simon's Town 7995
Skype: mlcardwell


A selection of our Guest Book entries:

 

We have so appreciated Avian Leisure and Shearwater Cottage. The experience has been wonderful, the view spectacular, including whales, backyard birds of wonder, and evening 'porky' pleasures. The spacious cottage had everything we needed and the (Pin-tailed)  Whydah kept a close eye on us. Thank you for the ... good advice! Sad to leave this paradise this morning.
Carol & Scott Blackard, Colorado USA, November 2014

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Avian Leisure. We thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality, the stunning view, the birdlife and of course the porcupine from close up!
Christina & Christo-Maria, Kwa-zulu Natal, October 2014

Even all the superb reviews online did not prepare me for the magnificent yard, and stunning array of wildlife with the thrilling porcupine. Glad I was smart enough to book nights both at the beginning AND end of our trip!
Denise Mann & Tim Scarff, California, September 2014

Your place is truly elegant and relaxing at the same time. Thank you for helping us have an incredible vacation
Julia Stein, Paris, August 2014

What a wonderful place! Very nice stay, everything was so great!
Such an amazing stay in this marvellous place. Thank you so much Marie-Louise and Patrick for your welcome. We will be back!
Belgian Nature Group, July 2014

This remains a special place...! Thanks so much again for your excellent hospitality, Patrick for his birding expertise and ML for tip top five star accommodation. 4th visit and we'll be back again soon!
Jordaan family, Sasolburg, June 2014

We have spent a lovely week here on the Cape. What an amazing place. Many thanks to Patrick & ML for their warm welcome and fantastic apartment. Hope to return.
Paul Willoughby & family, Leeds, UK, April 2014

Very nice stay with sea, birds, fantastic view, and a warm welcome!
Annita & Olivier Leferbvre, France, March 2014

What a pleasure to have a comfy sofa after B&B's! Great photo opportunities including 'tame' sunbirds and zebras in the park. Thank you for all the inside information, warm welcome. Fantastic place to relax and feast the eyes.
Alan & Jane Penson, UK, February 2014

My thanks for my trouble-free stay. I leave relaxed ad ready to face the world again. Look forward to my next visit.
Robert Brown, Germany, January 2014

One more on our list of Top accommodations in SA (and we know a lot..). Best value for money, Thank you.
Beate & Michael, Germany, January 2014

Thanks for a wonderful stay. We had a relaxing time in a very beautiful spot
Davidson family, Australia, December 2013

Thank you for your hospitality and absolutely gorgeous place - the convenience of providing little necessities (like salt and Dishwashing liquid)! What a wonderful retreat after a busy year's exhaustion.
James, Christine & family, Namibia, December 2013

This was simply wonderful!. Lovely accommodation, fantastic views and the garden wildlife was glorious.
Mel Ab Owain & Heather Kidd, UK, October 2013

This must be the best base there is for birdwatching in the Western Cape, Patrick and Marie-Louise take care of us in the best possible way, the facilities and the view is great and we couldn't wish for better
Norwegian group, October 2013

Words do not usually escape me but, in this case, it is impossible to say anythign different from what your many happy guests have said before. Avian Leisure is a pleasure in all ways: birds, view, location, accommodation, and of course, hosts!
Mackays, Canada, October 2013

Thank you for the most wonderful stay at Avian Leisure. We couldn't have asked for a more idyllic setting and mreo luxurious accommodation. It's just perfect...
Waldens, South Africa, May 2013

Unparalleled view and beautiful accommodations (Shearwater)
James Green & Family, UK, December 2012

What contributed to your stay? The garden with birds and porcupines, clean and fresh accommodations, great service-mindedness of the hosts! Many thanks for the hospitality, we really appreciated the stay!!! (Shearwater)
Gabrielsson Family, Sweden, December 2012

Spaciousness of the apartment and the relaxing view made our stay special. (Shearwater)
Kennet Alvinsson, Sweden, December 2012

Penguins, view, quiet, good beds, flowers and birds all contributed to a fantastic overnight stay! (Watsonia)
Carole van Cauter, France, December 2013

