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Ratelpost Guest Farm

330km from Cape Town
465km from Port Elizabeth
400ha coastal farm with a remote stone cottage - 18km from Stilbaai
Stone Bush Cottage

Rate Guide

R550 nightly. Minimum 2 nights stay.

Budget Getaways Review

Don’t even bother packing that 200 Terabyte hardrive or those Excel spreadsheets your boss is breathing down your neck for - Ratelpost  simply isn’t the place for reminders of the nasty outside world.

In fact, you’re not going to need anything here but a sarong covering your vitals, a pair of sturdy tekkies to get to the beach, a good book and a strong sense of adventure.

Tucked away in fynbos covered dunes, 18km from Stilbaai, the 400ha farm is graced with Stone Bush Cottage, a remote and charactar packed little number offering ocean and sand dune views - this isn’t the place you’re likely to be braaing cheek-by-jowl with the neighbours.  

This charming little abode is tucked away in thick coastal scrub, about 1km from the crashing waves. An ideal couples escape, it sleeps two on a king-sized bed, with outside shower and toilet. 

A timber deck, a braai area with views across the Indian Ocean, access to the beach via the farm’s 4x4 track... it's all yours to enjoy in solitary splendour.

There's an indoor fireplace to stave off those chilly winter evenings - add a bear rug and the picture's complete.

Basic electric lighting is available, but we would personally leave this in the 'off' position. 

Oh, one more thing, just make sure your better half gets the donkey fire going early, or you won't be enjoying that evening wallow. 

In summary… Ratelpost isn’t the place you’ll be taking your new poppie for a weekend of pampering and self-indulgent luxury. There are plenty of OTT guesthouses to tick that box.

With rustic accommodation, desolate beaches, natural sea pools, and distant views over dune and sea, Ratelpost is one of those rare getaways that pulls one back towards basics, to a way of life that once was.

Experience it!

Quick Facts

Where
18km from Stilbaai
GPS
S 34°20'56''
E 21°32'53''
Sleeps
2
Equipped
Yes
Linen
Yes
Towels
No
Fireplace
Yes
Braai
Yes
Meals
No
Pet-Friendly
No
Activities
birdwatching, stargazing, swimming, walking, whale watching
Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 15 reviews)
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"This is a great place to slow down and collect yourself. The tranquil fynbos surroundings are wonderful, with nature's soundtrack for accompaniment. Amenities as South African as can be, what a great idea. A soulful experience we'll never forget. Slow down and find yourself again! "

"Ratelpost Guest Farm is so special that I am finding this review the most challenging of all to write - and I do enjoy writing reviews! What words do I choose to describe the beauty of the surroundings? I am urging all my like-minded friends, who enjoy nature at its most unspoilt, to simply go there and experience it for themselves. At the gate you are met by the most wonderful host ever, and then your adventure begins! The walk to the beach is exciting and challenging - but your reward when you get to the top and look down on the vast unspoilt beach below you is worth every minute of it. We wandered for miles along the sand and didn't see another (human) soul - just raw, rugged cliffs, blue, blue ocean and birds - then we returned to our cozy cottage and lit the fire to warm our water; and so we passed our days: life slowed down for a week and we were privileged to enjoy a few walks on Ratelpost's magnificent beach, as well as some lovely walks in and around Stilbaai, great coffee at Paradiso, stunning scenic drives (my husband cycled!) along the Goukou river, an interesting tour and gin tasting at Inverroche and so on. There was a wealth of things to do but the best part of all was the farm itself and the friendly but unobtrusive owner, Guy. We loved the gorgeous fynbos surrounding our simple stone cottage, the comfortable king sized bed decked with fine linen, the views, the birds, the buck and the tortoises - and of course, the most gob-smackingly beautiful, awe-inspiring beach that we have ever left our footprints on. But go and see for yourself... I simply can't do this place justice, however hard I try! Thank you Guy for sharing your space with us - we will never forget our week at Ratelpost!"

"Difficult to put into words the majesty of this place. It is nothing less than sacred. We had one of the most beautiful weekends of our lives, out in wild raw nature, surrounded by nothing but fynbos, dunes, and coastline stretching for miles in every direction. Life reduced to its authentic simplicity. Pure bliss. We as a community are blessed that Guy and his family have opened up their space to visitors. It was an honour to spend the weekend in their paradise, closed off from the world and totally in tune with nature and the natural rhythm of things. The water from the bore hole is the sweetest I've ever tasted; the fire in the cottage kept us warm and cosy all evening; the view from the deck (even from the bed!) will take your breath away. All the important things are provided. Just bring yourselves, walking shoes, food, and a book. Stilbaai is close enough if you forget anything. And there are great surf spots just past Stilbaai in the beautiful Jongensfontein. We recommend turning off cellphones while you're there, to feel the full effect of the place."

