The Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town

The Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town Nibbana Farm, Tulbagh

These dreamy escapes are close enough for comfort.

Sometimes, a complete break from the daily grind is the only antidote for a reboot. Fortunately, living in Cape Town, we are blessed with an array of out-of-the-way places that are – ironically – close enough for one to hop into a car and get away from it all.

The Insiders went in search of the best weekend getaways around the Mother City, and here’s what we discovered…

Have you been to any wonderful destinations you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cottages
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Cottages

La Chataigne

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: La Chataigne
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: La Chataigne Cottage Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: La Chataigne Bedroom

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated on a working wine farm in the Franschhoek Valley, La Chataigne is home to five stylish self-catering cottages in a wonderfully intimate (and relaxed) environment, making it a tranquil hideaway with all the creature comforts discerning travellers desire.

The lodgings

Two Riverside Cottages: Marron and Kastanje (each sleeping four)

  • king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge with an indoor fireplace
  • front & back outdoor patio with a braai and seating area
  • access to the communal Orchard Pool
  • complimentary wifi

Two Stable Cottages: Blanc and Noir (each sleeping two)

  • king-size bed and en-suite bathroom (with a bath and shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge with an indoor fireplace
  • outdoor patio with a gas braai and seating area
  • large deck with a private pool
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • air-conditioning
  • Nespresso machine
  • complimentary wifi

Newly Renovated Chestnut Cottage (sleeps four)

  • all the luxuries of Blanc and Noir with a private garden and pool
  • back patio right on the river with a braai

Things to do

  • stroll through the veggie garden and vineyards
  • play a round of Boules
  • lounge by the swimming pool
  • purchase homemade treats and estate wine
  • visit the town centre, only 7km away

Child friendly? Yes, however parents are responsible for their children during, as there is an unfenced pool and river.
Please note Only Marron and Kastanje allow for children, all other cottages are for age 14 years and older.
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 or 4 per cottage
Cost R1 850 – R3 610 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
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Stanford Valley Guest Farm

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Stanford Valley Guest Farm
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Stanford Valley Guest Farm Bedroom
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Stanford Valley Guest Farm Spa

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by treed hills and lush meadows where horses graze and springbokkies roam, this idyllic farm in the Klein River Valley spans 480 hectares of unadulterated natural beauty, and is home to a small collection of white-washed farm cottages. Meandering mountain paths, fynbos-dotted plains, horse paddocks, a farm dam and an authentic Overberg spa are just some of the features that make it the perfect country escape for nature-loving couples, friends and families.
Some cottages are self-catering, but the onsite Manor House Restaurant serves excellent country cooking where breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at an additional cost. The perfect option should you tire of braaing on your private patio…

The lodgings

  • 15 cottages – – Sagewood & Fynbos, and Erica (each sleeping two); Stables Cottage, Pincushion & Bluebell (each sleeping four); and Protea & Milkwood (each sleeping five)
  • comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • private balconies with mountain or meadow views
  • five of the cottages have fully equipped kitchenettes and braai facilities
  • four of the self-catering units have two bedrooms each and private gardens
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities (complete with home-baked rusks)
  • mini-bar fridge
  • wood-fired fireplace (unlimited firewood supplied)
  • outdoor seating area

Things to do

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the Manor House Restaurant
  • on-site pamper treatments at the Milkshed Spa
  • mountain-biking and hiking trails
  • canoe trips and sunset cruises on the Klein River
  • wine-tasting along the Stanford Wine Route
  • whale-watching in Hermanus and Kleinbaai

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2, 4 or 5 per cottage
Cost From R1 450 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
All cottages have the option of adding an extra single bed for R225.
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Nibbana Farm

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Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by towering mountains in the heart of the Witzenberg Valley, this working farm offers stylish accommodation in a peaceful, rural setting. Home to a beautiful Manor House (available on an exclusive-use basis only) and a scattering of quaint cottages, with the Tulbagh Winelands right on your doorstep, this sumptuous retreat is ideal for those seeking a relaxing getaway with a luxe edge.

