West of the Moon – sleeps 2 to 8
Those ‘in-the-know’ head for Churchhaven, a secret slice of Caribbean-blue heaven on the remote western shores of the West Coast National Park lagoon, where the sand is fine and white and the water clear and calm. Churchhaven is a little settlement which is literally cut off from time, and off the grid, immersed in nature. There are no shops and very few distractions which means the focus is on relaxation, the water and fresh air. This is pure, water-fronted down-time.
West of the Moon sits in an enviable position directly above the white sandy beach, with uninterrupted views across the turquoise lagoon. The home is cosy and it has three bedrooms, a loft area for kids, and a verandah and views over the water and the West Coast National Park. The gates to the park open at dawn and close at dusk so you are isolated in a small piece of heaven.
Kevin and Linde’s idea was to be as true to an original West Coast fisherman’s cottage as possible, with low doorways, small windows and thatched roofs. The white-walled house with red and green window frames sits nestled in the fynbos and the home is dotted with nostalgia and a mix of antique furniture.
Bedrooms at West of the Moon
The cottage sleeps six in 2 double bedrooms, 2 single beds in third bedroom. There are a couple of fireplaces, one in lounge and one in main bedroom. There is an outside BBQ area and plenty of firewood. Beach towels and linen are provided.
Six people can stay in three bedrooms and bath and a shower for guests to use. There is hot running water and electricity, an outdoor braai (barbecue) area and no TV. Your screen is the painting over the lagoon.
There’s little to do in Churchhaven besides swim, bird-watch and relax, so if the children are restless, take them hiking, cycling or kayaking in the surrounding nature reserve. If the weather gets bad, grab a hot-water bottle and catch up on your holiday novel in the sunny loft or get cosy near the fireplace.
Living & eating at West of the Moon
This setting lends itself to a creative, nature-based lifestyle. Hiking, kayaking, cycling, swimming, sailing and windsurfing start at your doorstep whilst the surrounds are abundantly suited to bird-watching, whale-spotting, star-gazing and picnicking. The unique combination of ocean, lagoon and estuary sustains a massive biodiversity- the wetlands are the most important in South Africa for waders and are home to almost 5,000 flamingos during the winter. Southern Right Whales and Heaveside dolphins are regularly spotted from the ocean beaches.