Getaways in Western Cape
13 Pondokkie, Cape Agulhas & Struisbaai, Western Cape
"Rustic family beach house within Agulhas National Park"
13 Pondokkie is a rustic seaside holiday house in Suiderstrand, which falls within the Agulhas National Park. The house is circled by fynbos and the lilting sounds of birdlife, with great views stretching into the blue yonder. The pebbled musical beach is an easy 250m stroll from the house...
5 Camp Street Self-Catering, City Bowl, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Guesthouse and 5 luxury self-catering apartments in the City Bowl "
This fairly new establishment located just off Cape Town's happening Kloof Street is a a good-value option with an accompanying package of convenient bells and whistles. 5 Camp Street features both a guesthouse (which can be taken as a self-catering whole) and five luxurious self-catering apartments,...
75 on Hoofweg, Yzerfontein, Western Cape
"Four-bedroomed holiday house along Yzerfontein's beachfront"
Waking up to rolling Atlantic breakers, sandy buckets and spades heaped at the front door, a griddle of fresh langoustines on the lunch braai… All within an hour or so from Cape Town. 75 on Hoofweg is a spacious holiday home along Yzerfontein's seafront. And by 'seafront' we mean virtually...
A Log Home at Buffalo Creek, Swellendam, Western Cape
"An eight-sleeper log cabin with awesome valley and mountain views"
A rural Overberg setting in the Buffelsjag valley 11 kays from Swellendam, a backdrop of rolling hills giving rise to the Langeberg mountains, A Log Home at Buffalo Creek definitely gets the Budget Getaways nod as a well-rounded package. Built of raw timber, the cabin combines rustic country...
Albert Manor Guest House, Ladismith, Western Cape
"Historic Victorian guesthouse with B&B rooms and a self-catering option"
A little jittery about that roadtrip into the Karoo badlands, not quite sure what the R62 has up it's sleeve? In that case we suggest you aim for Ladismith and lay your weary head at the Albert Manor Guesthouse. This is a classy pad exuding charm and grace - like it did back in the days of...
Aloe Cottage, Darling, Western Cape
"Luxury cottage on the outskirts of the village"
Located within a small fynbos estate of ten houses on the outskirts of the village, Aloe Cottage offers arguably the best views and, rand for rand, the most luxurious self-catering stay in Darling. Hogging a good position at the edge of the estate, the cottage is circled by a small garden...
Anna se Huis, Yzerfontein, Western Cape
"Large holiday house with direct ocean views and easy access to the beach"
Anna se Huis is a cavernous peachy house set one street back and a mere 150m from Yzerfontein's long sandy shore. This direct proximity to the beach, the ocean views spilling out from just about every room and angle, and the very reasonable price tag makes Anna a most feasible option - not to mention...
Appelhuis, Barrydale, Western Cape
"1000ha fruit farm with a private cottage"
The alluringly-named Appelhuis once served time as a storage shed for harvested apples. While the rest of the sprawling (1000ha) Doornriver farm continues apace as an active fruit-producing enterprise, Appelhuis has since switched careers - today it's a lovingly restored self-catering stone cottage....
Apricot Farm, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Fruit farm with a cosy timber cottage"
This looks like a lovely weekend spot - a cosy timber cabin circled by green lawns and set between apricot and peach trees, with an outlook over the vineyards and distant Langeberg mountains. Stepping past the deck, inside it's all cosy sweet-smelling pine from one end to the other. There are...
Arendsig Farmhouse, Robertson, Western Cape
"A spacious farmhouse appointed 300m from the Breede River "
With majestic mountains rising up in the distance, and circled by green grass, vineyards, plum, apricot and peach trees, Arendsig appears to offer a most pleasant group stay. And unlike some of the scary places we have come across on our travels into the dark interior this particular farmhouse...
Arum Lily & Aloe Cottage, Stanford, Western Cape
"Working farm with two private cottages"
Lying 9km from Stanford, on a small working farm of vineyards, springbuck, a bonsai nursery and dams stocked with trout, black bass and tilapia, Arum Lily Cottage and Aloe Cottage are a pair of rustic cottages framed by beautiful views of the Kleinrivier mountains. Both are rustic unpretentious...
Asher Riverside Cottages, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Four spacious cottages overlooking the Breede River"
Fast becoming an established kid on the Bonnievale block, Asher (meaning ‘blessed’) has a growing following. And the reason is clear to see. It occupies one of the best spots along the Breede River - a broad stretch of tranquil water, flanked by vineyards, giant blue gum and stupendous...
Assegai Rest, Robertson, Western Cape
"Relaxed four-bedroom farmhouse and two tipi camspites on a small farm in the picturesque Klaasvoogds valley"
Fifteen kays from Robertson and tucked away at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on a 12ha tract of fertile farming land, Assegai Rest is a down to earth escape from your usual humdrum of city traffic and yapping neighbourhood pooches. Circled by pretty surrounds (crammed with hiking and mountain...
At Rivers Edge, Stanford, Western Cape
"French-Provencal-styled cottage on the banks of the Klein River"
You’ve just finished Peter Mayle's In Provence… a small French village, rambling countryside, a picturesque cottage under moss-covered terracotta, children skipping around the garden, lilting laughter following in their wake… Good news is there's no need for that 12...
B's Cottage, Stanford, Western Cape
"Characterful thatched cottage in the village with picturesque garden and mountain view"
Set directly across the way from Stanford’s tiny stone church and Market Square, in an English garden of lavender, daisies and roses, B’s Cottage has achieved minor gem status in her short existence. Only a few years old, she has the rustic character of a farm cottage that’s...
Babylon's Tower Cottage, Hermanus, Western Cape
"Private farm cottage with open views over the Hemel en Aarde valley"
With a long voorstoep spilling gentle Hemel en Aarde vistas, and an elegant understated interior of muted tones, exposed beams and screed floors, this one will have you in it's grip in no time. Big on farm vibe, a weekend at Babylons Tower Cottage is centered around a spacious living room and...
Barn Owl Farm, Ladismith, Western Cape
"Restored historic barn on a Klein Karoo farm"
The charm of this organically-styled ex-barn lies not only in the fact that many moons back it housed farming implements and livestock, but that its quirky charm has been lovingly carried over into the present. A generous dollop of modern day comfort has also since been added, resulting in one...
Beaumont Cottages, Caledon, Western Cape
"Wine farm with two historic cottages"
Beaumont Wines is a family-run farm situated in the tiny hamlet of Bot River at the foot of the Houw Hoek Pass, a mere hour's drive from Cape Town and en route to Hermanus. The farm has two lovingly restored historic guest cottages. Both are self-catering and have a fully equipped kitchen,...
Bed Lemon Cottage, Stanford, Western Cape
"Restored period cottage with large garden in Stanford village "
Do your kids bedside stories have you hankering after that perfect Hansel and Gretel country cottage, vine-covered trellises, evergreen lawns, dappled sunlight, a quant little village nearby where never a harsh word is spoken?… Question is, how to turn fairytale into reality? Well,...
Bella de Karoo, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
"Klein Karoo farm (and farmstall) with four rustic-luxuy B&B units"
This 19th-century barn has come a long way since the days when it housed wagons, ploughs and probably a flock or two of sheep escaping the Karoo death-chill. It's a somewhat different place today - lovingly and tastefully restored by dynamic owner Marianne Smit, it's a Karoo melting pot of old-world...
Bellamanga Country House, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"200ha farm and wedding venue with a B&B guesthouse, four self-catering cottages, three B&B rondavels, and two self-catering garden suites "
A sprawling 200ha estate inland from Plett, Bellamanga makes for a simple no-nonsense B&B or self-catering getaway for larger groups, weddings, family gatherings, couples, or for that matter anyone wanting a Plett base removed from the heaving masses 20km down the hill. Some straight-to-the-point...
Beloftebos Farm Cottages, Stanford, Western Cape
"Large farm adjacent to Salmonsdam Nature Reserve with a wedding venue and four privately-appointed traditional cottages"
Only 15km from Stanford, privately appointed and circled by magnificent Overberg views, Beloftebos offers homely traditional farm ambience and a useful springboard to the surrounding area. The farm is direct neighbour to the Salmonsdam Nature Reserve and its waterfalls and hikes, which makes...
Bergen Dam Cottage, Bredasdorp, Western Cape
"Large dairy farm with a secluded renovated worker's cottage"
Bergen Dam is a very nicely renovated worker's cottage sitting stoksiel alone on the foothills of the Soetmuisberg mountains. The uninterrupted views spilling out from all sides of the cottage include wide open stretches of undulating veld, low-slung mountains clad in fynbos and the farm's...
Beyond the Moon Guest Farm, Wilderness, Western Cape
"A 24ha family-friendly farm in the beautiful Outeniqua foothills with five self-catering cottages"
This beautiful spot in the majestic Outeniqua’s is no Dark Side of the Moon. In fact, a few days at Beyond the Moon Guest Farm is guaranteed to bring back the sparkle and have you, err... shining on like a crazy diamond. Spread across 24ha of lush green this is Garden Route at it's best:...
Bibi's Joy, Swellendam, Western Cape
"'Rustic-modern' solar powered cottage in a secluded setting outside Suurbraak village"
Let’s set the tone with a recent guest comment: “If you need peace and tranquility away from the city bustle, this is the place to go. Rustic, comfortable, serene... after one day you don't want to leave.” Another one: "It really is the ideal breakaway...
Bird Cottage & Frog Lodge, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Small grape farm with two cottages"
What we have here are two cozy and quaint Victorian cottages on a small grape enterprise named Montagne Farm, perched on the steep slopes of Franschhoek Peak. Both cottages sit pretty in their own tended gardens, at a suitable distance from the main house where Graham and Paddy and their hounds...
Blackwood Cottage, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"Garden cottage on a smallholding at the edge of the Harkerville forest"
Whether you’re hitting the legendary MTB trails at Harkerville, or just looking for a chill-out spot off the main track between Plett and Knysna, Blackwood Lodge throws some punch as a mix of the convenient, neat and tidy, and the tranquil. Backed by a small forest of blackwood trees and...
Blommekloof Country Cottages, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
"Farm along the Robinson Pass (off R328, between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay) with a three-bedroomed cottage and a two-bedroomed eco cottage."
16 hectares of lush mountain paradise along the off-the-beaten track Robinson Pass, Blommekloof offers two gorgeous farm cottages, the beautifully renovated and spacious Old Cottage and a recently completed and off-the-grid, eco abode know as Sunflower Cottage. Both are pet friendly, meaning Fido,...
Blue Gum Cottages, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Farm along the Breede River with two laid-back cottages"
About 5km out of Bonnievale, Blue Gum Cottages is a laid-back and family-friendly spot with two cottages spread along the banks of the Breede. First off is Blue Gum Cottage itself - a private and rustic cottage tucked, as the name suggests, in the shade of a giant old blue gum tree, mere...
Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat, Uniondale, Western Cape
"360ha farm 30km from Uniondale and close to the Prince Alfred Pass, with five cottages"
Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat offers a sane alternative to the Knysna and Plett December mayhem. Tucked safely inland, among the rolling Kouga Mountains, this 300ha farm lies just 30km from sleeply Uniondale and not far from the start of the beautiful Prince Alfred Pass - which many an intrepid Karoo...
