Melkkamer Holiday Cottages & Houses in De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg
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  • Property TypeHoliday Rental
  • Guests22
  • Rooms/Units3
  • Minimum Stay1-2 Nights

Melkkamer is a property for self catering in De Hoop for anyone visiting the Cape Overberg region.

About Melkkamer

Melkkamer offers accommodation in three units in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. This World Heritage Site is a marine protected area and is home to a variety of marine life.

From here you are only three hours away from Cape Town and are within easy reach of the surrounding towns and a variety of attractions and activities.

All three cottages are fully equipped for self-catering or guests can drive to The Fig Tree Restaurant at the Opstal for dinner.


There is no electricity and all the units have gas powered appliances, with candlelight and lanterns adding to the romance and charm of this unique area. A generator is available for the Melkkamer Manor House and Melkkamer Foremans Cottage and is switched on at pre-determined times for the convenience of our guests.

Please see the individual unit descriptions with photographs below, to assist you with your choice.

The Area

Situated in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa, this very special reserve is under three hours from Cape Town. It is located near Arniston, Swellendam and the Breede River.

Experience & Explore

Interpretative walks through the fynbos to the rock pools and guided bird walks are just some of the activities available, as well as whale watching and game viewing. The magnificent night skies lend themselves to star and constellation identification.

Four mountain bike trails traverse the reserve allowing one to experience the full biodiversity of De Hoop. The recently introduced walking trail needs to be booked in advance and covers a similar coastline to the well established ‘Whale Trail.'

On Site Facilities

The Fig Tree Restaurant is quite the place to be and therefore packed in high season especially. Please ensure that you book a table for dinner to secure your spot on arrival or the day before.

The curio shop sells wood, firelighters and meat but it really is a gift shop and not a food shop. Firewood can be purchased at our Curio Shop or you are welcome to bring your own.

Activities & Attractions

Run, hike or bike the trails at De Hoop. The trails at De Hoop Nature Reserve will unlock much more than your online app rewards this season, with 5 unique trails to choose from, ranging from a leisurely 12km, to a more challenging 55km route for the truly experienced – there is something for everyone.

Whale Watching

Every year, some 40% of the world's southern right whales come to these shores to breed. Females and their calves swim in the clear waters, while males put on spectacular displays. These endangered mammals ensure that the De Hoop Reserve in South Africa, is one of the world's best land based whale watching areas.

As a marine reserve and World Heritage Site, De Hoop guarantees a safe nursery for these pods of visiting cetaceans. They come so close to the shore that visitors can relax on the unspoilt sand dunes, watching in awe as these beautiful creatures calve, blow, breach and belly-flop.

Features you'll appreciate

  • parking
  • kitchen
  • braai / bbq
  • fireplace
providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Smoking: none indoors

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Melkkamer Manor House

This beautiful remote, old stone Manor House comprises four magnificently appointed bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms with baths and showers, a toilet and basin. Two rooms have King-size beds and two have twin beds. The house is fully equipped for self-catering and has a beautiful spacious kitchen, a cosy lounge and charming dining room. There are fireplaces inside and a lovely outside braai area under the milkwood trees.

  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 8 guests (max 8 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Melkkamer Foremans Cottage

Melkkamer Foreman's Cottage is a charming private sandstone cottage hidden amongst rambling milkwood trees. It is within walking distance of the vlei and the Melkkamer Manor House. It has three bedrooms, open plan sitting room with dining room and fully equipped kitchen and barbecue area. Two bedrooms are furnished with twin beds and one bedrooms is furnished with a double bed. There is one bathroom with a bath, toilet, basin and an outside shower.

  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 6 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Melkkamer Vlei Cottage

Melkkamer Vlei Cottage is a sandstone house dating back to 1872. This quaint cottage overlooks the largest wetland on the southern Cape coast. It has four beautifully appointed bedrooms with two separate bathrooms with showers, a toilet and basin. The main room has a King-size four poster bed, the second room has a King size bed and the third and fourth rooms each have twin beds. There is a separate sitting room, dining area with fully equipped kitchen and a cosy fireplace. Paraffin lamplight and firelight add to the romance of the location, where there is no electricity.

  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 8 guests (max 8 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

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  • Host on for 7 years

Need to Know

Response timeMelkkamer typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the property EFT or secure online payment via

Host on for 7 years

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