The Space   Accommodates: 2 Guests (1 Bedroom & 1 Bathroom with shower & toilet) •Pet friendly and suitable for wheelchair access•

Amenities   •Self catering with fully equipped kitchen•      •No TV or WiFi•      •Barbecue on covered patio outside•     •20L drinking water, linen & towels supplied•

Prices   R900 / night for unit sleeping 2 people.  

Single night occupancy15% surcharge and at management’s discretion.


Heilfontein Hermitage is an intimate and secluded self-catering cottage intended for a couple.  It is a remote wooden cabin with a large covered patio located on the border of a private farm that is situated in the Hemel & Aarde valley, 5 km from the small picturesque town of Tesselaarsdal in the Western Cape.  Perfect for a couple looking for tranquil, comfortable and romantic lodging, away from the city's hustle and bustle.  (For this reason, there is neither TV nor WiFi.)

The Hermitage offers a double bedroom and Queen-size bed with great linen, built-in-cupboards and an en-suite bathroom.  Adjoining it is a sitting, dining and kitchen area that opens via French doors onto the large covered patio with built-in braai.  The spaces are cosy, yet generous enough for two.  The kitchen is fully equipped, containing a fridge and a microwave, as well as a gas hob and oven. There are built-in cupboards to store crockery and cutlery, with all other appliances included.

Guests will not be disturbed and the outside patio offers private but sweeping views of the valley and the surrounding mountains – perfect for relaxing sundowners.

The property has a large securely-fenced garden area and guests are welcome to bring along their pets.

There are a number of wine farms and good restaurants - all within a radius of 30km.

Guest Access

The Hermitage is accessed via about 3km of gravel farm road and you will need a car with reasonable ground clearance – although a 4x4 is not required.  On the farm, you are welcome to walk with your pets and there is the beautiful 3km Twin Peaks hiking trail through flower plantations and fynbos.  You can also cycle around the farm, swim in the dams or river pools and fish on a "catch and release" basis.  The Cape Kurper are small but plentiful.

Interaction with Guests

We are nearby and happy to answer any questions about the area.

The Neighborhood

In South Africa, Tesselaarsdal is known as "the village that apartheid forgot" as people of colour have stayed in the area undisturbed from 1832, when the joint will of Mr & Mrs Tesselaar freed their slaves and left Farm 811 to them. The village only got electricity in 1992 and is still off the beaten track.

Getting Around

Unfortunately, there is no public transport so you will need to walk, cycle or have your own transport.

Other Things to Note

As there are livestock on the farm, we ask that you please close gates behind you.

House Rules  No smoking. No pets on furniture. As the tap water is non-potable, 20L of drinking water is supplied. No loud music please.