Bo La Motte Farm Cottages, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Small farm with five Cape-style country cottages"
An 11ha farm just outside Franschhoek, Bo La Motte has historically always been a reliable bet for families. Although considerably spruced up since the old days the general ambience is still of an easygoing Old MacDonald type of escape like grandma used to make, with ducks, chickens, friendly...
Boesmansdrift Farmhouse, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Fruit and wine farm with a spacious house set 1.4km from the Breede River"
From Boesmansdrift's guestbook... "Thank you for a wonderful weekend. It was such a treat to relax in this beautiful place. Your little touches made us feel welcome – we wanted to stay for the whole week!" "A true hidden treasure! Even though it was mid-winter, this...
Bonfrutti, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Farm at the foot of the Langeberg mountains with a traditional farmhouse and three cottages"
Situated at the foot of the dramatic Langeberg mountains, off the R60 between Montagu and Swellendam, Bonfrutti offers wholesome country living on a fruit and wine farm, with oodles of fresh country air and clear mountain streams, topped off with comfortable self-catering cottages. Oppiwerf consists...
Bordeaux River Cottages, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Three timber cottages with own jetties on the banks of the Breede River"
Surrounded by orchards and vineyards in the broad Breede River valley, and eight kilometers from Bonnievale, lies the farm Bordeaux and its three rustic timber cottages. It's the type of weekend spot you’ll find yourself lazing about on your wooden deck, hat resting gently over face, the...
Boschkloof Farm Cottages, Citrusdal, Western Cape
"1000ha citrus farm with two rustic-luxury traditional cottages"
Fringed by a rush of orange groves and oak and poplar trees, Boschkloof offers two upmarket farm cottages squeezed between folded mountains. With the Cedarberg Wilderness Area as its immediate neighbour, the farm is a most appealing combination of the lush, cosy and dramatic. Lying...
Brakdakkie Guest Cottages, Prince Albert, Western Cape
"Four Karoo-chic cottages with private splash pools in Prince Albert"
Back in the 1850’s, when Prince Albert was little more than a scattering of thatch roofs, ox wagons and dusty roads, a farm by the name of Sonskyn could be found dozing on the outskirts of the village. More than 160 years down the line Sonskyn is still there, and, in contrast to...
Breede Escape, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Farm on the Breede River with two River Camps and a wedding venue for maximum 130 guests"
A Zulu camp on the Breede River is one way to describe this excellent group getaway, comprising two separate River Camps with mini reed-and-thatch rondawels and a lapa. The River Camps can accommodate a tribe of 24 and 16, respectively. The cute rondawels are tiny hutches, just...
Breede River Queen, Malgas, Western Cape
"Luxury house on the banks of the Breede River"
Old Queen E and her entourage of corgis wouldn't scoff at this Breede River beauty. Especially not after the gushing feedback coming from the commoners who've already graced its halls. “We had such fun staying in the gorgeous, comfortable house.” “Highly recommend a visit, especially...
Britannia Beach Self-catering Accommodation, St Helena Bay, Western Cape
"Self-catering apartment on the beachfront in Britannia Bay"
You’ll find this sparkling two-bedroomed apartment along a palm-lined avenue called Golden Mile Boulevard, in Britannia Bay. Although technically on the beach, the whale’s share of sea-view is taken up by your host’s house. This is not a train smash as the sound of crashing...
Buitenstekloof Mountain Cottages, Robertson, Western Cape
"A 1300ha working wine farm below the Langeberg, with five private cottages in a kloof"
Buitenstekloof describes itself as "a jewel in Nature's crown". We would certainly back up this claim (even though we haven't been there), 'cause what you've got here is a pristine kloof at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, harboring a rich array of birdlife, small game, tortoises,...
Cape Point Cottage and Villa, Simon's Town, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Stone cottage and double storey villa between Simon's Town and Cape Point Nature Reserve"
Cape Point Cottage comes pretty close to fitting the fantasy weekend cottage. What's more, you don't need to drive forever and a day to live the dream. Situated just five minutes (by car) from the front gate of Cape Point Nature Reserve and 7km along from Simon's Town proper, this historic...
Cape Point Cottages, Scarborough, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Nature farm near Cape Point with two cottages"
Now, here is one getaway that smacks of classic Cape - two traditional cottages built by early farmers at Cape Point over a century ago. Stone Cottage and Top House lie at the foot of the Swartkopberge, virtually opposite the gate at Cape Point. This prime appointment translates into unrestricted...
Cazablues Guest Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
"Guest farm with two cottages on the banks of the Goukou River"
The setting at Cazablues Guest Farm couldn’t be more idyllic. Rambling gardens overlooking the moody Goukou River, overflowing with lavender, lemon, avocado, pomegranate, almond and papaya trees, free range chickens and guinea fowl, a choice of two lovely cottages, easy access (9km) to Stilbaai...
Cedar Peak, Porterville, Western Cape
"Mountain farm in the Groot Winterhoek with a spacious farmhouse and a newly-restored cottage"
Cedar Peak is a mountaintop nature farm perched at the top of Dasklip Pass, about 10km from the entrance to Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Nature Reserve and its Jupiter landscape of weird and wonderful sandstone formations. As such, the farm is surrounded by several mountain ranges and the Olifants...
Champagne by the River Campsite & Cottage, Greyton, Western Cape
"Fruit farm with a private campsite and a cottage on the Zonderend River"
A fruit farm on the Zonderend River, Champagne offers a small campsite, a new bushcamp and a cottage, all set on the water and with a lovely open outlook towards the mountains. The campsite is sheltered and private (great for a single group booking!), and the adjoining river...
Coen's House & Daantjies House, Porterville, Western Cape
"A pair of adjoining farms in the Groot Winterhoek, with two rambling farmhouses"
What we have here are two adjoining farms of 130ha each, both sitting high up in the Groot Winterhoek Mountain Conservancy, and each with an old farmhouse tailored to the ideal group getaway. First off is Coen's House, a four-bedroom (two of them ensuite) clay and stone house, combining the...
Columbine Nature Reserve, Paternoster, Western Cape
"Coastal reserve with a rustic campsite"
Every now and then one stumbles across an exception to the general rule of ‘progress’. Columbine Reserve, or Tieties Bay, as it is commonly known, is one such exception. Nature as God intended it, evangelises Mr Dekker, a State-employed official who has passionately nursed Tieties over...
Country Haven Cottage, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Cozy two bedroom cottage in the heart of Swellendam"
Keen for a cosy stayover in historic Swellendam? Whether you intend exploring the dusty tracks of the Overberg or planning a trip to the Garden Route and leaving Cape Town late, Swellendam makes a pretty near perfect pitstop. Country Haven Cottage is a quaint little two-bedroom cottage just...
Courchevel Cottage, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Four rustic-luxury farm cottages with vineyard and valley views"
Simple elegance framed by postcard views down the Franschhoek Valley pretty much sums up Courchevel Cottage. What's more, this rustic-romantic little hideaway sits on the rim of the Chamonix estate vineyards. All that's missing from the picture is YOU - a fine specimen slugging back a fine...
Danielshoogte Private Reserve, Aurora, Western Cape
"Mountaintop reserve with three cottages and a 'cave campsite'"
Here’s a mountaintop gem in the making that’ll have you and the fam chilling 800m in the clouds. With the grind of the city left far behind at sea level Danielshoogte Private Reserve sits atop Aurora Mountain, straddling some 2200ha of fynbos. Apart from simple accommodation,...
De Wilge, Worcester & Hex Valley, Western Cape
"Citrus Farm in the Nuy Valley, with a pair of adjacent luxury apartments "
Let’s dive right into the guest book on this one: “Rural luxury.” “This is an absolutely beautiful place to be.” “Gorgeous luxury decor.” “The accommodation is superb, the scenery beautiful.” You get the picture. Originally a wine cellar...
Delarey Farmstay, Yzerfontein, Western Cape
"Historic farmhouse on a Nguni cattle farm near Yzerfontein"
Let’s set the scene: Close to Cape Town, a big ol’ historic farmhouse, Nguni cattle (the prettiest of all bovines), an amazing beach just down the road (5km), crackling wood fires, lazy afternoon braais, starry nights… Got the picture? Good. Sleeping a grand total of 10, this...
Desert Wind Private Game Farm, Montagu, Western Cape
"An adventure game farm with a 10 sleeper self-catering guest house, a 4-sleeper self catering guest cottage, a 4-sleeper stone cottage and two luxury self-catering king suites"
A few choice guest snippets to get our wordy review of Desert Wind rolling… "For me Desert Wind Private Game Farm really is the ultimate getaway. I love the vast open spaces of untouched raw natural beauty that surrounds the farm… The house is comfortable and has everything...
Dew Cottage, Montagu, Western Cape
"Small organic farm with a privately appointed cottage"
Dew Cottage is a relaxed and private escape on a little organic fruit farm called Vredenshoogte - meaning 'Peaceful Heights', or, like someone aptly put it, 'The Height of Peace'. The farm itself is found in the Keisie Valley, a picturesque corner of the world, 25km from Montagu. Set in an...
Die Hoenderhok & Plaashuisie, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Small farm below the Langeberg with a pair of restored century-old cottages"
Pastoral bliss and a skyline dominated by the jagged peaks of the Langeberg are surely sufficient reason for a stop-over near (12km) Swellendam? Be it a midway break between mother city and Garden Route, or simply an excuse to get into the countryside, Die Hoenderhok and the recently added Plaashuisie offer...
Die Houthuis & A Snoozer's Cottage, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Persimmon, pomegranate and grape farm on the Breede River, with a rustic barn overlooking the water, and a casual house set 200m back"
As far as rustic weekend getaways go, Die Houthuis is the last of a dying breed – a place where not even Triple-X Gel can keep the hair up. It’s the oldest getaway in Bonnievale, dating back to 1968 when the Milnerton Jewish Guild sold what was then an old school building to one Laubscher...
Die Kraaltjie, Robertson, Western Cape
"Two-bedroom cottage on a fruit farm in the Breede River Valley"
Not far from your host's house and tucked into a lush garden setting on a working fruit farm 10km from Robertson, Die Kraaltjie is a character cottage suitably geared for a family of four to six. So whether you’re heading to the area for one of the valley’s famous wine festivals (Wacky...
Die Poort Private Nature Reserve, Calitzdorp, Western Cape
"Klein Karoo nature retreat in the Matjiesvlei valley, with three historic cottages"
Vast open space, Karoo silence, towering Swartberg peaks and rustic comfort sum up this 1250ha retreat tucked away at the end of the Matjiesvlei Valley, 17km outside Calitzdorp. Besides Die Poort’s awesome setting, bisected by the glistening thread of the Gamka River, the three private cottages...
Die Stal, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Restored milkingshed in the Hermitage Valley outside Swellendam"
The sweeping views from Die Stal towards Eenuurkop, Twaalfuurkop and Tienuurkop in Swellendam’s Hermitage Valley were once only appreciated by a few mooing cattle and their early morning milkers.â€¨â€¨ Thankfully times have changed and you now have opportunity...
Disa River Farm, Hout Bay, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Two acre farm outside Hout Bay with eco-cottages"
Tucked on the lower slopes of Hout Bay's mountains, Disa River Farm makes for an easy rural-type escape, but with the city's urban delights on standby should you suddenly feel out of your depth. Appointed on two acres of twisted trees and rambling rockery gardens, the gentle trickle of the...
