R1200-R1600 for a unit (up to 4 guests); From R200 per adult and R100 per child thereafter. (Regret, no pets allowed - not even well-behaved ones)
Budget Getaways Review
Phillipskop covers 250ha of gorgeous fynbos on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains. Access is via a short gravel road, 13 kays from Stanford.
With soothing vistas across the Overberg and Akkedisberg, this is a getaway where you can really unwind. As one recent guest puts it, “You could sit on the deck all day just enjoying the peace and quiet.”
Apart from a generous platter of nature-based excursions and activities on the reserve, your weekend bed comes with a choice of five gorgeous mountain chalets, namely Oxalis, Protea, Lobelia, Erica and Restio.
Set about 15 metres apart, the chalet's offer plenty of privacy, yet are still easily accessible to each other if booked by a group. Some of the features you can look forward to: light and airy interiors; plenty of glass to soak up those awesome views; large open-plan dining and lounge areas with tables, comfy couches and wood-burning stoves; fully equipped kitchens; enough sleeping room for six in double ensuites and two twins with shared bathrooms.
From the lounge, it's straight onto timber decks and the sheltered built-in braai areas are to the side of each chalet.
Filling your day at Phillipskop shoudn't pose much of a problem. Not only is it the only rock art site on the Cape Whale coast, but with hiking trails, bird-watching, a visit to a cave, bracing dips in the rock pools, a guided walk with your fynbos fundi host Chris, trips to Stanford, Hermanus and the Great whites of Gansbaai, you won't have a spare moment.
Tasteful accommodation in unspoilt natural surrounds (recently declared as a heritage site), Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is Budget weekending at its healthiest.
"Great base from which to explore the area.The hiking trails around the reserve are awesome! We will definitely be back in winter when the rivers are flowing!"
(Anton Engelbrecht, visited Apr 2017)
"The place was amazing and we had a great time."
(Noel Ferlito, visited Oct 2016)
"Amazing hosts! Beautiful views in a very tranquil setting, with hiking trails starting from your doorstep, the house is extremely well equipped and spacious, and the deck is huge. The house boasts a little fireplace that heats up the entire house making it super cosy in winter, with large windows that lets in so much light. We loved our time at Phillipskop Nature Reserve and will most definitely be going back sometime soon! Huge thanks to our hosts Chris and his lovely wife."
(Liesel Hardenberg, visited Aug 2016)
"We had a wonderful mid-winter break at Phillipskop, surrounded by a sea of proteas and other fynbos in bloom. The cottages are modern and thoughtfully-designed, with lots of well-placed windows for light and views. The beds were good, the kitchen was well-equipped and the solar geyser gave hot water day and night. We spent our days taking gentle walks to the waterfall and cave (our six year old managed the walks without any trouble and has not stopped talking about the cave), and our evenings around the wood-stove, which kept us very warm despite the icy weather. It's a very comfortable stay in a beautiful location - highly recommended!"
(Rebecca Sher, visited Jul 2016)
"To get away from the hustle and bustle of city life - this is the perfect place to recharge yourself in beautiful nature."
(Nicola James, visited Apr 2016)
"After an incredibly stressful and challenging year, finding Phillipskop for a weekend get away was one of the highlights of the year! We had to attend a wedding and I was desperate to find suitable accommodation close to the wedding venue. The setting and facilities suited our needs, the tranquility and space quickly got rid of the 'cobwebs' and we returned home feeling refreshed and energised."
(Irma du Plessis, visited December 2015)
"Beautiful setting, amazing bird life. You could sit on the decking all day just enjoying the peace and quiet or if you were feeling energetic, explore the mountain, waterfall, cave and breath taking scenery. Highly recommended."
(Amanda Reader, visited January 2015)
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