Looking for an affordable weekend break near Cape Town? These self-catering cottages and guest houses are some of our favourites. They’re all under R600 per person per night, and all within easy driving distance from the Mother City. There’s no reason not to go!
1. Chartfield Guesthouse, Kalk Bay
Cost: From R650 per night for two
Contact: Tel +27 72 148 2440, chartfield.co.za
We’re kicking off our list with a staycation in the wonderful seaside village of Kalk Bay. Besides the views and proximity to the sea, what I love is that they keep it simple but classy ‒ there’s good art on the walls and in the garden, the linen is top quality but clean and simple white, and the breakfast is delicious ‒ in fact, many locals frequent the place just for it. The guest house is very central, which means it is safe to walk to restaurants and shops, and there’s a wonderful pool overlooking the expansive view.
2. Four Seasons, Montagu
Cost: R1000 per unit (sleeps four)
Tucked behind a gate on the main retail drag are three small fully equipped self-catering units, each with their own entrance and braai, arranged around a paved area surrounding an enormous oak tree. Neat as pins, the four-sleeper units have luxuries such as hand-embroidered linen and have been thoughtfully equipped. This is a bargain if you’re passing through, particularly for a family of four or two couples on a road trip.
3. Klein Nektar, Montagu
Cost: R1,120 per night for two
At the end of a long dirt driveway that leads through a working smallholding, you’ll find this low-slung, two-bedroom (both with double beds) farmhouse, surrounded by an olive grove, Chardonnay vineyards and sheep. The Montagu centre feels miles away, yet restaurants are within easy strolling distance. Tastefully furnished and comfortably equipped, with a deep, shaded stoep on which to lounge and admire the views, this is a truly peaceful respite.
4. Bakenhof Winelands Lodge, Wellington
Cost: From R 1100 for two
Contact: 021 873 6682
There’s something about the Cape Winelands. On its own, the area is majestic, awe-inspiring and just all-around blissful. Add a wood-fired hot tub from which to take it all in and I’m sold. Que entry: Bakenhof Winelands Lodge near Wellington. This 36-hectare farm boasts two Kolkol wood-fired hot tubs, tried and tested by a very finicky hot-tubber.
5. Koo Karoo Guest Lodge, Montagu
Cost: R380 per person sharing
A 100-year-old Victorian house with large comfortable rooms, a coach house converted into a self-catering cottage and an additional self-catering apartment. The cottage in the back garden of the lodge is a self-catering bargain. It’s basic but clean.
6. Rhodene Farm Cottages, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet
Cost: From R680 for two
A cluster of comfortable cottages set on a working fruit farm, situated at the foot of the Skurweberg mountains with a view across the lush Ceres valley. You can simply relax at your cottage, walk or cycle in the mountain or fish in the dam. All the cottages are fully equipped so all you need to bring are your food and drinks.
7. Little Karoo Dream, Barrydale
Cost: R1,200 per night for the unit, sleeps four
Little Karoo Dream is a self-catering four sleeper unit run by a retired hardware expert, whom many might know as ‘Reuben the Screwman’ from his appearances on Cape Talk and 702 Radio. The spacious porch that overlooks the valley and mountains is the perfect place for sundowners or morning coffee. The large garden has a bonfire pit, too.
8. Saronsberg, Tulbagh
Cost: R1200 per night for two
Saronsberg is a wine-farm gem. Once you’ve admired the art collection (considerable) and tasted the Shiraz (heaven), it’s pure decadence to pop a bottle under each arm and stroll across the lawns to your cottage and light the fire. Each of the 16 renovated labourer’s cottages is set far enough apart to enjoy a modicum of privacy but close enough to enjoy as a small or large group (the ‘village’ has a total of 51 beds). Each features a large open fireplace around which the seating is arranged. There’s also a communal pool with a very nice shaded function area, furnished with long tables and benches.
9. The Green House, Tsitsikamma
Cost: R495 per person per night, sleeps four adults and two kids
A well-equipped self-catering house on a large property with ample lawn space for kids to run riot. The two en-suite rooms, one with a fireplace, have beautiful views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. A lounge complete with full DStv opens onto a deep stoep with a braai for perfect summer evenings.
10. Signal Hill Lodge
Cost: From R450 per room per night, sleeps two
Another gem in the heart of Cape Town, Signal Hill Lodge offers intimate views of the colourful Bo-Kaap and panoramic views of Cape Town’s city bowl and harbour. Perfect for a night or two while you’re painting the town red, this lodge is comfortable, clean and ideally situated. Guests can enjoy a plunge pool on hot days or have drinks in the beautiful tiered garden. The lodge offers shuttle and laundry services.
Please note that the prices are subject to change at each establishment’s discretion. Check with each establishment before making a booking.