The lodgings

  • four-bedroom Manor House with indoor fireplaces, a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, dining table, outdoor seating areas, large pool and garden
  • five cottages (The Blue Cottage, The Red Cottage, Stable Family Cottage, Stable Studio Cottage and The Karoo Cottage) equipped with a kitchenette and small living area
  • private plunge pool in the Stable Studio Cottage
  • standard-size swimming pool in the Stable Family Cottage
  • private plunge pool wood-fired hot tub in the Karoo Cottage

Things to do

  • Secret Garden with large oak trees, bubbling streams, flowers and sculptures
  • hammocks
  • outdoor wood-fired pizza oven
  • swimming in the natural crystal-clear pool or two nearby dams (bass and tilapia fishing details on request)
  • private waterfall
  • Horse About horse riding trails for beginners and up (booking essential)
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • nearby Ceres zipline
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 8 (Manor House)
2 to 6 (cottages)
Cost Manor House: R7 500 per night exclusive-use only (depending on season)
Cottages: From R1 850 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Sugarbird Manor Cottages

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Sugarbird Manor Cottage Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Sugarbird Manor Bedroom

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting On the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the majestic Devon Valley lies Protea Heights, a 20-hectare flower and grape farm that’s home to Sugarbird Manor. Like a scene straight out of Under The Tuscan Sky, the property is perched at the top of a vineyard-covered hill, offering exquisite views of the valley, with the Helderberg, Simonsberg and Jonkershoek Mountains looming in the distance.

The lodgings

  • four stylish self-catering cottage suites
  • king-size bed
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • shaded outdoor patio
  • shared pool
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • swimming in the pool
  • on-site wine tasting of the owner’s award-winning wine
  • A plethora of nearby wine estates

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost R3 500 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Klein Nektar Farm Cottage

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Klein Nektar Farm Cottage Kitchen
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Klein Nektar Farm Cottage Terrace

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated in the quaint Karoo town of Montagu, this three-hectare working olive and wine farm sits in the heart of a tranquil valley. Providing the best of both worlds, Klein Nektar is a mere stroll from the shops and charming cafés in the town centre, and is also surrounded by endless nature, tucked away inside the towering Langeberg Mountains.

The lodgings

  • off-the-grid self-catering cottage
  • solar lamps, and a gas water heater, fridge, freezer, stove and oven
  • two queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom
  • open-plan living and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • private outdoor garden
  • braai area
  • sheltered wrap-around terrace
  • complimentary bottled water, instant and filter coffee, tea, sugar, milk, salt and pepper, one bundle of firewood and a few additional surprises

Things to do

  • strolls through olive groves and orchards
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • one-hectare chardonnay vineyard (soon to produce the farm’s own wine in collaboration with some talented winemakers)
  • art galleries, cafés, shops, museums and restaurants in Montagu’s centre
  • bolted-rock climbing, big five game reserves and mineral springs in the surrounding area

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4
Cost R1 400 per night for two adults for the first two nights (depending on season)
30% off for the third night
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Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages Hot Tub
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages Bedroom

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away among the natural beauty of a working farm in the Tulbagh Valley, Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages is a private self-catering stay that oozes comfort and rustic charm. With mountain vistas and the immersive surrounding orchards, this breathtaking spot is just a short drive from Cape Town and has all the makings of a magical countryside escape – complete with wood-fired hot tubs, sweeping views and a sought-after sense of tranquillity.

The lodgings

  • five self-catering cottages varying in size (Sunburst, Ruby Star, African Delight, Lady Red and Angelino)
  • self-catering kitchen
  • living room
  • outdoor verandah with a braai
  • indoor fireplace
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • explore the town
  • wine tasting at nearby wine estates
  • horse-riding trails
  • wine-by-bike rental
  • waterfall hikes

Child friendly? Yes, for family cottages (Sunburst, Ruby Star and African Delight)
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 to 6 per cottage
Cost From R1 400 per night for two adults, self catering (depending on season and cottage type)
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White Water Farm

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: White Water Farm Pool
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: White Water Farm Bedroom

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Cows, horses and hens roam free on this peaceful farm in the Klein River Valley, which doubles as a romantic wedding venue. Dating back to 1846, the elegant Cape Dutch property combines historic charm with a modern country feel, where gardens shaded by oak trees, the scent of hydrangeas and roses, and the towering Klein River mountains set the scene for an enchanting country escape.

The lodgings

  • Dairy Room (queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom)
  • 3 Dairy Suites (king-size bed, mini kitchenette, bathroom, private lounge area and mountain views)
  • 2 Barn Suites (king-size bed, bathroom, mini kitchenette and private lounge with a fireplace)
  • Gatehouse Suite (king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, Victorian bath, lounge with a fireplace, small kitchenette and private patio)
  • Farmhouse (two queen size bedrooms and a twin bed, well-equipped kitchen, large living area with a fireplace, and a private patio with braai facilities)
  • Farmhouse Deluxe Suite (adjacent to the main farmhouse, large bedroom with a fireplace, two bathrooms and a private courtyard with an outdoor shower)

