Our Story

Located on the Kleinrivier Lagoon. Two hours south-east of Cape Town.

For over half a century, adventurous spirits have sailed across the Kleinrivier lagoon to visit the abandoned ‘Spookhuis’. Some camped on the grassy shore by the old stone homestead and told mischievous stories on moonlit nights. Today, the building stands resplendent once again in a glade of ancient Milkwood trees.

STAY WITH US: We have four delightful self-catering cottages, across the expansive lawn, inviting you to stay and soak up this dazzling site, less than a two-hour drive from Cape Town. The properties are set along one-and-a-half kilometres of unspoilt shoreline and 1 000 acres of indigenous fynbos and strandveld, that backs onto the Walker Bay Nature Reserve in between Hermanus and De Kelders.

Break away from the rigours of life and stay on an estuary teeming with birdlife and birdsong...


Four cottages to stay in

Duminy Cottage

Sleeps 9

Spacious house perfect for families, featuring a double volume living/dining area with glass doors that open onto a large front veranda and an upper deck with panoramic mountain and lagoon views. There is a built-in BBQ and a separate fire/braai pit and seating area.

Bedroom 1: King bed, bathtub, out door shower, glass doors open onto a veranda.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds, shower (wheel chair accessible), glass doors open onto a veranda. Loft: 5 twin beds, glass doors open onto upper deck, separate bath with shower.

Cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, luxury bedding, towels, under floor heating, wood burning stove, out door BBQ, fire-pit, and firewood. TVwith Netflix and Wifi internet.

Milkwood Trail Cottage

Sleeps 4 Adults, 2 Children

This 2 1/2-bedroom limestone cottage is perfect for two couples or families. Glass doors from the living room, master bedroom and kitchen open onto outdoor verandas and an ancient milkwood grove. Double volume living room has a fireplace. There is also an outdoor BBQ and fire-pit. It is perfect for a South African getaway.

Bedroom 1: King bed or 2 singles, bathtub, glass doors onto veranda. Bedroom 2: Queen bed, trundle bed in an anti-room (sleeps 2), bathtub, shower. Living room: 2 sofa beds.

Cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, dishwasher, washer/dryer, luxury bedding, towels, fireplace, indoor BBQ and firewood. TV with Netflix. Wifi Internet. Renovated master bath with outdoor shower.

Garden Trail Cottage

Sleeps 4 Adults, 2 Children

Also constructed of limestone from Mosaic, this 2-bedroom cottage is perfect for two couples or families. A large verandah overlooks beautiful fynbos gardens with fantastic birdlife. The open living/dining/kitchen area features a beautiful stone and mosaic fireplace.
Bedroom 1: King bed or 2 singles, sofa bed, shower over tub, glass doors open onto a veranda.
Bedroom 2: King bed or 2 singles, 1 additional single bed, shower (wheelchair accessible).

Cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, luxury bedding, towels, fireplace, out door BBQ, fire-pit and firewood. TV with Netflix. Wifi Internet. Washer/dryer. Outdoor lounge.

Fynbos Trail Cottage

Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 Child

Constructed of limestone from Mosaic, this studio cottage is suitable for one couple and has a sofa bed for one child. The one room unit has glass doors that open onto magnificent mountain views, a patio, kitchen and outdoor BBQ and fire-pit. The bathroom has a separate tub with shower overhead and an outdoor shower.

Open plan studio with kitchenette and small dining table opening onto a terrace and BBQ area.

1 Queen size bed

1 sleeper bench at the foot of the bed.

Full bathroom with outdoor shower

Cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, luxury bedding, towels, outdoor BBQ and fire-pit with firewood.Renovated master baths with outdoor shower. TV with Netflix and pay per view. Wifi Internet.

The Club House

Our clubhouse is now located in the historic 1892 Spookhuis, serving breakfasts and light lunches. To make your life so much easier, after a long drive, you are able to pre-order dinner dishes, braai platters, and breakfast baskets to be delivered to your cottage. Picnics and deli items can be arranged and bucketloads of activities are footsteps away. To crown this all we are just a ten-minute drive, down a dusty track, from the beautiful, quirky country village of Stanford.

Backing on to the undiscovered stretches of Walker Bay Nature Reserve, between Hermanus and De Kelders

Things to do during your stay

You have the difficult choice of being active or doing absolutely nothing. The air is pure, the water clean and the scenery spectacular. You do not need to venture far to get your dose of fresh air and there are a variety of walks through the fynbos, along the shoreline or to the pristine beach of Walker Bay. SUPs, kayaks and quad-biking are also available.

We are located on one of the most important estuaries for birdlife, with over 200 species recorded, so we suggest you pack your bird-book and go exploring. On your walks you will discover many tracks of mammals too from porcupine, honey-badger, caracal and bushbuck and, if you are lucky, the more elusive Cape Clawless Otter and Cape Leopard (and caught on camera).  

Or maybe you simply feel like soaking up the scenery with a glass of wine, or unwinding with a book under the milkwoods along the shoreline. As luck would have it, our thoughtful neighbours have a pampering spa where we can arrange treatments for you. What more could you ask for?


What some of our guests have to say

Thank you for the most glorious days, and so exciting to hear about your new plans. It was just magic. So thank you thank you
July 2021
A magical few days. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing place. What an incredible spot - the rooms, the views, the dunes, the bird life, the quad biking, the jetty, the leopard tracks amongst many others. So many great memories.
August 2021
Amazing place and staff are just so awesome and accommodating. Really made us feel at home.
Charmaine Botha
November 2020

We look forward to having you to stay!

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