houses, Indoor / Outdoor, Seaside

The Ultimate Surfing Retreat

Elsa Young

The story of this bracingly cool beach house overlooking some of Cape Town’s best surf breaks is one that completes a joyful circle. Perhaps its owners, Daniel and Dominique Beatty, were destined to set up a home for their family on this very spot, just a few steps off the fine white sand of Long Beach in Kommetjie. beatty-home-view The dune on which it was built is where Dan and his brother Matthew, the home's architect, virtually grew up. It was Matthew Beatty who taught Dan how to surf, and once he'd got the hang of it, he was smitten. 'I spent around 20 years surfing almost every day, sometimes four times a day, and most of it in the waves that you can see from our house,' Dan says.

Get the full story 'Lightness of Being' on page 60 of the HL December 2015 issue.

Dan and Dom's home truths

The first thing we do when we get home is take our shoes off and breathe in the fresh air (Dom); run upstairs and see what the wind is doing (Dan). We love Kommetjie because it's close to Boulders, Cape Point and Kalk Bay, and for a young family there are so many adventures waiting to happen, from picnics at Cape Point Vineyards to sandwiches at Olifantsbos, or chasing penguins through the rocks. (Dom). There's nothing better than driving home with kids full of salt and sand, fast asleep because they've just had the best time ever (Dom). beatty_kidsroom We're part of a wonderful neighbourhood – everyone knows everyone, so a 30-second walk becomes a 30-minute walk as we catch up on the gossip (Dom). Whoever wakes up first will drive the kids to Kalk Bay to buy croissants fresh from the oven at Olympia Café. Back home we'll take the croissants and a pot of coffee down to the beach with our picnic blanket. The kids will draw elephants in the sand and paddle for seashells, and Dan will go surfing (Dom). If we're feeling ambitious, Scarborough and Misty Cliffs are 10 minutes away and we'll drive down and pick mussels for supper. (Dom). One of my non-negotiables when we built was the roof terrace – a perfect space for a beer or glass of wine in the evenings. Torben calls it the eagles' nest. I'm sure he'll find it more exciting when he's tall enough to see over the walls. (Dan). beatty_bunktvroom2 White Waters is available for short-term or holiday rentals through Perfect Hideaways,