Things to do

  • farm-to-fork dining at the White Water Restaurant (open to all for breakfast, lunch and dinner, closed on Wednesdays)
  • bass fishing in the farm dams
  • laidback days at the swimming pool
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking and hiking trails in the Phillipskop Private Mountain Reserve
  • horse-riding trails on the farm (pre-booking required)
  • spa treatments (pre-booking required)
  • wine-tasting at surrounding wine estates
  • shops, galleries and restaurants in Stanford centre
  • Lady Stanford River Cruise, Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary, whale-watching

Child friendly? Yes, except for the Gatehouse Suite
Children under two stay for free
Pet friendly? Enquire prior to booking
Sleeps 2 to 6 per unit
Cost From R1 800 per unit per night (depending on season and room type)
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Kromrivier Cederberg Park

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Kromrivier Cederberg Park Cottage Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Kromrivier Cederberg Park Bedroom

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Situated in the heart of the Cederberg Conservancy, on the peaceful Kromrivier Farm, this restful retreat is hugged by majestic orange-rock formations and sweeping fynbos plains. The scenic drive from Cape Town passes the ever-popular Algeria camping site, after which you’re unlikely to see another vehicle! This sacred sense of silence and seclusion brings with it a rare feeling of safety and security – gold for intrepid travellers nowadays.
We stayed in Apollo, one of six luxury chalets, which was fresh from a slick refurb, and had all the creature comforts we could have wished for.

During our stay, we encountered sheep, pigs, cows and the two very friendly resident dogs – kiddies will love watching the cows being milked daily at 4pm. On our last day, we did the four-hour hike to Disa Waterfall with our four-year-old son, swimming in rock pools along the way, and only encountered two other groups the entire time. Oh, and stargazing in these parts is out of this world, due to the utter darkness and unpolluted air.

The lodgings

  • eight luxury self-catering chalets (Suikerberg, Apollo, Murraysberg, Winterbach, Donkerkloofkop, The Pup, Sneeuberg and Breekkrans)
  • two bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom (a sleeper couch can be provided on request)
  • spacious living area with an indoor braai
  • fireplace in the bedroom
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outdoor braai and seating area
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • Die Slee eatery for breakfast and lunch
  • farm stall with wine, deli items, memorabilia, wood, firelighters, and toiletries
  • hiking
  • mountain-biking
  • Cederberg Observatory (certain Saturdays)
  • swimming in rock pools
  • fishing
  • horse-riding
  • rock-climbing
  • trail-running
  • farm visits

Good to know There are also three rustic farm cottages and 18 campsites.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 6 per chalet
Cost R2 200 per night for two adults (depending on season)
R2 800 per night for four adults (depending on season)
R3 100 per night for five adults (depending on season)
R3 400 per night for six adults (depending on season)
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Gelukkie

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Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind when pulling up outside the wrought-iron gates of this hideaway – located just before the central entrance to Paternoster. What might appear like an unassuming private property soon opens up to reveal an oasis of quaint beach-house-inspired cottages, where lush plants, water features, stunning outdoor decor, and passionate hosts, Ruth and Andrew (and their friendly pooches), await.

The lodgings

  • two self-catering cottages (Klein Gelukkie, and Nog n Gelukkie)
  • king-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • walk-in closet
  • dining area
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • private outdoor garden with a braai
  • outdoor daybed

Things to do

  • enjoy a freshly-made G&T by the fire
  • walk on the beach
  • an abundance of restaurants and shops in the town centre
  • kayaking
  • beach buggy rides
  • Paternoster art route
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per cottage
Cost R1 200 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Rest at Chabivin Country Cottage

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Rest at Chabivin Country Cottage Bedroom

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Cosy, self-catering accommodation set beside a tranquil eucalyptus forest, only a few hundred meters outside the town centre, this lesser-known gem is located on a bubbly-producing boutique wine farm. The cottage is well protected, with remote access for residents and guests only.

The lodgings

  • Country Cottage with two bedrooms (sleeps four to six)
  • open-plan living area with DStv and a sleeper couch
  • open-plan dining area with a fireplace and kitchen
  • complimentary wifi
  • wooden deck overlooking the vineyards

Things to do

  • hiking and cycling trails
  • De Zalze Golf Course is within walking distance
  • an abundance of nearby restaurants and wine estates

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4 or 6
Cost From R2 500 per night for the cottage (depending on season)
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Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Jacuzzi
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Bedroom

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Part of a working farm just outside of Citrusdal, this scenic retreat is perched on the fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Elephant River, surrounded by striking rock formations and sweeping views of the valley.

