The 30 Best Weekend Getaways Near Cape Town

Weekend Getaways Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

These dreamy escapes are close enough for comfort.

Sometimes, a complete break from the daily grind is the only way to reboot… It’s never too soon to start planning a soul-restoring weekend getaway (or a series of them) to get you through the year. Fortunately, in Cape Town, we are blessed with an array of out-of-the-way places that are – ironically – close enough to be able to hop into a car and get away from it all.

We went in search of the best weekend getaways around the Mother City, and discovered these.

Where do you want to go?

Cape Winelands
The Overberg
West Coast

Tulbagh Mountain Bungalow

Tulbagh Mountain Bungalow
Tulbagh Mountain Bungalow Exterior
Tulbagh Mountain Bungalow Living Area

Where Near Wolseley
Distance from CT 1 hour 30 minutes
Setting Open the blue front door of this modern, timber-and-stone chalet in the Witzenberg Game Park and enter a beautifully decorated space, filled with pops of colour and pattern. But it’s the view that’s gasp-worthy – thanks to large stacking windows and a deck out front, you have a magnificent panorama of the fields, green valley and Winterhoek Mountains. Lie in a lounger and watch nearby springboks and zebras grazing by day; light up the braai and cosy indoor fireplace by night.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with queen-size bed (plus sleeper couch in lounge)
  • ensuite bathroom with shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and washing machine
  • open-plan living area with dining table
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • flatscreen TV
  • deck with loungers, dining table and braai

Things to do

  • game and bird spotting
  • farm walks and hiking trails
  • swimming in communal farm pool
  • wine-tastings nearby
  • horse-riding nearby

Child friendly Yes
Pet friendly Yes (R250 per pet)
Wifi Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 2 children
Cost R2 250 per weeknight, R2 450 per weekend night

 Bosjes Herehuis

Weekend Getaways Bosjes Herehuis Bedroom
Bosjes Herehuis Bathroom
Bosjes Herehuis Suites

Where near Ceres
Distance from CT 1 hour 30 minutes
Setting Off the beaten track, at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountains, Bosjes is a breathtaking Breede Valley hideaway of exceptional views, magical gardens and awe-inspiring architecture. You’ll want to linger longer… Fortunately, the 1790 manor was recently converted into a boutique guest lodge. Designer Liam Mooney was inspired by the setting and Cape Dutch architecture, retaining many historical features (such as the beautifully carved front door and yellowwood ceilings), adding contemporary, local touches that subtly echo its heritage. Bosjes is a natural playground, whether it’s those award-winning landscaped gardens that draw you in, or the wilder mountain paths. Add an excellent bistro, deli-café, tea garden and that chapel, and it adds up to a real spoil of a stay.

The lodgings

  • 12 luxury suites with modern four-poster beds, fireplaces and couches
  • private plunge pools (in most suites)
  • air-conditioning
  • family suites
  • library
  • sunroom
  • heated lap pool
  • on-site spa
  • breakfast and dinner served in the Eetkamer restaurant

Things to do

  • explore the landscaped gardens
  • climb the Boombrug canopy walk and vertical labyrinth
  • visit the wave-roofed chapel
  • lunch at Bosjes Kombuis or Spens
  • relax by the swimming pool
  • Go 4×4 off-roading in the Matroosberg reserve
  • Ceres ziplining
  • freshwater fishing at Brandvlei dam
  • wine tasting in the Breedekloof

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite (+ 2 children in the family suite)
Cost From R5 800 per suite per night

Nibbana Farm

Weekend Getaways Nibbana Farm
Nibbana Farm Bedroom
The Best Weekend Getaways Western Cape: Nibbana Farm Fireplace

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1 hour 30 minutes
Setting Surrounded by towering mountains in the heart of the Witzenberg Valley, this working farm offers a designer getaway in a peaceful, rural setting. Home to a beautiful manor house (exclusive-use only) and a scattering of quaint cottages, with the Tulbagh wine valley right on your doorstep, this sumptuous retreat is ideal for those seeking a relaxing stay with a luxe edge. The decor is a delight, the gardens are enchanting

The lodgings

  • 3 1-bedroom cottages (Blue, Red and Karoo)
  • 2 Stable Cottages – one Family (3 bedrooms) and 1 Studio (open-plan suite)
  • ensuite bathroom with shower
  • well-equipped kitchenette (full kitchen in Karoo and Stable Cottages)
  • lounge area with fireplace (plus old wood-fired stove in kitchen of Stable Family Cottage)
  • patio with outdoor seating and braai
  • swimming pool (Stable Family Cottage)
  • wood-fired hot tub/plunge pool (Karoo Cottage and Stable Studio Cottage)
  • four-bedroom manor house with indoor fireplaces, living room, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor living area with a dining table, large pool, two undercover braai areas and garden

Things to do

  • Secret Garden with oak trees, bubbling streams, flowers, sculptures and hammocks
  • outdoor wood-fired pizza oven
  • walking trails, including to a private waterfall
  • swimming in the natural pool or two dams
  • bass and tilapia fishing
  • horse-riding trails nearby
  • mountain-biking trails
  • birdwatching
  • Tulbagh’s restaurants, shops and museums 16km away
  • Tulbagh wine route
  • nearby Ceres zipline

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 in cottages; 8 in the Manor House
Cost Cottages: From R2 200 – R7 000 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Manor House: From R9 500 per night (depending on season)

Camp Canoe

Weekend Getaways Camp Canoe
Camp Canoe Bedroom
Camp Canoe Living Area

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Tucked among lush fynbos, olive trees and boulders on the rustic side of the Simonsberg Mountains at Boschendal Wine Estate, Camp Canoe is a laidback luxury tented getaway. Far removed from wine estate’s foot traffic, guests are encouraged to switch off, unwind and reconnect with nature. The aesthetic is playfully retro and utterly gorgeous, reminiscent of an old-school summer scout camp (right down to Tupperware in the kitchen). Waking at sunrise to birdsong from the comfort of a sumptuous bed, before embarking on a day of little adventures (be it epicurean or outdoorsy), is a special kind of luxury. You’ll probably want to stay put, though – the setting and views are lovely, with the tents skirting the edge of a sparkling dam. Hammocks and a hot tub do tend to encourage idling the hours away. This is one for the bucket list!

