We are all dying to escape and explore more locally after a difficult year. There has never been a better time to start planning than with summer upon us! Escape from the hustle of Cape Town to some of the beautiful mountains, vineyards and beaches that surround the city.  

If you’re looking for a unique getaway from the city, from tiny houses to lost cabins in the mountains, these are the coolest airbnbs near Cape Town, in the Western Cape, South Africa. 

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The epic list: Coolest airbnbs near Cape Town in the Western Cape

Escape Into The Wild 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - The Log cabin

The name of the closest village to this accommodation, Wilderness, already tells us everything we need to know about it. Get lost in this wooden cabin in a forest. Reconnect with nature in this idyllic setting. You get this log cabin, made entirely by the owner, and the lush garden surrounding it, including the braai (barbeque) facilities! 


Italian Farmhouse 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - Bruno room

This beautiful Tuscan farmhouse in the winelands region has some stunning views. Very close to Stellenbosch they operate organically. Complimenting your stay, not only will you get a delicious continental breakfast but also full use of the pool. The rooms are very spacious and will transport you back in time to when everything was simpler.


Stone Cottage 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - stone cottage

Escape to the crazy rock formations of the Cederberg mountains and in what better way than to a picturesque stone cottage! The cottage was built using one of the rock formations as a wall. The fireplace is placed right in front for the perfect cosy night in. Head out for some hikes around the area and explore more of the beautiful landscape. 


Looking for more amazing accommodations in the Western Cape, South Africa? Check out the list of the most unique of them! 

The Greenhouse

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - greenhouse

Talking about the coolest airbnbs near Cape Town, have you ever wanted to stay in a greenhouse? This stunning new addition to the Fazenda property ticks all our Sweet Dreams boxes. Stunning set up, quiet, in the middle of the forest, beautiful décor, and an outdoor plunge pool!


Berseba Hut

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town -  Berseba hut

This perfect looking cabin on the Bot River has a minimal yet rural décor that you’re going to fall in love with! The cabin offers privacy (far away and hidden from the other cabin in the property) with a fireplace and outdoor hot tub.


The Silo

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town -  the silo

Sleep in this converted silo on a working farm with elevated views of the surrounds. With plenty of four and two legged animals to keep you company (if you pet the dogs they might not want to leave!) In the Silo, you will find the perfect getaway from the city. You can also make use of the dam that’s shared with other cabins.


Forest view yurt

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - southern yurts

Stay in this yurt for a completely different type of accommodation. Not only will you have a comfortable yurt as your bedroom but the kitchen and bathroom units are next door too. You will also have a hot tub to enjoy watching sunsets or sunrises from. Alternatively, you can go walk the trail of the Secret Forest on the property.


Cottage in the Kloof 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - cottage in the kloof

This cottage is located in Robertson Nuy Valley far away from the closest restaurant, farm or pub. Come here to get away from it all and enjoy the pristine serenity of the mountains around you. The cottage has an outdoor area with braai facilities and a wood fired hot tub. Make sure to pack everything you need for your stay before the drive! 


Off the Grid House 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - off the grid house

This spacious house is completely off grid. There’s an eco pool for summer and a fireplace for winter, complete with hikes and rivers around the corner. This beautiful house is perfect for a friend or family getaway. There’s also a bath overlooking the mountain for that extra magical setting. 


Lost in the mountains 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town -
Cederberg lost in the mountains

This stone cottage overlooking the Cederberg is as rustic as they come. If being in a privileged spot with views for days is your goal – this place is for you. You can explore the mountains around you and even hike downhill from the cottage to a lovely little spring with a picnic spot. 


Farm sanctuary 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town -  farm sanctuary

Ever thought of staying in a fancy loft on top of a barn? Here you will be able to sleep in a completely private loft on top of rescued pigs and donkeys. You can join the farm tours with the animals living below you or just enjoy the dramatic landscapes surrounding the barn. There’s even a famous painting pig and you can see him in action! 


The Cellar 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - the cellar

Is this not the most beautiful cellar you’ve ever seen?  This standalone cabin in Robertson offers incredible architecture and a great friends or family getaway. The farm offers flower tours as well as wine and food tastings. Make activities in the farm itself and you don’t have to go anywhere! 


The Nest 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - the nest exterior
Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - The nest interior

Scandinavian décor meets boho in this tiny house. Spend all your time with a book or relaxing in this beautiful cabin designed and built by the owner’s family. There are walking trails in their private forest and an indigenous garden. The cabin is next to a small dam.


Couplespod at Riverstone 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - couplespod at Riverstone

Modern and slick décor with warmer tones sets the scene in this cabin. The riverstone sits by the shores of a dam offering unbeatable views from your very own veranda. Relax in these couples cabins and spoil yourself and your loved one at this incredible property. 


Opstal Stay 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - Opstal stay

Stay at a working wine farm in the Slanghoek valley. From the windows you will have breath-taking views of the vineyards and the Boland mountains. With luxurious interiors and a fireplace, you will want to relax and never go anywhere else ever again. 


The Forest Heart 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - Forest heart

Have you been dreaming about an outdoor bath? Forest Heart is the perfect cabin to fulfil your dreams during sunset. With rustic and cosy interiors, this cabin with views of the Knysna forest is quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 


Mirage Beachfront apartment 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - Mirage beach

This incredible cabin has a boardwalk direct to the beach. It also boasts amazing ocean views from the property itself. The cabin is in a gated complex and close to Saint Helena for all the amenities. Enjoy incredible ocean views not only from the living area but from the master bedroom too!


The Red House 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - the red house

This spacious family house with space for up to 6 guests will grab your attention quickly. Split in two, with the main living area and kitchen on one side, the pool in the middle and bedrooms on the other side. Perfect for groups of friends or families that want to have long chats through the night without disturbing the ones who prefer to sleep early. 


The Tin Shack 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - tin shack

Explore the West Coast from this container-built cottage. You will have to drive a short distance to the nearest beach but will enjoy the peace and quiet of staying inland. The property puts great emphasis on sustainability and that’s why you’ll have a compost toilet (serviced every 2 days) and recycled rain water for the garden. The cabin also has a wood fired hot tub for relaxing in with a glass of your drink of choice. 


The Eco Tree house 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - eco tree house

Stay in an eco tree house perched among the trees with a wood fired hot tub and a sauna! This amazing property is relatively new in the Western Cape and makes for one of the best unique places to stay! You will be able to swim in the property’s dam as well. 


Suites with plunge pool 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - suites with plunge pool

Stay in one of these three suites minutes away from Franschhoek. They are exquisitely decorated with very modern décor and views overlooking the fields and mountains nearby. They have a plunge pool on the private veranda, perfect for enjoying some sun downers after a full day of exploring. 


Pod by the Dam 

Coolest Airbnbs near Cape Town - pod by the dam

Stay in this eco pod by the dam with a wood fired hot tub. This industrial modern décor has a private bath and outdoor shower and overlooks the Outniqua Mountains.


Start planning your Cape Town visit here (or get me to plan it for you!).

The Coolest airbnbs near Cape Town, South Africa
The Coolest airbnbs near Cape Town, South Africa


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