Need a holiday but can’t bear to leave your furry friend behind? The Western Cape is full of dog-lovers, but finding the right holiday spot to bring your furry friend can prove to be rather challenging. Luckily, many self-catering accommodation suppliers across the Cape are catching on to the trend of pet-friendly holidays and have started changing their policies to welcome pets with open arms. Here are 5 must-visit pet-friendly accommodation spots in the Western Cape that welcome furry guests.
** Please note: while every effort has been made by the WomenStuff team to ensure the below accommodation options are pet-friendly, it is advisable to enquire about the accommodation supplier’s pet policy before booking. WomenStuff is not affiliated with the accommodation providers below and pet-friendly policies are subject to the individual accommodation supplier’s policies.
Camphor Tree Cottage — George
This renovated farmhouse in George’s leafy and sought-after area of Fernridge is ideal for a family getaway. The self-catering stone cottage sleeps 4 – 5 people with pets welcome to come along for the trip. Offering exquisite views of the Outeniqua mountains from its large veranda, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all for a weekend. The stone cottage is totally private with its own built-in braai.
Located just 5 kms from the ocean and the forest, the property is a haven for cyclists, trail runners, golfers, horse-riders and fisherman alike.
Pets are welcome with prior arrangement only. Priced from R1,794 per night for 2 guests. Find out more here.
Red Rock Cottage, The Place — Ladismith
Looking for peace and quiet with your furry friend? Look no further than Red Rock Cottage. One hundred hectares of wide-open Karoo landscape welcomes you at this serene spot. Listen to the gentle flow of the Touw River while relaxing on the stone kraal-style stoep taking in the breathtaking Karoo sunset. Red Rock Cottage offers complete tranquillity, koppie views, and a light and spacious interior.
Located 30 minutes from Ladismith, this is the ideal place to get away from city life. Ideal for families or two couples, the cottage offers two double bedrooms with large ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom also has its own entrance, while one of these sports a private patio and a large fireplace. There’s a sofa bench in each that’s suitable for a child. There is also a private plunge pool, a great escape in the summer heat.
Pets are welcome on request only. Priced from R1,000 per night for Red Rock Cottage. Find out more here.
Misty Mornings — Kommetjie
This 4-star beach-facing retreat sleeps 6 and offers the ideal family holiday spot with your beloved pet. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you from the comfort of this well-equipped beach house nestled in a private estate. Wake up to the sound of whales and waves crashing on the shore before taking a morning beach stroll, coffee in hand.
Offering incredible sea and mountain views, with open-plan living, this beach house is located just 50m from the water’s edge. Equipped with a swimming pool, two queen bedrooms, spacious lounge and dining room with easy flow to the outside, two bathrooms
Pets allowed with prior arrangements only. Priced from R3,300 per night. Find out more here.
Barking Beach Cottage — Sandbaai, Hermanus
Looking for the ideal pet-friendly spot for a beach getaway in Hermanus? Look no further than Barking Beach Cottage. This beach cottage easily sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms and the yard is fully enclosed to keep dogs safe and sound. All dogs are welcome to bring their well-behaved humans along.
The house is fitted with an inside braai, rustic outside braai as well as a fireplace for chilly winter evenings.
Priced from R1,900 per night. Find out more here.
Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat — Knysna
Situated just off the scenic Rheenendal country road, Lazy Leopard offers three accommodation options: two romantic ‘bush huts’ (Forest Moon and Starry Forest) and the larger Blue Hills Cottage.
2-sleepers, Forest Moon and Starry Forest are open-plan, with queen-size beds, mini kitchens and bathrooms encased in glass. True to name, Forest Moon nestles at the edge of the forest, while Starry Forest is perched near the cliff edge with a view over the unspoilt indigenous valley. From your romantic hideaway, it’s a short stroll through the forest to a lovely swimming pool and amazing view.
Blue Hills Cottage sits alone above a contorted valley of thick forest. Fronted by a wooden deck with drop-off views, this character-filled cottage features timber floors, exposed roof beams, comfy forest furniture, an open fireplace and many other wholesome touches to create a relaxed country feel. This larger cottage sleeps 8 people and is perfect for a group or family getaway.
Pets allowed with prior arrangements only. Priced from R400 per person per night. Find out more here.