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  • Rented as one unit, ideal for total privacy
  • Magnificent views, with the stormy Atlantic Ocean on one side and the towering moutain on the other
  • Numerous outdoorsy attractions around town and the region

The Orange House Seaside Cottage

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Betty’s Bay

 

-34.3605, 18.9597

About

The Orange House is situated in beautiful Sunny Seas in Betty's Bay. Exuding a sense of seclusion and serenity, this idyllic spot offers a true respite from city life . 

Orange House has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can accommodate two couples or a family with children. The main bedroom has a king bed and the second bedroom a double bed and two singles. Bedding and towels are provided. All rooms have uninterrupted sea and mountain views.

The spacious open plan living and dining room has a fireplace for winter. The open plan kitchen, which is fully equipped, has beautiful ceramics made by the local potter. Tiled floors, a washing machine and a tumble drier help to ensure a laid-back beach holiday. DSTV is available at an additional charge of R25 per day day, or bring your own smartcard. 

The Orange House has a sheltered courtyard and two decks, one with braai facilities, that are ideal for dining al fresco and are perfect for whale watching in winter. The house is baby friendly with a secure railing around the decks. 

Enjoy a sundowner while watching the sun set, and sleep under the stars on the partially enclosed deck in the summertime. Follow your own little footpath to collect mussels off the rocks a stone’s throw from the house, dive for crayfish in the nearby rock pools, or spend the day swimming and surfing at one of the local beaches. 

Picnic in the botanical gardens and admire the waterfalls, hike in the Koggelberg Reserve, swim in the Palmiet River or visit the penguin colony at Stony Point. Or perhaps all you need to do is to sit on the deck and watch the endless cycle of waves splashing on the rocks.

Rates & Summary


Self-Catering Seaside Cottage

Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children
Two bedrooms: King and Double+twin
Two bathrooms with bath or shower
Living/dining room with fireplace
Fully equipped open plan kitchen
Two decks, one with braai facilities
Uninterrupted sea & mountain views

Pricing

  • R 1 000 per night for the unit

Minimum stay: 2 nights

Catering

Self-catering

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome. Camp cot available on request.

Why Stay Here?

This idyllic spot has a remarkable sense of seclusion, and offers true respite from city life. All of the rooms have uninterrupted sea and mountain views, and on the partially enclosed deck you can enjoy whale watching while dining al fresco, and even choose to sleep under the stars in summertime. Surrounded by pristine fynbos, this spacious self-catering house is the ideal place for a family holiday or a romantic getaway.

Summary

  • Rented as one unit, ideal for total privacy
  • Magnificent views, with the stormy Atlantic Ocean on one side and the towering moutain on the other
  • Numerous outdoorsy attractions around town and the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, bike, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching, whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

There is a dirt road approach, but not a long or very bumpy one.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming & beach activities
  • Sand boarding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Stony Point penguins 
  • Whale watching from the deck in winter
  • Golf course 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Catering
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • EFT accepted

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Overberg

Western Cape

About

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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