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You will fall head over heels in love with this gorgeous cottage in the heart of Churchhaven, never mind with the turquoise lagoon itself. For a wonderful holiday in the middle of winter or the heat of summer, take your canoes, your kayaks, your bicycles, your books and just know that you and the family are in for a big, big treat.

A classic cottage reflecting the beautiful colours and hues of the lagoon and the fynbos in the reserve, it has oversized grey and white linen-covered sofas in the lounge; Nguni cowhides thrown on the floor; and clean white bedrooms with wrought-iron beds beautiful linens, little crocheted cushions and big baskets of comfort, blankets and soft mushy pillows everywhere. The bathrooms have contemporary, white Victorian baths and basins, and the kitchen is fully equipped with an espresso machine, gas cooker, beautiful cups, plates, Carrol Boyes cutlery and all the necessities for laid-back yet luxe living.

The balau deck is designed for long evenings with a big fireplace, pizza oven, comfy seating and an eight-seater Adrian Hope outside table for dinners, plus a firepit to keep you warm while you spot stars in the clear night skies into the wee hours. A fabulous long weekend or fortnight to be had – reflecting all the wonderful shades of turquoise-blue of the lagoon from the deck.

What we love!

  • the wonderfully warm lagoon waters with the softest white-sand beaches and very safe swimming for the kids
  • the utterly unspoilt, pristine surroundings deep in a National Parks Board Nature Reserve
  • the back-to-basics lifestyle in a charming hamlet on the water’s edge
  • the incredible range of things to do and see, from the spring flowers in Postberg Flower Reserve, idyllic beach picnics at nearby Kraalbaai (close to the famous Preekstoel rock formation) and kitesurfing at the famous Shark Bay just outside Langebaan (an excellent place for beginners and to hone your skills)

What you need to know…

  • Only one hour’s drive from Cape Town
  • The path to the beach is quite steep, not great for the elderly or very tired little people!
  • This is blissful off-the-grid living, so there is no WiFi, limited cellphone accessibility and solar power rules supreme. Most houses rely on rainwater catchment or borehole water driven by solar pumps, and gas hobs and gas ovens are used for cooking. In winter, fireplaces and ever-faithful wood-burning stoves keep things cosy
  • Only cellphones, computers, music players and the like can be used in the plugs. No hairdryers, hair straighteners, curling irons or any other appliances are to be plugged in as this could cause permanent damage to the electrical system
  • We are unable to offer a cleaning service at Churchhaven.  The ONLY cleaning service available at any of our Churchhaven properties is a mid-week linen change if you are staying for 6 nights or longer.  Due to being off-grid Churchhaven houses do not have dishwashers.  If this is a problem for you please consider our other West Coast options.
  • Church Cottage is inside the West Coast National Park and so you will need to please take note of the following gate times for entering and departing the park: 1 April to 31 August 07:00 to 17:30; 1 September to 31 March 07:00 to 18:30. No entrance into the park is possible after the gates close in the evenings
  • There is a per person, per day entrance fee due to enter the park.  Please check the SANPARKS website for latest fee tariffs – https://www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast/tourism/tariffs.phpIt may be worth investing in a Wild Card – https://www.sanparks.org/wild_new/

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Sleeps 8


  • 1 x Bathroom (bath)
  • 1 x Bedroom (2 three-quarters)
  • 1 x Bedroom (double)
  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 1 x Loft bedroom (2 children's mattresses)
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • BBQ pit
  • Beach towels
  • Candles
  • Cleaning products
  • Coffee maker (Espresso machine)
  • Coffee plunger
  • DSTV (Card supplied)
  • en-suite
  • en-suite (shower)
  • Fire pit
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge (double door fridge/freezer)
  • Nespresso machine (please bring your own pods)
  • No microwave
  • Outside shower
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Pets (not allowed)
  • Pizza oven
  • Solar power support for electronic devices
  • Stove (Gas)
  • TV


Sleeps 8


No dogs are allowed in the West Coast National Park

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Based on 12 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Church Cottage.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    We loved our stay at Church cottage . The house was really comfortable and well equipped but could do with a couple of sharp kitchen knives . The pizza oven was a huge bonus and we had lots of fun making our own pizzas . Also loved that we were able to use the kayaks on the lagoon. Hope to be back soon!

  • Guest

    We really appreciated our stay to Churchhaven as usual! It is, as always, such special moments that we share with family!! Church Cottage is really nice. We really LOVE the quality of the beds and beddings! The place is great and comfortable for everybody. The boma outside was perfect place for evenings we really enjoyed it. Thanks so much as usual for your great service

  • Guest

    We had a most wonderful stay - once again . This is a gem of a house in the most beautiful environment. I am certainly booking it again in 2018 .

  • Guest

    Thanks was lovely. A gorgeous house with every thing we needed

  • Guest

    “Just wanted to let you know that we had the most wonderful weekend away at Church Cottage. What a gem Churchhaven is: unspoilt, peaceful and stunningly beautiful. Thank you. The house is fabulous – full of charm and character, so comfortable, tastefully renovated and decorated in every respect. We loved it!”

  • Guest

    We absolutely loved churchhaven it is a magical place and we were the only people there for the 2 nights. Absolutely everything we could wish for and the weather was perfect too.

  • Guest

    It really is a peace of paradise, we had such an amazing weekend.

  • Guest

    We had such a wonderful time, we are itching to go back to Churchhaven!! Is there any availability first weekend of April?

  • Guest

    The weekend away was wonderful and the house was lovely.

  • Guest

    I just wanted to say thank you for organising Church Cottage for us - we absolutely enjoyed our stay!

  • Guest

    The reserve and immediate surrounds are lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the beach and beauty of the area as a whole.

  • Guest

    I would like to thank you again for the opportunity to stay in Church Cottage last weekend. It gave us the perfect setting for a family re-union and ALL of us were astonished by the beauty of cottage, the setting, the environment. It was indeed a perfect weekend and will be long remembered by all of us! Thank you


ChurchhavenYou will fall head over heels in love with this gorgeous cottage in the heart of Churchhaven, never mind with the turquoise lagoon itself. For a wonderful holiday in the middle of winter or the heat of summer, take your canoes, your kayaks, your bicycles, your books and just know that you and the family

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What to do in the West Coast National Park:

  • Go for great hikes and outdoor walks and see if you can spot any animals
  • Cycling and mountainbiking – beware that you need to take your own bicycles
  • Birdwatching
  • Go to Kraalbaai where you can enjoy a picnic and/or braai – when exiting Churchhaven, turn right at T-junction
  • August to September is the ideal time to see if you can spot whales
  • August to September is also flower season
  • For lunch you can stop at Geelbek restaurant for something nice to eat – follow the signs next to roads http://geelbek.co.za/new/
  • For a day outing go to Langebaan, about 40-minutes’ drive from Churchhaven
  • Kayaking http://www.capesports.co.za/
  • Water sport in Langebaan http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/bysuburb/langebaan/category/water-sport/


R4 500 – R8 500

All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability/actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

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Cancellation / Prepayment

The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.