The lodgings

  • 7 luxury tents, each sleeping 2 adults and 2 kids
  • king-size bed (or 2 singles) with luxury linen
  • ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg induction stove and airfryer
  • indoor seating area with fireplace
  • viewing deck with outdoor seating and Weber braai
  • hot tub
  • air-conditioning and heating
  • complimentary wood, charcoal and ice
  • picnic, braai and breakfast boxes to order

Things to do

  • picnics on the jetty or in nature
  • House Canoe dining area and kitchen (rented for bigger groups)
  • dam for paddling and swimming
  • guided or self-guided farm tours
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • horse-riding
  • The Werf restaurant and deli
  • The Farm Shop
  • wine-tasting on site, and nearby

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults
Cost From R3 200 per tent per night

Camissa Farm

Weekend Getaways Camissa Farm
Camissa Farm Hot Tub View
Camissa Farm Bedroom View
The Best Weekend Getaways Western Cape: Camissa Farm Full View

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A once-neglected, alien-overrun 60-hectare tract of land in the Banhoek Valley has been transformed by the Lundie family into a thriving farm. Replenished by their “flerd” (free-roaming, grass-reared cattle, sheep and chickens), Camissa’s soil now provides vegetables, meat and eggs for the family, along with olives, avocados and almonds. An array of happy guests keep the Lundie’s modern-rustic cabins, as well as the Bed in the Shed (a loft apartment in the barn), very busy indeed. All five options are off-grid and decorated with flair, and have phenomenal views of the Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein mountains.

The lodgings

  • Camissa Cottage (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) sleeps 6
  • 3 cottages at the dam (Avocado, Almond, Rosemary) sleep 2 in an ensuite bedroom, with a queen-size sleeping pod for children
  • The Bed in the Shed loft apartment (sleeps 2)
  • open-plan lounge with a flatscreen TV
  • fully equipped kitchen with dining area
  • indoor fireplace (in the cottages)
  • patio with braai area and/or fire pit
  • wood-fired hot tub (in Camissa, Almond + Rosemary)
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary bottle of wine

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • scenic farm walks
  • wildlife and bird-spotting
  • nearby wine farms (within walking distance)
  • Sam’s Soap Studio on site for natural bath products
  • restaurants, shops and markets in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
  • access to Banhoek tennis club (by arrangement)

Good to know Minimum 2-night stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 people
Cost Camissa Cottage: from R4 500 per night
Avocado, Almond, Rosemary Cottages: from R2 850 per unit per night
Bed in the Shed: from R2 000 per night

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Weekend Getaways Lanzerac Hotel
Lanzerac Hotel Pool
Lanzerac Hotel Outdoor Terrace
Lanzerac Hotel Suite Bathroom

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 50 minutes
Setting Rolling vineyards, lush gardens and the Jonkershoek mountains surround this three-century-old wine estate in Stellenbosch, creating a certain type of peace and quiet that can only be experienced in this neck of the woods. In addition to exquisite rooms and a spa that knocks the socks off even the most well-heeled resorts in Europe, this five-star destination has four dining venues, each with its own distinctive character, and a cutting-edge tasting room and deli (your stay includes a complimentary tasting and cellar tour). The heritage property is filled with magical nooks to discover, so there’s really no need to venture beyond its gates, although the centre of town is five minutes away.

The lodgings

  • 53 individually decorated rooms (Classic and Luxury Rooms, Junior Suites and Suites)
  • king-size bed (can be made into twins)
  • ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • tea/coffee station with Nespresso machine
  • private outdoor terrace (except Classic Rooms)
  • private plunge pool (in four suites); one suite also has a jacuzzi
  • satellite television
  • lounge and desk area
  • indoor fireplace
  • fully stocked minibar (replenished daily)
  • air-conditioning and underfloor heating
  • a pillow menu
  • 24-hour room service

Things to do

  • The Manor Kitchen for continental buffet and hot à la carte breakfasts (included), dinner, Saturday high tea and Sunday lunch, as well as a Seven Course Experience dinner on Friday + Saturday
  • Tasting Room & Deli for light breakfasts, lunches, coffee and pastries
  • Taphuis bar for gourmet pub-style lunches and dinners
  • Craven Lounge for small plates, tipples, cigars and a Gentleman’s Tea (Saturday)
  • spa treatments and hydro facilities, including a heated indoor pool
  • wine-tasting on site, including a wine-and-chocolate pairing
  • whisky-tasting experience
  • guided walks and cycling
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R11 840 per room per night
Where to find it Lanzerac Road, off Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch

La Petite Ferme

Weekend Getaways La Petite Ferme
La Petite Ferme Bedroom
La Petite Ferme Bathroom
La Petite Ferme Suites Bedroom

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This intimate boutique hotel has always had a decidedly well-heeled reputation, despite its laidback ambience and the one-and-all appeal of its vineyard-facing front lawn. Perched on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains, all of the rooms, as well as the charming glass-fronted restaurant, boast spellbinding valley and vineyard views. As well as the original romantic and comfort-filled Vineyard luxury suites, the Manor House has been revamped into five suites (or can be hired on an exclusive use basis), and the old wine cellar has just been converted into five luxury Winery Suites.

The lodgings

  • 5 Vineyard Suites with private plunge pools
  • 5 Winery suites with private balconies and a shared swimming pool
  • 5 Manor House suites with a shared pool and semi-private verandahs
  • king-size extra-length bed
  • ensuite bathroom (walk-in shower and freestanding bath with a view)
  • indoor seating area
  • patio with daybed and loungers (Vineyard suites)
  • minibar with complimentary items and wine on arrival
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air-conditioning and underfloor heating
  • smart TV

Things to do

  • lounge by the pool
  • leisurely walks and more strenuous hikes
  • complimentary guided vineyard tour
  • in-suite spa treatments
  • wine-tasting on-site and nearby
  • guided bike adventure
  • on-site restaurant
  • Franschhoek town centre 4.5km away

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R8 090 per room per night

Sugarbird Manor Cottages

Weekend Getaways Sugarbird Manor Cottages
Sugarbird Manor Cottages Bedroom
Sugarbird Manor Cottages Living Area

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 50 minutes
Setting On the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the majestic Devon Valley lies Protea Heights, a 21-hectare flower (and wine) farm that’s home to Sugarbird Manor. With vistas straight out of Under The Tuscan Sky, the property’s perch at the top of a vineyard-covered hill offers exquisite panoramas of the valley, with the Helderberg, Simonsberg and Jonkershoek mountains looming in the distance. There are just four sleek, modern, loft-inspired self-catering cottages, set apart from the main guesthouse, so you can immerse yourself in this fynbos wonderland in peace.

