Luxury holiday houses in Ballots Private Nature Reserve near Wilderness and Victoria Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape South Africa.
Cliff Top Houses
Situated in a protected nature reserve perched high on the cliffs and surrounded by forest, fynbos and ocean, these exceptional houses are ideal hideaways for those seeking peace, tranquility and that special magic.
No 8 - "The Bee's Knees" - to be excellent or of an extremely high standard
No 24 - "The Cat's Whiskers" - a person or thing that is excellent or superior
Designed by multi-award winning architect Henry Paine, these contemporary timber houses blend exquisitely into the surrounding nature in a combination of light, glass, wood and open spaces.
"The bee's knees" is our spectacular newest house, sleeping 4 adults. Situated directly on the cliff edge, enjoy magnificent ocean views, waves crashing on the rocks below and whales so close you can touch them.
"The cat's whiskers" with splendid sea, cliff and forest views, sleeps 6 and is a symphony of glass, timber and open spaces leading onto sea and forest decks.
Slide open the glass doors from the living room to the sea facing decks and watch whales and dolphin in the bay below or waves crashing against the rocks. The dining rooms lead onto the Fynbos deck with hues of pink, lavender, yellow and orange. Watch the flash of red and green as the Knysna Turaco swoops over the forest canopy, or hear the call of the elusive Narina Trogon from deep in the forest. If you are lucky, you might glimpse a bushbuck passing by.
The main bedrooms with glass doors opening onto spectacular views of the ocean, takes your breath away. Watch whales from the romantic bath big enough for two in the luxurious bathroom en suite.
The houses are fully equipped with quality furnishings, appliances and crisp cotton white linen - everything you need to make you feel pampered and comfortable. The spaces have been created for peace, reflection and conversation. Play games, bird watch, do a puzzle, read or simply gaze at the view - there is no television to spoil the atmosphere.
"The Bee's Knees" - no 8
Main bedroom - Glorious ocean and cliff views with queen bed leading onto private deck. Bathroom en-suite with luxurious bath, double shower and the same ocean view.
Second bedroom - Spectacular ocean views with queen bed and private deck. Bathroom en-suite with double shower and the same ocean view.
"The Cat's Whiskers" - no 24
Main bedroom - Views of ocean, fynbos & forest, private deck, queen bed, bathroom en-suite with luxurious bath, shower and splendid views.
Second bedroom - Views of forest and ocean, queen bed, private deck, bathroom en-suite with shower and forest views.
Third bedroom - Views of fynbos and ocean, two single beds, bathroom en-suite with shower.
The Nature Reserve
Zebra and ostrich roam the plains along the top of the cliffs and bushbuck, bushpig and porcupine forage in the forested gorges. When you venture out at night, you might see owls and the highly secretive Caracal (wild cat) hunting for small rodents.
Our nature reserve is a bird watcher's heaven with at least 35 species of bird that have been identified, many of them rare and endemic to the Southern Cape. It is home to sea, forest and fynbos birds making it unusually varied and prolific.
The nature reserve abounds with hiking trails, some gentle and some steep. The ‘Fynbos trail’ winds through fynbos flower species seen nowhere else in the world. The ‘Whale trail’ takes you along rugged cliffs and up and down steep gorges and the “Magic Forest trail” winds through forest and up to the plains. The rocks around Ballots Bay are a fisherman’s paradise and the pebbly beach is perfect for foraging and exploring or paddling in the river as it meets the sea.
The reserve is accessed via a private strip paved road that winds over rivers and up and down steep slopes that some call challenging, we call magical. But don’t be put off; it is easily accessed in ordinary vehicles.
Drive 10 minutes to famous surfer's paradise, Victoria Bay, which boasts not only world-class surfing, but also an excellent swimming beach. George with its shops, restaurants and cinemas is 15 minutes away. Wilderness, also 15 minutes away has beautiful beaches, lagoon and river, canoeing, great walks, excellent restaurants and country markets.
Sedgefield, 25 minutes away is famous for its award winning Saturday “Wild Oats farmers market” with gourmet organic products grown in the vicinity. The serene inland lakes flow into the sea here and the beaches are amongst the finest on the Garden Route.
The Garden Route is a golfers paradise featuring 11 of South Africa’s most spectacular golf courses, including the no 1 golf course – The Links at Fancourt. The Garden Route was awarded the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa by the International Association for Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Popular holiday destinations Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay are within easy reach.