If you are searching for a perfect escape, surrounded by nature and with incredible views – look no further.
We came across Phillipskop Nature Reserve thanks to SA Venues when searching for a weekend escape.
The reserve offers very spacious chalet-style self-catering cottages, perched on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains just outside Stanford. The sweeping views across the Overberg, several hiking routes as well as activities, makes this destination a great escape for couples as well as families.
Chalet-style self-catering cottages
We stayed at Lobelia Cottage. One thing that has to be mentioned is that the pictures of the interior don’t show how large the interior space of the cottages is.
Each cottage has a similar design, with a large open-plan living area, with comfy sofas looking up at Phillipskop, a dining area with a large 8-seater table, and a very roomy kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with everything you need for self-catering accommodation. There is a gas stove so that cooking can continue even if there is a power cut (good to know especially in load-shedding times), and includes a large fridge with a good-sized freezer compartment; there is also a toaster, microwave, and all basic utensils.
Outside you will find a braai (wood is provided but extra bags can be purchased at the reception). The braai area looking up towards Phillipskop and a small garden.
Each cottage has three bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite with a shower and views up towards Phillipskop. The other two bedrooms are twin bedrooms that can be converted to double rooms. One has a view over the valley, while the other is on the mountain side. The twin bedrooms share a bathroom, which includes a bath and a separate shower cubicle.
Very cool is the area upstairs which can be utilised as desired: e.g play place for game night.
Each cottage has a wooden deck with wonderful views towards the Akkedisberg and across the Overberg in the direction of Gansbaai.
Each cottage is surrounded by beautiful natural vegetation that attracts a good variety of birdlife. It is all very private despite the cottages being close to each other.
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve offers its guests, as well as day-visitors several hiking trails. All are very well described on their website and marked along the way. Check the routes here.
We took a hike to the waterfall via Candlewood Hiking Trail – and highly recommend that beautiful route.
It is a heaven for nature lovers – The spring season is perfect to visit the reserves as many amazing flowers are in bloom.
You can also join the fun and Geocaching. Visit their website for more details – here.
We stayed at Phillipskop in August 2021. All expenses were paid. Images and text by Travel Opulent Box or as stated.