The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • ensuite bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with coffee machine
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • flatscreen TV
  • furnished patio
  • air-conditioning

Things to do

  • farm-style breakfast (included)
  • swimming in the infinity pool
  • on-site Botanica wine tasting
  • Bottelary Hills Conservancy MTB Trails

Good to know Stay 4 nights or longer and get a 25% discount
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost From R2 140 per cottage per night

Dar El Qamar

The Best Weekend Getaways Western Cape: Dar El Qamar Pool
Dar El Qama Living Area
Dar El Qamar Bathroom

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1 hour 30 minutes
Setting The streets of this historic town, famed for its architecture, are lined with dozens of grand gabled beauties, one of which is Dar El Qamar on Church Street – the original mission school built in 1796, and more recently the home-studio of late SA neo-baroque artist Christo Coetzee. It’s received a decor-magazine-worthy revamp, filled with mid-century vintage finds and artworks. Meaning Monastery of the Moon, Dar El Qamar is indeed a soul-stirring and tranquil place that promotes wellbeing (with an on-site yoga room, sauna and treatment room). Think of it as your own private spa holiday, filled with special touches and little luxuries.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (one is a loft room) with king or queen beds
  • 3 ensuite bathrooms (one with bathtub and shower, two with showers)
  • fully equipped kitchen plus extra kitchenette
  • lounge with fireplace, books and vinyl record player
  • dining room plus outdoor dining area
  • two courtyards
  • braai area and firepit
  • deck with plunge pool
  • sauna and yoga room
  • house manager to help guests with anything they need

Things to do

  • in-house spa treatments
  • explore Tulbagh’s museums and historic buildings
  • restaurants, coffee shops and shops nearby
  • Tulbagh wine valley
  • hiking trails
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? Yes, from 6 years
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6
Cost From R6 000 per night

Boschendal Retreat cottages

Weekend Getaways Boschendal Retreat cottagesClaire Gunn
Boschendal Retreat cottages natural swimming pool
Boschendal Retreat cottages BedroomClaire Gunn
Boschendal Retreat cottages patioClaire Gunn

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
When it comes to an authentic Winelands experience, Boschendal ticks all the boxes, and then some. Ancient oaks, rows of vineyards, a Manor House dating back to 1685, a welcoming Werf for wining and dining, hectares of stunning surroundings to explore, and a fantastic kids’ club. To fully appreciate all that’s on offer and Boschendal’s warm-hearted hospitality, you need to spend a few days here, in sync with the rhythms of nature and the farm’s true purpose. The beautiful cluster of 18 self-catering Retreat cottages in a remote corner of the farm offers the best of both worlds: you’re immersed in fynbos gardens and magnificent mountain views (and a natural swimming pool), away from the bustle of the working farm, but the central Werf, with all its visitor attractions, is a short drive (3.5km) away.

The lodgings

  • 18 two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages (sleep 4)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living area with fireplace
  • private patio
  • satellite TV
  • natural swimming pool filtered by aquatic flora
  • boma with firepit
  • fynbos gardens

Things to do

  • Werf Restaurant, Deli Restaurant and Retreat Bar
  • Werf Farm Picnic
  • browse the Farm Shop, Butchery and Homeware Shop
  • wine tastings and pairings on site
  • garden tours/walks
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking (bikes to rent)
  • horse-riding
  • Treehouse children’s playground and outdoor experience
  • art gallery in the Manor House

Good to know The Retreat is also a superb choice for group gatherings such as conferences, team-building, workshops or similar events. The venue has a state-of-the-art screening room, lounge and dining area, and meeting rooms.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 per cottage
Cost From R5 710 per cottage per night, including breakfast (SA residents rate)

Opstal Stay

Weekend Getaways Opstal Stay
Opstal Stay Living Area
Opstal Stay Hot Tub View
Opstal Stay Bedroom

Where Near Rawsonville
Distance from CT Just over 1 hour
Setting Tucked between the Slanghoek and Badsberg Mountains, surrounded by endless nature, Opstal Estate is a tranquil place, where a cluster of modern cottages provide cosy, stylish nests for some real R&R, no matter what time of year you visit. This seventh-generation working wine farm (dating back to 1847) is woven into the fabric and history of the Slanghoek Valley and offers an idyllic stay that combines magnificent scenery and true country-style hospitality. The five self-catering cottages are perfectly (and privately) positioned to maximise the valley and mountain views, with large picture windows and sliding doors, and unspoilt nature just footsteps away.

The lodgings

  • 2 two-bedroom cottages (king-size bed + twin or king-size)
  • 3 one-bedroom cottages (king-size bed)
  • contemporary open-plan architecture and quality furnishings
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • potable water from the Badsberg mountain stream
  • outdoor deck with wood-fired hot tub
  • outdoor fireplace and braai

Things to do

  • wine-tasting on the farm
  • breakfast or lunch (including pizzas) at the estate restaurant
  • explore farm trails on foot or mountain-bike
  • Opstal tractor train, which winds through the vineyards with a picnic stop on the terrace
  • visit the Breedekloof wine estates, distillery, farm stalls, restaurants
  • mountain-biking
  • fly-fishing at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 or 4 per cottage
Cost From R2 200 per cabin per night (minimum two-night stay on weekends)


Weekend Getaways Jonkmanshof
Jonkmanshof Bedroom Area
Jonkmanshof Living Area

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2 hours 30 minutes
Setting Another of the Cape countryside’s picturesque small towns, Montagu is filled with historic architecture and Klein-Karoo tradition. The surrounding Langeberg mountains and farmlands ensure there’s natural beauty in spades too. Jonkmanshof is made up of two 19th-century Cape Dutch-style houses that were lovingly renovated with lashings of design flair – courtesy of Jacques Erasmus of Cape Town’s Hemelhuijs fame. Every room is an immersive artwork, every object and antique considered – but it’s comfortable too, with thick lime-plastered walls, fireplaces, cashmere blankets, underfloor heating, AGA stove in the kitchen/dining area and homemade liqueurs such as limoncello, vin d’orange and kumquatcelle from the courtyard orchard to keep the chill at bay.

