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Churchhaven is a paradise apart, a world away. Here, on the pristine shores of Langebaan Lagoon and immersed in nature at her immaculate, rejuvenating best, you’ll find West of the Moon.

This beautiful hideaway enjoys an astounding setting. Churchhaven offers a unique combination of ocean, lagoon and estuary that sustains a massive biodiversity. The wetlands are among the most important in South Africa for waders, and are home to almost 5 000 flamingos during the winter, when southern right whales and Heaviside’s dolphins are regularly spotted from the ocean beaches. This is an off-the-grid environment that lends itself to a creative, nature-based lifestyle. Hiking, kayaking, cycling, swimming, kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing start at your doorstep, while the surrounds are abundantly suited to birdwatching, whale spotting, stargazing and picnicking.

This beautifully decorated West Coast-style beach cottage has an enviable position directly above the white sand beaches, with uninterrupted views across the turquoise lagoon. Antique furniture, vintage fabrics and collectables add to the ambience. You will not be disappointed!

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
  • Only cellphones, laptops, music players and the like can be used in the plugs. No hairdryers, hair straighteners or 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.
  • 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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Coffee Table Book:
West of the Moon is one of the hideaways featured in our Perfect Hideaways in South Africa coffee table book.

This book celebrates hideaways, identifying precisely what it is that makes a holiday home ‘perfect’. From bush to beach, from city to wilderness, Perfect Hideaways in South Africa features a range of holiday homes that, by virtue of the peculiarities of their locations and distinguishing interiors, offer varieties of experiences.

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  • 1 x Bathroom (bath)
  • 1 x Bathroom (shower)
  • 1 x Bedroom (2 singles)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (double)
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ
  • Beach towels
  • Candles
  • Cleaning products
  • Coffee plunger
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Fireplace
  • Fireplace (bedroom)
  • Fireplace (lounge)
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer (Gas)
  • Fridge (gas)
  • House is solar powered
  • No microwave
  • Off street parking
  • Outside shower
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Oven (Wood burning)
  • Pets (not allowed)
  • Stove (Gas)


Sleeps 6 Adults and 2 Kids


No pets allowed

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Based on 15 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at West of the Moon.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    We loved so much the 2 days spent at West of the Moon that we decided to stay 2 more nights. It was a dream alive! We loved the situation just above this cristal and desert lagoon, But we also loved the decoration, the softness of the wood on the floor under our feet, even the smell is charming when you are inside: this home has a wonderful soul! Our kids were found of their room upstairs. We also loved the fact to be « out of the grid » in such a beautiful reserve full of colours and amazing animals (we swam near pink flamingoes and with a seal!) It should be totally crazy in spring with flowers everywhere ! We also loved the kitchen very well equiped: we took a real pleasure cooking delicious meals on the braai. Sure of one thing : once we ll come back!! We just went back to France and West of the Moon was one of our best memory! Albertine

  • Guest

    Our stay at West Of The Moon was delightful. It is a perfectly situated cottage with a cosy atmosphere. Would definitely like to spend at least a week there!! It was a little gem of a place

  • Guest

    We had an amazing stay and the house was super!

  • Guest

    We had a fantastic stay at West Of The Moon, we loved it so much!

  • Guest

    “Absolutely outstanding in every respect. Simplicity. Nothing too much, nothing too little. Keep it exactly the way it is.”

  • Guest

    It has been a superb weekend and we have loved West of the Moon. We would love to come back when we are in SA next. Many thanks for all your help and efficiency in setting it all up

  • Guest

    We enjoyed it a lot. It was our third holiday at Churchhaven that we booked through perfect hideaways and will definitely book our next one soon!

  • Guest

    We had another fantastic weekend at Churchhaven!

  • Guest

    Just wanted to say thank you for a stunning weekend away and the accommodation was perfect. We will definitely be back

  • Guest

    We had the best time ever. Thank you. What a special special place.

  • Guest

    We had a magic weekend.

  • Guest

    Thanks for a stunning house everyone loved it!!

  • Guest

    Wow! What a great spot West of the Moon is! We had a lovely time. Thanks.

  • Guest

    A very Happy New Year to you all. I just wanted to tell you what a success West of the Moon was for our family. Lovely place and so peaceful ! I would like to go again sometime!

  • Guest

    We had such a lovely week at West of the Moon! Thank you! We hope to be back soon or to try some of your other stunning properties! Was very helpful to have Rita's team for some extra help! Happy new year!


ChurchhavenChurchhaven is a paradise apart, a world away. Here, on the pristine shores of Langebaan Lagoon and immersed in nature at her immaculate, rejuvenating best, you’ll find West of the Moon. This beautiful hideaway enjoys an astounding setting. Churchhaven offers a unique combination of ocean, lagoon and estuary that sustains a massive biodiversity. The wetlands

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What to do in the West Coast National Park:

  • Go for great hikes and nature walks 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/


R4 900 – R9 000

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.