The lodgings

  • 10 self-catering cottages (six of which sleep two, and four double units that sleep four)
  • en-suite with king-size beds
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • seating area
  • view-drenched outdoor terrace
  • braai
  • private Jacuzzi

Things to do

  • sundowners on your private deck
  • hiking trails
  • bubbly in the warm Jacuzzi
  • striking views of the Cederberg mountains
  • fynbos garden walks
  • informative medicinal herb walks
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking
  • ancient rock paintings
  • nearby horseback trails, waterfalls, wineries and farm stalls

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 2 or 4 per cottage
Cost 2-sleeper: R1 050 per cottage per night (depending on season)
4-sleeper: R1 300 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Suites

7 Koppies

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Perched on a small hill (reached by a winding dirt road), 7 Koppies is a tastefully quirky five-bedroom farmhouse in the Franschhoek Valley with spectacular, unhindered views of vineyards, the Simonsberg mountains and an eminently hikeable fynbos reserve – all of which are best enjoyed at sunset, with a glass of vino, from the edge of the 25-metre-long pool.

The lodgings

  • two en-suite rooms (The Garden Room and The Orchard Room)
  • one twin room with a separate bathroom across the landing (The Mountain Room)
  • two spacious en-suite suites (The Valley Suite and The Courtyard Suite)
  • one-bedroom Rockwood Cottage with a kitchen, private pool and balcony
  • all rooms feature king-size beds and organic cotton bedding
  • open-plan communal lounge, fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 25-metre-long lap pool
  • outdoor terrace
  • manicured gardens
  • daily service
  • daily breakfast
  • laundry service
  • house manager
  • butler
  • security guard

Things to do

  • nature walks
  • pool-lounging
  • surrounding wineries
  • restaurants, galleries, and shops in the town centre (12 minutes away)

Please note 7 Koppies is closed for renovations until 31 July 2021.
Child friendly? Yes, for ages 13 and over
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R4 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Minimum two-night stay.
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Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge Suite
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge Breakfast

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting With the great outdoors on your doorstep, this private sanctuary is the sort of place city-weary souls come to for rest and recuperation. Uninterrupted views of the Hermanus Lagoon and surrounding mountains will surely clear the cobwebs, as you wallow in your private chalet with only the calls of roaming birdlife to break the tranquil silence.

The lodgings

  • five safari-style suites
  • king-size bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • lounge area with fireplace
  • outdoor shower
  • communal plunge pool

Things to do

  • spa treatments
  • leisurely walks
  • Mosaic Lagoon Café housed in the historic (and reportedly haunted) Spookhuis
  • mountain walks
  • lagoon activities, such as boating, kayaking, SUPing, and swimming
  • mountain-biking and quad-biking through the fynbos
  • boat cruises
  • 4×4 beach excursions
  • whale watching from nearby Walker Bay Beach
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost R5 460 per night for one adult (depending on season)
R7 280 per night for two adults (depending on season)
Please note Cost is inclusive of three meals a day, house beverages, and all activities.
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La Petite Ferme Vineyard Suites

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: La Petite Ferme Vineyard Suites Bathroom

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting With some of the best panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding mountains, this intimate boutique hotel has always had a decidedly well-heeled reputation, despite its laidback ambience and 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 spellbounding valley and vineyard views.

The lodgings

  • five stylish Vineyard suites
  • each with their own private pool overlooking the valley
  • king-size extra-length bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath
  • private patio with a plunge pool
  • mini bar with complimentary items and wine on arrival
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air conditioning and heating
  • smart TV
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • pool-lounging
  • leisurely walks
  • strenuous hikes
  • complimentary guided vineyard tour
  • wine tasting
  • mountain-biking
  • on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R 5 408 per suite per night (depending on season and suite type)
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The Robertson Small Hotel

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: The Robertson Small Hotel Pool
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: The Robertson Small Hotel Bedroom

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by endless farmlands and majestic mountain ranges, the historic town of Robertson, along Route 62, oozes small-town charm. Victorian architecture and flowering jacaranda trees line the wide streets, while a scattering of wonderful restaurants, shops, and wine-tasting spots create a pathway between past and present. Situated in the heart of the town, this stunning five-star boutique hotel is a serene sought-after stay.

The lodgings 

  • three Manor House Rooms
  • four Pool Suites
  • two Stable Rooms
  • one Honeymoon Suite
  • spacious verandahs
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • small lounge area with a TV
  • swimming pool
  • self-service mini bar
  • The Small Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The EM Bar serves cocktails and wine list
  • Wellness Room

Things to do

  • enjoy a spa treatment
  • explore the town’s shops and restaurants
  • take a drive out to Arabella Wines, Springfield Estate, and Robertson Winery
  • Visit Saggy Stone Brewery, a rustic pub and brewhouse situated amid plum orchards

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R1 620 per night for one adult (depending on season and room type)
From R3 240 per night for two adults (depending on season and room type)
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Haes Farm

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This 40-hectare fynbos farm has an enviable location in the hills above Walker Bay, close enough to enjoy the cool ocean winds, while offering uninterrupted views of the inspiring Overberg landscape.

