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14 Charming South African Vacation Homes

Updated Saturday, 9 March 2024

South Africans know how to do vacation homes with charm the immediate sense of being at ‘home’, of space, generosity, consideration and beautiful views (inside and out).

South Africa has its own unique blend of charm. It’s woven through the choice of farm furniture, or the carefully selected art work; the elegant use of space and the attention to detail.

To make it easier for you to find these indelibly charming spots, we’ve put together a list of South African vacation homes you can hire at the click of a button.

14 Charming South African Vacation Homes…

Karoo Cottage Sneeuberg, Nieu-Bethesda, Karoo

  1. Karoo Cottage Sneeuberg, Nieu-Bethesda, Karoo

Nieu-Bethesda, it seems, caters for those after the vacation homes big on charm, for just after we stumbled upon Gordonville, this romantic, stone Karoo Cottage became an obvious choice.

Rather than choose between the two we’ve put both on the menu for you to choose.

Don’t expect television or WiFi here. This is holiday downtime…

Glenogle Farm, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo

  1. Glenogle Farm, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo

Choose from The Stables or The Loft but, either way, you’re going to have one incredibly atmospheric stay on this country farm in the Magoebaskloof.

Enjoy antique collectables and carefully textured fabrics pepper the beautiful open-plan and romantic lines of these hideaways.

As It Is in Heaven, Paternoster, West Coast

  1. As It Is in Heaven, Paternoster, West Coast

The name of this holiday home more than gives the game away. It literally is a little bit of heaven, situated right on the beach with a lot of glass window out over Bekbaai.

The twelve sleeper even has its own patio pool and six en-suite bedrooms. Sigh.

Piccolo Villa, St Helena Bay, West Coast

  1. Piccolo Villa, St Helena Bay, West Coast

Our love affair with the West Coast continues with this little beachside cottage, with its own privately owned beach.

The one-bedroom cottage has an enclosed patio and immediate beach access. I’m not sure beach front comes better than this.

Maninghi Lodge, Balule Nature Reserve, Limpopo

  1. Maninghi Lodge, Balule Nature Reserve, Limpopo

This house for hire lies right on the banks of the Olifants River in the northern section of the reserve, which shares borders with the Kruger National Park.

It sleeps up to twelve people, but smaller groups are welcome, as are couples, in the thatched double storey.

Bloemendal Guest Cottage, Riebeek Kasteel, Swartland

  1. Bloemendal Guest Cottage, Riebeek Kasteel, Swartland

This little self-catering cottage is perfect weekend downtime space. It’s decorated with original art pieces, a kitchen you’re going to want to spend time in, and a long shady veranda that has its own dining table.

Perfect for long summers.

Bleuville Ecological Village, Midrand, Gauteng

  1. Bleuville Ecological Village, Midrand, Gauteng

You’re going to love this little bit of France in Johannesburg. It’s a perfect example of charm meets South African whimsy.

There are two uniquely decorated self-catering homes – the River House and the Village House – but it is the Village House in particular in which we’re interested, as it comes with its own kitchen for long weekends.

Rumour has it that breakfast is sublime…

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