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A sudden sense of stillness takes over as you meander your way down the not-so beaten pathway towards the back door of Church Cottage. Having felt obliged to turn your car engine off on the way down, engaging in neutral and free-rolling the gravel road, in keeping with the sounds of what surrounds, you know you have arrived in Churchhaven.

This classically styled cottage opens its stoic wooden doors to the heartbeat of the home, where the kitchen, dining and living space stretches itself open-plan. The kitchen cupboards are completely kitted out with all of the practicality one desires when cooking up friendamily feasts. But its the whimsical antique whisks, and cheese graters that you’ll have the most fun with in a linen apron on loan. Books, boardgames and binoculars are there for those moments when you’d rather not be swimming, kayaking, exploring, or sofa-snoring. The large open fire place in the living room is a temptress at her best for wintry days and nights, but the cottage’s close proximity to the water’s edge will keep your feet yearning for that final evening stroll on the soft, white sand. After which, it’s a toss up over who’s having a long bath in the victorian tub, who’s starting the pizza oven on the verandah, and who’s pouring the wine.

Gentle hues of candlelight flicker from floor to ceiling of the cottage, at night. Warming up the shaggy rugs, wide open armchairs, long sofas and dinner conversation.

You’ll awake to the internal church bells of calm calling – Who’s getting married in the morning? You. To the lagoon that you’ve lusted over all night, pondering the depths of its tantalizingly tranquil turquoise waters. You’ll be wearing your kikoi and you’ll look just perfect.

What we love!

  • The Pizza Oven on the verandah
  • 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 Shark Bay just outside Langebaan (an excellent place for beginners and to hone your skills)
  • A paradise for hikers, cyclists and mountain-bikers, if you must

What you need to know…

  • Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town
  • During your stay, you’ll be living the simple, off-the-grid life you’ve been talking about doing. There is cell phone reception, but no WiFi. Solar power is the majority rule with the romance of wood burning stoves, fireplaces and of course gas ovens. Always be water-wise.
  • Bring plenty of drinking water
  • There is no need for disco hair; so no dryers, hair straighteners or curling irons to be used in the electrical sockets. They are there for the purpose of cell phones, computers, music devices and small appliances. Anything stronger may permanently damage 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.php
  • It may be worth investing in a Wild Card – https://www.sanparks.org/wild_new/

Sleeps 8
Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

Facilities

  • 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

Guests

Sleeps 8

Pets

No dogs are allowed in the West Coast National Park

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Based on 12 reviews

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

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2019-03-26

    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
    2019-02-25

    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
    2017-12-21

    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
    2017-11-20

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

  • Guest
    2017-09-04

    “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
    2017-02-24

    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
    2017-02-13

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

  • Guest
    2017-02-07

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

  • Guest
    2016-05-06

    The weekend away was wonderful and the house was lovely.

  • Guest
    2016-04-05

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

  • Guest
    2016-01-25

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

  • Guest
    2015-04-14

    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

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Activities

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/

Rates

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.