Downunder, Simon's Town, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Modern beach house sleeping eight with superb ocean views"
With beach pads like this who needs to buy a cattle class air ticket to Bali and its hordes of Australians and other expats? S'truth mate, we have it all right here in Simon's Town. And we’re not talking damp fishing shack either; Downunder is the real deal. White-washed wooden floors,...
Dreamcatcher, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Renovated self-catering house (with pool) in the centre of Tulbagh"
How about a slow jaunt through wine country, a weekend swigging back some of the Cape's finest merlots and chenins, a backdrop of impressive scenery, historic sights and decent dining under ancient oaks? Add to your weekend of sniffing and spitting an elegant base camp, and you're all set to...
Drie Kuilen Nature Reserve, Montagu, Western Cape
"Proclaimed Nature Reserve in the Waboom Mountains with a farmhouse, three farm cottages and a group venue with 52 dorm beds"
It started off with an idea for a romantic weekend for just the two of you. But then the troops and your buddies got wind of it, who in turn informed gran and gramps… And now your sister’s just called to say that her three hooligans are strapped into their car seats and ready to go… Don’t...
Driftwood Cottage & Gumtree Cottage, Napier, Western Cape
"Two characterful cottages overlooking Napier"
For starters let's dip into Driftwood's guest book. "I loved the single space cottage - decor fitted my personality. If I had a home like this I'd be the happiest person alive" (Adrienne from Pretoria). "Absolutely lovely. We enjoyed being in an environment where so much is hand-crafted...
Eagles' Call Self-Catering Cottage & Tree House, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Small farm with a self-catering cottage and a tree house"
Eagles' Call can be found midway between Wilderness and Sedgefield on a small farm tucked between the ethereal Langvlei and Rondevlei lakes - both an integral part of the Wilderness National Park. Your bed in this pretty neck of the woods (which, by the way, is a birder's nirvana where the...
Eikebos Campsite, Greyton, Western Cape
"Farm with a 7-stand campsite under giant oak trees"
Appointed on a working farm 4km off the R406 between Caledon and Greyton, Eikebos offers a picturesque and intimate camping experience. With a grand total of seven stands, all shaded by majestic oak trees and circled by open views of rolling farmland and the Kleinswartberg, it's a far cry from...
Eikelaan Farm Cottages, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Working farm outside Tulbagh with three cottages "
Eikelaan is for those who like their bread with a thick layer of full cream butter. On offer at this neat working farm with wheat, vines and cattle is a pair of semi-detached luxury units and a newly added two-bedroomed cottage, all fronted by an open vista of green fields merging into blue...
Elands Bay Guesthouse, Elands Bay, Western Cape
"Four spacious self-catering houses/units 200m from the ocean, offering a variety of options for both small and large groups"
Finding decent accommodation Elands Bay is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. For the moment don’t even bother looking at the paltry alternatives – head straight to Elands Bay Guesthouse. Backdropped by mountain, and with neighbours to the left and right, it consists...
Elephant Leisure Resort, Citrusdal, Western Cape
"Mountain farm with 10 chalets and a wedding venue"
A few choice guest comments to get things on the road: “Unpretentiously unique.” “A hidden gem.” “Weekend away of pure bliss.” “Beautiful stay under the stars”. Hemmed in by a gorge at the base of the majestic Olifants Mountains 10 kays outside Citrusdal,...
Emett's Country Cottages, Hermanus, Western Cape
"Upmarket farmhouse and three cottages in the Hemel and Aarde Valley"
Take a deep breath, 'cause this review is jam-packed… First off, they don’t call this the Hemel and Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley) for nothing. And in this case you have 10ha of hemel to make your own for a few days. Lying in the protective shadow of the Babylonstoren,...
Enjo Nature Farm, Clanwilliam & Cederberg, Western Cape
"Nature farm in the Biedouw Valley with five thatch cottages and three private campsites"
The philosophy at Enjo Nature Farm is a simple one: Escape, breathe, relax and chill. Not a difficult undertaking when the surrounding scenery leaves your mouth hanging open at every turn. From mountain peaks to natural springs, fynbos galore to night skies dripping with stars, if your soul’s...
Fairfield Mountain Cottages, Ceres, Western Cape
"Large fruit farm with three private mountain cottages"
Fairfield takes the form of three tastefully renovated cottages at the foot of a serrated wall of rock that's draped in a sheet of cascading water in winter. A relatively new getaway, Fairfield has now come into its own. The area around the cottages has developed nicely, despite early morning...
Fairways Luxury Apartment, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
"Luxury apartment on the Mossel Bay Golf Estate"
The guest comments pretty much sum it up: “Wow!” say a couple on a golfing trip. “Excellence in a nutshell,” says another. "Very friendly hostess, good value for money, private and fantastic setting," says Ria. Clearly, Fairways Luxury Apartment, in the swanky...
Faraway Fields, Piketberg, Western Cape
"Small fynbos-clad mountain farm with three good value cottages"
Feeling a little hemmed in by life at the foot of Table Mountain? Time perhaps to gain some fresh perspective and altitude via the ever so pretty Versvelds mountain pass, into the Piket-Bo-Berg. Faraway Fields here we come. As the name suggests, this 15 ha mountain-top farm (lying 23km from...
Farmer Redbeard's Farm, Montagu, Western Cape
"Mixed farm with a traditional old farmhouse, two simple cottages and a bush-bus"
Once upon a time in the 1700s a Van Zyl and a Le Roux joined in holy matrimony. A little gatvol with life in the city they packed their bags and headed east in the hope of a better future - much like your modern urban escapee (but without the aircon). After some seriously hard trekking, surviving...
Fisaasbos se Huis, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Fruit farm outside Tulbagh with a privately appointed eight-sleeper cottage"
Dozing among the foothills of the Klein Winterhoek mountains (13km from Tulbagh), Fisaasbos se Huis sounds like your classic thatched farm cottage/house: you know, that archetypal fantasy of ancient oak trees, the sweet smell of thatch, soft views down a long valley, early morning mist lying heavy...
Foot of Africa, Cape Agulhas & Struisbaai, Western Cape
"B&B studio apartment directly on the ocean's edge"
Let’s kick the ball into play with a guest comment that pretty much sums up Foot of Africa: “You couldn’t get any closer to the sea.” We'd agree - any closer and you're looking at seriously wet feet. And that's what you're paying for here - slap-bang position on the...
Forest Edge Nature Lovers Retreat, Knysna, Western Cape
"Five rustic-luxury cottages bordering the Knysna forest"
Off the beaten track and rubbing shoulders with the indigenous forest, Forest Edge is as close as you will come to living in an original woodcutter's cottage - but with a few more luxuries than your average lumberjack is used to. And, if the guest comments are anything to go by, you're in...
Forget-Me-Not, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, Western Cape
"Two-bedroomed house within walking distance of Kleinmond beach"
Looking for a functional, yet relaxed and comfortable spot in Kleinmond? Forget-Me-Not ticks the boxes. This double-story is situated within a short walk down to Kleinmond’s long Blue Flag beach. With two double bedrooms, the house is suited to a family of four or two couples. The...
Fossil Hills Farm Accommodation, McGregor, Western Cape
"Fossil-rich farm outside McGregor with two private cottages and a sprawling house for groups"
Up for a few days in the fossil-filled koppies of McGregor? Fossil Hills Cottage, Aloe Cottage and Pinotage House on Thornvilla Wine Farm could be your spot - a nice mix of simple comfort, adventure and tranquillity. Lying a secluded 1km apart in a picturesque valley outside McGregor, each settings...
Fountainbush Cottage, Gansbaai, Western Cape
"A rural-modern farm cottage with a private dam"
Here’s a new Overberg getaway that has "Take me!" splashed all over it. With attention to simple detail, a decent price tag, plenty of farm action for the kids, oodles of comfort for the folks, this natty abode appears to offer that perfect rural-cut-with-the-modern combo. To...
Frog Mountain Getaway, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Family-friendly farm with three thatched rondavels, a larger eight-sleeper cottage, and a ten-sleeper thatched lodge"
Frog Mountain is a popular family getaway, which we first came across in the form of a glowing review in The Big Issue. The farm is ideally appointed in a rural cul-de-sac; this means even the most hyperactive child is able to roam safe and secure - in fact, the only...
Fynbos Garden Suite, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Upmarket garden suite on a smallholding with mountain and valley views"
With gardens spilling into the valley below and gorgeous views etched by the distant Outeniqua peaks, you'll find Fynbos Garden Suite a soothing world unto itself and a useful springboard to Wilderness, its lakes and the nearby trails and beaches. Zooming in closer, this 7ha smallholding lies...
Fynbos Retreat, Stanford, Western Cape
"Three comfortable and privately appointed houses set in the fynbos hills of Walker Bay Fynbos Conservanc"
Tucked away in fynbos-clad hills between sleepy Stanford and Gansbaai, is the 2500ha Grootbos Nature Reserve. Heading into the reserve and motoring a further eight km's along gravel (a high ground clearance vehicle is recommended) brings you to Fynbos Retreat - a getaway surrounded by grand views,...
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge, Clanwilliam & Cederberg, Western Cape
"A 517ha private lodge in the Cederberg with three timber cabins and ten safari tents (with bedding)"
Before we get started, Gecko Creek's age policy is no kids under 16 years. If that doesn't apply to you then keep reading... Ever dreamed of escaping into the gut of the Cederberg with your loved one, surrounded by nothing but mountains, fynbos, cascading streams and tortured rock formations? How...
Geelbos Cottage, Greyton, Western Cape
"Renovated labourer's cottage in secluded farm setting"
Geelbos Cottage is a secluded renovated labourer's cottage on a typical Overberg farm at the foot of the Kleinswartberg mountain. This white tin-roofed cottage lies about 1km from the main homestead and consists of two bedrooms and a small living area. Geelbos is off...
Glen Oakes Farm, Caledon, Western Cape
"Cattle and free-range pig farm with a Stone Cottage, a Forest Cabin and a private campsite"
Conveniently appointed in an untrampled valley between Caledon and Hermanus (30km), Glen Oakes is a picturesque farm with a private campsite and two secluded cottages: a spacious Stone House perched on a hill under whispering pine, and a romantic Forest Cabin hidden under a forest of oak and poplar...
Goedereede Guest Farm, Robertson, Western Cape
"Fruit farm on the Breede River with two cottages on the farm dam, plus two cottages and a rondawel near the main house"
Goedereede is a friendly family-oriented getaway with a total of five 3-Star graded cottages. (SA Tourism Grading Council) You’ll find two of these alongside a cute farm dam and a further three options next to the main house, the general comings and goings of farm life, and access to the...
Good Hope Farm Guest Cottages, Robertson, Western Cape
"Farm below Riviersonderend Mountains with 12 rustic-luxury cottages"
From Robertson, a dirt road leads down a fairly unknown funnel of dry country called Agterkliphoogte. Then, over a small crest and Good Hope appears as a pristine pastoral picture backdropped by dramatic mountain. Over a second verge and one arrives at a row of four most appealing Mountain Cottages...
