About the property
- Villa1722 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Expansive sea view villas with 3 and 2 bedroom options in private Nature Reserve
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.
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- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 3, 2018
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.
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Beautiful home and wonderful owners
This house was incredible! The views, the design, the location, everything was just perfect. The owners are very responsive and helpful, just all around gracious hosts. We enjoyed our time here and will definitely be back for a future stay!
I spent a few days on the garden route and used this house as a ?base camp? and it?s probably the best base camp in the world. The location is great with a 20 min drive to George or Wilderness, but the essence of the place is its location within Ballots Heights on top of the cliff with uninterrupted sea views (which was awesome for a city boy like me!). Sally and Henry are fantastic hosts and it was useful to have them next door giving hints and tips (and to start the odd fire in the stove). My only regret was not having enough time... but it leaves a reason to go again!
WunderschönesFerienhaus in traumhafter Lage
Wir haben knapp zwei Wochen in diesem tollen Ferienhaus verbracht und haben damit absolut die richtige Wahl geverbrachtDie Ausstattung ist sehr gut und die Lage einfach fantastisch. Wir können dieses Haus wärmstens weiter empfehlen. Glücklicherweise gibt es auch einen Ofen zum Heizen, da bei uns im März das Wetter auch mal schlecht war. Der Weg zum Haus ist sehr abenteuerlich und stellenweise auch steil. Es empfiehlt sich ein entsprechendes Auto.
Henry and I are delighted that you loved your stay in this very special place. As usual in March we have very warm weather, but also some chilly days and so the great Morso wood stove is useful. Please don't be put off by the road - although it is steep, you do not need a 4x4, in fact a small car is best. We call the road magical!
5 stars are not enough. Das Haus, der Meerblick und die Landschaft sind nicht zu übertreffen und für sich ein Höhepunkt des Urlaubs. Man erkennt sofort, dass hier ein Architekt seine Ideen verwirklicht hat. Eigentlich möchte man den ganzen Tag im Haus bleiben und nur auf die wilde Landschaft und den Ozean sehen. Sally und Henry sind super nett, total entspannt und hilfsbereit. Wilderness ist traumhaft schön und der ideale Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge in die Umgebung. Wir haben uns im Haus und der Umgebung ausnahmslos sicher gefühlt. Etwas abenteuerlich ist die einspurige Straße zu den cliff houses. Es geht wie im Urwald hoch und runter mit einigen Kurven, zum Glück ohne Steilhänge. Wenn man die Straße ein paar mal gefahren ist, macht das sogar richtig Spaß. Sally and Henry, we`ve totally enjoyed the holiday in your house and we`ll come back :)
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 50% non-refundable deposit required on confirmation of booking. The balance to be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival. No credit card facilities available, payment via internet or bank draft. Changeover Day: Changeover flexible. Minimum booking low season - 3 nights; high season 1 week. Arrival time 2pm. Departure time 10h00am.