Earth Cottage

Self-catering cottage on the Hermanus Wine Route


A world apart, yet close to all the attractions of Hermanus...and right on the wine route

If you're looking for special self-catering accommodation in Hermanus, you've come to the right place! Earth Cottage is on a small equestrian farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, overlooking the vineyards of Hamilton Russell.

Central Hermanus is about 8 km.

The cottage is just 5 km into the valley, on the R320 Hermanus Wine Route. It is on a little tarred road; there is no dirt road to take, at all.

Between Bouchard Findlayson and Hamilton Russell Vineyards. 2 km from La Vierge.

Horse lovers will appreciate the idyllic quality that our authentic Crabbet Arabians contribute to the ambience.

Take a good look at Earth Cottage through Google Street View.

Get an idea of the surroundings, from this gorgeous wedding shoot in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

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Afristay has named Earth Cottage Hermanus
a Best Value Establishment


The ideal getaway for a couple
or small family

• Self-catering accommodation close to Hermanus – a comfortable, 1-bedroomed, semi-detached cottage.

• Ideal for a couple or a family of three.

• Enjoy views over distant vineyards, our generous veggie garden and paddocks where our Crabbet Arabian horses graze.

• There’s a double bed in the bedroom, plus a single bed and a sleeper couch in the lounge. 

• Bedding, towels and firewood for your first braai are included. Please bring your own beach towels.

• Basic DSTV. Free wi-fi. 


Nice to know


A flight of stairs leads down to the cottage. The steps are uneven in height and width, and could be daunting or challenging for older or infirm visitors and people with special needs. Help is at hand to carry your luggage; just ask. Inside, there’s one step from kitchen to lounge, and another from lounge to bathroom. Two steps lead down from the dining area to the split-level lounge and to the bedroom.


The water has a brownish colour. This is pure mountain spring water, simply tainted by the roots of fynbos plants. It is safe for cooking, washing up, bathing and drinking. Even so, shop-bought drinking water is provided.


You're in charge of your own food preparation. Earth Cottage is not serviced. If you’re staying for longer than 5 nights, a clean set of bedding and towels will be provided and rubbish/garbage will be removed.


This is a place of animals, and we live in harmony with nature. Faunae include insects (especially in summer), other crawlies, fynbos mice, our beautiful Golden Retrievers who will be your charming neighbours, the Arabian horses, and various birds. We prefer to use fly screens rather than pesticides, and to relocate - rather than eradicate - any pesky critters.

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The look and feel of Earth Cottage

The cottage has a relaxed, olde-world theme. Rich wood, Persian carpets and other natural fabrics and textures contrast sharply with the crisp white linens and towels welcoming you.


Discover 11 things to do in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with Getaway Magazine


A memorable stay, at a reasonable rate

1 March to 30 September

R950 for the cottage per night for up to 3 people, for a minimum of two consecutive nights.
For one night only, the rate is R1 200. Extra person supplement (if more than 3): R300 per night.

15 January to the last day of February, and 1 October to 9 December

R1 100 for the cottage per night for up to 3 people, for a minimum of two consecutive nights.
For one night only, the rate is R1 300. Extra person supplement (if more than 3): R300 per night.

10 December to 14 January

R1 600 for the cottage per night for up to 3 people, for a minimum of five consecutive nights.
Regrettably, shorter stays cannot be accommodated during the high season. Extra person supplement (if more than 3): R300 per night.


A non-refundable 50% deposit is required on confirmation of booking. The balance is payable in cash on arrival. (Sorry, no credit card facility.)

We look forward to welcoming you to our special cottage in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

"What an incredible place! The love, beauty and tranquility... truly, what a gift! THANK YOU! Our 3rd time and we will be back. Love this place so much!"


The arrow shows where Earth Cottage is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. That’s Hamilton Russell Vineyards to the right. Camphill Village is in the foreground. Bona Dea is to the right of that.


What our guests enjoyed most

“Heaven on Earth”

What a glorious place. Gorgeous cottage, beautifully decorated with authentic furniture, fabrics, art and ornaments. Well equipped - easy to self-cater, braai, sun bathe, good WiFi. Very private place to stay but friendly hosts on hand to help if you need them. Animal/nature lover's paradise - beautiful gardens, wild birds, hiking and the owners' gorgeous Arabian horses and Golden Retriever dogs.

Within reach of Hemel-en-Aarde's vineyards and restaurants but also a short hop from Hermanus town centre. Feels safe and secure. Highly recommended.


“Yes, we’ll be back!”

It is a charming, romantic and cozy cottage right next to Hamilton Russell vineyards. You will be surrounded by horses, chickens, dogs, ducks and we even had the pleasure of seeing Luna, Lela, Grace and Kate, four wonderful puppies, along with their mother and sister. 

We loved it there, relaxing at night next to the fire, chatting with Liane the owner and using the cottage as our base to discover Hermanus and the surrounding. We will come back, that’s for sure. Of all the places we stayed at during our journey in Western Cape, this was the most special.
Hard to talk about it without feeling like we should return right now.


“Peace and tranquility in the hills”

This quaint little cottage is nestled in the Hermanus wine lands,
just 5 minutes outside of the main town.
The horses can be heard neighing in the distance, and come to the fence to greet you, which is a mere 4 m from the porch. The only sounds that can be heard at night are that of nature gently rocking you to sleep. I would recommend this cottage to anyone seeking a break from the every day rush of city life, the views are stunning and you are left in peace to enjoy your vacation.