The lodgings

  • two double en-suite bedrooms
  • fans for cooling
  • tea and coffee trays
  • complimentary wifi
  • writing desk
  • open-plan terraces
  • honesty bar
  • open-plan verandah beside a lush lawn
  • library warmed by a fireplace

Things to do

  • hiking, running, and mountain-biking trails
  • canoeing
  • visit Walker Bay Nature Reserve
  • nearby beaches
  • surrounding wine estates

Good to know Sustainability is the ethos of Haes Farm, where locally sourced produce is the order of the day. Natural beauty surrounds the property, with sublime views, contemporary architecture, art and design adding to the appeal.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost R1 700 per night for one adult (depending on season)
R2 350 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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Gonana Guesthouse

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Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1 hour 45 minutes
Setting Hugging the shores of a beautiful private beach in the Bek Baai area of Paternoster, this eco-conscious guesthouse is the epitome of a serene seaside escape. Opened in December 2019 by Swedish entrepreneur Jonas Sandstrom, the newly renovated beach house boasts a Scandi-African aesthetic inspired by the surrounding sea, sand and sky, and is the first  sustainable and environmentally conscious guest house to open in Paternoster.
Sip your morning coffee on the soft sand next to the waves after enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, or soak up the incredible sunset (there really is nothing like it!) with a crisp glass of bubbly before enjoying dinner at one of the wonderful nearby restaurants. Heaven on Earth!

The lodgings

  • seven en-suite rooms with a shower, boasting sea or mountain views
  • six of the seven rooms feature a private outdoor terrace with a seating area
  • solar-heated salt water swimming pool with deck chairs
  • view-drenched outdoor deck with a seating area
  • private walkway leading directly onto the beach (only 20 metres away)
  • lounge and breakfast area with a fireplace
  • fully-stocked honesty bar
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi
  • luxury buffet breakfast served each morning (with freshly baked bread and muffins, a variety of locally made cheeses etc. and a selection of hot options)

Things to do

  • have a dip in the ocean or the heated swimming pool
  • visit the Paternoster Crayfish Wharf, home to De Seekat restaurant, Mattat crafts, and the Uro Erichsen Art Gallery
  • explore the nearby Cape Columbine nature reserve and notable heritage sites
  • sea kayaking, beach-buggy rides, E-bike tours and horse-riding
  • wine tasting along The West Coast Wine Route
  • beer tasting at Paternoster’s own microbrewery, Paternoster Brewery

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room (family room sleeps 3)
Cost From R1 350 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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Monte Vista Boutique Hotel

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Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Monte Vista Boutique Hotel Pool
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Monte Vista Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Montagu is a quaint Klein Karoo town on Route 62 and is best known for its fruit and wine farms, muscadel, dried fruit, charming Cape Dutch buildings and museums and, of course, its enviable hot springs. One such place to enjoy all of this and more is Monte Vista – a beautiful boutique hotel set back from the town centre on a quiet street.

The lodgings

  • 14 Afri-chic bedrooms
  • twin, double, queen or king-size bed (depending on room type)
  • en-suite bathroom with a Victorian bath and/or shower
  • private patio with outdoor seating area
  • communal swimming pool
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • Protea Farm tractor trip
  • explore Montagu on an art bicycle – choose a guided town tour or rent a bike
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • mountain-biking
  • tours, tastings, and fishing at the nearby Trout Farm
  • golf at Montagu golf club
  • art galleries and museums
  • an abundance of surrounding wineries
  • quaint eateries

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 to 4 per room
Cost From R1 960 per night for one adult (depending on season and room type)
From R2 612 per night for two adults (depending on season and room type)
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Shiraz Estate

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Shiraz Estate Pool
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Shiraz Estate Bedroom

Where Riebeek Kasteel
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The small Cape winelands town of Riebeek Kasteel offers the unsuspecting charm often found in quaint villages, with the sought-after serenity of rural towns. Situated on the outskirts of the village and surrounded by vineyards, this converted farmhouse dating back to 1881 is a wonderful choice for visitors seeking a stylish space to rest their heads in comfort.

