Eagles' Call Self-Catering Cottage & Tree House

   

Wilderness

Small farm with a self-catering cottage and a tree house

Budget Getaways Review

Eagles' Call can be found midway between Wilderness and Sedgefield on a small farm tucked between the ethereal Langvlei and Rondevlei lakes - both an integral part of the Wilderness National Park.

Your bed in this pretty neck of the woods (which, by the way, is a birder's nirvana where the morning alarm is set by the call of fish eagles and bedtime by the hooting of owls) comes in the form of a neat cottage shaded by whispering trees and circled by a lovely indigenous garden fed by crystal-clear water.

The aptly named Eagles' Call features three bedrooms, one with Queen and ensuite, the other two with a pair of singles and a shared bathroom - the cottage sleeps six total. Timber floors run the length of the house and the decor is cottage-style, with plenty in the way of cane and pine.

The kitchen is nicely equipped, linen and towels are provided (bring own swimming towels), as is DSTV. There's no fireplace, but there is a braai.

You'll also find a covered patio with a lovely outlook towards the forest, and a pool at the main house (40m away) for that midday dunk.

Adding to the general appeal, the Rondevlei and Malachite bird hides are within walking distance. Like we said, this is twitcher's paradise - heck, there's even the opportunity to emulate the real thing, courtesy of the Tree House, a cosy nest perched above the ground, with a brilliant outlook towards Rondevlei.

The Tree House is let separately (at R110pp) and is an adventurous option for those with a love of the outdoors. It requires a bit of a trek up a step hill, so getting there is for the moderately fit. The Treehouse comes equipped with all the essentials:  Bathroom facilities, mattresses (bring own sleeping bag), a gas hotplate, kettle and outside Weber. Bring along a torch, towels and some insect repellant for your own comfort. Now who said life's for the birds?

Getaway Facts: Eagles' Call Self-Catering Cottage & Tree House
Where17km from Wilderness (and 17km from Sedgefield)
GPS co-ordsS 33°59'38''  E 22°42'06''
SleepsEagle's Call: 6 (1 Queen, 4 singles), Tree House: 2 adults
Equippedyes
Lineneagle's Call Cottage: full linen, Tree house: undersheet only
Towelseagle's Call Cottage: bath and swimming towels; Tree House: bring own towels
Fireplaceno
Braaiyes
Meals availableno
Pet-friendlyno
Activitiesbirdwatching, canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, museums & galleries, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking

Guest Comments

"We spent two very comfortable nights at Eagle's Call Self-Catering Cottage. The Sunbirds, Waxbills and other bird life in the garden and the close proximity of two other bird hides was fantastic. The Jackal Buzzard nesting in a tree on the property was a bonus, as was the Fish Eagle sitting on a nest on a neighbouring property. The washing machine was just what we needed after camping and staying in other places for more than two weeks. Very friendly owners. Loved seeing the Fork Tailed Drongo eat out of the owner's hand. A great destination for birders and others wanting to explore the Wilderness area. Value for money? Don't think you can beat it!" (Sue Wagner, visited October 2014)
"We only stayed overnight so did not have much time to explore but in this short time we were there we heard the Fish Eagle call at least 3 times.I would definitely recommend this accommodation as a base to explore this part of the Garden Route." (Chris van Zyl, visited September 2014)
"I stayed at Eagles Call tree house late last year, and although the facilities are basic, it accorded with our expectations. The tree house is definitely rustic, but the room, bathroom and beds were clean, and the outdoor gas-heated shower was an unexpected boon. The view is wonderful and you feel like you're getting away from it all. Gail and Koos are pleasant hosts and their dog, Thandi, a delight to play with. The daily hike and up and down the hill kept our fitness levels up during the stay! This is a great budget option, nothing fancy, but you are able to braai at the foot of the hill. The cottage looks lovely too and we are considering staying there again in future, especially given its proximity to Wilderness and Sedgefield lakes, beaches and facilities." (Paul Cluer, visited November 2013)
"Eagles Call is a place in true nature. Sitting high up in the trees literally at bird flight level, your soul can take flight. I absolutely love it there. You are separated from any signs of civilisation and the demands of life can simply fall into the flow of nature. I feel free there and at one with nature." (Lara Cameron, visited February 2014)
"About three years ago we found the incredible Eagles Call Treehouse hideaway near Sedgefield, which we thought was our own private secret! Finding your site has made us realise we need to broadcast our experience of this hidden gem where we find solace and 100% connection to nature and ourselves. And while the Treehouse become a 'secret' nature paradise for my wife and I, the cottage below has housed many friends who have asked to join us there to see what we have been raving about. We highly recommend both types of accommodation to anyone looking for a stunning experience in an incredible setting." (Gary Shearer, visited March 2014)
"The room was dirty, the kettle was black on the inside and there is no way the room was cleaned before we arrived. We were not told that we should bring our own bedding and when we arrived they said I hope you have bedding so that night we slept on a stained sheet that was in the room. I also feel that the treehouse is unsafe." (Riaan Haasbroek, visited January 2014)
Getaway reply: "Dear Riaan Further to your comments re my tree house. I find your comments extremely unfounded and untrue - the tree house was cleaned with new bedding and sleeping bags were in the cupboard for your use even though the advert on Budget Getaways states that you must take your own sleeping bags. As we use borehole water we do have iron build up on our appliances - under no circumstances was the kettle in any way dirty. The tree house is a hundred per cent safe and I ask that you retract your defamatory statements about my Tree House. Yours faithfully Gail Bezuidenhout" (Gail Bezuidenhout)
"I was pleasantly surprised to find an establishment a mere 5 km off the N2, so easily reached yet at the same time totally secluded. The cottage was in a pine forest setting near the lakes and Gail added all the little extra touches that made us feel welcome. It was wonderful waking up to a symphony of bird calls, so much richer than what we get in the city and fortunately Koos locked away the rooster at night so we weren't disturbed. We also got to try out the treehouse for a night. It was quite of a climb and the accomodation was a bit rustic, but my daughter absolutely loved it and the views and early morning sunrise overlooking Rondevlei was too die for! To me an undiscovered gem and at a better price than the places we usually frequent on the N2. Will be back for more!" (Andrew Young, visited December 2011)
"We are very fortunate to be able to say that we were the first official guests to stay over in the tree house! The Tree House is a fantastic getaway offering a very unique and quirky stay, plus the views from up there is absolutely incredible. We enjoyed the simplicity of everything up there and the way in which nature comes first. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we will definitely be back again!" (Tania Steyn, visited February 2011)




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