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  • Beautiful setting, with the vlei on one side and the towering mountain on the other
  • Rented as one unit, ensuring total privacy and great for small groups
  • Betty's Bay is a paradise for nature lovers

Star House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Betty’s Bay

 

-34.3596, 18.8921

About

Situated in almost complete seclusion on the edge of a lake in Betty's Bay, Star House is about a fifteen minute walk away from the beach. It is the kind of house that could be enjoyed in great comfort by more than one couple, so drag your friends along and make a weekend out of it.

One gets a strong sense of the owners' artistic sensibility when sun dappled shapes play against the walls and through cleverly situated glass details.  The house was designed so that it is possible to find privacy and comfort in many areas. There is hammock in a secluded courtyard, and the garden has its own delightful nooks and crannies. The large open plan living area comprises an elegant lounge with a fireplace, an 8-seater dining room table, and a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove top, as well as a scullery. 

Each of the three bedrooms has its own outside space and en-suite bathroom, and every room has a special view. The upstairs bedroom has a double bed and opens onto a lovely deck overlooking the lake and mountain. Both downstairs bedrooms have twin beds. One opens onto a private courtyard with a lovely mountain view, while the other looks out onto the garden. There is a separate guest toilet downstairs. Check in and out times are flexible, and if there are no other bookings on the same day, early arrivals and late departures can be accommodated on request.

Rates & Summary


Lakeside Holiday House

Sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms
Double or twin beds, with shower
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Fynbos garden with secluded nooks

Pricing

  • R 1 500 per night for the unit
  • R 2 000 in Peak Season

Rates are negotiable for longer stays or for bookings of less than six people.

Catering

Self-catering

Kids

Children are welcome at Star House.

Why Stay Here?

Star House was designed with Greek influences and finished with great attention to detail. It is an ideal weekend getaway from Cape Town, just over an hour's drive away. Star House is a stylish and inviting self-catering house with beautiful mountain and lake views, situated in almost complete seclusion at the edge of the lake, with two pristine beaches nearby.

Summary

  • Beautiful setting, with the vlei on one side and the towering mountain on the other
  • Rented as one unit, ensuring total privacy and great for small groups
  • Betty's Bay is a paradise for nature lovers

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The roads in Betty's Bay are not tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking
  • Sand boarding
  • Great beaches
  • Stony Point penguin colony
  • Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Kogelberg Nature reserve

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Catering
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Fully stocked with cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash 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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