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Welcome to
Cliff Top Houses

Garden Route Luxury Accommodation

Situated in a protected nature reserve along the Garden Route near Wilderness, these exceptional villas with endless sea views are havens of peace and tranquility. The two luxurious villas designed by award winning architect Henry Paine, are surrounded by ocean, forest and fynbos and are perfect retreats for those seeking a special magic.

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 Villas

Perfectly complemented by the peace and tranquility of the Ballots Nature Reserve, and enhanced by the beauty and splendor of the mighty Indian Ocean, our two private Garden Route luxury accommodation villas offer an idyllic atmosphere to guests seeking the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate in quiet luxury.

The Bees Knees villa

The Bee's Knees


The Cats Whiskers villa

The Cat's Whiskers




George Airport (GRJ) less than 15km away



Fishing, bird and whale watching, game viewing, hiking

Onsite amenities

Onsite Amenities

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

    01 February 2021
    Yesterday an elephant seal beached itself at Victoria Bay and was harassed and sprayed with water. By this morning, she (or he) had made her way to Ballots Bay where she was found early this morning l...
    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...
    10 July 2020
    In April this year we were supposed to fly from South Africa to the island of Lesvos to spend time putting the finishing touches on Philoxenia Retreat, our beautiful stone farmhouse in Plomari, prepar...

    Views from the Villas

    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