Greenlands Farm, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Grape farm with an elegant rambling farmhouse"
What we have here is the potentially perfect venue for that long overdue family reunion or gathering of close friends. Looking at the pics and initial guest feedback Greenlands Farm is a majestic spot: a grand old Cape Dutch homestead perched over a vineyard and swathes of pristine fynbos,...
Greyton Ecolodge, Greyton, Western Cape
"A converted school hostel on the edge of Greyton, aimed at hikers, backpackers and groups on a budget"
The getaway? A converted school hostel from a bygone era with eight basic dorms, seven twin/double rooms and a private three-bedroomed apartment, housing a grand total of 70 guests. The setting? Right at the edge of Greyton, but still central. Fynbos and mountains of the Greyton Nature Reserve...
Grootkloof Holiday Cottage, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Garden cottage on a sprawling farm at the foothills of the Riviersonderend mountains"
Abutting a nature reserve and sitting more or less halfway between Bonnievale and Riviersonderend, Grootkloof Farm takes up a big chunk (15000ha, to be precise) of the Riviersonderend mountains. Besides the wake-up call of the resident farm rooster, life here is as chilled as it gets - pushed...
Gypsy Forest Self-Catering House, Sedgefield, Western Cape
"A seven-sleeper house on the forest fringe near Sedgefield"
The getaway? A restored farmhouse perched on a hilltop along the forest fringe. The Location? At the end of a farm road, nine kays inland from Sedgefield - close enough to scoot off to the beach, far enough to escape the maddening crowds. Ideal for? Families or small groups looking...
Hearth and Soul Eco Farm, Stanford, Western Cape
"Permaculture farm with a 13-room Farmhouse, 10-sleeper 'Eco Barn' and a Studio Cottage."
“The most beautiful surroundings. Serene, tasteful and warm hospitality, peppered with much laughter, love and light.” This from a recent guest at this all-encompassing eco-escape that combines understated aesthetics and beautiful surrounds. The kind of place in our book where...
Heaven's Door, Betty's Bay, Western Cape
"Ocean-front family house in Betty's Bay"
If heaven is the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, then this spacious Betty’s Bay pad is your gateway to weekend paradise. With little more than a stretch of lawn and rock pools separating you from the sea, Heaven’s Door makes for a right-on-the-sea escape for the family…...
Hermitage Huisies, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Smallholding on the edge of town with two cottages and a house"
A picturesque smallholding just outside Swellendam, Hermitage has a certain quality that many guests find irresistible. There are two cottages, the original Rose Cottage, and its younger sibling, River Cottage. These have now been joined by a free-standing house that's suited to groups...
HeronsRest Self-Catering, Velddrif, Western Cape
"Restored 11-sleeper farmhouse overlooking the Berg River outside Velddrif"
It’s family reunion time and you need a sprawling holiday pad not too far from home, where the kids … and the adults can run wild. Whatever the occasion, a tastefully restored farmhouse with 6ha of land and vistas over the moody Berg River must surely cut the mustard. HeronsRest...
Homtini Guest Farm, Knysna, Western Cape
"Three forest cottages, a renovated parkhome and four safari style tents on the edge of the Knysna forest"
Comprising 100ha of forest and fynbos and a few token cows, Homtini Guest Farm offers four comfortable cottages - three of them satisfying the 'romantic weekend cabin' fantasy - and four stylish safari tents with valley views. First up, the cottages. Canopy, Wild Olive and Hazel are idyllic...
Horizon Cottages, Noordhoek, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Family-friendly getaway in Noordhoek with four self-catering units"
Okay, you're not on the beach (that's 5km away), but with guest comments like, “A really lovely, great value family stay,” Horizon Holiday Cottages slaps the icing on the useful-to-know family getaway list. Bang in the heart of Noordhoek with vistas towards the lakes, it’s...
House of Eels, Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape
"Designer house on the banks of the Duiwenshok River"
Yet another magical house built by local organic architect, Jack Andrew, House of Eels is an architecturally-inspired affair, and although we haven't stayed there yet, what we have seen from our canoe certainly looks good. House of Eels draws on natural materials...
House Sanity, Betty's Bay, Western Cape
"Three-bedroomed family holiday house with ocean views in Betty's Bay"
For all ye frazzled urbanites, the name bodes well. Stir in a high dose of ocean views and general calm, and odds are you'll be heading back to the city with your marbles back in the bag. A mellow old holiday home set back from the sea fringe in Betty's Bay, House Sanity has a no-nonsense,...
Infinity Farm Cottage, Riversdale, Western Cape
"Rustic cottage on a permaculture farm"
Going back a hundred years or so, Infinity was once a little school for the local farm kids, who would traipse barefoot across hill and dale for their daily lessons. Today the school and wider Infinity Farm has been reinvented into a tranquil permaculture oasis. Eighteen kays from Riversdale...
Jan Hoppie Farm Accommodation, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Characterful farm cottage with valley and mountain views"
Named after a labourer who arrived out of the blue and became a local legend, Jan Hoppie is a simple farm cottage appointed above vineyards and oozing local character. Getting to the cottage is via an ensemble of implements and worksheds, all needed to keep this wine, dairy and citrus farm alive...
Journeys Rest Farm, Napier, Western Cape
"20ha farm with two very privately-appointed cottages and a farmhouse"
Journey's Rest is a mellow spot floating in an ocean of open Overberg fields. There are two cottages, Die Hoender Hok (sleeps 3) and Dorothea se Plek (sleeps 4). True to their names, they were once humble worker abodes set alongside each other and exuding an aura that wouldn't be out of place...
KamBati River Resort, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Privately-owned resort along the Breede River, with grassed camp sites and power points, self-catering cabins and a conference venue"
Kam’Bati, a 5km drive off the N2 and 25km from Swellendam, is aimed at nature lovers and families out for a relaxed weekend of caravaning and camping alongside the Riviersonderend and Breede River. It's a privately-owned resort framed by fynbos and aloes, and sitting peacefully...
Karoo View Cottages, Prince Albert, Western Cape
"Four luxury units on the outskirts of Prince Albert"
Appointed just outside Prince Albert is Karoo View Cottages - four stylish farmstyle units with an outlook that delivers on the name. With the tin roofs and church spires of Prince Albert in the foreground, and the jagged peaks of the Swartberg cutting the distant skyline, this is quintessential...
Keisie Cottages, Montagu, Western Cape
"Gooseberry and wine farm with three rustic cottages and a big house"
A rustic and homely mountain retreat on a small fruit and wine farm in the beautiful Keisie Valley - 24km outside Montagu - Keisie offers a row of three converted cottages (Lavender, Vine, and Fig Tree) and a four-bedroomed house (Gooseberry). The cottages have wonderful views and are fully...
Keurkloof Karoo Cottage, Matjiesfontein, Western Cape
"Karoo sheep farm with a 'rustic-luxury' cottage"
Lying just off the N1 and only 10km from the pleasures of Matjiesfontein, Keurkloof is a massive Karoo farm offering a self-catering weekend at its soul-soothing best. A charming cottage, refurbished and decorated with a perfectionist's eye, is provided to this end. Besides a load of personal...
Klein Langebaan, Langebaan, Western Cape
"A self-catering house in Langebaan"
Your kids have been nagging for a seaside break, but the new canary-yellow Hummer only gives two kays to the litre - and that’s without the jetski and quad bike on the trailer behind. Gulp! That annual trip to Mozambique with the rest of the Joneses is suddenly looking a little heavy on the...
Klein Paradijs, Gansbaai, Western Cape
"Farm near Pearly Beach with five rustic cottages (and an upmarket guesthouse)"
Q: What’s the quickest way of getting the Swiss flying squad to your house? A: Forget to take a library book back on time. Corny jokes aside, if the owners are Swiss you can bet the place is clean and run to cuckoo-clock perfection. Maybe it will have character or maybe it won’t....
Klein Watervalplaas, Caledon, Western Cape
"Smallholding in the Hemel en Aarde Valley with three cottages"
Geez, talk about setting the bar high! If the gushing and poetic feedback we've received on Klein Watervalplaas is anything to go by, this new getaway spot in the Hemel en Aarde Valley is a Budget gem in the making. For the full unabridged versions check out the comments below, but to get...
Klipfontein Keep , Cape Agulhas & Struisbaai, Western Cape
"Newly-restored spacious four-bedroom farmhouse on a 1600ha working farm"
Meticulously restored and framed by typical Overberg countryside of rolling wheat and canola, this gorgeous thatched farmhouse is ready and waiting 10km inland of Struisbaai and Agulhas. Deriving it’s name from the Middle English word “kype” - referring to a high status residence...
Klipheuwel Farm Cottage, Worcester & Hex Valley, Western Cape
"Grape farm in Hex Valley (between Worcester and De Doorns) with a comfortable Cape cottage"
For once, the reality matches the illusion of ‘quaint-cottage-on-wine-farm’ advertising. A nice whitewashed cottage that's neatly finished and fronted by a manicured garden, Klipheuwel is one of few budget options in the dramatic Hex Valley. Chatting to owner Gerda, a cultured...
Klipspringer Groot Toren 4X4, McGregor, Western Cape
"4X4 trail with a secluded mountain-top cottage"
Best we set the record straight before we get cracking on this one: those new low-profiles on your Corsa bakkie ain’t going to cut the mustard here. Klipspringer Groot Toren is first and foremost a 4x4 trail and requires a suitable vehicle just to get to the cottage. Right, let’s...
Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres, Western Cape
"Cherry farm with 3 cottages and an 8-stand campsite"
Yep, a real cherry farm in our backyard, in unspoilt mountain country 30km from Ceres. The landscape is alluring and the cottages have good potential, but there is a health warning attached: Klondyke alternates between a wilderness getaway and Adderley Street at rush hour. Cherry-picking season...
Koensrust Sea Farm, Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape
"A 1000ha ocean- and riverfront farm with three rustic cottages and a secluded tented camp"
A question we often ask yourselves at the BG office: Why the heck do we share Budget gems like this with the general public? When deep down our conscience tells us to report the file lost, slip it into a dossier labelled "Urgent Work To Do" and hide it under our mouldy lunchbox. Koensrust...
Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm, Montagu, Western Cape
"Working farm with two rustic-luxury guest cottages"
Kogman and Keisie Guest Farm is an appealing weekend package of modern comfort and salt of the earth. “I totally recommend it for great service, lovely scenery and excellent accommodation,” says a recent British visitor. "Fantastic stay," says another on Tripadvisor. Tucked...
Krakadouw Cottages, Clanwilliam & Cederberg, Western Cape
"Farm below Krakadouw Peak with three traditional cottages"
Tucked beneath the famed Krakadouw Peak at the end of a 13km dirt cul-de-sac from Clanwilliam, Dwarsrivier Farm is a tract of unspoilt beauty bisected by two rivers and crystal pools. “Ons klein stukkie hemel,” owner Therese calls it – and what’s more, she’s willing...
Kranskloof Country Lodge, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
"Guestfarm with four restored cottages at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains"
When last did you join the hordes at the Cango Caves, wrestle a croc and snap that obligatory pic of the missus perched upon an ostrich egg - praying for her sake it doesn't shatter under the load? If the kids are itching to see the Caves, and you want to tick off this and a number of...
Kruisrivier Gallery Apartment, Calitzdorp, Western Cape
"Farm setting with a funky Karoo studio apartment"
The setting? Gorgeous Klein Karoo, minus the harsh edges: early morning cows on their way to be milked, the sounds of phlegmatic tractors and the occasional farm bakkie; open vistas of tobacco fields and the looming Swartberg peaks. Your hosts? Phyllis, a costumier and couturier who specialises...
Kulamoya, McGregor, Western Cape
"Comfortable garden cottage bordering a nature reserve"
Waking up at Kulamoya one faces the agony of choice: Pull up the covers and stay in bed til 10? Hunt down the nearest McGregor cappuccino (five minutes on foot)? Remain in the Stokies and tuck into a Kulamoya breakfast? Or take the high road with a dawn run through the Krans Nature Reserve? Decisions,...
Kunje, Ceres, Western Cape
"Large farm in the Koue Bokkeveld with four self-catering units and a rustic mountain hut"
Kunje Farm sits under a wall of mountain in a remote corner of the Koue Bokkeveld. A cool oasis in this harsh and beautiful wilderness, the accommodation takes the form of a bright, renovated farmhouse with a cottage attached, two newly restored self-catering cottages (which we are yet...
La Chataigne Guest Cottages, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Family-run wine estate outside Franschhoek with three luxurious cottages"
La Chataigne is a beautiful, family-run wine estate with stunning mountain views, situated just 7km from Franschhoek. The farm has three privately-appointed guest cottages, set among vineyards and pear orchards and mere metres from the Franschhoek River. Chestnut (sleeps two), Marron (sleeps...
La Folie Green Cottage, Wellington, Western Cape
"Private rustic-luxury cottage on a wine and olive farm"
Nothing like a spot of impulsive folly to get them life-affirming endorphins flowing. And here's your catalyst - a romantic little number on an olive and wine farm below the Hawequas mountains, an easy 80km from the Moeder city and just 3km from Wellington itself. Looking at La Folie Green's...
La Petite Grange, Darling, Western Cape
"Restored historic barn on the outskirts of Darling"
Back in 1916 Darling was little more than a scattering of platteland houses circled by rolling farmland. Close on a century later, not a huge amount has changed. Travel back in time and you would have noticed a humble cattle shed on the edge of the village. Well, it's still there today, albeit...
Landmeterskop Homestead & Farm Cottages, Stanford, Western Cape
"Working sheep farm with a renovated farmhouse and two cottages, all with lovely outlook over surrounding farmlands"
Farm life sure don’t get much better than this… A fine Overberg farm escape where the whole family or group of mates can chill out in style, Landmeterskop is the real Macoy: 560ha of working sheep farm, 200ha of natural fynbos (no extra charge for this), 22 kays from Stanford. ...
Langdam-in-Koo, Montagu, Western Cape
"Guest farm with four cottages, two luxury suites attached to the main house, and a six stand campsite"
Enticingly appointed on a fruit farm in the Koo Valley, in the shadow of the Langeberg mountains, Langdam-in-Koo is a flexible getaway, as it offers a range of different options appealing to a range of personality types: from the home-from-home comfort seeker to the nutty-wheat happy camper. Kicking...
Langrug Lodge, Cape Agulhas & Struisbaai, Western Cape
"Farm on the Soetendalsvlei with a secluded traditional cottage"
Nearly a decade on the block and we have finally discovered a perfect reason to spend an entire weekend on the southern tip of Africa: Langrug Lodge. The brochure calls it “a perfect peace (sic) of Africa,” and for once, the blurb is spot on – Langrug is a gem. What’s...
Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat, Knysna, Western Cape
"Forest setting with two romantic 'bush huts' and a house"
Situated just off the scenic Rheenendal country road, Lazy Leopard offers three very appealing options: two romantic 'bush huts' called Forest Moon and Starry Forest and the larger Blue Hills Cottage. Forest Moon and Starry Forest are open-plan, with queen-size beds, mini kitchens...
Le Bonheur Guest Accommodation, McGregor, Western Cape
"Guesthouse in McGregor with a suite tailored to couples, available as bed and breakfast or accommodation-only"
How about a chilled night or two in the heart of McGregor? Gentle strolls around the village punctuated by regular caffeine stop-offs, slow rides on sleepy country roads, well-deserved afternoon siestas, visits to local wine farms… Le Bonheur serves as a comfortable base to these challenging...
Le Domaine Farm Cottages, Montagu, Western Cape
"Fruit farm with five cottages"
A working fruit farm, Le Domaine is conveniently appointed a mere 1km from Montagu - as such offering the best of both worlds. There are five 3-star graded cottages facing Montagu's night lights and the dramatic circle of mountains looming above the town. Although we haven't yet got...
Leopard Trail Guestfarm, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Sprawling farm on Langeberg slopes with a massive farmhouse, a cottage and a bushcamp"
Perched high on the Langeberg slopes, Leopard Trail Guestfarm offers an action-packed nature weekend. Walks, hikes, kloofing, mountain biking and three 4x4 trails, six farm dams for swimming and fishing, educational tours of the farm and mountain, herds of farm animals, they’re all up...
Leopardstone Hill Country Cottages, Noordhoek, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Mountain-top property with ocean views and two luxurious stone cottages"
Gorgeous location, two stone cottages guaranteed to blow your socks right off, sea and mountain vistas… All within easy striking distance of Cape Town CBD. Whether it's to satisfy a romantic itch, or, if you're a plattelander, a craving for some city lights, Leopardstone will impress....
Libertas Guest Farm, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Dairy farm above Wilderness with a lovingly restored 12 sleeper house and a renovated dairy cottage"
Occasionally ye old Captain Getaway stumbles across a gem that boldly ticks just about every box on the Show Me The Perfect Getaway show...we've got a strong feeling Libertas Guest Farm near the Wilderness Lakes slots right into this category. It’s hard to say what’s more appealing...
Lismore Farm, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Historic farm near Suurbraak village, with a rustic cottage overlooking a river"
Barring the odd bark or human voice floating on the breeze from the tiny mission village of Suurbraak, Lismore is cut off from civilisation as we usually know it, and the setting is as natural as they come. The farm has been in the famous Barry family since 1844, starting out as a horse-breeding...
Little Nest, Sedgefield, Western Cape
"Spacious double-storey house with lagoon and mountain views"
Little Nest's vibe is much like its name suggests - a homely pad in a sprawling garden framed by milkwood trees and lagoon and mountain views. From the house it's a two-minute drive to Myoli Beach, where hungry kabeljou are rumored to lurk. For kids hankering after lagoon time, this is also...
Little Willow Brooke, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Private cottage on Franschhoek outskirts"
Little Willow Brooke is ideally appointed: within easy walking distance of Franschhoek’s hub, yet in atmosphere, miles from anywhere. Perched above a bubbly stream that meanders through a rush of oak and willow trees (hence the name), Willow Brooke is a cute Cape-styled cottage with all...
Long Thin Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
"Olive and grape farm along the Goukou River, with two comfortable cottages"
Long Thin Farm overlooks the Goukou River, 13km from Stilbaai. And, judging by the gushing guest feedback, it looks like a Budget gem in the making... On offer are two self-catering cottages, both above a beautiful stretch of idyllic river as it carves a slow meandering...
Magic Mountain, Ladismith, Western Cape
"Timber farm cottage with lovely mountain views"
This little chunk of Karoo magic lies 25 kays from Ladismith, in a fertile farming valley circled by soft hills. “I see where the name magic mountain comes from," remarks a chuffed guest. "At night it really is magical listening to the faint animal sounds in the distance.” Taking...
Mangochi Beach Cottage, St Helena Bay, Western Cape
"A private timber beach cottage in Britannia Bay"
This sounds like the quintessential Budget traveller's beach shack. Set on the northern point of Britannia Bay (apparently among the best sites along this stretch of coastline) and less than 50m from the curling waves, Mangochi is a typical West Coast timber beach house...
Matjiesvlei Guest Farm, Calitzdorp, Western Cape
"Historic farm with six rustic cottages and a campsite"
Now, here's a farm spilling rich history and Karoo character. Matjiesvlei goes right back to 1821 and has been in the same bloodline ever since - today it's farmed by 5th generation Bennie Nel and his wife, Selma, and judging by their towering sons, the baton will be safely passed onto the 6th...
Matzikamma, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"30 hectare farm below Langeberg mountains with private upmarket cottages"
A 30ha farm framed by the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range – Matzikamma is a well-rounded package offering two cottages in a serene setting. As such it’s a perfect getaway for both families and couples, within easy reach of Bonnievale, Swellendam and Montagu. Kicking off with Matzikamma...
McGregor Country Collection, McGregor, Western Cape
"Local agent with a mix of eleven character cottages and larger homes scattered around McGregor"
Ably managed by local booking agent Mira Weiner, the McGregor Collection comprises an appealing spread of nine handpicked character cottages that are dotted in and around the village and unified by a common thread of traditional charm (with one or two more modern exceptions). The Collection...
Middeldam Plaashuis, Bredasdorp, Western Cape
"Working historic sheep farm with a four-bedroom farmhouse"
It started seven generations ago with the first Uys arriving at Middeldam, unpacking the wagon and trying his luck with a spot of farming. His efforts paid off, 'cause today the Uys family is still firmly rooted at this very spot, with farming still running deep in their veins - even laying claim...
Miskloof Farm, Ceres, Western Cape
"Converted barn on a 1000ha farm near Ceres"
Does your family suffer from one of the following?: 1. Pooch digging holes under the Vibracrete fence. 2. Kids building a BMX track in the lounge. 3. Hubbie trading in Rooi Roos for Wegbreek. If the answer is 'Yes' to any of the above it's time to stop, consider, and head for some wide open African...
Mooi Bly, Paarl, Western Cape
"Wine farm with six Cape Dutch-style cottages"
Like your friendly host says, "Mooi Bly is not a 5-Star hotel, but it's very nice and peaceful for those who like to be in the countryside between vineyards and a beautiful garden." On offer at this pleasant spot that's just a short N1 cruise from Cape Town and one of few...
Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"Four romantic timber cottages and a garden cottage appointed in indigenous forest"
Tucked among indigenous forest high above Whiskey Creek gorge, is Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek - a haven of creative calm sitting just 13km outside Plett in an picturesque area known as The Crags. No two ways about it, Moon Shine will knock your socks off. Created from scratch and managed by...
Mountain Mist, Aurora, Western Cape
"Private mountaintop nature reserve with four cottages"
Perched way above Aurora, at the top of Kapteinskop - which sits at the same height as Table Mountain - the alluringly named Mountain Mist has four equipped cottages. On a clear day, the birds-eye vista is idyllic and the contrast between the rugged protea slopes of Kapteinskop and the wheat fields...
Mountain Mist at Betty's, Betty's Bay, Western Cape
"Three-bedroomed house at the foot of the Kogelberg mountain in Betty's Bay"
Far from your run-of-the-mill damp and weather-beaten beach shack, Mountain Mist is a spacious group getaway with a touch of colonial, dollops of feel-good luxury, and a chilled holiday atmosphere. Set in open fynbos at the foot of the Kogelberg in Betty’s Bay, you have plenty in the...
Nelion Creek, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, Western Cape
"Modern 12-sleeper house in Pringle Bay, with views over the Kogelberg Mountains"
Big life milestone coming up and need a pad befitting the occasion? In that case here's one that absent friends and family now holed up in Perth will wish they'd stayed home for. Nelion Creek is a spacious and polished getaway in the heart of Pringle Bay. Gazing over the fynbos-clad Kogelberg,...