The lodgings

  • each house has two suites with four-poster beds (twin beds on request at 20 Bath Street)
  • ensuite bathrooms with bateau bath
  • seating area and desk in suite 1 at 20 Bath Street
  • lounge with wood-burning fireplace
  • library with a desk at 20 Bath Street
  • fully equipped chef’s kitchen (with a wood-burning AGA stove at 20 Bath Street)
  • farm dam-style swimming pool at both houses
  • private garden and terrace with recliners, dining table and braai
  • indigenous succulent greenhouse at 20 Bath Street
  • daily breakfast; dinner on request (minimum of 4 guests required)

Things to do

  • explore the magical garden
  • swim in the pool
  • hiking and rock-climbing nearby
  • chauffeured drive in a classic car
  • bicycle or walking tours of town
  • restaurants, cafés, galleries, museums and shops close by
  • wine-tasting at various award-winning wine farms in the Breede River Valley
  • hot-springs resort nearby

Good to know Inverter power during load shedding in both houses. Minimum 2-night stay during peak season and over long weekends.
Child friendly? Yes, from 8 years up (unless booking exclusively)
Pet friendly? Yes, at 30 Bath Street only
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite; 4 or 8 for exclusive use
Cost From R3 500 – R5 000 per suite per night, including breakfast
Exclusive use: 20 Bath from R8 000 per night; 30 Bath from R7 500 per night (self catering)

Jordan Wine Estate

Weekend Getaways Jordan Wine Estate
Jordan Wine Estate Suites
Jordan Wine Estate Suite Bedroom

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting At the end of a single-track road winding through working vineyards Jordan Wine Estate is a birdsong-serenaded, away-from-it-all oasis overlooking a willow-fringed dam. The family-owned farm’s nature-soaked relaxation is hard to tear yourself away from, and makes an appealing base for a Winelands stay. The 13 Luxury Suites are hidden among indigenous gardens looking out over one of the oldest vineyards of the farm. Each is individually designed and decorated (most with wood-burning fireplaces) to make a beautifully serene retreat, and shares the use of a swimming pool and deck with sun loungers.

The lodgings

  • king-size bed with Egyptian cotton linen
  • ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and freestanding bath (most suites)
  • separate lounge in larger suites
  • Nespresso coffee machine and mini fridge
  • air-conditioning
  • indoor fireplace (most suites)
  • smart TV with Chromecast functionality
  • verandah with outdoor furniture
  • shared deck with swimming pool and sun loungers

Things to do

  • wine-tasting
  • breakfast and lunch at The Cellar Door
  • picnics in private pods beside the dam
  • fine-dining with Marthinus Ferreira at Jordan Restaurant
  • mountain-biking on farm trails (which connect to the Bottelary Hills network)
  • vineyard tour in a safari-style Land Rover

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R3 600 per suite per night. Includes breakfast at The Cellar Door, a wine-tasting, and a R1 000 hospitality credit towards food and/or wine on the farm.
Good to know A stunning renovation of Ted’s villa high on the slopes above the main estate will be completed for bookings in 2024. It’s planned as a five-bedroom self-catering villa with entertainment areas, pool and access to all the farm facilities.

Stanford Valley Country Lodge

Weekend Getaways Stanford Valley Country Lodge
Stanford Valley Country Lodge Cottages
Stanford Valley Country Lodge Cottage Kitchen
Stanford Valley Country Lodge Outside

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by treed hills and lush meadows where horses graze and bokkies roam, this idyllic farm in the Klein River Valley spans 480 hectares of natural beauty, and is home to a charming “village” of white-washed cottages around a central werf. Meandering mountain paths, fynbos-dotted plains, horse paddocks, a farm dam, a swimming pool complete with a G&T bar, and the Poplar Spa are just some of the features that make it the perfect escape for couples, friends and families. The on-site Manor House Restaurant serves excellent country fare – good to know if you tire of braaing on your patio…

The lodgings

  • 5 self-catering family cottages (Stables, Protea, Milkwood, Waterblom and Pincushion-Bluebell), each sleeping 4 – 5
  • 1 self-catering cottage (Erica), sleeping 2
  • 10 double rooms (Sagewood + Fynbos), sleeping 2 each
  • ensuite bathrooms (some with outdoor showers)
  • indoor fireplace (unlimited firewood supplied)
  • lounge (Waterblom, Stables and Pincushion-Bluebell)
  • private patio and/or garden area
  • wood-fired hot tub (Waterblom)
  • fully equipped kitchenettes and braai facilities in cottages
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities and bar fridge in suites

Things to do

  • mountain-biking and hiking trails
  • swim in the dam or swimming pool
  • meals at the on-site restaurant
  • spa treatments, wood-fired sauna and steam room on site
  • browse the on-site art gallery and decor shop
  • canoeing and sunset cruises on the Klein River
  • wineries, brewery and cheese farm nearby
  • Stanford’s restaurants, shops and galleries 10km away
  • whale-watching in Hermanus and De Kelders

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2, 4 or 5 per cottage
Cost Cottages: From R2 150 – R5 800 per night
Suites: R1 950 per night; extra single bed on request R225

The Marine

Weekend Getaways The Marine
The Marine Balcony View
The Marine Suites
The Marine Lounge

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 1 hour 40 minutes
Setting This elegant oceanfront resort, known for its cliff-hugging location, luxurious lodgings and outstanding service, ticks all the boxes. Dating back to 1902, this prized property has had many revamps and renovations along the way, resulting in a charming, understatedly upmarket ambience that oozes old-world hospitality. Part of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the hotel’s most mesmerising feature is undoubtedly its prime position – right on the heady fynbos-fringed cliff path that winds its way along the Walker Bay coast, offering some of the best whale-watching vistas in the world.

The lodgings

  • 10 premier suites overlooking the ocean
  • 10 luxury double rooms overlooking the ocean
  • 20 double rooms (not sea-facing)
  • private sea-facing or garden-facing balcony
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv channels
  • drink on arrival
  • complimentary minibar items
  • fluffy bathrobes and luxury bathroom amenities
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • The Pavilion restaurant and a beautifully appointed sea-facing Sun Lounge and Bar
  • complimentary breakfast buffet each morning
  • large heated saltwater swimming pool in the courtyard
  • tidal pool, directly in front of the hotel below the cliff path
  • on-site spa
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • scenic walks
  • restaurants, shops, bars, markets and more in the town centre

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R5 457 per room per night, including breakfast

Coot Club

Weekend Getaways Coot Club
Coot Club Garden
Coot Club Lounge
Coot Club Lagoon

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting On the water’s edge of the Klein River estuary is a dreamy, retro-inspired holiday resort and conservation wonderland, where abundant birdlife flits through the fynbos and 400-year-old milkwood thicket that surrounds some stone cottages and the historic Spookhuis. That “ghosthouse” is now the Clubhouse, around which all the action happens. It’s a natural playground perfect for a fun-filled family getaway, with action-packed days of water-play, and a stay in the tin-roofed, timber-walled Boathouses makes it extra-special.

