The Guardian (previously Cochy Y Bondhu Cottages)

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation In Hemel en Aarde Valley

"With Views to Sigh For..."

Situated in the very heart of the fabulous 'Hemel en Aarde" (Heaven and Earth) Valley. Near Hermanus - the 'whale capital" of Africa. Coch-y-Bondhu, named after a trout fly, is an exclusive 25-acre private estate, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and fynbos. The Onrust River runs through it, with the awesome "Babilonstoring" (the tower of Babylon) mountain, guarding over it. Secluded, tranquil and secure, with views to  sigh for.

Two self-catering, luxuriously furnished and fully equipped residences are offered. With original paintings and prints, oriental carpets and elegant furnishings to match. TV, secure parking, security systems, 16 metre long, grey, rimflow pool and acres of fynbos garden, river, lakes, and mountain walks to explore.


2 double bedrooms, two bathrooms. Open plan - beamed - lounge and dining room with large open fireplace, fully equipped beamed kitchen with an oven, hob and microwave plus all modern appliances. There is a wrap around roofed veranda and equipped barbeque area for outdoor living and entertainment.


1 double bedroom with bathroom. Open plan living room with equipped kitchen and breakfast counter. French doors lead to a large private patio.

10 minutes: Hermanus Gateway Centre, 11 wineries, horse riding, walk to "Moggs Country Cookhouse" restaurant, 8 other restuarants, 2 farmstalls, several art and pottery galleries, 24 hour petrol station, Woolworths and quick stop shop, many hiking trails and scenic walks.

15 minutes: Hermanus market, all the central shopping areas, beaches, fishing harbour, Hermanus 27 hole golf course, cinema, pubs and dozens of restaurants. Cliff walks and the best land based whale watching in the world.

20 minutes: 3 more golf courses, including the world class 'Arabella' course with its 5 star Sheraton hotel and wellness centre. 3 more wineries, the Caledon Casino, spa and health centre. Several nature reserves and botanical gardens.

30-40 minutes: 4 more golf courses, including the word class Gary Player - Erinvale course in Somerset West. Wine routes, various scenic towns and villages, stunning drives and more beaches.

60-80 minutes: Cape Town Airport, Cape Town centre, the world famous V&A Waterfront, more wine routes and scenic towns and villages, more golf courses the main N2 highway leads from Cape Town and the airport, almost to our door.

3-3½ hours: George and Knysna, on the Garden Route.