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  • Tranquil country retreat with superb views
  • Caters for both business and recreational travellers
  • An ideal stepping stone to the Garden Route

Fly me to the Moon Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Mossel Bay

 

-34.1404, 22.0761

About

Situated high on a fynbos-clad hill on the outskirts of Mossel Bay, the spacious, modern, Fly me to the Moon Guesthouse ensures comfortable luxury whilst embracing the natural surroundings and panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies.

Entering this tranquil, countryside retreat down a quiet street with private gate access to secure off-street parking, guests will enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere from their hostesses, Melissa and Abby, who go out of their way to make sure each and every guest’s experience is a special one. 

The six individually decorated rooms offer relaxed elegance with delightful sea, mountain and garden views from their large windows. All rooms have full bathrooms complete with personalised luxury products, gowns and hairdryers as well as amenities such as fans, heaters, electric blankets, large flatscreen satellite televisions, tea and coffee stations, bar fridges and personal safes. A full laundry service is available.

Decorated in the themed colours and decor of the butterfly and dragonfly respectively, the Deluxe rooms offer a luxurious retreat with unmatched space, gas fireplaces for winter warmth, and beautiful views over the Mossel Bay countryside and ocean, especially from their separate sitting lounges and from the private balcony of top-floor Butterfly, a corner-room haven of star-studded splendour at night.

While most rooms have king-size beds which can be converted into two singles, the Luxury rooms, Sugarbird & Kenya, have queen-size beds for an equally good night’s sleep in high quality percale linen. For corporate guests, the Sugarbird room also offers a spacious work desk, with complimentary unlimited, high-speed Wi-Fi as well as printing and notary public services available throughout the guest house. 

Celebrating the indigenous plants of the Western Cape floral kingdom, the Fynbos Room is a cosy space with views over the protea garden at the rear of the guesthouse.

The Owl room offers a cost-effective alternative for travelling families and features additional family amenities such as a DVD player and an X-box 360 to entertain the children on rainy days. 

Guests awake to the aroma of the freshly baked muffins and scones included together with an array of locally produced jams and honey in the wholesome country style morning meal served in the breakfast room overlooking the sea and fynbos.

Mossel Bay is home to many privately-owned independent eateries and your hostesses will guide you to the best restaurant for you, or you may choose to strike up a fire and braai your night away in the private lapa.

The guesthouse provides quiet places to sit beside the fire to read, play games, or spend quality time with loved ones. Relax in the garden, lounges, balconies or games room or take a dip in the jacuzzi. Unwind with a drink and watch the horses, Awassi sheep, Boer goat flock and small antelope grazing in the fields, or look skywards for the circling  jackal buzzards and black eagles as they hunt for small rodents. In the evenings, guests can view the resident barn owls as they begin their nightly patrols.

Booking and information on the local amenities and activities are available from your hostess at the front desk, who will happily book and arrange your daily activities or simply provide you with contacts and addressees to suit your requirements.

Rates & Summary


2 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Separate seating area
Panoramic coastline views
One has a private balcony

2 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite  bath and shower
One with spacious work desk

Standard Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin bed
En-suite bath and shower
Overlooks the protea garden

Family Room

Sleeps 5 in King-size bed, double lower and single upper bunk beds
En-suite bath and shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Freshly prepared Continental and Full English breakfast included
Outdoor barbeque area available to guests

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Immersed in nature on an 11-hectare farm just outside Mossel Bay, Fly me to the Moon Guesthouse is designed for both business travellers and those looking for a relaxed and comfortable family getaway, making this a perfect retreat for wildlife lovers who want to be outside the town but close enough to it for easy access. Guests enjoy warm hospitality and delightful views from the balconies overlooking the bay, across to the Outeniqua mountains and below to the seaside town of Mossel Bay.

Summary

  • Tranquil country retreat with superb views
  • Caters for both business and recreational travellers
  • An ideal stepping stone to the Garden Route

Privacy

Butterfly Deluxe Room 4 is a corner top-floor room with a private balcony.  

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool table
  • Table football
  • Xbox 360 game console
  • Guided horse rides
  • Nearby: beaches, boat-based whale watching, shark cage diving, scuba diving, paragliding, skydiving, golf course, casino, Dias Museum
  • Kids: Blasters Adventure Complex, Mossel Bay Choo-choo (in summer), Shark Lab, Diaz Waterpark.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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