In Gin, Travel, West Coast National Park, Wine

Churchhaven is situated on a unique lagoon in the West Coast National Park, one hour and 30 minutes out of Cape Town, which makes it a very accessible weekend getaway, with the only proviso being there are no options for late arrival, due to the WCNP gate hours.

We hired the Church Cottage from Private Hideaways, located in the hamlet of Stofbergfontein.

The cottage is situated on a small rise, with partial views of the lagoon, sleeps six adults and if needed, two children. The cottage is designed for one’s complete comfort, allowing one to return to the simple pleasures of life.

With the distant sounds of the sea on the one side and the beauty of the turquoise lagoon on the other, with steenbok and eland wondering passed the front porch, this is a magical, remote getaway from the norms of everyday life.

For the more energetic, the park offers MTB and hiking trails, with the option of swimming in the lagoon at the nearby Kraalbaai.

The large veranda is both an entertainment and relaxation area, complete with braai facilities and pizza oven.

An interesting fact about the National Park is that in 1920 the local restaurant, The Geelbek, had the largest wine cellar in the country, not due to its own wine production, but because the Governor General, one Henry de Villiers Steytler, used Geelbek to store his vast quantities of wine.

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