The lodgings

  • 3 boathouses: one two-bedroom Starboard + two three-bedroom Port boathouses
  • ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • open-plan living room (lounge, dining + kitchen) with fireplace
  • snug room with 2 sofa beds
  • private lawn/garden
  • 4 stone cottages (Fynbos, Milkwood, Garden and Lawns + Little Lawns): one to three bedrooms, open-plan living room and kitchen, verandah, braai and firepit

Things to do

  • 2 swimming pools
  • kayak, SUP and swim in the lagoon
  • explore on a fatbike
  • lawns for games (boules, volleyball, etc)
  • games room with foosball, table tennis, pool table and board games
  • picnics and braais
  • meals at the Clubhouse
  • daily sundowners on the jetty or around the fire
  • nature walks, including to Walker Bay Beach
  • whale-watching from the dunes (in season)
  • conservation activities

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay and a conservation levy of R250 per guest over 13 years old. Breakfast is complimentary; dinner costs R390 per person, R195 per child
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 – 6 (+ 2 children under 13 years)
Cost Boathouses: From R5 670 per night for two people (including breakfast)
From R1 030 per additional guest; from R515 per additional child bed
Stone cottages: From R3 175 per night

Thuula Hidden Haven

Weekend Getaways Thuula Hidden Haven
Thuula Hidden Haven Living Area
Thuula Hidden Haven Bathroom

Where Hemel-en-Aarde, near Hermanus
Distance from CT 1 hour 45 mins
Setting With its almost-all-white colour scheme, there’s something reminiscent of the Greek Isles about this abode – instead of ocean views, you’re surrounded by a sea of green fields, fynbos-covered hills, rugged mountains and big skies. The clean-lined design adds to the Grecian fantasy: square picture windows perfectly framing those views, built-in seating in well-chosen spots, and niches holding simple decor objects and pot plants. It’s utterly stylish, calming and tranquil – and completely off-grid. Situated on an 80-hectare farm, in a stunning valley renowned for its wines, you’ll quickly understand its name (it means “silence”).

The lodgings

  • 2 ensuite bedrooms (one king-size bed or twin beds, one queen-size bed)
  • 1 bathroom with double shower; 1 bathroom with bath (with view) and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances, fridge-freezer and bean-to-cup coffee machine
  • open-plan living area with dining table, seating and fireplace
  • courtyard with dining table, braai and pizza oven
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • separate verandah with seating
  • Marshall speaker, board games and books
  • complimentary firewood
  • solar power

Things to do

  • walking, hiking and mountain-biking trails on site
  • swimming in dams, river pools and three waterfalls
  • stand-up paddling (bring your own board) on dams
  • wine farms and restaurants of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
  • horse-riding nearby
  • restaurants, markets, beaches and more in Hermanus (10 minutes)

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends, with the option of a late check-out on Sunday.
Child friendly Yes (camping cot on request)
Pet friendly No
Wifi Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 250 for two people per night
Where to find it R320 (Hemel-en-Aarde Road), off R43, Hermanus

Vineyard Cottage at Goodluck Homestead

Weekend Getaways Goodluck Homestead
Goodluck Homestead Vineyard Cottage Bedroom
Goodluck Homestead Vineyard Cottage Lounge

Where Near Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Brimming with heart and good energy, this regenerative farm is a bucolic dream, from bee-keeping to growing veggies. Farmer Alex Chouler hand-built this special eco cottage using on-site timber, clay and straw (super-cosy in winter); it’s solar- and gas-powered, and plumbed with spring water. For utter immersion in country life – birdsong and hooting owls included – this is the spot to indulge in fire-cooked meals, sunset hot-tub sessions beside the vines and beautiful views all the way to Walker Bay.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with four-poster king bed
  • bathroom with Victorian bath and walk-in shower, plus outdoor shower
  • open-plan living area with dining table, seating and fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge
  • verandah with table, loungers and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • garden area

Things to do

  • explore the farm and veggie gardens
  • swimming and fishing in the dam
  • picnicking on the jetty
  • hiking trails
  • Panthera big cat sanctuary close by (4km)
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • beaches nearby

Child friendly No
Pet friendly No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 850 per night (minimum two-night stay)

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

Weekend Getaways Lekkerwater Beach Lodge
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge Bedroom View
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge Exterior

Where De Hoop Nature Reserve
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Lekkerwater enjoys an exclusive concession in the De Hoop reserve, set above a 5km-long beach. Fanned out from a central raised boardwalk, the off-grid guest rooms all have small, private decks and unencumbered sea views – including from the bed. The communal lodge living area is a homely space – guests are encouraged to engage with the chefs in the open kitchen, and meals are shared family-style around one large table (or alone if preferred). There are exceptional guided nature and shoreline walks, and from mid-July to November, the dunes offer a front-row seat for whale-watching.

The lodgings

  • 6 standalone guest rooms (sleeping 2 guests each) and a family room (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children)
  • open-plan ensuite bathrooms with a shower
  • fireplace in each room
  • private sea-facing deck in each suite
  • open-plan shared lounge, bar and dining area in the main lodge
  • wraparound deck with outdoor seating and firepit
  • communal swimming pool and beach hot tub

Things to do

  • beachcombing and rockpooling
  • guided nature, tidal zone and fynbos walks
  • swimming in the pool or tidal pools in summer
  • picnicking or sundowners on the beach
  • feet-in-the-sand dining when tides and weather permit
  • stargazing

Good to know Rates include all meals, local drinks, lodge activities and transfers from the car park, with two-night or three-night stays. There is a R50 per person per night Cape Nature conservation fee, payable in cash on arrival at the reserve gate.
Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (via satellite, so can be erratic); phone signal limited
Sleeps 2 per guest room; 4 in family room
Cost From R6 500 (all inclusive) per person sharing per night (SA residents rate)

Romansbaai Forest Cabins

Weekend Getaways Romansbaai Forest Cabins
Romansbaai Forest Cabins Lounge
Romansbaai Forest Cabins Bedroom
Romansbaai Forest Cabins Pool

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours 30 minutes
Setting Lush fynbos, millkwood trees and unspoilt coastline are the preserve of this secure private estate near Gansbaai, where a handful of beautifully designed contemporary holiday cottages are hidden away in the coastal wilderness. Winding trails lead through the fynbos dunes to a private white sand beach and rocky coves to explore, and herds of springbok, bontebok and zebra roam free. The Forest Cabins unit is perched up among the dunes and fynbos with distant views towards the ocean, with a sheltered courtyard, plunge pool and braai area, and the solar power means it’s free of loadshedding.

