Cottage set in a tranquil, leafy neighbourhood.

Cottage set in a tranquil, leafy neighbourhood.

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Located in the heart of the sleepy suburb of Morningside in Somerset West, The Rustic Olive Cottage is set in a tranquil, leafy neighbourhood lined with majestic oak trees. It is the perfect accommodation choice for those wishing to escape to a peaceful suburban environment, yet have access to a multitude of holiday experiences and activities.

Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay are three of the resort towns that make up this most sought after destination, known as the Helderberg. It has glorious mountain and coastal scenery as well as world class recreation, shopping and dining facilities.

Our cottage enjoys an enviable location beneath the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, with the gently flowing Lourensford River only a short stroll away. No less than three award-winning wine estates are minutes from The Rustic Olive Cottage. Guests are spoilt for choice where entertainment and dining venues are concerned, many within close proximity.

A favourite activity for guests at The Rustic Olive Cottage is to visit nearby Morgenster Estate for an olive tasting. The Lourensford Estate’s popular harvest market, operating on most weekends, is also a must-do. Vergelegen Wine Estate is popular among both locals and tourists for its wine tastings and fascinating history. Several dining options are available between the three estates – both casual and upmarket. Sophisticated palates as well as the more “picky” junior palates are catered for superbly in the vicinity.

Erinvale Golf Estate, a few minutes drive away, welcomes visitors for a round on its 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf course. If a spot of ‘pub-grub’ is to your liking then Irish-style Skelligs pub in the estate’s hotel is the place to be for a Guinness pie and the sporting match of the day.

For nature lovers the nearby Helderberg Nature Reserve displays the diversity of the Western Cape’s unique Fynbos Plant Kingdom. On a warm summer’s day it is difficult to resist a leisurely stroll or perhaps a more demanding run on one of the clearly demarcated trails. From this vantage point there are unmatched views of False Bay and the Helderberg basin.

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More about us

  1. We met while working in the aviation industry in Cape Town in the early 2000s. It was quickly established that we shared a love for adventure, good food and wine, and travel – both within South Africa and further afield. We are both still employed in the travel industry and continue to pursue new travel experiences both domestically and internationally – but now with our very special daughter in tow.

  2. Our fierce passion for our country, the wine and food our amazing homeland produces, the myriad of activities and experiences available, make us passionate about introducing our guests to this beautiful and diverse environment.

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Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay are three of the resort towns that make up this most sought after destination, known as the Helderberg. It has glorious mountain and coastal scenery as well as world class recreation, shopping and dining facilities.

Our cottage enjoys an enviable location beneath the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, with the gently flowing Lourensford River only a short stroll away. No less than three award-winning wine estates are minutes from The Rustic Olive Cottage. Guests are spoilt for choice where entertainment and dining venues are concerned, many within close proximity.

A favourite activity for guests at The Rustic Olive Cottage is to visit nearby Morgenster Estate for an olive tasting. The Lourensford Estate’s popular harvest market, operating on most weekends, is also a must-do. Vergelegen Wine Estate is popular among both locals and tourists for its wine tastings and fascinating history. Several dining options are available between the three estates – both casual and upmarket. Sophisticated palates as well as the more “picky” junior palates are catered for superbly in the vicinity.

Erinvale Golf Estate, a few minutes drive away, welcomes visitors for a round on its 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf course. If a spot of ‘pub-grub’ is to your liking then Irish-style Skelligs pub in the estate’s hotel is the place to be for a Guinness pie and the sporting match of the day.

For nature lovers the nearby Helderberg Nature Reserve displays the diversity of the Western Cape’s unique Fynbos Plant Kingdom. On a warm summer’s day it is difficult to resist a leisurely stroll or perhaps a more demanding run on one of the clearly demarcated trails. From this vantage point there are unmatched views of False Bay and the Helderberg basin.

Activities in the area and surrounds:
•4×4 trails
•Numerous beaches
•Waterworld Strand
•Putt Putt miniature golf
•A choice of 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses
•The Helderberg Nature Reserve
•Various shopping malls: Somerset Mall, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, and more
•Cinemas
•Farmers- and craft markets
•A plethora of wine estates
•Hiking trails, trail runs, park runs and mountain biking trails
•Cheetah Outreach
•Monkey Town Primate Centre
•Blue Rock Adventure Park
•Wine tours to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, and more
•Whale watching, shark cage diving, catamaran trips & boat tours
•Scenic mountain and coastal drives

Buzzy restaurants
Giovanni's, The Millhouse, Hussar Grill, Stables.
Cool bars
Some examples close by: Proof Wine Bar or the English pub at Erinvale. Again there is a wide variety of restaurant/bars available within our area.
Cozy cafés
Southeys Bistro, Chatters Cafe, Fred & Max.
Retail therapy
Somerset Mall, Canal Walk, Waterfront.
Bit of culture
There is a wide variety of museums, theatre, historical sites within the Western Cape.
Walks in the park
Radloff Park, Vergelegen.
Spot of exercise
There is a wide selection of outdoor activities on offer within the Western Cape, including gyms.
Day tripping
Thare are many day trip options on offer departing from the various towns within our region.

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