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About Die Wa-huis

Die Wa-huis is an historical self-catering cottage located on the farm Matjiesvlei, where farming dates back as far as 1821, which is situated at the foothills of the Swartberg mountains between Calitzdorp and Ladismith. Perfect for a couple, the restored Wa-huis was designed so that guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the lucerne fields, the winding Gamka River and the majestic Swartberg mountain range.

The cottage offers one bedroom furnished with a comfortable double bed and a bathroom with a shower only. A cot is also available on request, and linen and towels are provided. No electricity is provided and a donkey-boiler is used to supply hot water. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove as well as a gas fridge-freezer, and candles and lamps are also provided. The living room opens onto the veranda, which offers guests lovely views and features a built-in braai area.

Guests looking to explore the surrounds can take a short drive to Calitzdorp, which is known for the production of the country’s best port wines. Various walking trails can be found in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, the Redstone Hills and at Retreat at Groenfontein and guests can also enjoy birding or viewing the fynbos of the area.

  • Response Rate: 80%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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  • Self-catering Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Situated on a hill, this one-bedroom cottage offers guests a comfortable stay. The bedroom is furnished with a double... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, River views
    from R690 For 2 guests
    • Adults

      Reviews for Die Wa-huis

      3 guest reviews Reviews of

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      Lyn Daly
      11 April 2017

      We love being far off the grid, which is why the Wa-Huis was heaven to us. Views towards the back of Gamkaskloof in the Swartberg are stupendous. The restored wagon house is beautifully furnished and laid out, with all the amenities you need to self-cater, and there are plenty of oil lamps, candles and battery-lights. There is a lovely west-facing braai and stoep. We did not use the donkey to heat shower water as the water was warm enough for us, nor the indoor fire place, but they would be essential in winter. The friendly pre-stay emails, and the welcome and daily visits by hostess Selma...
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      Charlene McMurray, South Africa
      05 January 2017

      If you want to find solace, peace and quiet, this is the place. No cell phone signal. No electricity. Stars to make your jaw drop and exquisite views. Very clean & comfortable. Practical furnishings and great for the dogs too, so you don't have to stress. Plenty of lanterns & matches supplied. the interior is so well done with period pieces and the old wooden doors that divide the bedroom & living area is just too beautiful. Selma & Bennie are very accommodating hosts. Highly recommended.

      timothy/caroline wood, South Africa
      25 September 2013

      We were accommodated at Ou Pad se Kloof instead of Die Wa-huis. It was spacious and comfortable, with a good outside braai area, sheltered from the cold winds - we were there on 1st September! We were given a warm welcome.

      Die Wa-huis Map

      Die Wa-huis is 9.5km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 102.4km (George Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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