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Bay Leaf Cottage

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Bay Leaf Cottage

4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
Hot tubThis is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

The space

Bay Leaf Cottage is located in the trendy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town. ”Obs”, as it is known to residents, is renowned for it’s Victorian architecture, eateries, pubs, shops, theatres and clubs on the popular Lower Main Road strip and is well located with quick and easy access to the tourist attractions of Cape Town.

Self catering, it is equipped with a bathroom with cast iron Victorian bath and shower (in addition to the hot and cold shower in the private courtyard). The sunny, private courtyard has barbecue/braai facilities and a comfortable table and chairs for outdoor dining. Off-street parking for a medium-sized car, e.g. Toyota Verso, is provided behind an automated gate. Satellite TV and WiFi included.


Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Cable TV

House Rules

Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 2PM - 10PM
Check out by 10AM


Wide doorway to the home’s entrance
Well-lit path to entrance


31 Reviews

Pat User Profile
February 2014
It is the million little things - Gwendoline touches - that make your stay at Bay Leaf Cottage so comfortable. First off, a great safe funky location with easy to follow directions to everything provided by the Bay Leaf Handbook. Not one thing missing in the kitchen and house to …
Anne-Marie User Profile
March 2013
A great cottage - well taken care of and well equipped. Great location - a range of restaurants and cafes, nightlife, close to the university/airport/town. Gwen is close at hand should anything be required but is never intrusive. There are small but lovely touches - roses and cho…
Wolf User Profile
January 2018
After 31 days in Bay Leaf Cottage in Observatory near Groote Schuur Hospital we felt like genuine Capetonians leaving their home. Our home was large for only two persons (2 bedrooms) with a guaranteed parking space in front of the house or even behind the gate on the premises. A …
Daniel User Profile
December 2017
We have recently returned from a one month stay in this lovely cottage. It is really well equipped, with everything one could possibly want in a holiday home, and is situated in a quiet street in the quirky and bohemian area of Observatory. Gwen, the owner of the cottage, lives n…
Veronique User Profile
October 2017
I stayed at Gwen's place for a month after living in Cape Town this year and I cannot give enough compliments. Gwen was SO helpful, kind, happy to answer questions, and extremely flexible and welcoming despite my ever changing schedule! Gwen provided to me much more than an Airbn…
Gwendoline User Profile
Response from Gwendoline:
Thank you Veronique, it really was a pleasure having you, and later Stafan visiting. I do hope you visit Cape Town and Bay Leaf Cottage again soon! Take care.
October 2017
Amy User Profile
July 2017
I booked Gwen's place for two college students who were working on a short term project at UCT. Location was perfect-- central enough for restaurants, public transit, etc... but safe and secure. Gwen was a wonderful host next door. Students were happy and place was great. Will b…
Gwendoline User Profile
Response from Gwendoline:
It was a pleasure Amy! They were perfect guests.
July 2017
Libby And Jim User Profile
Libby And Jim
February 2017
Our first AirBNB experience was a huge success thanks to Gwen and the Bay Leaf Cottage. Gwen has thought of everything for a comfortable stay, from the thoroughly equipped kitchen, to high quality linens, beach towels, a cooler, and little things you might need. The cottage is ve…

Hosted by Gwendoline

Cape Town, South AfricaJoined in September 2012
Gwendoline User Profile
31 Reviews
Hi, I am a born and bred Capetonian and have lived in Observatory for 30 years. I am in love with the area, it’s vibe and the people. Traveling, meeting new people and interacting with different people is what I enjoy the most.
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day
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