Seaside rental home in George, South Africa, featuring a spacious deck with outdoor furniture overlooking the ocean at sunset, surrounded by lush greenery.
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Welcome to Cliff Top Houses

Garden Route Luxury Holiday Rentals

Nestled in pristine forest and surrounded by breathtaking ocean, gorge, bay and river views, Cliff Top Houses are the stuff of dreams. Timber, glass and natural materials come together to create luxurious but simple spaces that invite nature in. Watch whales and dolphin from the sea decks or birds and small animals from the forest and fynbos decks.

Situated in Ballots Nature Reserve along the Garden Route near Wilderness, these exceptional holiday houses with endless sea views are havens of peace and tranquillity. Designed by acclaimed architect Henry Paine, the spaces are simple yet elegant and stylish.

Fresh colours, beautiful fabrics, stylish furnishings, eclectic art and a sensitive blend of wood and glass make the transition from inside to outside effortless. All of these secret escapes offer you peace and tranquility in a protected nature reserve where you can easily forget the troubles of the world.

A picture of the exquisite view from the patio of the Bee's Knee's villa - our luxury accommodation in the Garden Route, South Africa

Indulge Yourself

Discover the exclusive elegance of our spacious, light, open-plan rooms with breathtaking views.


Luxurious Houses

Complemented by the stunning beauty of the Ballots Nature Reserve, and enhanced by the splendour of the Indian Ocean, our three private and secluded Garden Route holiday rental houses are perfect retreats for those seeking a special magic.

Experience the extraordinary beauty of The Bees Knees, so close to dolphins and whales you can hear them breathe.

Wake up to the sounds of birds, river and ocean in Forest Whisper with gorgeous views to the bay and beyond.

Gaze out over lush indigenous trees, along the cliffs and out to sea in The Cats Whiskers.

The Bees Knees villa

The Bee's Knees


The Cats Whiskers villa

The Cat's Whiskers


An elegant bedroom seamlessly opens into a luxurious en-suite bathroom, designed with a modern and open architecture that blends indoor and outdoor living. The bedroom features a large, comfortable bed with crisp white linens, a bench at the foot, and a small seating area with a side table. In the bathroom area, a free-standing bathtub is prominently placed near floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a view of the surrounding nature, emphasizing the tranquil and private setting. The room is adorned with wooden flooring, white walls, and dark accents that create a cozy yet contemporary atmosphere. The overall ambiance suggests a peaceful retreat in a secluded, natural environment, reflecting the luxury accommodation experience provided by Cliff Top Houses along the Garden Route.

Forest Whisper




George Airport (GRJ) less than 15km away



Fishing, bird and whale watching, game viewing, hiking

Onsite amenities

Onsite Amenities

Wi-Fi, Braai / Barbeque facility, fire place, sun deck with spectacular views



Secure onsite parking. Car hire (less than 20km away)

Self catering

Self Catering

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

Wedding venue

Wedding Venue

The beautiful stone chapel on the property can be hired for small weddings

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  • "The accommodation is spacious and well equipped, but it is the location that will stay with you long after you have followed the winding road back to the real world."

    Buggsi, United Kingdom

  • "What an amazing place to stay! Perfect beach views and stunning house - just gorgeous and breathtaking!"

    MarizanneBR, South Africa

  • "The photographs really don't do this house justice! The most beautiful place we stayed all holiday - a wonderful house to get away from it all.."

    rsbr0wn, United Kingdom

  • "It was everything we wished for and everything we had expected! The cliff and sea views are simply stunning and you hear the sound of waves crushing on the rocks below."

    johanf764, Roodepoort

  • "From perfect views, to trail walks, dolphin and whale spotting and even a seal or two playing in the waves...The sunsets from every angle of the house were amazing."

    bronwynr1, South Africa

  • "Our recent stay at Cliff Top House No. 24 was absolutely wonderful, and a highlight of our two week holiday in South Africa. The home is stunning and even more special than the photos can convey."

    SarahP, Manhattan NYC

  • "It has everything you need for a relaxing vacation included some nice hiking trails. It is also a convenient location for 10 highly rated golf courses."

    Kevin E, Olympia

  • "...the essence of the place is its location within Ballots Heights on top of the cliff with uninterrupted sea views (which was awesome for a city boy like me!). Sally and Henry are fantastic hosts...

    Patel, London

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and could not have wished for a better place to stay for my 40th but to meet such wonderful people thank you for everything."

    Rebecca O, Leicester

  • "The house is beautiful, absolutely great! And right on the cliff top, so you can see whales and dolphins and various birds from the balcony."

    Katja966, Netherlands

    from our blog

    07 September 2022
    The competition to find a name for our beautiful new wood and glass house in the forest was an outstanding success. We had more than 400 name suggestions so finding a winner became a challenging task....
    17 August 2022
    We have very exciting news!Our new wood and glass "tree" house is emerging from the midst of the forest at Ballots Bay and will soon be available for holiday rentals.And we're running a competition to...
    01 February 2021
    I built my house at Ballots Nature Reserve 20 years ago and no one had ever heard of this gem on the cliffs near Victoria Bay. Occasionally people would say – "ahhh – those timber houses you sometimes...

    Views from the Houses

    A picture of the spectacular view from our Bee's Knees Garden Route luxury villa accommodation, where you can see the ocean's waves breaking below the cliff top, and our beautiful green vegetation
    A picture of beautiful waves rolling in to our nearby beach, with the picturesque deep blue horizon in the background.
    An image of the magnificent view from our cliff top villas, where you can sit on the patios and take in the spectacular scenery of where the ocean below meets the lush green vegetation of the Ballots Nature Reserve
    A picture of the type of flora found around the villas, who's beauty adds to the exquisite scenery surrounding our Garden Route villas
    A picture of one of our many 'visitors' to our neighborhood - the pretty Narina Trogon - perched on a shrub outside the villa, taking in the wonderful ocean view in front of him