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About La Retraite Wilderness

Our holiday home (three star grading) is situated on the eastern dune in Wilderness, an exclusive area that is renowned for its privacy and virgin beach with unique cliff formations - unspoilt by human development. It is close to the sea (100 m): one can hear the caressing sound of waves and walk to a secluded beach in five minutes. As we are located on the southern slope of the largest dune at the point where the beach road (8th Avenue) is the furthest away from the highway, we are fortunate to have no traffic noise.

La Retraite Wilderness is the ideal destination for people in pursuit of peace, privacy and harmony with nature. The serenity and magnificant sea- and mountain views may help to bring poetic insights and to restore creativity: a "retraite" in the true sense of the word. The variety of restaurants and the calm lazy air about Wilderness makes it the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries.

The double story house (225m²) is ideal for two families of four (8 people) or one large family or group of friends. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. All bedrooms are fitted with panel heaters, ceiling fans and glass sliding doors which give access to the outdoor entertainment area under large milkwood trees.

The top floor is an open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge. It has direct access to wooden decks. The larger northern deck offers an excellent view of the Outeniqua mountains. From the southern deck a superb view of the ocean and the bay can be enjoyed, especially during the summer months when the sun sets over the sea. The kitchen is well equipped with beautiful cabinets (Burmese Teak and Cape Yellowwood) and quality integrated German appliances made by Bauknecht, Bosch, and Siemens. Careful optimisation at the technical level has made the operation of the refrigerators, freezer and dishwasher almost inaudible. a Large hot tray and microwave are also available. Meals are served at a large, circular dining table with ten 'Volkwyn' chairs made by one of the finest cabinet makers in the Western Cape. Satellite TV (DSTV), a DVD player and high fidelity sound are available in the lounge.

The house features excellent security: a double lock up garage, electronic alarm, armed response, and a safe to store valuable items. Our laundry has an automatic washing machine (Speed Queen) and a tumble dryer (Speed Queen).

A large garden (1500m²), a barbecue/braai under shady milkwood trees, four covered terraces, three wooden decks, satellite TV, a DVD player with high fidelity sound and a spacious tiled double garage / play room (8m x 6m) constitute a venue for entertainment in all weather conditions.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the sandy beaches and the lakes provide many opportunities for water sports - a haven of fun for kids and adults! Two paddle skis and two mountain bikes (Cannondale) are available by prior arrangement.

We are committed to consistent delivery of very good quality (three star grading) in the overall standard of furnishings and service. We participate in the National Star Grading Scheme of The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

Our mission is to provide accommodation for people in pursuit of peace, privacy and harmony with nature. Therefore the whole house is rented as a unit. It can be divided into two units to accommodate one smaller group. The other unit would then be closed.

Please note that the path to the beach is not suitable for the elderly and young children as it is quite steep. The local residents prefer to keep it that way in order to protect the sea life in the rock pools. The virgin beach is regarded by many international tourists as one of the most beautiful in the world - the only part of Wilderness bay that is unspoilt by human architecture.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 14 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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      Reviews for La Retraite Wilderness

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      Michelle du Plessis, South Africa
      08 March 2016

      We had a comfortable and pleasant stay at La Retraite.  The house is well kitted out and the inclusion of beach towels was a major bonus for us as we packed light for a 4-day stay.  The back garden is lovely and perfect for an evening around a braai. 

      Kirsten sterken, South Africa
      20 March 2010

      Had a great time visiting Wilderness and the surrounding areas. House was perfect for our group of 6. Stunning views from the decks and dining/living areas, and the boys loved exploring in the garden and down at the beach. Location was great for visiting all the sites of the Garden Route. Highly recommend this house and would love to come again!

      william thompson verdoes, South Africa
      03 March 2008

      It was heaven the children say they wouldn't go anywhere else. in that area ever if they have to land in that area again. Beautiful, inside was the best!! It feel as if you are at home, even better!

      Leonie Lottering
      28 April 2006

      It is an excellent place, it was worth every wnt I paid!!!!!

      16 January 2006

      The accommodation was very neat, and we were all very impressed by the standard of furniture and appliances.The only thing that was not mentioned is that the 100 meters from the sea is virtually straight down. Able and fit people will not find it a hassle to navigate, but for the elderly and young children the path is not suitable.Operator reply: Thank you for your feedback, we have ensured that the webpage has been updated and informs clients of the pathway down to the beach.

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      La Retraite Wilderness is 4.3km from the centre of Wilderness , the nearest airport 27.5km (George Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling