When nature calls...
At the foot of the Langeberg Mountains lies South Africa’s third-oldest town: Swellendam, a charming parish, home to a quaint collection of original Cape Dutch buildings, historical churches, art galleries and museums. In recent years, a clutch of acclaimed restaurants, coffee shops and boutique hotels have opened in the area, making it a popular stop-over for travellers en-route to Knysna and Plett.
Fazenda is one such property. Hidden in the breathtaking Hermitage Valley just outside of town, this secluded – and utterly romantic – retreat beckons.
Situated on the edge of a working farm, among towering pines, with the Langeberg mountains beyond, the escape is host to three stylish cottages (Forest Retreat, Ultimate Retreat and Perfect Escape), each overlooking a sparkling dam and, most recently, the otherworldly Greenhouse.
Immersed in the shade of a secret forest, The Greenhouse is an open-plan cabin lined with double-volume glass panes that boast 360-degree views of the stunning surrounds. The tranquil hideaway is completely out of sight of other guests, offering an ideal location to unplug and unwind in sumptuous (socially distanced) style.
- one en-suite bedroom with a king-size bed
- open-plan living area and dining area
- fully equipped kitchen
- private outdoor sundeck with a braai and outdoor seating
- private plunge pool
- complimentary wifi
On your doorstep
During summer, your private plunge pool is the perfect place to cool down after a hike or cycle on one of the many mountain trails. There are also numerous rock pools and a natural swimming dam for mid-adventure dips, while the lush forest is perfect for alfresco picnics. And neighbouring Swellendam is a heritage-rich and restaurant-dotted outing for those looking to immerse themselves in local culture and cuisine.
With nothing but the sounds of nature to punctuate the peaceful silence, this mountainside escape is a forest fantasy.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it Fazenda, Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, Western Cape
Please note The Greenhouse is fully booked until 1 May 2021. Bookings are open for stays thereafter.
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