The lodgings

  • two ensuite bedrooms (one in main cabin, one in separate cabin with coffee station)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living and dining area
  • deck and patio with braai
  • plunge pool
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor shower
  • solar power

Things to do

  • hike the trails through the fynbos
  • enjoy the estate’s private beach
  • explore the nearby nature reserve and its long white-sand beach
  • visit Danger Point Lighthouse
  • go wine-tasting
  • eat-out at restaurants and wine farms in the area
  • whale-watching (in season)
  • fat-bike on the dunes
  • horse-riding on Pearly Beach

Child friendly?  Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost R5 000 per night

Canvas Collective

Weekend Getaways Canvas Collective
Canvas Collective Glamping Tent
Canvas Collective Hot Tub View

Where Hemel-en-Aarde, near Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting When it comes to all-inclusive glamping, Canvas Collective Africa has taken it up a (tent) peg or two. We’re talking ultra-luxe spacious tents (with a shower, flushing toilets, mini bar, Nespresso machine and electric blankets), a chic, view-drenched fine-dining restaurant and a sundeck with a spring-fed, rim-flow, rock pool and bar. All of this, plus lots more pampering, in the heart of a pine forest on the family-run Glen Oakes farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. 

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique tents with king-sized beds
  • ensuite bathroom (with flushing toilet and hot-water rainshower)
  • minibar/drinks trolley and Nespresso machine
  • private outdoor area with cushioned loungers
  • butler service
  • all meals included, plus midnight snacks and breakfast in bed

Things to do

  • gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinners at The Field Kitchen
  • sundeck with spring-fed, rim-flow rock pool and bar
  • fishing + paddle-boarding at the dam
  • breadmaking with the chef
  • rock-painting and cookie-baking for children
  • walking trails with a guide
  • biking trails (bring your own bikes)

Good to know All drinks are included in the rate, except premium beverages.
Child friendly? Yes, aged 5 up by arrangement
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost R6 522 per tent per night, all-inclusive

AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

Weekend Getaways AfriCamps at Stanford Hills
AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Living Area
AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Hot Tub
AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Glamping Tents

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting In the foothills of the Klein River Mountains, overlooking a dam and the entire Stanford Valley, this boutique glamping camp is situated on Stanford Hills Estate, a scenic wine and protea farm providing the ultimate respite from the noise of daily life. The canvas-walled tents are the perfect combination of creature comforts and the great outdoors. And, if you forgot to bring food, breakfast and braai baskets are available to order. There’s also a restaurant on the farm where you can savour country-style meals made with farm-fresh vegetables.

The lodgings

  • 10 glamping tents (with 2 bedrooms, extra-length queen beds and a single bunk bed)
  • ensuite bathroom with rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • living and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • spacious elevated deck with seating and braai area
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • breakfast and braai baskets

Things to do 

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • wine-tasting and restaurant on site
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • swimming in the farm dam
  • catch-and-release bass fishing
  • beaches nearby
  • whale-watching by small plane
  • restaurants, markets and galleries in Stanford and Hermanus
  • cheese farm and brewery nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent
Wifi? Only at the restaurant
Good to know AfriCamps also has 16 other glamping locations across the country.
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 590 per night for two adults
R295 per extra adult
R195 per extra child

Ohana Retreat

Weekend Getaways Ohana Retreat
Ohana Retreat Bedroom
Ohana Retreat Kitchen

Where Piketberg
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This whitewashed, thatched farmhouse in the 1 000-hectare Banghoek Private Nature Reserve has been lovingly renovated into a magical escape. There is so much to love and immerse yourself in – a patio strung with fairylights; a lush garden of trees, flowers, lawns and secret nooks; hammocks, beanbags and deckchairs around every turn; the sound of a nearby stream; a small pool to dip into; a citrus orchard; mountain views… It’s an idyllic spot to take time out, and the interiors are every bit as breathtaking. The true luxury, though, is the privacy and remote, unspoilt setting.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (one king bed, two queen beds); one is an attic room
  • 1 bathroom with bath and shower, 2 ensuite bathrooms with showers, plus an outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen (with a dishwasher)
  • open-plan living area with a large fireplace
  • indoor and outdoor dining tables
  • verandah with a braai
  • hammock and sun loungers in the garden
  • swimming pool
  • air-conditioning
  • solar power
  • TV, sound system and board games

Things to do

  • scenic walks (orchard, dam and riverside)
  • swimming in the natural pool
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking in the reserve
  • wildlife spotting and birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • picnicking

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (no cellphone signal)
Sleeps 6
Cost R4 500 per night

Kokos Huis

Weekend Getaways Kokos Huis
Kokos Huis Bedroom
Kokos Huis Interior

Where Riebeek-Kasteel
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting On the outskirts of this arty, quirky Swartland town, Kokos Huis is a gem of a hideaway. It may look like a typical 200-year-old Cape farmhouse, but inside you’re transported – with a suggestion of rural Spain, or an island somewhere. It’s serene and dreamily evocative: muted, earthy colours; natural fabrics and lots of wood; stacks of gorgeous coffee-table books; woven lampshades that cast shadow patterns on walls. Each guest room has its own character – the Old Farm Room has a fireplace; some have a chic loft vibe, others open to the garden – plus there are cottages for self-caterers. At the heart of the main house is a lounge with a fireplace, a dining room and cocktail bar. The verandah overlooks the palm-lined pool courtyard with a lovely cabana, and the garden has a firepit, making Kokos Huis a wonderful space to just chill. The bonus? Owner Prisca Llagostella, wife of a Swartland winemaker, can open doors to authentic local experiences and wine farms not available to the public.

