About Fynbos Retreat
The picturesque Fynbos Retreat is tucked away in the fynbos-clad hills between the villages of Stanford and Gansbaai in the Western Cape region of South Africa, approximately two hours from Cape Town. The property forms part of the magnificent 2500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve and offers two fully furnished houses overlooking large dams and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty.
This is a region of exceptional beauty and rates amongst the world’s richest centres of biodiversity. Fynbos Retreat is the perfect getaway for hiking, mountain-biking, bird-watching, swimming or simply relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this magnificent valley in the Overberg.
Self Catering Accommodation
The accommodation consists of two fully equipped houses providing a wonderful base to explore the surrounding natural paradise.
Arum Lily House:
Arum Lily House can sleep a maximum of twelve guests and includes braai facilities, a pizza oven, a large living room with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and four bedrooms.
Fountain Bush Cottage:
Fountain Bush Cottage sleeps six and has a large open plan kitchen and lounge with a cosy fireplace, balcony overlooking the water, braai area and three bedrooms.
Fynbos Retreat is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The property is home to a remarkable diversity of fynbos including limestone, dune strandveld, sandstone fynbos, wetland, milkwood and afromontane forest. Many rare and endangered plant species have been recorded on the property. For bird lovers the surrounding hills and valleys are home to over 100 bird species. Three, well marked, circular hiking trails have been laid out on the property. These are ideal for walking or trail running.
Hiking and trail running trails:
The half hour Milkwood Trail takes hikers through an ancient milkwood forest with stunning milkwood, wild olive, fine leafed ironwood and white stinkwood trees, past the spring that bubbles out of the limestone hills and around the dam back to the farm house.
The three to four hour Waterfall Trail takes hikers down the Witvoetskloof Valley through stands of beautiful pincushions, proteas and an amazing diversity of fynbos, over boardwalks across the stream and into a lush afromontane forest with ancient trees and a sparkling waterfall. The route then heads out the valley to the north and back along old flower picking jeep tracks through the fynbos to the starting point.
The Grootberg Trail follows the same route as the Waterfall Trail as far as the waterfall and then heads across the stream to the south via a wooden bridge, up a valley with beautiful limestone fynbos and on to the summit of Grootberg, at 407m the highest peak in the region. From the summit hikers have beautiful views of Dyer Island and Pearly Beach to the south and Walker Bay and Hermanus to the west. From trail leads back down to Fynbos Retreat from the summit and in total takes approximately three to four hours to complete.
The perfect open water swimming opportunity is provided by the main farm dam in front of Arum Lily House. This dam is fed by a natural spring in the milkwood forest at the base of the limestone cliffs. The dam is great for swimming, has a jetty and a sandy beach for easy access and exit.
Fynbos Retreat is situated between the villages of Stanford and Gansbaai, both great tourism destinations in their own right and is surrounded by a wide variety of exciting destinations and attractions.