Who doesn’t want a beach house you can escape to when you need a little bit of a breather? Especially during this time, I wish my home was far from everything and everyone with the waves crashing on the beach just a few meters from my front door ─ somewhere I can walk long distances without having to worry about the crowds. Well, the second prize is a quick breakaway by the beach, which is why TravelGround made this list of remote hideaways on the West Coast so you can just scroll, choose and book.

White Sands Beach Villa, Yzerfontein

Here, you can take a stroll directly from the porch onto the sand, and follow the short path to Pearl Bay beach. This beautiful white wooden house on the beach boasts a designer kitchen, a large living area and a sunny wooden deck that wraps around the house. With five bedrooms, each with a sea view, there is more than enough room for the whole family. Put some tjoppies on the braai while the rest of the family hangs out on the porch or in the pool.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi
Extras: The house is serviced daily and laundry can be washed on request.

Dunstone Beach House, Jacobs Bay

Ideally situated at the end of the peninsula, this self-catering beach house is less than fifty metres from the water’s edge so you can be sure you’ll be falling asleep with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. The house can accommodate up to eight guests and comprises four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen and living area. The main bedroom and second bedroom both feature sliding doors that lead onto private balconies overlooking the ocean. The dining area also has sliding doors that lead out onto the wooden deck and then immediately onto the beach.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities
Extras: A flat-screen TV with a full selection of DStv channels. Please bring your own braai grid.

The White House Beach Villa, Yzerfontein

This three-storey villa on the Pearl Bay Estate is decorated entirely in white, boasts a view of Dassen Island and is surrounded by indigenous fynbos. The three bedrooms sleep six guests (note that one of the bedrooms is not available during the winter months) and the stacked doors lead from the fully-equipped kitchen and open-plan living area to a large wooden deck with braai facilities. Both lounges open onto balconies with ocean views, and there is also an outdoor shower and private cellar. The only thing between you and the beach is a short wooden walkway.

Amenities: Braai facilities, free Wi-Fi, fireplace
Extras: All linen and beach towels are supplied, and are changed when guests stay for more than seven nights.

Seabird Point, Britannia Bay

The majority of this charming four-bedroom home’s rooms boast fantastic ocean views. The well-equipped kitchen contains all the necessary appliances you’ll need for a care-free self-catering stay and the open-plan living area has a built-in fireplace, dining table and sofas to relax on. The living area leads onto the deck, which, in turn, leads down to the beach. The nature reserve in which the house is built boasts more than five kilometres of beachfront and is well-known for its spectacular sunsets, and wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. 

Amenities: Braai facilities, free Wi-Fi
Extras: This home is located in a nature reserve and has a private beach area.

Buffalo Drift – Captains Cabin, Yzerfontein

This rustic cabin is the perfect secluded getaway for a big group that wants access to their own private beach. There are seven bedrooms that sleep twenty-six guests ─ four double bedrooms and three dorm-style bedrooms with bunk beds. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped and leads to the living area with a fireplace, which opens onto a lovely outdoor braai area under the stars. Stroll along the beach, enjoy a sundowner on the patio and keep an eye on the children playing on the dunes.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities
Extras: A basic daily cleaning service is provided and a gravel road leads to the establishment.

Piccolo Villa, St Helena Bay

You couldn’t get any closer to the water if you wanted to! Piccolo Villa is a self-catering, private beach paradise for a couple or a small family, just ten meters from the water. The villa has one en-suite bedroom and the couches in the living area change into comfortable single beds to accommodate a family of four. The living area leads out onto a small patio and grassed area with braai facilities on the beach. The tidal pool in front of the villa is an ideal swimming area for the children.

Amenities: Braai facilities, free Wi-Fi
Extras: Air conditioning and a TV with a full selection of DStv channels.

Blombosch Lodge, Yzerfontein

Blombosch Lodge offers a rustic stay on a private farm outside Yzerfontein and is ideal for groups looking for a tranquil and basic getaway. Accommodation is offered in a farmhouse and three cottages, each with a kitchenette with basic appliances, a lounge area and outside braai facilities. The farmhouse is gas and solar-powered and has two bedrooms. Two of the cottages have one bedroom and the third cottage has two bedrooms. The farm also boasts level one to two 4×4 trails for you to explore and a dam with ample bird species for avid birdwatchers.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities
Extras: The establishment is solar and gas-powered.

Rooisee Historic Beach Cottage, Yzerfontein

Rooisee is located on a private farm and reached via a two-kilometre dirt road that ends in a private cul-de-sac just off the Sixteen Mile beach. This charming, pet-friendly beach cottage boasts direct beach access and three bedrooms that can accommodate up to seven guests. The fynbos dunes shelter the cottage from the West Coast wind, so you can enjoy a braai without having to worry about the wind. And when the sun goes down, you can take the stairs at the back door to a private wooden deck on top of the dune where you can enjoy some sundowners.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities
Extras: Cleaning services are available on request.

Volstruis Huis, Yzerfontein

If you’re looking for a beautiful, modern beach house just seven-hundred metres from the beach, Volstruis Huis has three beautifully decorated bedrooms that can accommodate six guests. The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need for a relaxing self-catering getaway, and the open-plan living area leads to a cosy patio with braai facilities, a Jacuzzi and a view of the Yzerfontein Conservancy. There is also a fireplace that warms both the living area and the kitchen during the cool winter months.

Amenities: Pets by arrangement, braai facilities, Jacuzzi and free Wi-Fi
Extras: The house is just about four kilometers from Dassen Island Reserve and twenty-five kilometers from West Coast National Park.

What more could you ask for? Book your getaway today because a cosy getaway at the beach is just what you need to cure those Covid-19 blues!

Feature image: Seabird Point (TravelGround)