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Ecotreehouse

SuperhostSwellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Treehouse hosted by Johan
3 guests1 bedroom4 beds1.5 baths
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You’ll have the treehouse to yourself.
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Nestled in the lush green Hermitage Valley just outside the historic town of Swellendam, the EcoTreehouse is a spacious and fully equipped, luxury self-catering cabin for your retreat in nature.
Nature, horses, peace, sauna, wood-fired hot tub, swimming, playground, cycling, hiking, birds, wildlife.
We have built an off the grid sustainable living paradise and would like to share the space and if you are keen knowledge.
We offer discounts for longer retreats, please enquire

The space
The EcoTreehouse is a luxury self-catering cabin perched among large pine trees. The Treehouse sleeps two adults in a beautiful bedroom with a comfortable queen size bed, where you wake up to magnificent views. A third person (adult or child) can be accommodated on a comfortable built-in sleeper couch in the lounge.

The open plan kitchen is fully equipped with all you will need to get homely in the kitchen, including gas stove, microwave, bar fridge, coffee plunger, good knives and utensils, as well as a few basic necessities (salt, petter, sugar, tea, coffee etc).

The sunny lounge, dining nook and outside deck have breath-taking views of the land, the mountains, and sunsets.

The wooden Treehouse is lovingly decorated, creating a warm and natural atmosphere with elegant simplicity. Your comfort and convenience have been considered in all the careful attention to detail. Quality cotton linen and luxury bath towels are provided as well as eco-friendly bathroom products for the indoor and outdoor shower.

Bring your own swimming towels for swims in our natural farm dam or for luxuriating in the infrared sauna, complete with light therapy and sound system.

The setting is simply idyllic, with a serene natural pond, a swimming dam, horse paddocks, an indigenous garden, and stunning views of the Langeberg mountains. Located on the edge of Marloth Nature Reserve, this is a true Nature Lovers’ Paradise, whether for a relaxing break, an active outdoor adventure, or an out of the ordinary business stay. Each season reveals its own secret beauty, making this a special place to visit year round.
Swim in the dam, greet the horses, relax under the trees, book a pedicure on site or melt away your stress in the infrared sauna. For the active and adventurous, the property is surrounded by dirt tracks for walking, mountain biking or horse riding. Swellendam's restaurants, shops and market are 5 minutes away, while the berry farms and golf course are even closer.

Experience luxury off-the-grid living thanks to efficient design, modern technology and responsible use. Gas fuels our hot water and stove, while the sun’s energy powers all our lights and appliances with an ample 3000kW system (no paraffin lamps). A grey water system and septic tank feed our beautiful land, with only biodegradable products to be used (all supplied).

We can supply extras to make your stay more enjoyable, including a double hammock, lilo, braai, an artist’s easel, baby cot and stroller.

Guest access
Shared with three friendly horses, many frogs and birds, and a young family of four who escaped the city to live their dream on this land they call The Well.

Other things to note
Activities
On the property:
- Relax with books and games provided
- Swim and cool down in the secluded farm dam with freshly circulating natural water
- Wander and ponder through the indigenous garden, along the stream, and a newly established food forest
- Take a picnic in the shade next to the pond
- Enjoy therapeutic sessions in the infrared sauna with full glass sides facing the mountain. (First use free then small additional fee)
- Relax and watch the stars in a private wood-fired hot tub (First use free then small additional fee)
- Bird watching - incredibly varied birdlife
- Meet and greet the horses, and join in their feeding and grooming
- Book a horse ride or simply an introduction to horse interaction on the ground (additional fee – please enquire when booking)

Nearby:
- Our property borders a larger dam, where you are welcome to swim and paddle in your own canoe/kayak.
- Take a walk, run or mountain bike ride from our property, either on the main dirt road or exploring the kilometers of tracks through the surrounding plantations.
- Visit Marloth Nature Reserve with its Afromontane fynbos, indigenous forests, rich birdlife, and small mammals, and cool down in mountain streams and waterfalls on walks of varying levels starting at the Marloth office. Go solo or with a guide (additional fee – please enquire when placing your booking).
- Guided tour access to a spectacular waterfall with our hiking guide
- 9-hole Golf course
- Visit the two Berry Farms: have a liqueur tasting, pick your own fresh berries in season and buy fresh or frozen berries.
- Explore the historic town of Swellendam 5 minutes away, with the Drostdy Museum, Under the Oaks Saturday market, shops and multitude of restaurants.
Please note that the owners take no responsibility for any injuries occurred while using the facilities provided.

To find us
Our land is off the beaten track and so a little tricky to find.
1: What 3 Words address: inhales lasts shorter
2: G Maps: XCXG+PW Swellendam
3: Address: The WELL, Erf 7 4 2 1, Hermitage North Avenue, The Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, South Africa
4: Coordinates: 34° 00' 01" S 20° 25' 38" E · 197 m
5: Layman: Driving along Voortrek Str in Swellendam turn towards the mountain on Andrew Whyte Street (at Lily's restaurant), we are 2km from where the dirt road starts (dirt road starts at the golf course) You will see red tyres with aloes on the left, we are on the right.

The property gate may be closed, feel free to enter but if it’s closed please close again (there may be horses roaming about)
The treehouse is at the top of the land. If there is nobody waiting for you then the keys will be in the door with the door unlocked. 
Nestled in the lush green Hermitage Valley just outside the historic town of Swellendam, the EcoTreehouse is a spacious and fully equipped, luxury self-catering cabin for your retreat in nature.
Nature, horses, peace, sauna, wood-fired hot tub, swimming, playground, cycling, hiking, birds, wildlife.
We have built an off the grid sustainable living paradise and would like to share the space and if you are k…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 crib
Common spaces
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 crib

Amenities

Dedicated workspace
Hot tub
Free street parking
Fire extinguisher
Building staff
High chair
Babysitter recommendations
Room-darkening shades
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

Accessibility

Getting inside

Wide entrance for guests

Bedroom

Accessible-height bed

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Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa

The picturesque Hermitage Valley is situated just 2 km’s outside of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. The valley consists of dairy and berry farms and other smallholdings, on the doorstep of Marloth Nature Reserve. Besides our own three horses, we have sheep and cows for neighbours and we are visited seasonally by peacocks, guinea fowl, blue cranes, owls, storks, birds of prey and more. This is the place to stay if you want to enjoy spectacular views, be close to nature and experience the romantic countryside, while still being a convenient 5 minutes' drive from the centre of town.
The picturesque Hermitage Valley is situated just 2 km’s outside of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. The valley consists of dairy and berry farms and other smallholdings, on the doorstep of Ma…

Hosted by Johan

Joined in October 2019
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I am a seeker of simplicity and an advocate for efficiency. I have taught and played Industrial Design for a few decades and always question how we can make design better through the methods, systems, and services that surround products. I have well over 150 design products in production. As well as pursuing studies in Jungian psychotherapy, all things green, energy security, and higher education. The latest chapter finds me and my family on our dream piece of land in Swellendam. We have started with a Treehouse guesthouse and plan to build a center of wellness where groups can do conscious process work, be that dance, martial arts or workshops.
I am a seeker of simplicity and an advocate for efficiency. I have taught and played Industrial Design for a few decades and always question how we can make design better through t…
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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
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No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm