Rocky Pools is a far cry from some of the face-brick monstrosities along this stretch of the Bettys Bay coast. As far as beach houses go, it sits way near the top of the pile – tasteful design, unobstructed views, and an uncluttered interior befitting the ideal beach holiday.

As the name suggests, Rocky Pools is protected from the Bettys Bay ocean by a buffer of jagged rock pools and coastal fynbos. A short stroll to the left leads to Penguin Point and its population of quirky birds, while an amble to the right lands you on Betty’s long moody beach.

The prime setting is exploited with a shady veranda equipped with lime-washed Morris-style furniture, and a sheltered braai area built around the local rock. Stepping through the wide glass sliding doors (again, a sensible choice), the interior is spotless and the fittings and fabrics tastefully coordinated. Kilims, downlighters, DSTV (with a choice of four remote controls!) and a dishwasher lend a definite luxurious touch, complemented by screed floors and cretestoned walls.

The main bedrooms are ensuite and have wide ocean views from their queen-size beds, while the open-plan living area is spacious and conducive to a very sociable weekend, combining a limewashed country kitchen, a long dining table and comfy couches set around a massive hearth for those dark and stormy nights.