R325pp - R455pp nightly; minimum of R900 - R1000 for two or less guests; less 50% for children 12 and under; minimum stay of two nights.
Budget Getaways Review
Now, here is one getaway that smacks of classic Cape - two traditional cottages built by early farmers at Cape Point over a century ago.
Stone Cottage and Top House lie at the foot of the Swartkopberge, virtually opposite the gate at Cape Point. This prime appointment translates into unrestricted walks through pristine fynbos, adventurous forages into the kloof and over the koppies of the Swartkopberge, plus easy access to Cape Point (2km) and the varied pleasures of Simon's Town (18km) in one direction, and Scarborough (7km) in the other.
To give you further idea of where you are going, the farm spans 9000ha (!), with the highest peak yielding a spectacular bird's-eye view across False Bay, Table Mountain, the Hottentots Holland, the Atlantic and the Indian - a sensory overload best chased with a stiff sundowner.
Depending on the size of your party/family, you'll either opt for the smaller Stone Cottage (sleeps four in double and twin bedrooms) or Top House, which can accommodate seven guests on two double beds and three singles. Each cottage lies out on its ownsome, and as such is totally private and removed from passing civilization.
Stone Cottage comes with a fireplace in the lounge and a sheltered outside braai area. Sterling mountain views come standard. About 3km on, Top House backs onto the mountain and features a large enclosed farmhouse stoep and relaxed living space, also with fireplace.
Both units are fully equipped, including linen and towels, and the general decor and furnishings are easy-going, with features harking back to an earlier era: timber floors, beamed ceilings etc. As such they're ideal for a family outing or a group of close friends who don't want to travel miles for a good time.
For a relaxed nature-oriented weekend that's a mere hop and skip from the CBD, it doesn't get a lot better than this.
"We were on the search for a getaway close enough to get to after work on a Friday. Our home for the weekend was the white top cottage, a great house to share with a bunch of friends. Everything was clean and well equipped. Our kids loved zooming around the house, and were especially excited about bouncing on the trampoline in Sally's garden. The porch is private and invites you to have a drink and a braai. We felt especially lucky to catch the spring flowers, busy blooming away all around the property. We took walks down to the river and visited the Ostrich Farm nearby (which was a bit of a weird outing). Should you be on the search for a more than drinkable cup of coffee nearby, we found the Hub in Scarborough, to be that place. Probably the best part of staying at Cape Point Cottages was the silence at night. There hardly ever was a car driving by, which made you feel away from it all. We slept so well. So, if you are after something close, with plenty to do in the area, and you feel like the adventure of the occasional Baboon in the garden, then you shall not be disappointed about coming here. Very enjoyable."
(Kelly Urban, visited Sep 2016)
"We stayed in the Stone Cottage, which was easily accessible by a normal car. On arrival we were met by Sally who was very welcoming and immediately showed us around the cottage and the surrounding area. The cottage is well equipped and even with two small children (a 2 year and a 2 month old) it was comfortable with enough heaters and warm blankets. The inside fireplace is excellent and makes the house very cosy. The fact that there is very limited cell phone reception and no TV forces you to focus on nature and the animals and the beautiful surroundings. There are troops of baboons that live in the forest next to the cottage. They were not a nuisance, but I did feel a bit nervous when they came around and looked through the windows (which we had to keep closed at all times). There are three horses and stables a few hundred meters away from the cottage, but the horses roam free and frequently came into the 'garden' of the cottage to graze. They are very tame, but it was a little bit of a worry for me with a 2 year old boy running around, wanting to play with them! There are lovely places to visit nearby for example the Imhoff art and animal farm which has a lovely playground and animal area for children to enjoy. The closest shop is about half an hour away, so do your emergency shopping before you arrive. The mountain water is a brownish-yellow colour and looks dirty, but Sally assured us that it is very clean, just high in iron. Bathtime was quite a different experience than at home! The braai area is nice, but it's not covered and the little shelter there is from the wind is not very effective. Take your own braai wood as the wood they provide is better for the fireplace. All in all a pleasant experience in a beautiful setting."
(Ria Swanepoel, visited Aug 2016)
"This is a real gem if you want to explore Cape Point and Simon's Town or just have some peace and quiet. The caretaker on the farm is very friendly and helpful and there are gorgeous walks behind the cottage - all safe and nice and quiet even in peak season. Excellent value for money in a lovely location. The scenic outdoor shower was a fab extra!"
(Marguerite MacRobert, visited Mar 2016)
"We had a lovely stay. Our host was so friendly and accommodating. We would definitely recommend it to others."