The lodgings

  • 6 bedrooms in the main house (one for a family sleeps four)
  • 3 studio cottages (one for a family sleeps four)
  • king-size beds (and twin beds) with luxury linen
  • en-suite with bath and/or walk-in shower
  • seating/lounge area and desk (selected rooms; TV in family room)
  • private furnished terrace (in cottages; with braai in family cottage)
  • air-conditioning and/or ceiling fans
  • room service and evening turndown
  • complimentary bottle of wine
  • breakfast included; plus all-day menu of small plates and platters
  • kitchen in cottages with SMEG appliances and Nespresso machine
  • welcome basket in cottages with bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee and eggs

Things to do

  • swimming in the heated pool
  • private visits to Paardeberg winemakers
  • winefarmers’ dawn braai experience
  • pizza night at Kalmoesfontein
  • artisan shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants in town
  • tastings at Kloovenburg wine and olive estate
  • G&Ts on the Royal Hotel verandah

Child friendly? Yes, in a family room or family cottage
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per room or cottage
Cost Rooms from R1 995 per night
Studio Cottages from R2 500 per night

Kalmoesfontein Koringhuis

Weekend Getaways Kalmoesfontein Koringhuis
Kalmoesfontein Koringhuis Bedroom
Kalmoesfontein Koringhuis Living Area

Where Near Malmesbury
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This is your chance to overnight on the Paardeberg farm of legendary Swartland winemaker, Adi Badenhorst. The Koringhuis is the oldest and most peaceful dwelling on the farm, dating back to the late 1700s and lovingly restored to rustic luxury: thick stone walls, a long front stoep with long views over dam and mountains, and three comfortable bedrooms each with its own private bathroom, small lounge and fireplace, not to mention a hot tub and plunge pool.The authentic farm setting is a delight for kids, with dogs, pigs, horses, bunnies, as well as free-range fowl of every stripe (from chickens and turkeys to peacocks and geese). The scenic surroundings and hospitality, meanwhile, are a balm for the adult soul.

The lodgings

  • 3-bedroom cottage
  • lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities
  • stoep with seating and dining table
  • private plunge pool
  • hot tub
  • games and toys

Things to do

  • farm walks through old-vine vineyards and vegetable gardens
  • swimming in the farm dam
  • fishing (bring your own rods & equipment for catch-and-release)
  • picnicking (baskets on request)
  • 5km hiking trail across four neighbouring farms
  • biking trails
  • wine cellar tours and tastings (not during harvest)
  • playground with ziplines, swings and cricket net
  • freshly prepared home-cooked meals can be booked in advance and delivered to your room
  • farm shop for fresh bread, butter, eggs, ice cream, preserves and braai packs

Good to know Guests can book to join the weekday staff lunches (R250 per person includes a glass of wine and coffee). Pizza night on Thursdays and most First Fridays (depending on events/weddings).
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6 (+ 4 children)
Cost R5 600 per night

Slipway Cottage

Weekend Getaways Slipway Cottage
Slipway Cottage Ocean View
Slipway Cottage Lounge

Where Churchhaven
Distance from CT 1 hour 20 minutes
Setting Hidden deep within the West Coast National Park, the fishing hamlet of Churchhaven is a remote, truly off-the-beaten track enclave. With only a handful of cottages available to rent, and no shops or other facilities to speak of, it’s a sought-after escape for city folk who want to get back to nature. Slipway Cottage’s whitewashed walls and sea-green shutters blend perfectly into its surroundings on the sandy western shore of Langebaan Lagoon. From your spot on the sunny verandah, you’ll be mesmerised by sparkling, translucent waters and big blue horizon. This solar-powered cottage may be remote but it’s equipped with all the creature comforts and designer details – the perfect space for a group getaway that requires only good food, gentle activity and all the time in the world to dream.

The lodgings

  • four bedrooms (1 king bed and 3 queens)
  • all queen bedrooms have a loft with an additional single bed; two of the queen bedrooms are joined by a sliding door)
  • three ensuite bathrooms and two outdoor showers
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and dishwasher
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • furnished verandah with firepit, braai and pizza oven
  • sheltered courtyard with dining table
  • satellite TV

Things to do

  • swimming in the lagoon
  • stand-up paddling (boards supplied)
  • beach walks and picnics
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails in the park
  • birdwatching and wildlife viewing
  • Kraalbaai and Preekstoel Beach nearby (5km)
  • whale-watching and wildflowers (in season)
  • restaurants, shops and activities in Langebaan (52km by road around the lagoon)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 11
Cost From R8 500 per night (minimum two-night stay)

The Boat House

Weekend Getaways The Boat House
The Boat House Bedroom
The Boat House Outside

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A once-tiny fishing village with a cluster of weatherbeaten holiday homes and a reliable surf break, Yzerfontein has grown over the years, but retains its dorp-like charm and soul-stirring sunsets. On a stretch of road, just a few moments from the ocean, this Scandi-esque beach babe – once a somewhat ramshackle boathouse – might be compact, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in design might. Designed by local architect Lawden Holmes (FWJK) and friend Rhett Williams-Jones, and completed in 2021, the insides are clad in suitably stylish blonde wood, and filled with carefully chosen local pieces, gleaming SMEG appliances and beautiful terrazzo floors. Together, these details are a distinct showcase of sharp style and modern comfort – there’s even a toasty fireplace for post-beach afternoons under a blanket with a book.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds
  • shared bathroom with a walk-in rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • rooftop deck with wood-fired hot tub
  • desk space
  • smart TV with Netflix and DStv
  • complimentary wifi
  • battery backup system for loadshedding

Things to do

  • surfing, kitesurfing and long walks on the 16-mile beach
  • soak in the hot tub at sunset
  • fetch bread and pastries from Rosemead Bakery for breakfast
  • get fish and chips to eat on the rocks at sunset
  • visit !Khwa ttu for a San heritage adventure and lunch
  • visit the West Coast Fossil Park
  • head inland to Groote Post for a wine tasting

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes, free
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 929 per night

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Weekend Getaways Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Bedroom
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Exterior
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Living Area

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1 hour 50 minutes
Setting On the far eastern edge of town (with miles of ocean in front and wilderness alongside), this ultra-stylish eco-retreat is “barefoot luxury” epitomised. It’s both elemental and modern, designer and natural, contemporary and timeless; a mini whitewashed “village” of its own, festooned with bougainvillaea, where the “roads” are wooden boardwalks. Stay in an Ocean Suite and you’ll have direct access to the beach 500 metres away; in a larger Nature Suite, built on the banks of a dry riverbed, an unspoilt and wild West Coast landscape opens out in front of you. This is the place to fall into a gentle daydream of sky, sea, sand and space – and to be thoroughly pampered with five-star service. (Winner of the Best Small Boutique Getaway Hotel Worldwide at the 2022 Hotel of the Year Awards.)