Night Sky Caravan Farm, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Wine farm with a campsite and six timber chalets"
Situated on a wine farm 17km from Bonnievale (and 34km from Robertson) Night Sky offers the hardy weekender a nicely laid out campsite and six Wendyhouse-style timber chalets, both arranged around a pretty farm dam and backdropped by the Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountains. With...
Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
"Permaculture farm in the Swartberg foothills with a restored eco-cottage"
Dozing under Karoo skies 12km from De Rust in the Swartberg foothills, Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm is a fusion of rural surrounds and organic lifestyle. The lovingly restored cottage, with its roughly plastered walls and solar energy, is the jewel in this eco-crown. “A little slice...
Oakhurst Farm, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Historic Farm in Hoekwil will a rustic-romantic cottage and five newly-restored family units"
Sitting high above the Wilderness Lakes in rural Hoekwil, Oakhurst Farm has got the getaway recipe down to a tee: Plenty of good ol’ farm fun, clean country air, and a platter of rustic-luxury accommodation that will knock your socks off. The Forge, Oakhurst's flagship, fits into...
Oewerzicht Farm Cottages, Safari Tents & Camping, Greyton, Western Cape
"Fruit, vegetable and sheep farm in the Greyton Valley, with seven cottages and six luxury safari tents for couples and 26 campsites"
A friendly fruit and cattle farm in the picturesque Greyton valley, Oewerzicht has grown in leaps and bounds since the motley BG crew first visited about 10 years ago. At last count the following were available: six luxury Out of Africa style safari tents overlooking the Riviersonderend; three...
Oppikoppie Self-catering Guesthouse, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Farm with a spacious open-plan house"
Oppikoppie sounds like a built-to-order group getaway that consistently receives glowing feedback. True to name, Oppiekoppie sits on a hill, on a fruit and wine farm, 12km from Bonnievale. Stretching out below is a view of farm dams, vineyards, orchards and the alluring Riviersonderend...
Orchard Cottage, McGregor, Western Cape
"Two-bedroomed thatch cottage (with kids play area) on the outskirts of McGregor "
Finally, a getaway that's both romantic, kiddie-friendly, and pet-friendly. Dozing on the edge of the village, Orchard takes the shape of a storybook thatch cottage set in a lush garden and apricot orchard, with sandpit, swing, seesaw and jungle gym all right on hand to keep 'em little blighters...
Oshoek River Farm, Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape
"Farm on the Duiwenhoks River with a large 200 year-old Farmhouse, a luxury cottage, a converted Boathouse and a restored labourer's cottage"
Getaways like this are few and far between. Oshoek, the Borain family farm, lies in a beautiful valley, along the banks of the tidal Duiwenhoks River. Besides 20ha of pristine fynbos and 600m private river frontage, on offer is a prime choice of four secluded self-catering abodes, each quite...
Ouland Cottage, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"Farm overlooking the ocean with a cottage and adjacent rondawel"
In a corner of the universe typified by rampant development, the ubiquitous golf estate and sausage-machine B&Bs, the Reitz-owned Ouland Farm is a rare breed - for where else will you find a full-blown working farm that overlooks the ocean and is a mere three (yes, three) minutes to the beach?!...
Pascal's of Napier, Napier, Western Cape
"Award-winning restaurant with two comfortable units"
Here’s a getaway that’ll have your taste buds doing the tango. If you’ve ever been within nose-shot of Napier, you’ll no doubt have been drawn to Pascal’s Country Kitchen and its heavenly smorgasbord of finest lamb shank, spanish ox-tail, baked cheesecake, and more…...
Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Robertson, Western Cape
"Sprawling mountain reserve/farm with one large farmhouse, five rustic cottages and two exclusive cottages"
The setting of this farm-cum-reserve is stunning: a folded green valley below the towering Langeberg, segmented into multiple mini-valleys, each concealing further nooks and crannies crammed with trees, Cape fynbos, streams, dams, animal- and birdlife. There is little to beat...
Peet se Plek, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Fruit and wine farm on the Breede River with 2 cottages"
As correctly predicted in earlier editions, many die-hard weekenders have cursed us for listing Peet se Plek – in fact, we are writing this review from a safehouse sponsored by the Spiders - SA's latest crime-fighting unit that only the privileged few have ever heard of. There is no denying...
Petersfield Mountain Cottages, Citrusdal, Western Cape
"Citrus and Rooibos tea estate with four rustic-luxury cottages"
Both Dassieklip Luxury Farm Cottage and De Kom Mountain Cottage have become something of legends on the self-catering map – thanks in no small part to a mix of great setting, attention to detail, and a professional (yet relaxed) host. So successful has this formula proved to be that...
Platbos Forest, Gansbaai, Western Cape
"Rustic cabin and tented camp set in Africa's southernmost indigenous forest"
You're not even halfway through Blyton's classic, The Faraway Tree, and already the kids are hankering after a real forest adventure... Problem is, the rooikrans pushing up against the Vibracrete in the backyard doesn't quite cut it. Well, have we got the spot for you! Platbos Forest is a unique...
Plett Beachfront Accommodation, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"Boutique B&B accommodation on Plett's Central Beach, with a Family Suite, six Ensuite Rooms, and a Dorm Room for eight."
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more central location in Plett ... well, not without shelling out a small fortune. In our ongoing quest for value-for-money escapes along the coast, Plett Beachfront Accommodation stands out, given its combination of Plett's upmarket ambience with a good...
Poespasrivier Cottage, Greyton, Western Cape
"Historic cottage in the rural village of Bereaville near Greyton"
Ever heard of Bereaville? Well, until a few days ago, neither had the uneducated team at Budget Getaways. It is in fact a nearby suburb of Genadendal, SA's oldest mission station and home to a 'coloured' community. In times past, when wagons and hardened missionaries worked their cause, it...
Porcupine Rest Camp, Laingsburg, Western Cape
"Klein Karoo farm with three exclusive campsites with own ablutions"
Let’s face it, municipal resort-style camping is so passe. Shared ablutions, tents pressed together cheek-by-jowl, bodily emissions cutting through the night... No ways, not for us. Listen, folks, if you want to take on the great outdoors via a pukka camping experience, look no further...
Prospect Cottage, Knysna, Western Cape
"Homely holiday house overlooking Knysna and the lagoon"
Right in the thick of things, yet removed from it all, Prospect Cottage sits in a quiet cul de sac just above Knysna's main artery. Flipping through the guest book, the most frequent comment seems to be 'home from home'. We agree, the general atmosphere, the décor and the personal touches...
Raptor Rise, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Farm just outside Tulbagh with a luxury cottage, four self-catering suites for couples, and a family flat"
Let’s jump in with a few choice comments from recent Raptor Rise patriots: “Top quality chill spot in the valley.” “Great value for money and everything was of exceptional quality.” “Blown away by the views.” “A wonderful, peaceful, luxurious getaway!” With...
Ratelpost Guest Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
"400ha coastal farm with a remote stone cottage"
Don’t even bother packing that 200 Terabyte hardrive or those Excel spreadsheets your boss is breathing down your neck for - Ratelpost simply isn’t the place for reminders of the nasty outside world. In fact, you’re not going to need anything here but a sarong covering...
Ravenna Mountain Retreat, Montagu, Western Cape
"Farm with seven (3-star rated) self-catering (or B&B) cottages, one backpacker dorms and a further luxury 5-star rated cottage"
Situated off the R62, 28km from Montagu, Ravenna Mountain Retreat nestles between the majestic Langeberg mountains and the rugged koppies of the Little Karoo. The guest accommodation is scattered loosely around the main homestead and consists of eight luxury cottages that are popular...
Reflections Guest Farm, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Guest farm in the Tulbagh valley with two houses and three cottages on a farm dam"
A mere 6km from Tulbagh, Reflections is aptly named after the mirror-like Winterhoek reflections rising off the farm dam. Apart from general reflection on life's important issues (like, "What shall we have for lunch?") your focus at this 70ha farm will be on taking it seriously easy...
Rhodene Farm Cottages, Ceres, Western Cape
"Farm below Skurweberg mountains with a farmhouse, five cottages and four more basic semi-detached units"
A laid-back fruit farm below the jagged Skurweberg mountains outside Ceres, Rhodene offers a ten-pack of accommodation, among it a fullblown farmhouse and three cottages, two of these tucked alongside the farm’s packshed and offering views of the Skurweberg, the other overlooking the...
Rietfontein Cottage, Arniston (Waenhuiskrans), Western Cape
"Restored farm cottage with Overberg views"
Lying 15km from Arniston and 16km from Bredasdorp, this working farm is a pretty picture of rolling Overberg countryside, with associated big views typical of the area. In the midst of this pastoral scene is the recently renovated Rietfontein Cottage, an appealing little number with roughly...
River Cottage, McGregor, Western Cape
"Thatch cottage on a wine and olive farm just outside McGregor"
Looking for that quintessential 'quaint country cottage' that ticks most boxes? Say hello to River Cottage - a typical white-washed Cape cottage of old with all the cosy ingredients: thatch roof, roughly plastered walls (no evidence of a Swiss masterbuilder here), big sash windows, and an inviting...
River Edge Accommodation, Ceres, Western Cape
"Riverfront farm close to Bainskloof with five comfortable stone cottages and a campsite overlooking the water"
You’ve been living life on the edge lately - late boozy nights, work deadlines, domestic chaos, the general humdrum of life in the fast lane. Maybe what you need is a change of edge to hang out on? In this case it's River Edge, a tranquil escape with a swanky touch on the upper reaches...
River House, Velddrif, Western Cape
"Luxury West Coast-style house set on the banks of the Berg River"
With a ringside view of the Laaiplek slipway and the comings and goings of the local fishing boats, you can't get closer to the action than the River House. In fact, any closer to the mouth of the Berg River and you would have to roll up the pants. The River House, now three-star rated by TGCSA,...
River Magic Cottages, Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape
"Three designer cottages appointed in a pastoral and river setting"
The name isn’t an exaggeration – both the setting and the three cottages, Backtrack, Glory Be and Base Huis, are magical. Set 300m from the river, Backtrack is an architecturally-styled stone, thatch and glass cottage in a tranquil milieu of open green and whispering papyrus....
River View Cottages & The Old School House, Calitzdorp, Western Cape
"Farm in a remote valley with three cottages aimed at couples and a converted historic school house."
We love this spot! And so will you if you're seeking a rare balance of other-worldly Karoo setting, the comings and goings of gentle farm life, dramatic mountain views, and a choice of an old schoolhouse oozing historic character, or three new units appointed above a wide stretch of water and imbuing...
Riverine, Witsand, Western Cape
"Modern four-bedroom house with Breede River views"
Provided the Cape Doctor is in a good mood, Witsand is a weekend winner. It's got a bit of everything: laid-back fishing village vibe, long beach rambles, gentle evenings fishing the estuary (with decent odds of landing a Grunter), one or two beach-shacky restaurants. And we can't think of...
Rivierplaas Cottages, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Fruit farm on the Breede River with a timber cabin and a stone cottage"
River House and Stone Cottage are secluded cottages appointed on a fruit farm along the banks of the Breede River. Both have a relaxed rustic personality suited to Budget weekenders with Huckleberry Finn leanings. River House is the more basic of the two – a timber cabin tucked under...
