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Designer Villas Near Wilderness with Exceptional Sea and Forest Views - Cliff Top House No.8 (Sleeps 4, 2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa



Cliff Top House No.8 (Sleeps 4, 2 Bedrooms)

No 8 with its symphony of glass and timber in a contemporary design offers guests a completely tranquil and secluded holiday experience.

The ocean views from all areas of the house are spectacular, with dolphins and whales swimming directly beneath the house.

On warm days, fling open all the doors and windows and invite the outside in.

On cool days, play games or read around a wood burning fireplace.

All spaces are tastefully and luxuriously furnished and appointed.

About the property

Cliff Top Houses

Situated in a protected nature reserve perched high on the cliffs and surrounded by forest, fynbos and ocean, these villas are the perfect getaway for those seeking peace and tranquility. Designed by a multi-award winning architect, the houses blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape in a combination of light, glass, wood and space. Luxuriously and tastefully furnished, all rooms have beautiful views; watch whales and dolphins from the sea facing decks or bird watch from the fynbos deck. Fynbos or Cape Floral Kingdom has the highest density of plants in the world and attracts a myriad of bird and animal life, which can be enjoyed from all areas of the houses. Enjoy numerous walking trails that wind through the nature reserve where wildlife including antelope, zebra, karakul, porcupine and bush pig roam. Ballots Bay where the river meets the sea, is a fisherman’s paradise and is perfect for exploring and foraging.

Villa 24 has 3 bedrooms en suite all with beautiful views. Large open plan living / dining / kitchen, all with spectacular views. Drink sundowners on the sea deck with sweeping views of ocean, forest and cliffs.

Villa 8 has 2 luxurious bedrooms en suite with spectacular ocean views. Positioned directly on the cliffs, whales come in to calve so close you can hear them. Huge pods of dolphin swim past daily. Painted white, this villa has a contemporary feel with beautiful fabrics and exceptional quality linen, kitchen utensils and finishes.

There are many walks in the nature reserve that wind through fynbos and forest, along cliffs, down to rock pools and to the pebbly bay where the Meulen river enters the sea. You can barbecue at the bay or in a magical clearing in the forest.

More Details

Sally Kennedy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

About Sally Kennedy

I am a television producer / director who loves nature, open spaces and travel. Six years ago, I married architect Henry Paine and together we decided to change our lives and leave the frantic pace of city life in Johannesburg and move to live in paradise on the Garden Route where Henry has designed our beautiful Cliff Top Houses. Although our hearts lie in this exceptional part of the world, we fulfilled Henry's life-long dream and bought a sailing yacht in Greece which we sail around the Med each year for much of the European summer.

Why Sally Kennedy chose George

I fell in love with Ballots Heights Nature reserve 15 years ago when I came on holiday. From the moment I drove down the magical winding road through dense forest, over small rivers and through fynbos, I was captivated. I had never imagined a place could be so beautiful. I bought my first piece of this amazing nature reserve and commissioned world renowned architect, Peter Rich, to design my villa. As it is a protected nature reserve, we may only build in timber and natural materials. Peter created a villa that makes my stomach lurch every time I set foot in it! It not only sits beautifully in the environment, it enhances it. 6 years ago, Henry and I purchased the neighboring piece of land and Henry designed and built another villa - if anything even more beautiful than the first with views that take your breath away. In 2015 we built the 3rd villa in the Cliff Top House stable, which is a contemporary masterpiece of glass, clean lines, white painted wood and spectacular views of the ocean and cliffs.

What makes this villa unique

The villas are unique, both in their contemporary wooden design but mostly in their position surrounded by expansive ocean, dramatic cliffs, indigenous forest and fynbos. You feel as if you are a million miles from traffic, noise and frenetic city life - and yet we are only 25 minutes from George airport and 15 minutes from shops, restaurants, pristine beaches, world-renowned golf courses, exceptional hiking trails and extreme adventure activities.

Available Rentals


Changeover Day:
Changeover flexible. Minimum booking low season - 3 nights; high season 1 week. Arrival time 2pm. Departure time 10h00am.


George Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Very romantic "Out of Africa" bathrooms, both with magnificent views. Separate dressing rooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Exceptional bedroom suites with queen beds opening onto private decks with ocean views.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Cliff Top Houses are situated in Ballots Heights, a private Nature Reserve with protected indigenous forest and flora, a wide variety of birdlife, abundant game including zebra, bushbuck, porcupine, bush pig, mongoose and otter, excellent fishing, whale and dolphin watching and beautiful nature trails. There is are two barbecue and picnic areas - in the bay and the forest boma.


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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Victoria Bay
Car: necessary


Ballots Bay is a rugged pebbly bay on the property suitable for fishing, exploring, barbecueing and paddling.

Ballots Heights Nature Reserve has hiking trails along cliff tops and through forest and fynbos. Excellent birdwatching and some game.

Victoria Bay, 10 minutes drive away is famous for it's surfing and safe bathing.

Wilderness, 15 minutes drive away has miles of unspoiled beaches, excellent swimming.

Sedgefield, 25 minutes drive away, has pristine beautiful beaches with swimming and snorkeling.

Garden Route area including the Ballots Heights nature reserve has numerous hiking and walking trails, birdwatching, canoeing, swimming.


George airport - 25 minutes away. Car hire essential


George (15 minutes away) town with shopping, cinemas, restaurants

Wilderness (15 minutes away) - village with restaurants, hiking, canoeing, sailing. Sedgefield (25 minutes away) - pretty seaside village with an excellent Saturday morning farmers market. Oudtshoorn (30 minutes away) - town famous for ostriches and Cango caves. Knysna (40 minutes away) - charming seaside town with lakes, excellent restaurants, shops, sailing and golf.


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