Cheerful, bright, clean and homely accommodation which I felt was home from home even without the sea view (Watsonia) Bev & Clive Bateman, South Africa, September 2012 We loved the hospitality, cleanliness, safe environment - a cozy home from home atmosphere, had a wonderful stay. (Watsonia)
Gretchen Grove, Hawaii, September 2012

Avian Leisure has been the most stunning establishment we'd visited during our whole stay at the Western Cape! It is the most beautiful, clean, spacious place with the most stunning views of Simons Town. We also found all-information pamphlets on the apartment's desk, which were very helpful, but not only that - our friendly hosts, Marie-Louise and Patrick has been very helpful, always there if needed and their service are the best. The bird life is beautiful and we even saw porcupines around eight in the evenings. We will be back for sure and we will also tell all our friends and family about Avian Leisure. Thanks a million!
Sanet van Mazijk, South Africa, March 2012

‘We have been traveling for several months and this has been the most outstanding accommodation! Thank you’
Nancy & Hector Roach, Canada

This is absolutely a piece of paradise! Thank you both for your kindness and warmth. We had a lovely relaxed time!'
Debbie Brit - Bryanston, Gauteng

‘This (Shearwater) must be the biggest bedroom with the best view we have ever stayed in. Wonderful!!’
Bob & Sylvia Tuck, North Yorkshire, UK, February 2010

A wonderful week in Simon’s Town – loved the birds, porcupines and the views. Thanks for the hospitality’
Lockett Family, Australia, December 2009

‘A stunning view, spacious apartment and a wonderful stay! Many thanks.‘
Bedford Family, Peak District, UK, January 2010

We stayed in Shearwater and wow this apartment was fantastic. The views from the rooms were outstanding and the rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated with so many little extra touches (flowers in the room and laid on the towels). Apartment fully equipped and so peaceful.Lots of information about the surrounding area. We missed the porcupine in the garden but enjoyed watching and listening to the birds. We only stayed for one night at the end of our holiday and I wish it could have been for longer. It was paradise. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Would recommend to family and friends.
David & Karen Johnson, UK, October 2010

The views from the apartment, the helpfulness and friendliness of Patrick and Marie-Louise, the location, the apartment itself – beautiful – the best bedroom ever!! Porcupine and bird views from the balcony.
Susan & Gene Schlicher, UK, October 2010

Very hospitable and helpful hosts, beautifully appointed apartments, wonderful views, birds in the garden
Richard & Elisabeth Vanderlip, USA, October 2010

Beautiful furnishings and stunning wall pictures and photos – wonderful facilities – really a very special two days for us. Penguins and porcupines were the highlight of our holiday!
S Walker, Johannesburg, September 2010

'Unbelievable start to our SA holiday. The view is unforgettable, the birding was brilliant and the people special.'
Maureen & David Borrowdale, North Yorkshire, UK

'Really such a nice place to stay, great views over the bay with whales every day'
Keith & Mel Seaton - Lincolnshire, UK (September)

'Avian Leisure is first class - great accommodation with magnificent views and great local birding. The basis for a really memorable holiday and an excellent centre for birding the Cape'
Sue & Ron Johns, Norfolk, UK

Helpful and considerate hosts, Patrick’s expertise and attention to detail provided a most memorable and first-rate birding experience.
Dennis and Carol Walden, North America, September 2010

The view, the porcupine, the welcome and especially how helpful you were. Beautiful clean apartment. Two nights are far too short!
Helen Briolet, France, August 2010

The warmth, generosity and experience of the hosts – peaceful location – wealth of fascinating activities – amazing rooms, terrace and view! Nothing to be done to improve the service and accommodation – it’s perfect!
Eve Lawson, Norway, July 2010

"Our time spent at Avian Leisure has been an experience we will never forget. Our hosts, Marie-Louise and Patrick, went out of their way to make us feel completely at home and taken care of. Their warmth, generosity and knowledge of the Cape Town area were greatly appreciated, as well as the beautiful decor, spacious terrace and stunning views over False Bay. Avian Leisure is perfectly situated for all of the Cape's recreational activities and an easy trip to Cape Town center. We could not recommend Avian Leisure more highly - every superlative is deserved!"
Eve Lawson & friends, Norway & USA, July 2010

"Your place is truly inspiring; the view just makes us want to fall in love with this area every morning. Will definitely be back!"
Paul & Candice Tootell, Johannesburg, July 2010