All crockery and cooking utensils are provided, all you need to bring is your food (which you can get in the town, or dine at one of the many vineyard restaurants on the road if you prefer) There is also a braai facility (barbecue) so be sure to make use of that.
I would recommend this place in the summer months so you can be outside and enjoy the fresh air and views of the rolling hills and grapevines.


“Absolutely stunning and a must to stay over”

We were looking for a break away from our hectic work rate, and a break away we got!!! This little gem is hidden away in the Hemel-And-Aarde valley, just outside Hermanus. The cottage is tastefully decorated with everything you might need. The surroundings contribute to a feeling of absolute tranquility! Relax in the hammoc on the veranda(or catch up on lost sleep, like I did). There is also stunning hiking trails, or bring the MTB along, lots of roads to explore.

A huge plus is that Hermanus is a mere 10-15 min drive away, so no reason to be board.

For the animal lovers, pure Arabic horses, galloping past the cottage is a real treat! My wife really enjoyed this!!!

Don’t miss out on this one!!


“Romantic valley cottage”

The Earth cottage is a slice of heaven. Private, peaceful and fully furnished. It is the ideal base to explore the Hemel en Aarde Valley close to Hermanus in South Africa.

The hosts, Tino and Liane are fantastic. Super friendly and very helpful. The cottage is great for a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a small family. There are horses, chickens and some beautiful golden retrievers.

“Hemel-and-Aarde, the name says it all!!!” 

We spent 4 nights in Earth Cottage and wished it could be longer. Liane and Tino are wonderful hosts and make you feel at home. The cottage is fully equipped and was just a pleasure. We enjoyed the surroundings and loved the company of the Arabian horses as well as the Golden Retrievers. The sounds of the rooster every morning, the ducks, chickens and river were extremely relaxing and peaceful. 

The cottage is surrounded by all the well-known wine estates and restaurants. So if you feel like tasting wine or would like to “wine and dine” this is the place to do so…
We will most definitely visit Earth Cottage again!!!


“Peace and quiet, great views and loved the animal life close by”

Friendly welcome by Liane, a lovely surprise visit to the ducks, chickens and horses a couple of metres away from the cottage. A surprisingly cool cottage in the heat of the day. We loved the walks and the runs up to the top of the mountain overlooking Hermanus Town. The drive to the [Hemel-en-Aarde] village is only 5 minutes and [from there it’s] only a 3 km drive to Hermanus beaches and town with lovely walks along the coastline. It beats a B&B or hotel for a nice rustic stay. We will return soon. Thank you Tino and Liane.


“Voortreflike omgewing, ligging en die perde skep ‘n rustige atmosfeer wat almal laat ontspan.”

Ons verblyf by Earth Cottage was wonderlik en het aan al ons vereistes voldoen en selfs nuwe vereistes geskep! Die omgewing is pragtig en die akkommodasie voortreflik. Die kersie op die koek was die vriendelike verwelkomingskomitee wat ons elke dag kom groet het.

Jammer Tino, maar ons 3-jarige seuntjie het vir die perde gestem as die beste deel van Earth Cottage, ten spyte van jul gasvryheid. Earth Cottage het vir ons die geleentheid gegee om te ontspan in ‘n rustige omgewing, weg van die besige dorp, tog met die opsie om binne 15 minute by die see te wees en die magdom voortreflike restaurante in Hermanus te verken. Die beste van twee wêrelde.


“Great quiet place”

This is a very nice nature place. Horses, dogs and chickens around in a valley close to Hermanus. Great bathtub and very nice hosts!


“Thank you again for a wonderful stay.”

It was such a delight – the dogs, the horses, the house – and the veggies were AMAZING. Still have half a capsicum for tonight.


“Sounds of Nature”

We loved being woken up to the sounds of Nature! And journeying through the little sanctuary! With full and grateful hearts we say thank you Liane & Tino


“What an incredible place!”

The love, beauty and tranquility… truly, what a gift! THANK YOU! Our 3rd time and we will be back. Love this place so much!


“What a dream!”

It was an absolute delight to stay at Earth Cottage. Tino and his wife were such welcoming hosts and we so enjoyed our stay. Such a beautiful spot filled not only with breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards but by beautiful horses, dogs, and even puppies. What a dream! We felt right at home and were very sad to leave this little paradise once our weekend was over. We will definitely be back and recommend this place to anyone looking to get away to the countryside.


“A really lovely stay”

Earth Cottage is the perfect spot from where to explore the stunning Hemel and Aarde valley wine route. The well equipped kitchenette has everything one needs for a self catering stay. There is a lovely covered patio which is protected from the elements and perfect for sipping on a great glass of wine, surrounded by peace and quiet. There are so many vineyards and all make beautiful wines so it’s hard to single out just one, but if you are in the area, we’d highly recommend the food and wine pairing at Creation – superb value for money and a delightful experience. We would definitely return to Earth Cottage when next we are in the area – thank you Tino for a really lovely stay.


“Where heaven meets earth”

Author Nick Dall singled out Earth Cottage for a “thumbs up” in his Where to stay in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley review.


Request a booking

Please ask about availability. Earth Cottage is ideal for up to three guests. Rates are quoted for three guests.  An extra-person supplement is payable for a fourth guest.

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