The lodgings

  • 16 rooms (sea-facing, nature-facing or courtyard)
  • extra-length king beds with pillow menu
  • ensuite with shower and egg-shaped bath (plus outdoor showers in some rooms)
  • lounge area with fireplace in suites (plus loft space in Nature King Suites)
  • B+O music system, smart TV with Netflix
  • minibar and tea-and-coffee facilities
  • breakfast in bed and evening turndown service
  • private terrace or outdoor deck
  • on-site gourmet Leeto restaurant and bar
  • on-site spa with signature Africology Experience
  • communal sundeck with 20-metre-long heated saltwater pool
  • communal lounge with fireplace and views of the Atlantic
  • bicycles for exploring the village

Things to do

  • beach walks
  • cycle around the village
  • explore Paternoster’s restaurants, galleries and curio shops
  • guided coastal bush hikes
  • horse-riding on the beach
  • picnics
  • kayaking
  • birdwatching riverboat safaris

Child friendly? No, older than 12 only
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 32 in 16 rooms
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R3 500 to R12 900 per room per night

The Oystercatchers’ Haven

Weekend Getaways The Oystercatchers’ Haven
The Oystercatchers Haven Exterior
The Oystercatchers Haven Bedroom
The Oystercatchers Haven Balcony

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1 hour 50 minutes
Setting In the quieter Bek Bay area, just 40 metres from the shore, this boutique four-star guesthouse oozes serenity and old-world charm: think antique sash windows and furnishings, oriental rugs, reed ceilings and stable doors, enlivened by notable African art pieces. Every light-filled guest room has a prized ocean view and a glorious patio – so close you can almost feel the sea spray; the perfect spot for breakfast and sundowners.

The lodgings

  • 4 spacious rooms with king, queen or twin beds
  • ensuite walk-in showers
  • lounge seating in rooms
  • minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities
  • private patio or balcony
  • satellite TV
  • Room 3 (Honeymoon Suite) has a separate lounge with a small library and art-film collection
  • communal lounge, dining room and library
  • communal verandah with plunge pool
  • off-grid power (no load-shedding)

Things to do

  • step straight out of the door onto the beach
  • relax by the pool
  • in-room massage treatment from the mobile spa
  • village restaurants, from fish and chips to fine dining
  • art galleries and curio shops
  • e-bike guided beach tour
  • kayak tour to see the penguins
  • horse-riding on the beach

Good to know Sister property, Smuggler’s Cottage B&B, next door is child- and pet-friendly.
Child friendly? No, over 12 years only
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms
Cost From R2 450 per room per night

Kraalbaai House Boats

Weekend Getaways Kraalbaai House Boats
Kraalbaai House Boats Deck
Kraalbaai House Boats Bedroom

Where West Coast National Park
Distance from CT 1 hour 20 minutes
Setting This quirky collection of houseboats is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Kraalbaai’s calm waters and beach within the beautiful expanse of the Langebaan lagoon. The boats range in size from double storey Nirvana (perfect for family gatherings of 20-24 people) to smaller boats sleeping 6 or 4. Fully equipped for self-catering (and braaiing), with floating decks to stretch out on, it’s life on the water with the gentle swell of the lagoon to lull you to sleep and nature, bird calls, and morning swims literally on your doorstep. Staff are available 24/7 to ferry you to and from your boat to go exploring on land or enjoy some beach time.

The lodgings

  • Nirvana: 8 double cabins, 1 cabin with bunk beds + two double sleeper couches in living room
  • Larus: 2 double cabins + 1 cabin with bunk beds
  • Serenity: 2 double cabins + double sleeper couch in lounge
  • Eve: 2 double cabins
  • Eden: 1 double cabin + 2 single beds for kids
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outside deck with braai facilities
  • gas fireplace (Eve, Serenity and Nirvana)
  • bathroom with shower, flush toilet and hot water
  • solar power

Things to do

  • play on and in the water: swimming, kayaking, SUPing
  • braai on the deck
  • sundowners with breathtaking sunset views
  • book an onbaord massage
  • explore the West Coast National Park on mountain bikes

Good to know Minimum two-night stay on weekends. Kayaks, SUP boards, fishing rods and bicycles available to hire. Cost excludes SANParks entrance fee.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No (but good cellphone reception)
Sleeps 4 – 24 (depending on boat)
Cost From R3 400 per boat per night

Retreat Guest Farm

Weekend Getaways Retreat Guest Farm
Retreat Guest Farm Braai Area
Retreat Guest Farm Bedroom

Where Piket-Bo-Berg
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting A true hidden gem, this farm offers a full-spectrum nature’s playground of mountain trails, dams, a small indigenous forest and fascinating rock formations. Whether you enjoy a sunrise hike to the summit of Perdekop or sundowners beside the pool; tackle the over 35km of mountain-biking trails (good for novices and pros) that only guests have access to; or take a leisurely paddle on the dam, there’s never a dull moment. For less active types, the comfortable farm cottages provide a pleasant, view-drenched hideaway to relax and unwind, cook up a storm and enjoy a break from the city.

The lodgings

  • 4-bedroom Main House, 3-bedroom Somerlus Cottage and 2-bedroom Langberg Cottage
  • king, queen and twin beds
  • ensuite bathrooms with bath and/or shower (1 shared bathroom in Langberg Cottage)
  • fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso machine and dishwasher
  • living room with fireplace
  • indoor braai and sunroom/dining area (Main House)
  • large outdoor patio with braai area (cottages)
  • private swimming pool, garden and lawn (Main House)
  • flatscreen TV with DStv (Main House and Somerlus Cottage)
  • bluetooth speaker/sound system
  • air-conditioner (Main House) and/or fans
  • board games, puzzles and books

Things to do

  • private mountain-biking trails
  • trail running and hiking trails
  • swimming
  • paddling on the dam (canoes supplied)
  • rock climbing and bouldering
  • Yellowwood Trail with rock-art sites
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • Piket-Bo-Berg Farmer’s Market (last Saturday of the month) on neighbouring farm

Good to know There are longer-stay discounts. Weekday rates do not apply during school holidays or on public holidays.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes (two pets maximum)
Wifi? No (but good cellphone reception)
Sleeps 8 in Main House; 6 in Somerlus Cottage; 4 in Langberg Cottage
Cost Cottages: From R1 700 – R3 000 per night
Main House: From R3 600 per night

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Time of publication: 23 January 2024

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3 Responses to “The 30 Best Weekend Getaways Near Cape Town”

  1. dr zeek

    When The Marine in Hermanus starts looking reasonably priced… LOL

  2. Ed webster

    Interesting but expensive for pensioners

    • Sanette Smit

      This is only for the rich and famous. Definitely not for the average working class person. All stunning places though.