Sandpiper Cottages, nestled within the Fransmanshoek Conservancy area provides local travellers and international tourists with an idyllic retreat as they escape to the peace and serenity of Boggomsbaai in the Western Cape. Just about halfway between Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town in the Western Cape, Boggomsbaai is a rustic seaside village that is a celebration of the South Africa of yesteryear.
Being situated along the world-famous Garden Route, Sandpiper Cottages is close to Mossel Bay, which is a popular tourist hub and home to a number of fabulous restaurants, malls and entertainment facilities, as well as cultural and historical hotspots.
Each of the eight self-catering Sandpiper Cottages exudes an elegant charm, thanks to its Cape cottage style. There are cottages with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, and each has satellite TV (although the Houthuis and Mosselkraker suites require that you bring your own modem), a lounge, open-plan kitchen, dining area and outdoor patio, as well as a fireplace, which is irresistible on chilly Western Cape nights. Bedrooms each have a private bathroom. The suites are comfortable and inviting, with a distinctly homely appeal.
The cottages are surrounded by the flora and fauna for which South Africa is so loved. This flora comprises mainly succulent Karoo varieties and coastal thicket. Aloes are in full bloom from May to July. This plant biome is endemic to this country and contributes enormously to its biodiversity. Local wildlife includes several small antelope species as well as the energetic Cape hare. Bird-lovers are advised to bring their binoculars along, as the avian species of the region are nothing short of spectacular. Birds that are commonly spotted here include the little bittern, African rail, African snipe, Kittlitz’s plover, three-banded plover, white-fronted plover, terrestrial brownbul, African crowned eagle, African goshawk, Chorister robin-chat, brown jackal bird, Knysna turaco and African wood owl.
In addition, the marine life is beautiful, and mammoth Southern Right whales can be spotted breaching and lobtailing from around July to November of every year, when they pass our coastline to calve and mate. These graceful mammals attract people from all over the world to the South African coast, and their displays are always impressive. Whale-watching tours can be arranged for those who want to get even closer to the marine residents. For the rest of the year, schools of dolphins can be seen frolicking in the local waters. The nearby beach is the breeding ground of choice for the African Black Oystercatcher, characterised by its pitch-black feathers and red beak. Guests of Sandpiper Cottages are invited to join this fascinating bird in catching fresh fish for their own dinner.
Those that want to explore the surrounds on foot are invited to do the Oystercatcher Trail, which is known around the world for its beautiful views and biodiversity.
In addition to families and groups of friends, Sandpiper Cottages is a popular accommodation option and venue for corporate groups who are meeting for teambuilding or conferencing purposes. Our facilities and amenities include accommodation and seating for approximately 20 delegates, MS Powerpoint facilities, a licensed bar, meals and a cosy lounge.
Our private Sport and Leisure Centre is equipped with squash and tennis courts, a sun-tanning deck, and health and beauty therapy facilities. Our local Karoo style golf course and clubhouse is adjacent to the cottages and provide the perfect way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of the Garden Route.
Those in search of adventure are well rewarded at Sandpiper Cottages. Try shark cage diving, horse riding, snorkelling, sandboarding and 4 x 4 trailing to get the heart pounding. Those who are in search of something a little less exhilarating can use our boats to explore the Gourits River and try the their hand at some fishing.
Although the cottages are fully equipped for self-catering guests, we can provide hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners for you. We are also able to prepare a full picnic basket, which is best enjoyed on the pristine sands of the beach, with only the crashing of the waves and the clear blue of the high African skies as the backdrop. Meals and picnic baskets need to be arranged in advance.
Our accommodation facilities are regularly featured in magazines like Country Life, Getaway, Garden Route Living, and a number of wine publications.
Sandpiper® have recently also brought these great cottages into their portfolio:
Oyster Cottage is located close by in Springerbaai Coastal Eco Estate and is ideal for those nature lovers who want to have the springbuck and zebra grazing virtually on their doorstep, whilst watching the whales and dolphins diving and splashing in the beautiful unspoilt waters of the warm Indian Ocean. Read more ..
Houthuis (The Log Cabin)- see pictures in cottages icon. 3 Bedrooms, a family favourite in Boggomsbaai
Mosselkraker - Cape style cottage 2 bedrooms, in Boggomsbaai, opposite golf course
My husband's brother had the privilege of staying over in your place
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He asked me to recommend you by www.Top-Guesthouses.co.za which I did this
Please keep up the good work
Hello to both of you - we are back in the UK now and wishing we were still with you! We so enjoyed our stay in the lovely Sandpiper Cottage, which contained everything we could possibly have wanted. It is in such a glorious position with that beautiful empty beach, miles and miles of sand. Just what we needed to rest and recharge our batteries.
If ever we come back that way again, we will certainly call on you, and see if you have vacancies........
Thank you so much for everything. You are the perfect hosts.
Angela and Richard (2 March 2012)
I was disappointed initially as the image portrayed of the cottage is that of a thatched fishermans cottage. I was however very pleasantly surprised by what I found. The Ostrero unit was delightful. I loved the old world charm with all of the luxuries needed. Thank you Fred 5/5.
Gerhard Naude (8 June 2013)