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“Invitation to the Voyage (Charles Beaudelaire)”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Wilderness, Western Cape

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317France
Quebec City, Canada
1 review
“Invitation to the Voyage (Charles Beaudelaire)”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

«...There... all is order and beauty, luxury, peace, and pleasure.»... excerpts from Charles Beaudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, Invitation au voyage.

In March 2014, my husband and I spent around 20 days in beautiful South Africa, the last 10 days at Sally and Henry's Cliff Top House no. 24, Ballot's Bay.

What can be added to what have been written before? That the spot is well located about an hour, hour and a half from lots of activities: vineyards, harbors, markets, safaris, falls, parasailing, trekking, canoeing, golfing, etc... But, if you want to, you can just walk the trails around the house and bump into zebras, antelopes, ostriches...

Great thanks for building such a welcoming and environment respectful house to greet people from all over the world, and share with them the peace and happiness that characterize you, ambassadors to the South African new spirit and exceptional hospitality.

Even if we live far away, we dearly wish to come back.

Thank you so much for contributing in promoting better understanding of the new South Africa.

France et Denis, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Liked best: The harmony
Liked least: No coments
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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lifelover...
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Exceptional Garden Route Respite”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Paul and I had the great honor of staying at the Cliff Top House for just three days. The road into the reserve lent itself in emotion to the extent of the beauty and craftsmanship of this amazing vacation destination. I'd asked Paul at the conclusion of our South African section of the vacation where he would want to return to, if he could, and without skipping a beat, he said Wilderness/Plettenberg. I thank Sally and Henry from the bottom of my heart for their wonderful hospitality. Paul and I were headed for Istanbul for the next section of our vacation and Sally and Henry offered some incredible travel tips. Their home is astounding in both decoration, craftsmanship and amenities. The views are unparalleled. If you have the chance to book with these wonderful people, I suggest doing it well ahead of your trip as this place is gorgeous and will book in advance.

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Liked best: The views and craftsmanship of the home. Gorgeous
Liked least: It was a little difficult to find at first, but once we got to know the way it was an absolute adventure.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Irnak
Nuremberg, Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Our Paradise in Wilderness.”
Reviewed 22 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Sally and Henry, the hosts, are a wonderfull couple.
We immediately felt at home in their beautifully decorated cliff house.
Every little detail had a story behind it. The view and the tranquility were unique.

We fell in love with this heavenly spot in paradise and we'll come back for sure.

Thank you again for all your kindness.

Travelling group: Freunden
Your age range 50-64
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Margit F
Schwarzenbruck, Germany
1 review
“The ultimate luxury of feeling & listening of nature in perfect atmosphere”
Reviewed 5 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

We 'unfortunately only' spent two weeks over Christmas 2013 there but felt in love within some hours. If you are looking for a place of Beauty for your eyes, enjoying just the sound of wind, birds and cliffs and only need a place to forget your own thoughts then this is the place for you.
The views are spectacular, the self catering house is perfect equipped and you feel like returning to paradise when you come back from all the possible activities close to your place. Within 20 minutes drive you can play spectactular and famous golf courses like Oubaii, Fancourt, Kingswood, St. George.
It's absolutely recommandable for everybody who still is in the enviable position to enjoy life without TV, Computers, mobile phones. Just be the two of you or your family and enjoy yourself.

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Liked best: It was just great.
Liked least: There was nothing to complain.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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HillLuke
Cairo, Egypt
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18 reviews
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“ab fab!”
Reviewed 22 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

We spent 5 nights here just after the New Year and had a wonderful time. Its an amazing setting and we really enjoyed the remote location. Once we got used to it, we enjoyed the unique drive to the locataion complete with hairpin turns and steep hills. My husband and I would go running in the morning and we usually would see wildlife including a herd of zbSally and Henry were wonderful hosts and we were so happy they shared the story about why the house exists and how it was built. The local beaches - Victoria Bay and Wilderness are excellent. I highly recommend a stay here as part of a visit to South Africa

Travelling group: Young Children
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AngelaPhi...
Johannesburg
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33 reviews
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“Absolute heaven”
Reviewed 27 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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We stayed at Cliff Top house no.24 for an entire week, and still wished for more. The beauty surrounding the house is unsurpassed. The house itself has every comfort one could want - simply, but beautifully furnished, good quality bedding, well equipped kitchen, gas barbeque. This is a place to be savoured - one is hypnotised by the serenity and peace, except for the bird calls, sound of the sea and whistling wind. We long to go back again. Sally, the owner is exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable about restaurants in the area, markets, etc.

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Irene S
Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Forest meets Ocean in utmost style.”
Reviewed 28 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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Beautifully decorated house nestled in the Garden route coastal Fynbos with immaculate views of the Indian Ocean and unspoilt forest. Luxurious and comfortable. The owner of this property appreciates beauty, art and nature. The house has stunning architecture, décor and finishings.

Views are unbeatable! There are short hikes and a small beach (not for swimming) in the private nature reserve. Excellent swimming beach 10 minutes away at Victoria bay. Large shopping centres in George also 10 minutes away.

Fantastic outdoor activities and dining in the Wildernes area about 20 minutes away.

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