Akasha Mountain Retreat.
Directly translated as 'upper sky' or 'space' in Hinduism, Akasha is a breathtaking retreat situated deep in the Heidelberg Mountains, a quick three-hour drive from Cape Town.
From the moment you walk down the steps towards the house, you'll discover this Cape-Maroc style villa couldn't be more accurately named. With its never-to-be-forgotten views over the surrounding Langeberg mountain range and secluded Duiwenhoks Dam, Akasha promises a quiet and serene breakaway in which to ‘disconnect from digital and reconnect with nature’.
Owners, Chris and Elana, built the house from the ground up and scattered it with intricate details, sourced from their travels to their beloved Marrakech.
Privacy is guaranteed, as strictly one group is hosted at a time with the main house and add-on suite only 20 meters apart (although rented as a single unit). With three double bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in the house and the additional stand-alone, en-suite cottage acting as the 4th bedroom for bigger groups. Both units are filled with everything you'll need including bedding, towels, big comfortable beds and fireplaces for snuggling during the colder months.
The kitchen is fully equipped and a true dream space for preparing divine meals. With a fridge/freezer, gas hob/oven, an old fashioned Dover wood-burning stove, crockery, cutlery and local mountain spring water on tap. Braai facilities are also available and firewood will be provided.
The lounge and dining area is spacious, bright and open. Featuring a fireplace, dining table, books, games and a Bluetooth speaker - there truly couldn't be a more tranquil space to unwind.
The entire property is solar-powered and has its own water supply, however, off the grid living here certainly does not mean sacrificing comfort and ease. You can expect good cellphone reception at the villa and Wi-Fi comes included (however, slightly unreliable).
As amazing as the house is, and well worth the trip in itself if it's a staycation retreat you're looking for, its the farmlands of Akasha that had me enthralled.
Chris kindly offered to give me a tour of the 120ha property, enthusiastically identifying the different types of bird species soaring high above and teaching me about the fynbos & indigenous plant species that grow here.
Guided tours of the farm, walks & hikes are offered upon request. Otherwise, explore the property on your own by foot or on mountain bikes (just remember to bring your own cycles) or take a short walk down to the breathtaking dam wall and river, where you can spend summer afternoons swimming or canoeing. I highly recommend asking about the "Mermaid Pool" and the route to get there.
The land itself is rich in history, dating back to the Southern Cape Hessequa tribes from the indigenous Khoisan people, who left rock paintings and stories scattered around these mountains, caves and rock formations.
Akasha is a birder's paradise, that transforms into a stargazer's dream at night and with the natural abundance, remarkable panoramas, kloofs and krantzes across the 5km stretch of water, there truly is no lack of things to do.
GOOD TO KNOW
Although fully equipped for self-catering, meals are available by prior arrangement.Solar electricity for lights and charging gadgets, not suitable for hi-Watt appliances such as blow-driers.
The property is pet-friendly.
The last 12 km to the farm is dirt road, the last 3 km is rough mountain road, accessible by sedan with at least average road clearance and good tyre tread. For less experienced drivers an SUV or bakkie is recommended.
The entire property sleeps 8 adults & two small children in 4 bedrooms, 5 beds and 3 baths at R2500 per unit per night.
Akasha Mountain Retreat, Heidelberg, WC, 6665, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0) 82 090 1741