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Scrimshaw: A type of folk art dating from at least the 17th century in which whale teeth and bones, and walrus tusks, are engraved with a picture or design by sailors on long whaling voyages.

At Scrimshaw you will find a contemporary beach cottage designed with an understanding of the traditional West Coast langhuis. This subtle blend roots smart, original and antique furnishings in their context and imbues the sleek clarity of the architecture with a real vernacular resonance. Reed ceilings, wood floors and simple washed walls contrast beautifully with the rich blue, green and turquoise decor, just as the pure white sands are set off by the West Coast sunset. This cottage is beautifully set above the soft white sandy beaches of the pristine lagoon.

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 Shark Bay just outside Langebaan (an excellent place for beginners and to hone your skills)

Need to know…

  • Only one hour’s drive from Cape Town
  • 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
  • Please take note of the following gate times for entering and leaving the West Coast National 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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Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom
  • 2 x Bedrooms (double)
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • Beach towels
  • Candles
  • Cleaning products
  • Coffee plunger
  • en-suite
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer (Gas)
  • Fridge (gas)
  • House is solar powered
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Pets (not allowed)
  • Solar power support for electronic devices
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Stove (wood burning)

Guests

Sleeps 6

Pets

No pets allowed

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Based on 4 reviews

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

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2017-05-12

    “We had a wonderful weekend at Scrimshaw. Churchhaven is absolutely magnificent.”

  • Guest
    2016-01-25

    We were very happy and had the best time!

  • Guest
    2014-01-29

    We loved Scrimshaw – it was the most stunning weekend; great accommodation, weather (lucky!!) and location.

  • Guest
    2014-01-13

    We really enjoyed our stay at Scrimshaw and will most definitely make use of your services again.

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ChurchhavenScrimshaw: A type of folk art dating from at least the 17th century in which whale teeth and bones, and walrus tusks, are engraved with a picture or design by sailors on long whaling voyages. At Scrimshaw you will find a contemporary beach cottage designed with an understanding of the traditional West Coast langhuis. This subtle

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Activities

What to do in the West Coast National Park:

  • Go for nice hikes and see if you can spot any animals
  • Cycling and mountainbiking – be aware 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 spring flower season
  • For lunch you can stop at Geelbek restaurant for something nice to eat – follow the signs next to the roads http://geelbek.co.za/new/
  • For a day outing head 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.