Rockhaven Farm, Porterville, Western Cape
"Mountain farm with two cottages"
Like a number of surrounding getaways, Rockhaven has the unfair advantage of being nestled among the spectacular Groot Winterhoek mountains. In this case, two comfortable cottages (Protea and Erica) with very reasonable price tags provide your weekend lodging on this working farm. The furnishings...
Rocky Pools, Betty's Bay, Western Cape
"Modern ocean-front beach house in Betty's Bay"
Rocky Pools is a far cry from some of the face-brick monstrosities along this stretch of the 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,...
Rooiberg Lodge, Van Wyksdorp, Western Cape
"Upmarket Karoo lodge with eight cottages, restaurant, bar and wedding facilities "
A veritable oasis in a 14000ha ocean of succulent Karoo and mountain fynbos, Rooiberg Lodge lies 12km from Van Wyksdorp - about 50km off the R62. While the location is fairly remote, the standard of accommodation appears high, with some glowing feedback piling up on Tripadvisor: “The...
Rooiheuwel Noord, Caledon, Western Cape
"Sheep and dairy farm with a row of three rustic cottages"
Rooiheuwel-Noord is a sheep and dairy farm found off a pleasant dirt road cutting through green folded pastures. Set on a hill below an impressive mountain, the guest cottages are a close-knit group of three renovated labourer dwellings - so think about booking all three if you want the...
Rustfontein Guest Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
"630ha farm with a large restored farmhouse"
As far as group getaways go, you don't come closer to the ideal than this. Hugging the banks of the Goukou River and 14km upstream from Stilbaai, Rustfontein ("Fountain of Rest") is exactly that: a place to kickback, relax and put aside those urban worries. This small working farm...
Sandpiper Cottage, St Helena Bay, Western Cape
"Eight-sleeper cottage with sea views and beach access "
Simple uncluttered lines, whitewashed walls, flowy beach vibe, views, Atlantic rollers offloading onto the nearby beach… If this isn't enough to have you reaching for the boogie boards, umbrellas and Frisbee, then read on… Sandpiper Cottage is a charming abode decorated with a...
Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages, Tulbagh, Western Cape
"Wine estate outside Tulbagh with 16 self-catering cottages"
The setting appears idyllic - a picturesque wine farm at the base of the Saronsberg Mountain, just outside of Tulbagh and peppered with 16 guest cottages that have elicited good feedback on that lesser-known online platform called Tripadvisor. Two such comments… “Simply put, we...
Seabreeze, Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Private oceanfront estate with a modern beach house"
Seabreeze is coastal living at its finest. Only 50m from the crashing waves and with just about every room spilling great mountain and ocean views, you'll have little choice but to slot right into chilled barefoot holiday mode. The 4-star graded Seabreeze embodies a perfect balance of...
Simonskloof Mountain Retreat, Montagu, Western Cape
"A secluded getaway with a 'rustic-luxury' farmhouse and two cottages"
Described in the brochure as “your-down-to-earth-mountain-retreat”, Simonskloof is special – thanks to a remote setting and lovingly-restored accommodation. Access to Simonskloof is courtesy of a rough farm road jutting off the gorgeous Koo Valley. The road cuts deep into...
Skilpadkloof Farm Cottages, Ladismith, Western Cape
"57ha farm outside Ladismith, with three rustic cottages"
This gem (judging by the feedback below) of a Klein Karoo getaway ticks all the boxes when it comes to oodles of wide-open space, heavily-laden night skies and plenty of near-deafening silence - the Klein Karoo at its finest. Tucked up against the lower slopes of the Swartberg Mountains,...
Snyderskloof Karoo Cottage, Matjiesfontein, Western Cape
"Sprawling Karoo farm with a secluded rustic-luxury stone cottage"
Just in from a happy visitor to this diamond in the Karoo dust: “Everything was perfect. If you just want to get away from the city, Snyderskloof’s got it all. No electricity, beautiful surroundings and very romantic.” As far as romantic, miles-from-anything escapes go, Snyderskloof...
Somerset Gift Getaway Farm, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Beautiful valley farm with four charming cottages at the foot of the Langeberg mountains with a river and dams"
Somerset Gift Getaway Farm nestles in a beautiful valley bordering the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, just 16km from Swellendam. Combining an idyllic and peaceful setting, with stunning mountain views and green pastures dotted with Hereford cattle and horses, a springwater lake,...
Sonop Wine Farm, Paarl, Western Cape
"Eight-sleeper house with pool on an organic wine farm outside Paarl"
Here’s a sturdy old farmhouse typical of those built in the early half of the last century. You know the type… acres of space, a long wide passage for sock surfers, high ceilings, creaky Oregon floors, unfussy furnishings, laid-back plaas vibe. This particular one is 20km from...
South Winds Oceanfront Bungalow, Simon's Town, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Oceanfront bungalow in Castle Rock Maine Reserve"
South Winds personifies "beachfront bungalow". In fact, if this stylish seaside cottage in Castle Rock Marine Reserve was any closer to False Bay's lapping waves, we would have to call it a house-boat. The cottage, literally hanging over the large boulders that drop to the ocean below,...
Stanford Hills Estate, Stanford, Western Cape
"Wine estate with a manor house, four cottages and a park home"
A stone’s throw (3km) from Stanford itself, and surrounded by fields of fynbos, rolling vineyards and olive groves, the historic Weltevrede Farm is home to Stanford Hills Estate. On offer at this pet- and child-friendly estate is a sprawling five bedroomed manor house, four...
Stanford Stay, Stanford, Western Cape
"Two restored historic cottages in Stanford"
Old world charm and a pleasant setting against the backdrop of the Klein River Mountains makes this pair of historic cottages a choice getaway for small groups or two families looking for a weekend in Stanford. ?? Kicking off with the larger of the two, Cobbler's Cottage has three bedrooms and...
Stone Cottage Knysna, Knysna, Western Cape
"Stone cottage (with caravan attached) in the foothills of the Gouna forest near Knysna"
We like quirky. As apparently do others, judging by the guest comments flowing from Stone Cottage - a novel getaway in the farming settlement of Gouna, 15km outside Knysna. "It’s ingenious! My son delights in our visits and calls the caravan his 'submarine', I can't rave enough about...
Stone Cottage Self-Catering Accommodation, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
"Historic holiday home with four eclectic apartments and great views"
In a corner of the world overtaken by modernity, Stone Cottage is as authentic as they come! What we have here is an exhilarating blast from the past, in the form of one of Plett's oldest (if not the oldest) holiday homes. Built by the Le Roux family nearly a century ago and still in the same...
Stone Stables, Darling, Western Cape
"Converted historic stone stable in the village"
The origins of this funky and romantic getaway stem back to 1925, when it served (as the name implies), as a stable and then as a jail, mopping up the overflow from the local prison! Evidence of this colourful history can still be seen in the trough below the kitchen...
Stormsvlei Riverside Cottages, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"250ha farm on the Sonderend River, with five self-catering units"
Stormsvlei? Where's that? If you've been to Bonnievale (20km away) you would have passed through it, coming off the N2. For the rest of you untravelled lot, it's a tiny hamlet spread around the banks of the Sonderend River; and as yet, untrampled. As one cheeky guest put it, "Hou...
Sugarbird House, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, Western Cape
"Six-sleeper house within walking distance of Pringle Bay beach"
A double-story clapboard house on a quiet cul-de-sac in Pringle Bay (within walking distance of the beach), Sugarbird House offers an easy-going weekend. Split into two independent units, these can be booked separately or as one if you would like the entire house to yourself - only way to go,...
Suikerbossie Guest Farm, Ceres, Western Cape
"Sprawling farm in the Koue Bokkeveld with 18 self-catering camps, three of them equipped"
Suikerbossie has evolved in massive leaps and bounds since the Captain Getaway and his trusty hound, the Budget Brak, first visited a few years ago. What started out as a rough and ready experience is now the ‘safari getaway’ of the Koue Bokkeveld. A 1700ha farm pressed deep into...
Sunflower Cottage, McGregor, Western Cape
"Romantic historic cottage in the village"
Pretty in name and reality, Sunflower Cottage would appear to tick most boxes for a snuggle-up weekend in sleepy McGregor. It's one of the oldest, 'most loved' and most lived-in historical houses in the village. Built way back in the 1880's, it oozes old time goodness: thick adobe walls, mud floors,...
Sunset Beach Lodge, Table View, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Five luxury B&B suites a short walk from Table View's Sunset Beach"
Whether it's to blow the inheritance at Grand West, a wedding up the West Coast, or a comfy base to launch your kite surfing career, Sunset Beach Lodge & Spa could well be for you - a stylish and modern set of B&B suites sleeping 14 total. Situated a frisbee throw from Sunset Beach...
Swaynekloof Farm, Caledon, Western Cape
"Farm in Botrivier Valley with four rustic cottages"
Here’s a fuel-friendly escape from the Mother City - a laid-back farm 5km from Botrivier that ticks most boxes for a family or group of friends. Besides easy proximity to Cape Town, what we have here is 149ha of prime real estate tucked into the gentle slopes of the Botrivier Valley - naturally...
Tanagra Wine & Guest Farm, McGregor, Western Cape
"Boutique wine farm with five luxury units aimed at couples and a new eco cottage"
Let's cut straight to the chase with a few choice quotes posted on that little known website called Tripadvisor. “Lovely place, exceptional hosts, don't miss it!”; “Couldn't ask for more.”; “We loved our stay, wonderful on all levels, accommodation, hosts, location…”;...
Tarentaalkraal Farm Cottage, Greyton, Western Cape
"Sprawling farm with a traditional cottage"
The scene is typically Overberg: rolling grain fields disappearing into a hazy horizon cropped by fynbos-coated mountains. The farm’s touted attractions include vast tracts of unspoilt nature for walking, hiking, bird and animal watching, and a river with pools the colour of tar. A...
Thalassa at One Castle Rock, Simon's Town, Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
"Restored timber beach cottage with superb ocean views"
Now, there are Tuscany-meets-Pretoria-by-the-sea 'beach shacks', and then there is Thalassa at One Castle Rock. This is the real Macoy, folks - your fantasy-made-real timber beach abode perched just meters above the crashing waves. A quaint clapboard home that ranked among the original...
The Berries, Elands Bay, Western Cape
"Timber surf-shack on the outskirts of Eland's Bay "
“Hey, bru, it’s the berries,” goes the ol’ surf saying, referring to anything with high appeal: from waves to wetsuits, to a little shack on the Elands Bay outskirts. A rustic log cabin within earshot of the beach and spilling chilled-out Endless Summer charm, The Berries...
The Blue House, Stanford, Western Cape
"Historic house in the heart of Stanford"
Sitting in front of that grey screen dreamin' about that idyllic weekend escape? A place where gran and gramps are happy to tag along, where the clan can run free in a lawned garden, where you can sneak out the front door and in true Paleolithic tradition hunt down a wild cappucicno? The Blue...
The Fazenda Log Cabins, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Large farm below the Langeberg, with two rustic timber chalets"
Cue the banjo! "I wanna be a lumberjack, I wanna be a lumberjack..." Well, now's your chance! We haven't got out there yet, but judging by the glowing feedback The Fazenda sounds like the perfect antidote to compulsive weekend mall trawling. Especially if you love dramatic mountain...
