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  • Historic building, tastefully updated and modernised
  • Beautiful and luxurious rooms
  • A great escape in a quiet countryside town

Firlane House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Bredasdorp


-34.5317, 20.0404


As you head down the quiet lane leading to Firlane House, the immaculately trimmed wall of hedges is the first clue that this guest house is run with meticulous efficiency and attention to detail. Although the house was built in 1926, it has been extensively refurbished in an elegant modern style.

The décor cannot be boxed into one category, showcasing an interesting mix of the contemporary and classic, and colonial influences are offset by quirky African ornaments. The richness of the shiny black wooden floors in the communal areas, which match the colour of the ceilings, is balanced nicely by bright flowers, pale walls and light furniture.

The carpeted guest rooms are named after African tribes, and stucco murals on the walls pay tribute to each respective tribe in the most subtle, tasteful manner.

Housing guests in sleek comfort, the rooms have contemporary four-poster beds with percale linen, along with tea/coffee facilities, honesty bars, hairdryers, satellite television and a range of electric plugs to suit both local and international visitors. Panel heaters and fans in most rooms keep you comfortable.

In the en-suite bathrooms, guests can pamper themselves with exclusive Charlotte Rhys amenities and make use of the heated towel rails.

The two standard rooms come with a Queen-size bed and twin beds respectively. Guests in the Queen-size room can take a soak in the large bath, while the twin room has a full bathroom. The superior room has a shower only, while the executive and deluxe rooms feature expansive full bathrooms. All of the deluxe rooms, as well as the twin executive room, have balconies to enjoy the fresh air and leafy views.

If you’re celebrating a romantic occasion, the Sotho deluxe room, with its King-size bed, twin basins and a double shower, is a luxurious nest. Rates include a wholesome Continental and hot breakfast, served in the classy dining room or on the patio looking out onto an attractive fountain. 

In winter, guests can recline in front of the lounge fireplace with a complimentary sherry in hand or make use of the heated indoor swimming pool, while summer days can be spent lazing around the delightful raised pool in the middle of the garden’s lush lawn. A fully equipped gym will keep fitness enthusiasts happy. 

If you’re in the mood for something a little less energetic, take a stroll down the peaceful streets to Bredasdorp, where some unique mementos can be found at the quaint shops and art galleries. The Shipwreck Museum is home to some striking visual displays and a fascinating collection of shipwreck artefacts.

This should whet your appetite for a visit to the enchanting seaside village of L’Agulhas and its lighthouse. The wonderland that is De Hoop Nature Reserve, where whale watching, towering sand dunes, fynbos and wildlife are just some of the drawcards, is only half an hour’s drive from the guest house. A picnic basket can be arranged for guests going out on day trips.

The rest of the Southern Overberg’s plentiful attractions are all within easy reach, and the booklet in your room will provide you with all the information you need about what can be seen and done. After you’ve decided on an itinerary, the guest house will assist with making reservations. Shuttle services to and from Cape Town International Airport can also be arranged.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Rooms

1 with extra length Queen-size bed
1 with extra length twin beds
Queen room has en-suite bath
Twin room has en-suite bath and shower

1 Superior Room

Sleeps 2 in extra length Queen-size bed
En-suite shower

2 Executive Rooms

1 with extra length Queen-size bed
1 with extra length twin beds
Each with en-suite bath and shower
Twin room has a balcony

3 Deluxe Rooms

1 with extra length King-size bed
1 with extra length Queen-size bed
1 with extra length twin beds
King room has en-suite double shower, bath and double basins
Twin room has en-suite bath and shower
Both rooms have a balcony


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Continental and cooked breakfast included


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in the quiet Western Cape farming town of Bredasdorp, Firlane House is a luxurious retreat ideal for a romantic getaway or tranquil holiday. The historic residence has been elegantly restored and strikes a pleasing balance between colonial opulence and modern sophistication with a subtle South African twist. The guest house has both an outdoor pool and a heated indoors pool, so guests can have a swim no matter what the weather.


  • Historic building, tastefully updated and modernised
  • Beautiful and luxurious rooms
  • A great escape in a quiet countryside town

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Outdoor pool
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Gym
  • Nearby: golf course, hiking, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop Nature Reserve, wine tasting, horse riding, Shipwreck Museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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