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Deep in the West Coast National Park, in what is one of our favourite corners of the world, is Thorn Tree. If you have never visited the West Coast of the Cape before, you are in for a delightful surprise: the colours, the beauty of the reserve, the fynbos wild flowers in spring, the quietness and azure Langebaan lagoon, all just an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Spend your days keeping out of the midday sun, gazing at that blue, blue lagoon or kitesurfing, sailing, paddling or taking long walks in the reserve, making sandcastles and exploreing the reserve by bicycle.

With its laid-back ambience, being off the grid is just such a treat: cook on the gas stove or BBQ, light all the candles in the evenings and settle in for sociable gatherings under the canopy of stars in the night sky.

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)

What you 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
  • 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.
  • 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/

Facilities

  • 1 x Bathroom (shower)
  • 1 x Bedroom (queen)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (double)
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ (Indoor)
  • Beach towels
  • Candles
  • Cleaning products
  • Coffee plunger
  • en-suite
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Fridge (double door fridge/freezer)
  • Fridge (small)
  • House is solar powered
  • Kayak
  • No dishwasher
  • No tumble dryer
  • No TV
  • No washing machine
  • Outdoor shower
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Pets (not allowed)
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Surfski

Guests

Sleeps 6

Pets

No pets allowed

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Based on 16 reviews

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

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2019-07-23

    Thorn Tree Cottage was everything we could have wished for and more. The layout and interior were perfect for a relaxing weekend. The house was very well equipped, maybe a pair of kitchen scissors can be added. We will definitely be back again.

  • Guest
    2018-03-28

    We had a wonderful stay and really enjoyed the location and cottage.

  • Guest
    2017-12-22

    Yes, really lovely house and we loved our stay. House was very straightforward to operate, very well kitted out kitchen. All wonderful and would definitely re-book. Will definitely re-book with Perfect Hideaways, thanks for a wonderful holiday.

  • Guest
    2017-11-30

    We had a really great time in this beautiful heaven!

  • Guest
    2017-11-24

    Really lovely house and we loved our stay! House was very straightforward to operate, very well kitted out kitchen, lots of towels, comfy beds, great location to beach, great views etc. All wonderful and would definitely re-book.

  • Guest
    2017-09-05

    “Thank you so much for our amazing stay at Thorn Tree. It far exceeded our expectations. We had the most lovely time and hope to go back next year. Please thank the owners for sharing their beautiful home so that others can enjoy it.”

  • Guest
    2017-05-02

    We had a wonderful time at Thorn Tree!

  • Guest
    2017-04-20

    It is a beautiful place. We love it as much as we did Daniel's Kraal.

  • Guest
    2017-04-06

    We had a lovely time at Thorn Tree, a nicely appointed little cottage

  • Guest
    2017-02-15

    We had a lovely weekend in Churchhaven at Thorn Tree.

  • Guest
    2016-09-28

    We had a great time at Thorn Tree! Thank you!

  • Guest
    2016-06-22

    Thank you so much for the most wonderful stay at Churchhaven, and for organizing the extra wood! It was freezing, so the fire was roaring constantly! The weekend was so special for us, and we were able to really relax. What a sweet house with so much personality.It was the most "perfect hideaway"!

  • Guest
    2016-02-09

    We had an amazing time! Such a special place!

  • Guest
    2016-01-25

    The house is truly spectacular and so well-equipped and being able to check out late on the last day really took away any of my previous reservations about the cost. It is a holiday worth saving up for! I hope to be back next year.

  • Guest
    2015-07-24

    Lovely weekend away, it was a wonderful stay

  • Guest
    2015-06-22

    Thank you for Thorn Tree we had a really relaxing, special time with family and loved the place!

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ChurchhavenDeep in the West Coast National Park, in what is one of our favourite corners of the world, is Thorn Tree. If you have never visited the West Coast of the Cape before, you are in for a delightful surprise: the colours, the beauty of the reserve, the fynbos wild flowers in spring, the quietness

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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.

Accepted credit cards

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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.