The Fisherman's Cottage, Gansbaai, Western Cape
"Holiday house along the Pearly Beach seafront (200m from the water)"
The Fisherman's Cottage is a neat abode set a mere 200m from the crashing waves at Pearly Beach - a smallish holiday enclave 20km up the way from Gansbaai. Best thing about Fisherman's are the views - lots of them, spilling out from the livingroom, bedroom and patio. Book during whale...
The Goat Shed, Napier, Western Cape
"Rustic-luxury open-plan garden cottage in Napier"
Like the name suggests, this humble little flat-roofed structure was once home to a pampered herd of goats. It's come a little way since and chances are the original residents wouldn't recognise their old kraal - today it's an elegant weekend refuge featuring light and earthy tones, screed floors...
The Hen House, Napier, Western Cape
"Architecturally-styled cottage and separate rondawel on the outskirts of Napier"
The Hen House is no chicken coop. Far from it. While its historic origins may be fowl, the architectural makeover places it firmly in the ranks of 'stylish country getaway'. Delving into the guestbook, the reviews paint an appealing picture indeed. “Beautifully appointed and decorated. Quiet,...
The Little Farmhouse, Stanford, Western Cape
"10ha lifestyle farm with a single cottage"
Seven kays from Stanford and tucked away in a private wind-free glade, you wouldn't say the Little Farmhouse is out-the-box new - because on aura and attention to traditional detail it feels like it's been around for a lot longer. The cottage is appointed on a 10ha hobby farm,...
The Place, Ladismith, Western Cape
"Nature lover's retreat in the Klein Karoo, with a private studio flat and cottage."
One hundred hectares of wide open Karoo vlakte, huge skies, the gentle flow of the Touw River, two finely-tuned accommodation options, gregarious hosts Kevin and Lizelle... The Place ticks a whole lot of getaway boxes that will appeal to a broad range of personality types: outdoor junkies,...
The Potting Shed Accommodation, Hermanus, Western Cape
"Upmarket security estate with three sea-facing self-catering apartments"
Fact: At some point or another everyone suffers from the Hermanus itch... Be it the chance of getting up close and personal with the barnacles of a Southern Right whale, sitting at a pavement cafe watching half of Cape Town drift by, chilling under a brolly at Grotto beach with a good...
The River Siding, Ceres, Western Cape
"Farm on a river with a romantic rondawel, a cottage and adjacent campsite for extra guests"
The River Siding is a page from a children’s fairytale. It is also a page from a recurring suburban fantasy: “Once upon a time a harassed couple from the city dreamt about a romantic escape on a river...” Tucked under towering trees and virtually in the water, River Siding...
The Stips Cottage , McGregor, Western Cape
"Comfortable cottage for couples on the outskirts of McGregor"
Overlooking McGregor’s postcard snapshot of shimmering tin roofs, church spires and hazy hills, this little beauty on the village outskirts is custom-made for couples. Flipping through the guest comments, the feeling seems mutual, “What a beautiful spot!” “We loved our...
Three Streams Guest Cottage, Franschhoek, Western Cape
"Trout farm with one self-catering cottage"
Tucked away in a beautiful corner, 5km from the village itself, Three Streams dates back to 1787. Not only is it a historic farm, it also lays claim to being the highest farm in the Franschoek mountains, which means, for you the guest, a wonderful setting and views. There...
Tides River Lodge, Malgas, Western Cape
"Five self-catering cottages on the banks of the Breede River"
A few guest snippets to get the juices flowing… "We had such a lovely couple of days at the Tides, just what we needed before Trev goes back to work." (Not Trevvie Manual, as far as we are aware). "The place was lovely." (That from poetic Mark.) "The little private...
Trawal B&B, Clanwilliam & Cederberg, Western Cape
"B&B guest farm just off the N7 near Klawer"
Whether you're heading up to neighboring Nam (Namibia) or to Namaqualand to experience the spring flowers, here's a no-nonsense B&B that will come in very handy on both counts. Located on a farm just off the N7 (which you can hear), about 45 kays north of Clanwilliam, you would in fact...
Tree Spirit Cottage, Knysna, Western Cape
"Organic farm with a rustic-luxury cottage overlooking a dam"
As the name suggests, here’s a getaway with plenty of spirit, coupled with a healthy dose of fresh forest air to rejuvenate those weary city bones. Nestled at the edge of the majestic Knysna forest at Gouna, Tree Spirit Cottage embodies the wholesome goodness and energy of organic farmers...
Umshanti/Buffeljags Watersport, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Small private resort on the Buffeljags Dam, with seven simple cottages for groups, a romantic timber cottage for couples, three camping sites and mini conference venue"
Man, for a moment forget the fantastic view over the glistening dam and Langeberg peaks, we can't stop staring at that green grass. How do they get it like that? Bert from Admin says he's tried it all - pig manure (supplemented by Canus monstrus), ammonia sulphate, Supergro, you name it -...
Van Zylsrust Country House, Bonnievale, Western Cape
"Farm with a sprawling and good value historic farmhouse"
This is the ideal group getaway. Combining a mix of several architectural styles - a bit of old Cape Dutch, a bit of Victorian - the house was built in the late 1920s. It's a real macoy traditional farmhouse, combining a total of six bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of them big enough...
Waterfalls, Hermanus, Western Cape
"Rustic thatched house on the Kleinrivier lagoon"
Waterfalls is a rambling thatched house, 10km downstream from Stanford and a similar distance upstream from Hermanus. It is also the stuff of happy holidays, past and present. Lying across the way from host Elspeth and Richard’s home and surrounded by massive bluegums and wild and woolly...
Watermill Farm, Van Wyksdorp, Western Cape
"Historic farm with three cottages in the Rooiberg foothills outside Van Wyksdorp"
This historic gem is nestled in the Rooiberg foothills just outside of one of the Klein Karoo’s less trodden villages, Van Wyksdorp. Back in the 1800‘s this settlement and its fertile valley was bursting at the seams with van Wyk’s, wheat farming was a booming business, and Watermill...
Wayside Inn, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Historic farmhouse on a farm above Wilderness"
Hosting guests is nothing new at the Wayside Inn; in fact back in the late 1800’s this popular refuge saw many a weary traveller dismount, hang up the leathers and tuck into a hearty meal washed down by copious volumes of ale - or so we presume given the grueling trip through kloofs and forests...
Widdershins Cottage, George, Western Cape
"Two-bedroom cottage on a permaculture farm outside George"
Blending easily into its surrounds on a permaculture farm, 16km from George, Widdershins Cottage is a neat and compact little number with plenty in the way of feel-good touches and open farm vistas. Newly renovated and flanked by a lush garden, the cottage sits on the rim of a wooded valley,...
Wild Olive Guest Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
"Organic farm along the Goukou River with three cottages"
This is one tranquil getaway. A 140ha property, where olives, organic fruit and veg grow amidst bushy hills, green pasture and idyllic Goukou River frontage, Wild Olive offers two cute timber chalets with decks and open views across the water, and an historic cottage called Apple Tree (sleeps...
Wildebraam Berry Estate, Swellendam, Western Cape
"Self-catering cottage and garden suite on a youngberry farm in the Hermitage Valley"
Whether for a comfortable and convenient overnight stay or a full romantic weekend of it, Wildebraam is a failsafe option for either individuals, couples or small families. An enterprising berry farm in the picturesque Hermitage Valley just outside Swellendam, Wildebraam offers a single farm...
Wilderness House, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Modern three-bedroom house with ocean and lagoon views"
A stylish and contemporary split-level pad with easy access to the beach and lagoon, Wilderness House is not only a great setting for that family holiday (with or without the in-laws), but also a neat package for a group of wannabe-yuppie friends on the take for an upmarket but affordable Garden...
Willow Cottage, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
"An historic wine estate with a private cottage in a beautiful garden with lake views"
Backed by the dramatic rise of the Simonsberg Mountains, and equidistant from Paarl and Stellenbosch (12km) along the valley road, the historic Natte Valleij farm has been home to the energetic Milner family for the past four decades. The farm itself goes back to the 1700's, and has seen various...
Witkrans Farm Accommodation, Gansbaai, Western Cape
"Family-friendly organic farm in pristine fynbos setting with two cottages"
Witkrans is a natural salt-of-the-earth kind of place that judging by the glowing guest reviews (see below) certainly strikes a strong cord among its happy guests. Owned by the Privett family - themselves involved in a number of conservation and environmental projects - this 35ha organic farm,...
Wolfkop Guesthouse, Citrusdal, Western Cape
"Private nature reserve with a five-bedroomed guesthouse"
Lying 5km from Citrusdal, in the foothills of the Cederberg, Wolfkop is a 450ha reserve featuring views across the Oliphants River valley, a platter of outdoor activities, and comfortable accommodation. Occupying centre-stage is Wolfkop Guesthouse, a spacious five- bedroomed abode offering...
Wolfkop Nature Reserve, Citrusdal, Western Cape
"Private 450ha reserve with four cottages"
Lying 5km from Citrusdal, at the foothills of the Cederberg, Wolfkop is a 450ha reserve featuring four private cottages with views across the Oliphants River valley, and a platter of outdoor activities. Donned in African art and colours, each unit features two ensuite bedrooms, sleeping...
Wolvekraal Guest Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape
"Two open-plan cottages on a 4000ha working sheep farm in the Great Karoo"
The Nel family are your typical salt-of-the-earth Karoo sheep farmers. And a stay on their 4000ha spread is your typical Great Karoo experience. Lying just 8km north of Prince Albert, Wolvekraal Farm is a rugged picture of wide open vistas, framed by big African skies and the jagged Swartberg...
Wolverfontein Farm Cottages, Barrydale, Western Cape
"Two rustic-retro cottages on a typical Karoo farm"
Now, here's a nice example of funky and understated Platteland revival - an ex-ostrich farm turned chilled guest farm on the open vlakte below the Touwsberg, 30km east of Ladismith. Global trotters Ashley Brownlee and Andre Hagan saw through the net curtains and cracked linoleum and took on...
Woodifield Farm, Wilderness, Western Cape
"Simple cottage on a working farm above the Wilderness lakes"
Straddling a plateau above Wilderness and the Kaaimans River gorge, Woodifield farm is easily accessible via the very pretty old Seven Passes Road just a few miles outside George. This working cattle farm offers a mix of indigenous forest and pine plantation crisscrossed with 20km of private...
Xanske's Place, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, Western Cape
"Seven-sleeper holiday house near Kleinmond's main beach"
Simple, relaxed and one block from Kleinmond’s main beach, Xanske’s Place is your typical family holiday home built in the 70‘s. It’s a what-you see-is-what-you-get kind of getaway, with a spacious, no-frills interior and an established garden with plenty in the way...
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River View Cottages, Calitzdorp
River View Cottages, Calitzdorp
Cape Point Cottage and Villa, Simon's Town
Cape Peninsula & Surrounds, Western Cape
Average Guest Rating
Cape Point Cottage comes pretty close to fitting the fantasy weekend cottage. What's more, you don't need to drive forever and a day to live the dream...
Stayed in the Villa this time around . Fantastic accommodation and stunning view. (Mike, visited May 2015)
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