SA’s Recommended Guest Houses


6 Retreats Recommended by us this Autumn



  1. Farr Out Guesthouse, Paternoster

Farr Out welcomes you, the individual traveller, who seeks peace, calmness and laidback, affordable and unique accommodation surrounded by fynbos and wildlife. The guesthouse is close to Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and the breathtaking beach is a short distance (a few minutes’ drive) away.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience amongst Mother Nature’s treasures: sense the fynbos’ unique fragrances; get a whiff of the ocean’s salty air; observe the small FIVE; wake up to the bird calls in the morning; and keep an ear out for the owl at night; or simply catch a glimpse of the vanishing point of the wild ocean.

Your soul will become one with you (again) whether you treat yourself to an evening in a unique wood-fired hot tub to revitalise, get spoilt by an inhouse healing touch massage, and/or let the wind play with your hair on a tailormade beach buggy fynbos safari or just chill in a corner with an open book.

Let your life essence unwind and slow down. You will be rewarded as your lifeforce will be recharged and you will be ready for the outside world again.

Choose between two elegant and tastefully furnished guest rooms, upmarket self-catering holiday apartment and/or exciting glamping adventure in the Wigwam Rising Moon to make your stay comfortable and unforgettable.

Need something different and special? Here we go:

Luxurious Wigwam Rising Moon (tented tepee accommodation) located 40 m away from the guesthouse surrounded by fynbos offers it all: twin peak tepee with ensuite bathroom (toilet, basin and shower), comfortable octagonal bed fitted with electric blankets, thick duvet and warm water bottle, tea/coffee facilities and even Wi-Fi make your stay unforgettable and a rather unique accommodation experience.

Treat yourself to something very special: combine Wigwam Rising Moon accommodation with an awesome evening in wood-fired hot tub and do some stargazing in a different way. Make use of the various options from room only or including breakfast or self-catering.

Contact: Farr Out Guesthouse: email; website; address

17 Seemeeu Crescent, Paternoster 7381; Tel 022 752 2222; cell Marion 083 410 4090 or Deon 072 402 1829.


  1. Maison de Lamour, Darling

Maison de Lamour is situated in the little town of Darling. It is a very safe town, and you would feel comfortable walking around its streets at any time. The accommodation includes modern spacious rooms with a four-poster bed. Not forgetting the cozy cottage close to the splash pool and picturesque garden area. It is a five minutes’ walk into town and to the Darling Sweet Shop. A perfect stayover for the flower season.

At Maison de L’amour they specialize in intimate country style weddings, birthdays, lunches, dinners – each one personalized to create a uniquely magical day for the couple and their guests.

The venue, yet very small and intimate, is exclusively reserved for the wedding party, ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating the day the couple will always remember.

 There is onsite accommodation for up to 6 guests (double beds) in 3 double rooms en suite.

The Most Important House Rules

As a guest in their home, they insist beyond all else, that you “recover your Zen, relax, sleep in, share a good meal, laugh, heal, inspire, feel soul, fully desire & DO LIVE!”   

Contact Maison de L’amour: website; email; Tel +27 22 492 3139 or 072 822 5518.


  1. Siviti Timbavati Plains, Lowveld

Siviti, formerly known as Thornybush River Lodge, is derived from the Xitsonga word Xiviti meaning intellectual.

Siviti’s land is named Timbavati Plains because historically the Lowveld area around the Timbavati River consisted of dense grass cover and trees. Previous fencing limited the movement of elephants, resulting in dense bush taking over the grass plains.  With the removal of the fences and opening of reserves, elephants can once again move freely returning the area to its previous glory.

Set alongside the banks of the Timbavati river, you will enjoy private views of curious and thirsty animals, specifically elephants, whether overlooking the main deck rim-flow pool or from the shaded waters of your private plunge pool. It is because of this that they decided to make an ode and name their lodge and land after these beautiful and intelligent creatures.

​Siviti is wrapped in luxury amidst the untamed African bushveld. You will experience unsurpassed game viewing opportunities blended seamlessly with personalized service and prime amenities.

​​With only six private suites, including the superb two-suite Timbavati Villa, Siviti is limited to 12 guests, ensuring an intimate wilderness experience. With elegant furnishings in the main lodge and private suites, you will feel right at home from the moment you arrive!

​They have recently added the 8-sleeper Timbavati Homestead to the Siviti offering. Whilst having the luxury of being in the bush, the Timbavati Homestead offers an exclusive family-style experience.

Contact Siviti Timbavati Plains: Website; reservations +27 (0) 78 888 3935; tel +27 (0)72 806 8489; email


  1. Ndedema Lodge, Clanwilliam

Ndedema Lodge is a luxurious 4-star establishment offering luxury bedrooms with air-conditioning. Each room is infused with great personality and attention to detail. All rooms have spacious bathrooms with a shower and a bath, with some are old ball and claw baths.

Ndedema Lodge is situated in the scenic village of Clanwilliam, only two hours’ drive from Cape Town. This quaint town, one of the oldest in the country, nestles at the foot of the majestic Cedarberg mountains. It is just far enough off the beaten track to feel timeless yet close enough for an unhurried getaway from Cape Town or the ideal stopover en route to Namibia and the Kalahari Gemsbok Park.

