We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life. That's why it's essential to take a break from it every now and then. But for those of us feeling short on cash, short on time, and short on leave days, Kristan Wood has put together a list of affordable accommodation, all less than an hour away from the City Bowl.
Located in the kite-surfing paradise of South Africa, @ Rosie’s has always endeavoured to bring people together. For those seeking a getaway with a homey atmosphere, @ Rosie’s is ideal, with a number of guests commending the comfortable, warm and pleasant character of the guest house and its owner, Rosie.
During high season, guests have the opportunity to mingle with other visitors around the dining room table and sign up for communal dinners from Rosie’s Kitchen. A selection of meals is offered: from home cooked goodness and braais to interesting snacks and canapés.
There are 10 rooms of different sizes and beds available, with all of the accommodation just one street away from Blouberg’s Beach Boulevard. Stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island can be seen directly from the house.
Where: 78 Coral Rd, Blouberg
Drive from Cape Town: 22 minutes
Price range: R300 - R700 per person per night
Don’t miss: Those who book until 1 November 2017 and say they found the accommodation via this article get 10% discount on their first night (minimum stay 2 nights, not applicable to dorm beds)
For a peaceful, quiet and rejuvenating stay, Horizon Cottages offers guests time to relax in log cabin-styled lodging, sleeping 2 to 6 guests.
Perfect for families, the cottages are situated on a large garden of more than an acre, with a communal swimming pool on the plot for the kids to enjoy. Each of the cottages has a spacious living room and an open plan kitchen, fully equipped with everything required for self-catering accommodation. Each cottage also has an outdoor dining area, which faces a secure garden complete with braai facilities.
Horizon Cottages is located at the foot of Table Mountain National Park and overlooks Noordhoek Beach (8 kilometres of unspoiled, white sand) and the Noordhoek lakes, which make for spectacular sunset views.
Where: 9 Sea Cottage Dr, Crofters Valley, Noordhoek
Drive from Cape Town: 35 minutes
Price range: R850 - R1750 per unit
Don’t miss: Receive a 10% discount when booking 3 nights or more from May to end August
Winter is a wonderful time to visit Darling. It's not too hot, the farmlands and reserves are beautiful, and there is a warm fireplace to come back to. Aloe Cottage is especially appealing for families or a group of friends looking to get a away to the country for a few days.
Situated in a small development of 10 houses, it borders the farm and so offers exquisite countryside views while also being close enough to the town and its activities. Visit the world-class Darling Brewery, see a show at Evita se Perron, or taste toffees at Darling Sweet. There is much to do in this authentic farming village.
The three bedrooms, all of them en-suite, provide luxury accommodation for up to 6 guests, or 8 at a squeeze. And what’s more, the accommodation is also pet-friendly.
Where: Langeveldt View, Vygie St, Darling
Drive from Cape Town: 60 minutes
Price range: R1700 per night for the whole cottage on weekends
Don’t miss: There is a mid-week special of R950 per night for the cottage
Old Mac Daddy provides a getaway with a difference, and its unique accommodation combines the countryside lifestyle with the bustling creativity of the city.
12 airstream trailers boast a humorous, unusual yet inspiring feel, with each one uniquely themed and created by local designers. The 2 tented lodges cater for those who want to discover camping at a different level - with one of them beautifully nestled into the valley for privacy. For self-catering affairs with family or friends, 2 large villas are available as well.
This special location is often fully booked on the weekends, but is worth a weekday escape or even a day visit with the kids as there is plenty to do. The Barn Restaurant offers gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. And guests can take part in a number of activities through Daddy’s Adventures such as zorbing, SUPing, archery, renting a bike, taking a wine tour or going on a tractor ride.
Where: Elgin Valley Rd, Elgin
Drive from Cape Town: 55 minutes
Price range: Starts at R1195 per night and can go up to R2995 depending on which accommodation is chosen
Don’t miss: The Mighty May special on all trailers for weekdays in the month of May: R795 per trailer per night, including breakfast in the Barn restaurant
Nestled in the heart of the winelands and situated just on the banks of the Berg River, Lady Loch Country House is designed to allow guests to soak in the natural surroundings and views of the mountains and vineyards.
The accommodation features a well-maintained garden, a swimming pool, and various activities for guests to take part in during their stay. For the sporty and adventurous, there is golf as well as cycling and hiking trails. And those looking to relax and unwind can book a therapeutic treatment at the spa or a cooking class in the big braai kitchen.
Stay in either the Royal Eduard Suite, the Luxury Suite, the Double Room, the Family Suite or the Self-Catering Unit. Breakfast is included in the stay, with fresh fruit and oven-baked bread available every morning. Guests are also welcome to take advantage of free parking as well as free WiFi.
Where: Lady Loch Rd, Wellington
Drive from Cape Town: 54 minutes
Price range: Between R750 and R2000 per night (depending on accommodation chosen)
Don’t miss: One child under 16 year s is charged just R400 per night when using existing beds
To be in Stellenbosch is to take advantage of the wine. Marianne Wine Estate offers a 2 hour guided wine blending experience, which includes a cellar tour, 3 different varietals, an adviser, and a bottle of the best blended wine, all for R300 per person. The Estate's famous biltong and wine pairing combines carefully sourced biltong with Marianne's own award-winning wines, making for an exceptionally unique experience.
After a day of wine tasting, consider spending a night or two at the farm's charming accommodation. Marianne Wine Estate has four very spacious and comfortable lofts surrounded by citrus orchards and vineyards, a large manor house with spectacular views stretching as far as Table Mountain, and a Pool House situated amidst the lavender and lime plantations.
Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available when in range of the Tasting Room and Olivello Restaurant.
Where: Valley Rd - Off R44, Stellenbosch
Drive from Cape Town: 41 minutes
Price range: From R880 per night (depending on accommodation type and season)