Everyone wants a weekend away. But finding Western Cape accommodation for under R1000 per night can be something of a mission! We’ve made it easy for you.
These cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses are all as close to R700/night as we could find (or we’ve got a good excuse), and they’re cute to boot!
Cheap Weekend Getaways in the Western Cape…
Constantia, Cape Town (R780/night for 2 people): You’re not going to find much accommodation in Cape Town for under R1k, let alone a cute little cottage in Constantia. Which explains why you’ll have to book ahead to snap up this classy, little gem, as it’s booked out for weeks in advance.
City Bowl, Cape Town (R840/night sleeps 2): This is a great pad for a couple after something reasonable in the City Bowl. Situated on the 4th floor and the layout and art decoration in the apartment gives you that warm, homely feeling you want to comfort you from being away from home.
Swellendam, Cape Overberg (R720/night for up to 6 guests): This cute as a button cottage has two bedrooms, but you can fit a few kids into the living room on sleeper couches as well. It’s only downside is the small kitchen. But it’s a good deal even for four people.
Touws River, Karoo (R700/night for 2 people): Two self-catering cottages to rent on this farm – one sleeps four people, the other two (both cost R700/night). For that price you find yourself in the heart of the Karoo, between Barrydale and Ladismith. Why wouldn’t you?
Gouda, Cape Overberg (R600/night for 2 people): Ruigtevlei Farm offers these seriously cute luxury tents (this is true glamping) on the Berg River with your own bit of river front, but without the romance-killing price tag.
Cape Columbine Reserve, Paternoster (R400/night for 2 people): Right on the edge of the water these 10 dinky sea shacks are personalised with themes by the artist Theo Kleynhans. They come with communal facilities. Eco tourism at its best, just 5 km outside of Paternoster. Delightful.
Paternoster, Cape West Coast (R480/night for 2 people): A small, artistically decorated wooden loft, with en suite bathroom, in the heart of one of the Western Cape’s most popular seaside villages. So, hit the book button quickly, as it’s sold out most weekends.
Westcliff Road, Hermanus (R850/night for 2 people): Here’s one on the other side of R800/night, because we couldn’t resist. It’s not often you’ll stay on the road in Hermanus for this price tag. Their double/twin room is metres from the cliff path, whilst the thatched roof and cute Cape Dutch style of the house will work its charm on you.
Matjiesrivier, Swartberg Pass (R880/night for 2 people: Okay, confession time, this is on the more expensive side, yes, but so worth it! These are a couple of deliciously decorated Moroccan-style farmstay, luxury bedrooms that will have you drooling. Karoo romance with a capital ‘R’.
St Helena Bay, West Coast (R645/night for 2 people): West Coast living in one of three cute, self-catering studios on a hilltop, with views out over the sea or the Cederberg Mountains. Doesn’t come much better than this.
Ladismith, Karoo, (R600/night for 2 people): Two darling cottages on a farm up for grabs. The first sleeps up to six people (R1100/night) in three bedrooms (are you doing the maths?), whilst the second is a romantic retreat for two, but you can take the kids along (sleeper couches).
Melkbosstrand, Blaauwberg (R750/night for 2 people): This pretty self-catering apartment in Melkbosstrand is a perfect seaside escape for up to six people – two bedrooms and a couple of sleeper couches in the lounge for kids (up to R850 for 4 of you). Besides, it’s 100 metres from the beach!
Strand, Cape Helderberg (R500/night for 2 people): You’re going to love the design of this pretty self-catering apartment, with a mezzanine level above for the bedroom. You’re centrally placed, and the beach is close by.
Knysna, Garden Route (R700/night for 2 people): Sit up and take notice, because these two cottages are gems! And right in Knysna, on the Garden Route. They overlook forest, dam and meadow and you can go for walks from your door.
The Crags, Garden Route (R800/night for 2 people): Here’s a novel idea that sleeps you and two children (children only R100 extra each per night). Simply furnished, you’ll stay in amongst the trees and the Knysna loeries (you really do see them). The owners are artists.
Velddrif, West Coast (R720/night for 2 people): This is a darling little self-catering apartment, its trendy décor and upper level views out over the Berg River an invitation to chill.
Elgin, Overberg (R700/night for 2 people): Beautiful and reasonably priced cottage (it’s Oak Cottage you’re after) in the heart of the Cape Overberg. What more could you want?
Robertson, Breede River Valley (R600/night for 2 people): Think historical cottage, understated décor, and access to some of the best wine farms this side of the mountain. This charming cottage in Robertson has three bedrooms and can sleep six.
Pinelands, Cape Town (R340/night for a double room): It isn’t often you find a backpackers with as much charm as the Lighthouse Farm backpackers, right in the heart of Pinelands’ eco village with easy access to a major highway that gets you in and out of the city with ease.
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