This stylish Victorian House situated at the end of historic Park Street was named after the Khoi-San word “Ndedema “, the name of the most superior antelope in their nature kingdom. They believe that this holy animal represented physical and spiritual superiority, the best in their world. With this name we honour the spirit of this majestic animal and we shall strive to offer service and quality of such excellence. Ndedema Lodge is a peaceful haven to come back to after a day of exploring the Cedarberg mountains or other attractions.

They offer

  • Understated elegance and attention to detail
  • Artistically decorated interior
  • Individually decorated bedrooms
  • Ndedema breakfast
  • Loads of atmosphere and style
  • Outstanding service and hospitality
  • Excellent prices
  • Superiority and Exclusivity

Ndedema Tours

Various day tours are available with an accredited tour operator with a PDE driver’s licence. They offer the Mercedes-Benz Vito bus or for small groups the Toyota Hilux. They have the following pre-planned tours:

• Delicious seafood meals in open-air restaurant OR eat at Issabellas.
• Tea tasting, Hiking, Wine Tasting, Wuppertal.
• Rock art and beautiful drives through the Cederberg.
• Historical walk through Clanwilliam.
• Airport shuttles (Cape town – Clanwilliam).
• Flower tours in season (August to September).
• Let them show you the beauty of the Cederberg.

They can also organize other tours as per you request, and quote accordingly.

Contact Ndedema Lodge: website; email; Tel Renske Viljoen on +27 (0)82 559 6489.


  1. Rosenhof, Clanwilliam

Rosenhof offers old Irish charm dating from 1847. Bailiu, the Irish word for collection, aptly describes Rosenhof because of its historical origins linked to the Irish settlers who came to settle Rosenhof in Clanwilliam. Rosenhof offers travelers different types of accommodation to choose from. The guesthouse is situated in one of Clanwilliam’s historic streets offering a farm-style property only 600 m from the town centre. These features make Rosenhof unique, offering more choices to the versatile traveller.

Her proud new owners have one goal in mind; to promote her in all her splendour as one of Clanwilliam’s most sought after tourist accommodation destinations as part of the of the proud tourist offering of Clanwilliam and her rugged surroundings, and to furthermore  promote and enrich Clanwilliam’s backyard, the Cederberg as one of South Africa’s top destinations.

Rosenhof boasts a collection of eight units, with her main dwelling dating from the 17th century, offering a more stylish setting. The guesthouse pampers within her preserved historic walls with fully equipped self-catering units suitable for every type of traveller.

Rosenhof’s new venture is a newly added guesthouse that offers old Irish charm, built in 1847. A continental breakfast buffet is included in your overnight stay. Other services include a laundry service, Wi-Fi, printing, and fax services. Any prior requests to make your stay more comfortable are welcome.

Their self-catering units are stylishly furnished for all your self-catering needs. The Garden Cottage sleeps up to six guests and the newly built cabins offer sleeping for up to sixteen guests. The Nut Hut Tented cabin, named due to its location under giant Pecan nut trees, offers coolness and shade with its own private sitting pool. The setting is more private with an enclosed garden, suitable for guests who want to bring along their dog-children, yes – they are pet friendly!

Come and explore their rugged backyard with all its splendour or book Rosenhof as a venue to celebrate a special occasion. Ideal for group bookings, families, weekend break-aways, holidays and with their new venture, they invite all business travellers on the go.

Avoid disappointment and book your stay now for the best ever spectacle of wildflower splendour expected this year from July to September, a bucket list thing to do! And for the rock climbers, Rosenhof promises to be your rock away from home!

Contact Rosenhof: Phone Karen on 082 323 6037 or email


  1. !Khwa ttu, Yzerfontein

Tucked away on the West Coast, close to Yzerfontein and Darling, a surprise awaits you: !Khwa ttu.

!Khwa ttu’s accomodation ranges from hideaway simple and elegant farm cottages, to furnished tents with open air showers and a communal boma. Nestled on the hillside near the museum, is an original farm cottage. They have turned it into two stylish, open plan units warmed in winter by wood burners, with front-row seats to sweeping surrounds and Atlantic sea views. Each half sleeps two and are individually decorated and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable ‘home away from home’ stay. Only 70 kms from Cape Town, find yourself transported to another world, as you shower under the stars or stay up all night chatting around the fire.

!Khwa ttu is home to a very different, award-winning museum, and a nature reserve where eland, zebra and ostriches busily repair the land. Run by and for the San of Southern Africa, one of the last hunter-gatherer societies left on earth, there is lots to do in a day at !Khwa ttu, including:

  • Intriguing San guided tours
  • Tasting heritage in fabulous, Foraging Restaurant
  • A shop that’s full of surprises
  • Beautiful trails for bikers and hikers

Further afield you are perfectly positioned for day visits to the West Coast National Park, (15 kms) and the West Coast Fossil Park (52 kms).

Contact !Khwa ttu: Tel. 022 492 2998; website