A crackling fire in the background, a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the other, and the enchanting sounds of the Western Cape’s wildlife outside.
The winter chill has set in, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to grab your furriest blankets and hide under the covers. Teeming with some incredible natural gems, the Western Cape is a playground for anyone looking to escape the bustle of the city and zen out in your favourite and cosiest spot in nature.
What makes a winter getaway even better? A fireplace! If you’re looking for the cosiest little places to call home for a few days, here are a few magical spots – fireplace included:
There are few places that leave your heart racing more with joy than this mountainous gem. Situated in the rugged plains of Citrusdal and seamlessly blending with the natural environment is Uitsig Stone Cottage. Whether you’re looking to reconnect with nature or your partner, you’ll certainly have the opportunity with this rustic and secluded accommodation. Nestled amongst fynbos and the mountain veld, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to keep warm with the abundance of hiking trails available and, of course, the cosy indoor fireplace. Body heat is also another great way!
Making the journey to The Crags is an adventure all on its own. If the sweet siren call of the ocean is calling your name, then head to this heavenly spot situated in Plettenberg Bay. If you’re keen on making the six-hour drive, then book a stay at The Cabin in The Crags located in the heart of Mother Nature herself. Offering a rustic charm surrounded by lush greenery, this gorgeous cabin is a stone’s throw away from the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. Wake up each morning to the sweet songs of birds as you warm your feet by the fireplace. Heaven! There’s also a splash pool if you’re feeling brave enough to take a dip!
Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise – booking a farm stay is the remedy to cure (most) of your problems. If you’re looking to breathe in the aromas of farm life, but you’re not looking to travel too far, Denneboom Stable Cottage in Paarl is the ideal destination. The cottage not only offers an authentic farm atmosphere with endless space to roll about on the grass but it’s also located on a private game reserve, so be prepared to feast your eyes on some incredible wildlife. Zebras, springbok, wildebeest, and eland are just a few of the wild animals you’ll have a chance to enjoy. Oh! And there’s a fireplace too!
Looking for luxury but not willing to spend R150 000 a night on accommodation? Here’s an affordable gem for you! Nestled in the suburbs of Edgemead, you’ll have all the convenience of the City while enjoying the tranquillity of the suburbs. The perfect stay for minimalist lovers everywhere and anyone looking to enjoy a good book and a fireplace. This cosy spot also features an indoor and outdoor shower, and a swimming pool if you feel like coming back when temperatures start soaring again!
The small town of Botriver is a paradise in the Overberg Region and is home to some incredible nature spots. If you’re looking for an accommodation that oozes luxury and down-to-earth charm, Berseba Lavender Cottage is a wonderful choice. It has a charming kaggel for those exceptionally chilly nights in the Overberg Region, but guests are truly spoilt thanks to the wood-fired hot tub – a bonus if you ask us! And the view isn’t too shabby either.