The lodgings 

  • five en-suite double bedrooms, and one quadruple family room (all with king-size beds)
  • three studios with a king size bed, lounge area, kitchenette, private entrance and patio
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan dining room with a fireplace
  • spacious lounge
  • private pool
  • braai area
  • gazebo with built-in benches
  • shaded verandah with outdoor seating
  • landscaped garden
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • secure parking

Things to do

  • enjoy the pool
  • visit the neighbouring wine farms (including the popular Riebeek Cellars)
  • microbreweries, restaurants, bars, cafés and galleries in the village itself
  • mountain-biking and hiking in Riebeek Valley

Good to know The guesthouse can also be rented out as a villa for exclusive use.
Child friendly? Yes, for children over 8 years old
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 to 8 per room
Cost From R890 per room per night, includes breakfast (depending on season and room type)
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Cabins & Glamping

Fynbos Suites at Farm 215

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Fynbos Suites at Farm 215
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Fynbos Suites at Farm 215 Deck
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Farm 215 Pool

Teagan Cunniffe

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated in the breathtaking Uilkraal Valley between Stanford and Cape Agulhas, Farm 215 is ideal for anyone seeking a tranquil retreat in miles and miles of unspoilt nature.

The lodgings

  • three secluded stylish wooden cabins
  • open-plan bedroom, en-suite bathroom and lounge
  • wood-burning stoves
  • comfortable furnishings
  • floor-to-ceiling windows
  • wooden sun deck
  • views of the surrounding plains, dam and vineyards

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • horseback riding
  • wine-tasting at Lomond Wine Estate
  • whale-watching in Walker Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per cabin
Cost R2 640 per night for two adults sharing (depending on season)
R1 980 per night for one adult (depending on season)
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Bush Buck Suite at Platbos Forest

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bush Buck Suite at Platbos Forest Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bush Buck Suite at Platbos Forest Bathroom

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set in an ancient forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its rich diversity of flora and fauna, which includes thousand-year-old milkwood trees, bushbucks, baboons and even some leopards. The scenic Bush Buck Suite, situated close to an 800-year-old white stinkwood tree, makes for an immersive forest retreat with a glamping edge.

The lodgings

  • double bed
  • open-plan interior with a fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-air shower with hot water
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • forest trails
  • a labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl sea shells
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve
  • restaurants and shops in Stanford and Hermanus
  • Klein River Cheese Farm

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2
Cost R 1 050 per night for the unit (depending on season)
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AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Bedroom

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The lush green meadows and rolling hills of Stanford are bliss personified, and it’s here that AfriCamps has pitched its boutique tents in the foothills of the Klein River Mountain Range, overlooking a dam. The boutique wine farm on which the camp is situated offers wine-tasting experiences and authentic country food made with farm-fresh vegetables plucked from the estate’s garden.

The lodgings

  • eight boutique tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a spacious outdoor deck and braai area
  • three of the eight tents have a wood-fired hot tub
  • air conditioning
  • electric blankets
  • wood-burning fireplace (wifi is not available in the tents, but can be found at the nearby restaurant)

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • bass-fishing in the top dam
  • wine-tasting at The Tasting Room
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • whale-watching from an airplane
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • restaurants, museums and art galleries in the nearby towns of Stanford and Hermanus

Good to know Breakfast baskets and traditional South African braai packs can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge. The Tasting Room also serves breakfast and lunch, and creates personalised picnic baskets.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent (please clean up after your pets)
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 190 per night for two adults (depending on season and tent type)
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Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Mountain Resort
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Mountain Resort Setting
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Platbos Log Cabins at Slanghoek Mountain Resort Interior

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Hidden below the towering mountains of the picturesque Slanghoek Valley, these elevated log cabins are perched alongside a sparkling dam overlooking the lush vegetation and vineyards beyond. An ideal spot for nature lovers looking to get lost in the untouched beauty of the surrounding countryside.

The lodgings

  • three log cabins (Kliphout, Olienhout, and Geelhout)
  • two bedrooms, each with a double bed and two single beds in the loft area
  • one bathroom with a shower
  • open-plan fully equipped kitchen and living area
  • small fireplace in the living area
  • wooden deck with outdoor seating
  • braai area

Things to do

  • horse-riding (every Saturday morning) at the stables
  • Putt-Putt
  • swimming pools
  • fishing in the dam near the campsite
  • short walking trail that leads from the Putt-Putt course to the top of a high hill with impressive views of the surrounding valley

Good to know Cabins are gas- and solar-powered only – there’s no electricity.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 6 per cabin
Cost R1 540 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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Old Mac Daddy

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Old Mac Daddy
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Old Mac Daddy Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Old Mac Daddy Bedroom

Where Elgin
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated among the trees in the Elgin Valley, alongside a peaceful lake with a white-sand “beach”, this family-friendly retreat is perfect for any season – whether you cosy up inside your trailer with a hot-water bottle and a book during winter, or relax in a hammock, Huckleberry Finn-style, with a cocktail from Daddy’s Beach Bar in the summer… The pool, with its breathtaking views of the lush valley, is wonderful for refreshing dips.

