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About Caelis Place - Private Nature Reserve

Caelis Place is situated on a 110 Ha property that borders the sea for 2 kilometres, securing complete privacy. The only light that can be seen from the house at night is the seal island solar lighthouse and the stars.

This is not the place for someone looking for the modern Shelley Point type house. Having said that, it is ideal for people who appreciate nature and solitude and a simpler way to have a great time. There are resident grey mongooses, francolin, water mongooses, red duiker, snakes, cape fox, bat eared fox, karakul and cape clawless otters.

We are, except for cooking and water heating, powered by solar power.There is no TV or DStv out of personal choice. There is limited MTN reception on the front porch and enough to get messages and hear the phone ring on the kitchen windowsill facing Paternoster. There is no other reception for other networks unless you climb the hill to the north of the house. We do have enough power to charge phone and computers, preferably during the day.

The house is fully equipped with bedding and towels. There is always toilet paper there but we do encourage people to bring extra, and leave what they don’t use. We also encourage people to bring wood and charcoal. All garbage is to be carried off site when one leaves including bottle and cans for recycling. We normally use the municipal bins in St Helena Bay.

There are four bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a three tier bunk bed and two single beds – generally gets used by families or to put ALL the kids into. Kind of like a dormitory. Bedroom 2 is right next to 1 and has two single beds which can be pushed together if necessary. These two bedrooms share two bathrooms. Both with toilets – one with a shower and the other with a bath.

Living room: has a wood burning fire place, a 10-seater dining table and two large couches, a bookshelf with games and books and a corner cupboard for glasses, a wooden utility table next to a washing up sink – from the days that we did not have a kitchen. A 4 burner gas stove with small oven.

Kitchen: exceptionally well equipped with pretty much everything and then some. Large very good fridge and freezer, several working tops and a two burner cast iron gas cooker, a high pressure gas Wok burner, fireplace to braai on and to keep the room warm in winter, 6-seater dining table.

Garage: has two extra beds and a few mattresses, a separate freezer, all the extra gas bottles, extra indoor/outdoor furniture, and general storage.

Two outer rooms: queen size bed and en-suite small bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. They are identical mirror images of one another.

Boat shed: Houses the batteries for the solar system and also the gas bottle for the hot outdoor shower All the cray fishing nets and equipment wetsuits, kayak, workbench and general storage. Outdoor chairs and braai grids Washing machine

Beach: Caelis Place is situated in the private nature reserve on the beach. The only light that can be seen from the house at night is the seal island solar lighthouse and the stars.

Family friendly: Caelis place is ideal for families with children.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 18 hours
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 11
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Parking on Premises
  • Beach
  • Hiking
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Linen and towels provided

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Caelis Place - Private Nature Reserve is 12.4km from the centre of St Helena Bay , the nearest airport 156.8km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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