(Suzanne Wessels, visited January 2015)
"Great location if you want to do day trips around the peninsula - cape point, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Smitzwinkel and other spots. Comfortable accommodation. Sally is a great host and has such a friendly sweet daughter. Excellent spot to spend a few days relaxing and get away from the crowds."
(Janine Krook, visited January 2015)
"it was most magnificent and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The scenery was picturesque and the mountain walks behind the cottage was alive with various types of amazing cape flora. It was reasonably close to the quaint Simon's Town and Kalk Bay for shopping and restaurant outings and also very close to lovely beaches, like Scarborough beach, there was so much to do around the area when we were not at the cottage braaing, relaxing and reading, there was something for everyone to do from our kids to the grandparents. Hikes at Silvermine, sundowners at Cape Point, scratch-patch and after a hot day at the beach,cocktails from Cape to Cuba. The ten days passed too quickly."
(Jasmin Snaith, visited January 2015)
"What can we say? Revitalized and re-energised. Beautifully located farm house, a real tonic that will renew your mind body and spirit with a healthy dose from mother nature. We found a gem and would highly recommend Cape Point Cottages to those who appreciate comfort in nature."
(Lynne Marcus, visited January 2015)
(Kadiatou Diallo, visited May 2015)
"We had a great time staying at the Top House. It is well equipped and has a wonderful stoep where we spent most of our time. The outdoor shower is amazing! The host was very welcoming and provided us with information on things to do in the area."
(Karin Zybrands, visited April 2015)
"Really lovely little cottage, simple and tastefully decorated. There was some very sweet little touches like the marshmallows by the fireplace! Very close to Cape Town which is really nice to reduce driving time and despite being in the Cape Peninsula it offers a fair amount of seclusion. The house has a lovely verandah which is covered and allows you to spend yours days outside while being protected from the elements. There is also a beautiful pine forest a short walk from the house and we got to see a whole troop of baboons digging through the pine needles looking for insects. Highly recommended, we will definitely be back."
(Aretha Cooper, visited April 2015)
"Perfect stay for those in need for peace and quiet. Perfect location to explore and experience Cape Point and surroundings."
(Benette Brink, visited January 2015)
"A little piece of heaven, such a peaceful setting in amongst the wildlife. We saw tortoises and black lizards sunning themselves on the rocks, had a visit from a very striking looking male baboon and had wonderful walks up in the mountains above the cottage. The great thing was that we were able to take our dogs with us and how they enjoyed themselves, demanding walks three or four times a day. The fynbos was so beautiful and delicate, and the pincushions were blooming in shades of apricot and Indian yellow. Top cottage accommodated all five of us very well, lovely big table in dining room to play card games at, everything one needed provided, comfortable beds and big squishy armchairs, not to mention the comfy chairs outside and large table on big verandah. The outside shower was brilliant, hot and cold running water in a sheltered enclosure but still surrounded by nature. It was such a great place for us all to meet up, our daughter from London, and our son and daughter-in-law, my husband and I, and all our dogs. We will definitely be back again , Sally was a very hospitable host, even down to supplying us with tasty rusks and marshmallows. One of the best things is that this wonderful piece of wilderness is so close to Cape Town , yet you feel you have been far away from civilization, a real 'bush break'."
(Angela Strater, visited December 2014)
"Perfect for a quick weekend away from Cape Town. The house is extremely neat and comfortable. I've driven past the area before, but it is worth it to stay there for a weekend and explore the Cape of Good Hope National Park with Cape Point, it's breathtaking!"
(Jaco van Biljon, visited September 2014)
"A great option for city locals who don't want to be on the road for three hours. Home to quiet relaxation in less than an hour. The marshmallows and rusks were a lovely touch. Beds and pillows very comfortable and the outdoor shower at the Top House was amazing. I'll be back to try out the Stone Cottage."
(Emma Carpenter, visited May 2014)
"A warm and very friendly reception, Sally is very friendly and helpful. The little extras she left in the cottages was a huge surprise. The place is extremely clean, the surrounds awesome. a true gem so close to home."
(Ronel Fourie, visited April 2014)
"How can this happen? The buzz of Cape Town is immediately forgotten once you enter the property. Birds and baboons are the residents, we are the guests. And we are so well taken care of: home-baked rusks, marshmallows hidden in the firewood, salt for the bath and endless suggestions for walks inside the Cape Point nature reserve. We definitely suggest walking the Olifantsbos walk: half beach-walk, half mountainous fynbos. Ostriches on the beach, shipwrecks, rolling waves and many flowers. And after a long day of hiking, you return to the cottage, light the fire and start the oven. Heaven! At least, we did in May. But in summer, there's a garden and swing outside to enjoy long evenings."
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