The lodgings

  • 12 vintage Airstream trailer suites, each decorated in their own funky theme (10 family-friendly suites and two couples-only suites)
  • private deck or garden
  • double bed and en-suite bathroom (enquire as to your unique bathroom per unit)
  • earth-friendly living area
  • Daddy’s Den family unit with two tented bedrooms
  • Big Daddy’s Den larger unit with three tented bedrooms
  • Daddy’s Hideaway luxury family tent
  • two larger self-catering units for a big group or family

Things to do

  • The Barn Restaurant & Bar
  • Daddy’s Beach & Bar
  • hiking trails
  • wine-tasting tours on request
  • archery
  • stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking
  • tractor rides
  • zorbing
  • fishing (catch and release)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 to 4 per unit
Cost From R1 895 per unit per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)
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Tulbagh Mountain Cabin

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Tulbagh Mountain Cabin
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Tulbagh Mountain Cabin View
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Tulbagh Mountain Cabin Interior

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The majestic Witzenberg mountains surrounding Tulbagh are a sight to behold: towering folds create the perfect canvas for sunrises, sunsets and everything in between. Tucked into the foot of these giants, Tulbagh Mountain Cabin is the perfect stage for soaking up the region’s spectacular surrounds. Situated on a private game park, where springbok, zebras and red hartebees roam free, the log cabin is ensconced in the natural beauty of the Tulbagh wine route, and a convenient 15-minute drive from the town centre, offering a wonderful reprieve away from it all.
The lodgings

  • self-catering log cabin (sleeps five)
  • one loft bedroom with a king-size bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a rain shower
  • one bedroom with twin beds and a shared bathroom with a bath
  • one raised single bed in a mezzanine
  • fully equipped kitchen with an oven, microwave, gas stove and coffee maker
  • open-plan dining area and lounge with a smart TV
  • wraparound balcony with outdoor seating and mountain views
  • separate covered outdoor braai area with a dining table
  • downstairs fire pit with a hammock
  • outdoor shower
  • swimming pool on the property
  • ceiling fans
  • air conditioning
  • laundry facilities
  • electric blankets and gas heater
  • complimentary fibre wifi

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • surrounding nature reserves
  • horse riding
  • nature walks
  • nearby shops and restaurants in the town centre
  • Ceres Zipline

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 5
Cost From R1 650 per night for the cabin (depending on season)
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Houses & Villas

Eikehof Farm

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Eikehof Farm
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Eikehof Farm Patio
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Eikehof Farm Bedroom

Where Worcester
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This boutique guest farm, at the foot of the Olifantsberg Mountain near Worcester, is home to a beautifully refurbished Manor House where modern luxury and historical charm converge. Dating back 200 years and declared a national heritage monument, the property (available for exclusive-use rentals only) provides guests with a discreet farm stay in the Manor House and cottages where the utmost privacy, modern creature comforts and uninterrupted tranquillity make for a memorable escape.

The lodgings

  • three-bedroom Manor House with a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, lounge with an open fireplace, 12-seater dining area, games room and covered outdoor patio
  • two-bedroom Oude School Huisje with fireplaces, a large bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, private patio and garden
  • one-bedroom De Kippe Huisje with a kitchenette, lounge area, private patio and garden
  • pool with a deck at the house overlooking the vineyard and olive grove

Things to do

  • outdoor chicken coup for collecting fresh eggs in the morning
  • swimming in the pool or nearby dam
  • an abundance of hiking trails
  • picnics in the forest
  • boutique wineries and restaurants in the surrounding area

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 12
Cost From R16 000 per night, exclusive-use only (depending on season)
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Bordeaux on Britannia

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bordeaux on Britannia
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bordeaux on Britannia Deck
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Bordeaux on Britannia Interior

Where Britannia Bay, West Coast
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated among the endless cluster of houses on Britannia Bay’s spectacular Golden Mile, this rental villa boasts stunning sea views. Inside, the decor is warm and sophisticated, with a series of spaces where lazy contemplation comes easy. It also includes your very own private path down to the beautiful beach a mere stone’s throw away.

