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Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa

Updated Friday, 16 April 2021

Beach cottage holidays in South Africa – One can’t help but bring to mind beach cottage holidays when one thinks of South Africa.

Beach house stays that include rickety wooden walkways down to white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles…

The country has kilometres of coastline, much of it given over to holiday villages and towns and beach cottage holidays in South Africa, with anything from a little two-bedroom cottage, to sprawling villas perched alongside the sea, with views to match – all to yourself – just perfect for family beach holidays…

Let your imagination run riot with these best beach cottage holidays in South Africa!

Best beach cottage holidays in South Africa

Kleinzee Beach Cottage, Namaqualand

Finding a beach cottage stay in the Northern Cape is a bit like looking for needles in a haystack, which is why this little cottage is such a find. It’s cute as pie, and spills out directly onto the beach sand. What more could you ask?

Kleinzee Beach Cottage - beach cottage holidays in South Africa

Waves, Bekbaai Paternoster

When you think of beach cottage holidays in South Africa nothing comes closer to the ideal than Waves fisher cottage, just up the West Coast from Cape Town. Not half so fancy that you can’t drag in sand on your feet, yet it’s just perfect…


3 Dolphins, Britannia Bay

It’s not vaguely difficult to imagine oneself tripping down the fynbos clad wooden boardwalk that runs to the beach from this four bedroom beach cottage (sleeps eight). It’s so beach that even well-behaved pets are welcome.

3 Dolphins

Piccolo Villa Cottage, St Helena Bay seems never to run out of West Coast beach cottage options, and this modest, rustic beach house literally gives you access to your own private beach as well. It screams ‘writers’ retreat’ with its traditional West Coast architecture and perfectly positioned patio.

Piccolo Villa Cottage

Llandudno Beach House

A view of the full length of Llandudno beach is yours for the duration of your stay, with Robben Island in the distance. This beach cottage gives you front seats over the Atlantic perched up on the hillside, your own fynbos garden and pool overlooking the beach.

Llandudno Beach House

Villa Misty Cliffs

You’re going to go all misty-eyed when you see this incredible designer home right on the beach just outside the conservation village of Scarborough. Open-plan living, three bedrooms, a swimming pool, and no Wi-Fi – the perfect beach getaway, in other words.

Villa Misty Cliffs

Glen Beach Bungalow

It’s a bit of an understatement calling this beachside beach house a ‘bungalow’, particularly if you consider its position in the little enclave between Camps Bay and Clifton and its incredible views. It sleeps up to 12 people in the house and penthouse.

Glen Beach Bungalow

Hermanus Whale View Beach House 7

You’re not going to need much persuasion to enjoy this Whale Rock Estate home with access to a private beach and sea views to match. Two of the three bedrooms are en suite with sea views. Perfect space from which to sight whales.

Hermanus Whale View Beach House 7

Jane’s Coastal Retreat, Ballots Bay

This part of the coast is, without doubt, some of the Garden Route’s most wild. And this three bedroom wooden house lies in amongst rich fynbos and trees in a nature reserve with ocean, forest and mountain views. It’s a mere walk to where the Moulen River meets the sea. Yes, please!

Jane’s Coastal Retreat

Beach House Kenton On Sea

The Eastern Cape’s Kenton-on-Sea is one of the most beautiful destinations on the Sunshine Coast, with no fewer than three beaches and coves, and a constant buzz of holiday makers in season. This beach house is perfectly placed, almost at Lands End Road.

Beach House Kenton On Sea

Sun Villa, Sea View, Port Elizabeth

There really isn’t a more beautiful space in which to stay. Sea View is just outside central Port Elizabeth (but close enough to easily drive the distance). And this house manages to have all four of its bedrooms face the sea, so no-one need miss out on the sight or sound of the waves crashing on the flat rocks that are the signature element of Sea View.

Sun Villa, Sea View

Ocean View Chalet, Umzumbe

Calling this beach cottage a ‘chalet’ doesn’t quite do it justice. The London-cum-nautically themed two bedroom upper floor cottage has two en suite bedrooms, a sunroom, open patio,  lounge and kitchen.

Ocean View Chalet

Highrocks Beach House, Umkomaas

Wow, what a find! This wonderful seaside villa sleeps eight adults and four children, but it’s the open-plan living areas that most appeal, particularly the wooden deck with its 6 foot deep plunge pool. Did we mention the views?

Highrocks Beach House

Lookout Beach House, Blythedale Beach

We love this Durban north-style home offering three bedrooms, comfortable cool living areas and sea views from the patio, peaceful garden and swimming pool. And you’re moments from the beach.

Lookout Beach House

Crannogs, Salt Rock

Your very own wooden stairway down to the beach from the lawn and poolside make Crannogs a gem. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms, comfy and appealing in that Durbs kind of way.


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