There is immense value in the simplicity of things we find comfort in, and of being in nature

Stanford, close to Cape Town

About Spookhuis Cottages

Formerly Mosaic Cottages

For over half a century, adventurous spirits have sailed across the Klein Rivier lagoon or travelled the old oxwagon road 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.

There are 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. The views over the Klein Rivier Lagoon and the mountainous backdrop are mesmerising.

Lagoon Bistro is now located in the historic 1892 Spookhuis serving light lunches. In addition to served meals you are able to pre-order delicious breakfast baskets, dinner dishes, braai platters, organic produce and homemade baked goods to be delivered to your cottage. Gourmet 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.

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


We have four cottages you can choose from 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 and 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.

You can partake in a myriad of activities at Mosaic during your stay in one of our private cottages.

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


Things to do at Spookhuis

To experience the Cape Whale Coast is an experience to savour. The air is pure, the water is clear and the scenery is spectacular. Enjoy a wealth of activities at Spookhuis and in the wider Stanford and Hermanus area, from coastal walks winding through the fynbos and along on the beach, mountain biking, sailing, kite-surfing, canoeing and whale watching in season.

Or maybe you simply feel like sitting back and taking in the scenery from the comfort of a sun lounger with a glass of wine, or relaxing 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

Finally have a breather to just say THANK YOU for a wonderful function for Chris’ 50th! It was amazing. Our family and friends had a super time! Everybody wanted to stay longer. Your venue and hospitality stole many hearts on Saturday and won you many future patrons that will come and support Spookhuis.

Chris & Liki
December 2020

Wonderful place out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle, but with lots of activities, beauty and comforts. We enjoyed very good service from Latiswa and her team and had a lovely weekend. We did notice that some of the garden and pool aspects had slipped slightly since our last visit but hopefully the new owners will address those small details. We highly recommend it.

Steven Broekhuysen
November 2020

Amazing place and staff are just so awesome and accommodating. Really made us feel at home.

Charmaine Botha
November 2020

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We look forward to having you to stay!