"It was a pleasure to stay here. The apartment is gorgeous with a mind blowing view. Our gracious hosts were very welcoming. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Azzorpardi family, Paris, Malta and Latvia, June 2010

"We rate it as the Best accommodation where we’ve ever been! It was amazing! And the porcupine sighting was a Five star experience."
Fred Veyrunes and parents, France, May 2010

‘Helpful, friendly , thoughtful hosts. Great location & accommodation. Great garden & view & lots to see and do. The ocean, fresh air, sound of the wind, the waves, birds all contribute to being "music for the soul"; peaceful - hard to leave!''
George, Carol & Jack, Canada, March 2010

'Wonderful views, porcupine and birds in the garden, great hospitality, and delightful penguins in the little paradise of Simon's Town'
Eveline and Wolfgang Zinssmeister, SA & Germany, March 2010


‘This (Shearwater) must be the biggest bedroom with the best view we have ever stayed in. Wonderful!!’
Bob & Sylvia Tuck, North Yorkshire, UK, February 2010

A wonderful week in Simon’s Town – loved the birds, porcupines and the views. Thanks for the hospitality’
Lockett Family, Australia, December 2009

‘A stunning view, spacious apartment and a wonderful stay! Many thanks.‘
Bedford Family, Peak District, UK, January 2010

‘Amazing view, great recommendations, very informative reading material. Also the hike was a real highlight. Many thanks for your hospitality.’

The Bell Family, USA - August 2009

"Our 2nd stay – still fantastic standards and the view gets better each time – we will be back!"
Pamela & Paul Kirby, UK – August 2009

‘Great appointment of accommodation with brilliant view to the bay. Superb porcupine sightings!!’
Torbjorn Eriksen, Denmark – July 2009

‘We have been traveling for several months and this has been the most outstanding accommodation! Thank you’
Nancy & Hector Roach, Canada

‘Splendid accommodation in a magnificent setting. Thank you for your kind hospitality’
Peter & Monika Lor, Belgium

'This is absolutely a piece of paradise! Thank you both for your kindness and warmth. We had a lovely relaxed time!'
Debbie Brit - Bryanston, Gauteng

'Unbelievable start to our SA holiday. The view is unforgettable, the birding was brilliant and the people special.'
Maureen & David Borrowdale, North Yorkshire, UK

'Really such a nice place to stay, great views over the bay with whales every day'
Keith & Mel Seaton - Lincolnshire, UK (September)

'Great view, apartment and extraordinary hospitality! Thanks for making it a great end of our trip'
Helena Amandusson & Mathias Theander, Guteborg, Sweden

'Avian Leisure is first class - great accommodation with magnificent views and great local birding. The basis for a really memorable holiday and an excellent centre for birding the Cape'
Sue & Ron Johns, Norfolk, UK

November 2008: Accommodation in Watsonia at Avian Leisure:
What contributed to your stay? ‘Penguins! Patrick's knowledge and help, Great library!'
Tom & Sue Leskiw

November 2008: Accommodation in Shearwater & Watsonia at Avian Leisure for group of Canadians:
What contributed to your stay? ‘The hike up Swartberg led by Patrick, visiting porcupines, super guide'

This is absolutely a piece of paradise! Thank you both for your kindness and warmth. We had a lovely relaxed time!

- Debbie Brit - Bryanston, Gauteng

If perfection doesn't exist upon Earth, staying a week at Avian Leisure, and birding with Patrick and Marie-Louise in the Western Cape, comes very close to it.
- Josep del Hoyo: Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful accommodation and perfect birding directions. I will especially remember your detailed maps! Plus a dream come true pelagic seabird trip.
- Richard Hell: MA, USA

The Cardwell's have two smashing self-catering apartments under their Simon's Town home, but what we really liked on our pincer-movement, was that they offer so very much more than that. Patrick is a naturalist and there is nothing he doesn't know about his surroundings – and that's the whole of South Africa, not just Simons' Town, Whether it's a bird-watching tour from the Zimbabwe border to the Garden Route coastline or a detailed search for Northern Cape lizards, he's your man.
- Greenwood Guide Handpicked Accommodation

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