"For the relaxed, wine drinking, environmentally conscious, animal loving getaway-ers this is a truly wonderful spot. It's planted right in the middle of almost nowhere and surrounded by fragrant fynbos. Ratelpost was very much about minimalism and true simplicity. We thoroughly enjoyed long candle lit discussions, building fires to warm the "donkey" (for hot water) and the real feeling of coming down to the basics and taking some mental time out. Guy, thank you so much for having us."

"What a magical place! After 5 days, it was very difficult to leave. The setting of the stone cottage is superb and it has a real charm to it. The view of the fynbos from the outside shower is great, and the view from the front deck of the sea is spectacular. There is also nothing like falling asleep with the fire going in the room. The drive or walk to the sea is a real adventure, and it is absolutely worth it with unspoilt sea life in abundance. Guy is a wonderful person, who really went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable. We would recommend this place to anyone who would like to visit paradise away from the city and some true peace and quiet to go along with it."

"A perfect rustic outdoor getaway. Lovely sea view from the wooden deck. Stunning isolated beach with good access, some distance, over the dunes. Owner helpful without being intrusive."

"What a great little gem. We loved every minute and will go back again. Guy the owner is such a wonderful and friendly host."

"Rustic romance. The walk to the beach is not for the fainthearted though however more than worth it being able to see the breathtaking views from the top of the dune. Not expensive at all but have had stays offering the same if not more for slightly less."

"A rustic little gem with fabulous views. This is the perfect escape from the big smoke. Highly recommended."

"What a wonderful getaway adventure we had at the stone cottage on Ratelpost Guestfarm. It is the perfect place to get away from the city ratrace and relax and unwind in the comfy little rustic cottage in the middle of nowhere! The setting is gorgeous, with carpets of wild flowers in bloom even in May 2015 when we were there. The walk to the beach is well worth the effort as you climb up and over the dunes to a pristine sandy beach with no other being in sight. Another world entirely to us city dwellers. The cottage is just as described, rustic but very comfortable with all that you could need and Guy our host was on hand for anything we may have forgotten. Definitely a place to return to when we need to escape the city."

"What a magical gem of a place, and what a privilege to be able to stay in this incredible environment."

"What an amazing experience! My husband surprised me with this awesome little getaway as part of our honeymoon & this is one of my best memories. The stone cottage is rustic, but spotlessly clean and well-maintained, as well as in a beautiful setting surrounded by unspoiled wild bush and a view of stunning dunes & ocean with amazing sunsets and sunrises. There is a short but adventurous scenic hike which can be taken from the cottage to the beach. The beach feels like something out of a movie, as it is totally isolated. I highly recommend this holiday location for anyone who really wants to get away and feel close to nature. It is the most peaceful setting I have ever been in, it was so much fun to use an outdoor shower and sit on the deck with the braai going. We will definitely go back."

"Absolutely stunning, the view, the setting and hospitality make this place. It's absolutely off the grid, we spent two days on the most beautiful beach without seeing a single other person. Guy is an incredibly friendly host and the cottage is a beautifully picturesque beach cottage. The hike over the dunes to the beach is a tad long, but you see so much wildlife on the way, and the paths and stairs over the dune feels like your in some treasure island adventure. We will definitely be back!"

"My wife and I recently spent a weekend at Ratelpost, we stayed in Stone Bush cottage. From the moment we met Guy and his four children (lovely dogs) we felt very welcome and right at home. We enjoyed our stay very much and actually missed the place when we got home. The awesome bed, beautiful setting, spectacular beach and rustic, yet tasteful cottage made us want to go back again. If you are looking for peace and quiet, lots of fire making (you need to get the donkey going for hot water), I would recommend a visit to Ratelpost."

"Unforgettable stay amidst intoxicating fynbos aromas and fresh sea breezes. Stunning rustic and cosy cottage with modern facilities but with the added option of a quaint outdoor shower. Beautiful sunset walks and just the kind of solitude and peace we had been looking for! "

"Beautiful getaway from the everyday rat race. Unspoilt picturesque beach all to yourself. Lovely indoor fireplace makes for very cosy evenings. Very clean and neat."

"A wonderful getaway. Sleeping with the door open and waking to the crashing of the waves, seeing the sea and the dunes and the fabulous sunrise, makes this getaway really appealing. Lovely cottage, furnished with lovely bits of antiquities and a nice rustic touch with the toilet and shower outside. Would recommend this to my friends and colleagues."

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Ratelpost Guest Farm, Stilbaai, Western Cape
GPS: S -34.3489   E 21.5481
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