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Sitting against a forested hillside, Cedar cottage could have been plucked right out of a fairytale
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Follow a winding country road through Banghoek Private Nature Reserve and you’ll come upon a hidden refuge, a quiet cottage sheltered by mountains and forest: Cedar


The Lowdown

Sitting against a forested hillside, Cedar cottage could have been plucked right out of a fairytale. Here, everything has been thought of, from reading material and board games to Bluetooth speakers and good WiFi (but we recommend turning off your phone for the full peace-and-quiet experience). Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, from the deck and dining area to the natural pool, hammock, and sun loungers in the garden—there’s a quiet spot for everyone


Sleeping Arrangements

As with the rest of the home, bedrooms at Cedar are geared towards slow, intentional living—with an emphasis on relaxing in a natural, neutral environment. We’re talking about big, comfy beds, soft linens, and warm, light-filled spaces. Cedar can welcome up to six guests with three bedrooms: two on the lower level (one en-suite bedroom and one bedroom with a separate bathroom), while the second en-suite loft bedroom also features a daybed 


What To Expect 

Cedar is made up of an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area that opens up fully to the spacious deck, offering the best of indoor-outdoor living. A fireplace inside keeps things cosy in winter, while the covered braai (barbecue) on the deck ensures alfresco cooking is possible any time of the year. The kitchen is fully-equipped and all basic pantry staples are supplied. Fresh fruit from the farm is always in good supply, too


The Art House Difference 

The reserve boasts exceptional biodiversity, with rugged landscapes and crystal-clear streams, making it the perfect setting for birdwatching, mountain biking, and trail walking. Eco-travel is at the heart of Cedar. Sensitive to the surrounding ecosystem, the home runs various sustainable practices to maintain its minimal carbon footprint, including the use of renewable energy from solar panels and borehole water from underground reserves. The pool is filled with dam water, the overflow being used to replenish the water table and support the 2000 indigenous trees planted by the owners

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En-suite bathrooms
Adjacent bathroom
Rates from
4 500
per night*

3 bedrooms (accommodates 6 guests):

  • 1 King-size, and 2 Queen-size beds
  • 2 En suite bedrooms, 1 bedroom with adjacent bathroom


  • Wifi
  • Fireplace (wood)
  • Braai grill (gas or charcoal)
  • Library
  • Dedicated workspace/office
  • TV and entertainment system
  • Nespresso machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Swimming pool (not heated)
  • Private garden
  • Parking
  • Solar power
  • Air conditioning
  • Essentials (towels, linen, etc)
  • Hair dryer 
  • Room-darkening shades 
  • Ceiling fan
  • Heating 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • First aid kit 
  • Braai utensils
  • Blender
  • Hammock 
  • Sun loungers 
  • Housekeeping by prior arrangement 
  • 2-hour drive from Cape Town
  • 30-minute drive to Piketberg
  • 50-minute drive to Citrusdal
  • As it is located inside Banghoek Private Nature Reserve, Cedar offers easy access to hiking trails and forest walks, mountain biking routes, and birdwatching spots
  • Check in: 2:00pm
  • Check out: 10:00am
  • Security deposit
  • No smoking inside
  • No parties/events

Year-long rate: ZAR 4,500 per night *2-night minimum stay

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