The lodgings

  • five bedrooms (two sea-facing and one with two bunk beds)
  • fully equipped kitchen with white and charcoal crockery and cutlery
  • spacious dining and living area
  • cinema-size smart TV
  • central courtyard with a heated pool
  • skateboarding half-pipe
  • utility room with three mountain bikes and a table tennis table

Things to do

  • beach strolls
  • kayak or SUP (there is a double-seater family-friendly surf ski for use)
  • surfing
  • mountain-biking
  • visit the West Coast wine route
  • visit Paternoster for a bite to eat

Good to know Joseph, the villa manager, manages and services the property, and is also on hand to assist with anything you may need during your stay. You’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of the villa’s Bordeaux blend (you can purchase more from the cellar under the staircase).
Child friendly? Yes, over 6 years
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 10 (maximum 6 adults)
Cost R7 950 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Jonkmanshof

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Jonkmanshof
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Jonkmanshof Kitchen
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Jonkmanshof Interior

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting The stunning mountain views, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, and quaint shops and restaurants give Montagu its unique charm. Built in 1854 and 1856 respectively, these historic manor houses are located a few steps from each other on the same street, and each feature original wooden floorboards and Karoo shutters, wooden beam ceilings, and large rooms decorated with the finest antiques, modern furniture and local contemporary art.

The lodgings 

  • four en-suite bedrooms in each house, two with king-size beds (can be made into twins), two with queen-sizes beds
  • four bathrooms with showers and bateau baths
  • both houses have wood-burning fireplaces in the lounges
  • library in the older house
  • fully equipped kitchens (one of which has an antique AGA stove for winter)
  • private gardens with farm-style swimming pools
  • underfloor heating in the bathrooms
  • indigenous succulent greenhouse (in the older house)

Things to do

  • spend the day in the potted citrus and succulent gardens
  • lounge by the pool
  • hiking trails in the surrounding mountains
  • rock-climbing
  • golf
  • rent a classic car
  • visit the town centre for a bite to eat and a browse
  • wine-tasting at top wine farms nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4 per manor house
Cost Suites: R2 000 per suite per night (depending on season)
Exclusive use: R4 500 per house per night (depending on season)
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Sugar Shack

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Sugar Shack
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Sugar Shack Verandah
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Sugar Shack Interior

Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This quaint self-catering beach house, built in the style of a fisherman’s cottage, oozes rustic charm, with its ocean-themed decor and simple, architectural lines – offering laidback West Coast living at its best.

The lodgings

  • three bedrooms (two en-suite, one with a separate adjacent bathroom)
  • gourmet open-plan kitchen
  • spacious lounge with an indoor fireplace
  • sunny upstairs deck with a hammock
  • covered verandah and braai area
  • outdoor shower with hot water

Things to do

  • the beach
  • visit the nearby Cape Columbine nature reserve
  • notable heritage sites
  • plethora of surrounding shops and restaurants
  • kayaking
  • beach-buggy rides
  • Paternoster art route
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 6
Cost R3 300 per night for the house (depending on season)
Minimum 2-night stay.
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Troon Beach Cottage

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Troon Beach Cottage
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Troon Beach Cottage Interior
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Troon Beach Cottage Deck

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated 150 metres from Voelklip and Grotto Beaches, this stylish modern beach house is exactly what comes to mind when you fantasise about a laidback seaside getaway with family and friends. A spacious front lawn (with direct access to the beach) and a sought-after indoor-outdoor flow make this beautifully decorated home a holiday dream.

The lodgings

  • two en-suite bedrooms
  • uncapped complimentary wifi
  • flatscreen TV with select DStv channels and Netflix
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious open-plan lounge with an indoor braai,
  • outdoor patio with a seating area and fire pit

Things to do 

  • rolling lawn for kids to play
  • cliff path directly in front of the house
  • Grotto and Voelklip beaches are a two-minute walk away
  • whale-watching (during season)
  • restaurants, shops and galleries in the town centre

Good to know A daily housekeeping service can be arranged on request, at an additional cost.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4
Cost R3 750 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Die Laaitjie Farmhouse

Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Die Laaitjie Farmhouse
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Die Laaitjie Farmhouse Pool
Weekend Getaways Cape Town: Die Laaitjie Farmhouse Bedroom

Where Robertson
Distance from CT  2 hours
Setting Only seven kilometers out of the famous Route 62 town of Robertson you’ll find a secluded valley, pierced by a calm river that runs through an old working farm. Here, wine and fruit are still hand-pressed, and pear and apricot trees blossom during the spring.

The lodgings

  • Victorian-style farmhouse
  • four en-suite double bedrooms (each with a private terrace)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • two sitting rooms with fireplaces
  • dining terrace with a braai
  • swimming pool
  • garden overlooking the dam

Things to do

  • horse-riding trails
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • restaurants, shops and galleries in the nearby town of Robertson

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 8
Cost R5 200 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Time of publication: 04 January 2021

3 Responses to “The Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town”

  1. Melanie Reeks

    Looking for country getaways. Midweek specials. Pets allowed a bonus

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  2. Mnandi Bestbier

    This is a wonderful collection of places you found and I can’t wait to explore some of them..

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