Unwind. Relax. Restore.

Self Retreat

Time given to yourself for rejuvination, relaxation , contemplation and meditation. Come for 3 or more nights with your partner or a few friends, have all meals taken care of, to help yourself from your fridge and to put in the oven (menu chosen when booking) have hot tub heated up and the rest is down time for you................ go for walks, journal, read or explore the Hemel en Aarde valley.

Reviews from participating guests on the organized retreat held on 16th April 2021:

“Everything about this retreat was just perfect for me. The beautiful accommodation with views of the mountain and dams, the fantastic vegetarian food, thank-you talented Thompson family! The best cotton sheets, the spectacular views, the attention to detail in every possible way! The happy animals from the pets to the owls, bats, toads and praying mantis created a much needed sanctuary for me. When land us in symbiosis there is a balance, hence a large variety of birds, and no mosquitos regardless of all the water. It’s truly a special place. Sharon has a  real gift in effortlessly helping people reconnect with nature and themselves. I loved all of it. Thank you from my heart. I’ll be back.”

“If I could describe my retreat weekend at Hemel en Aarde cottages, it would be one of connectedness. To nature. To inspiration. To insightfulness. To beauty. It feels as if this weekend has added the “missing ingredient”to the connections between my mind, body and attitude. My favourite moments were at sunrise in the labyrinth. Oh….and ps….the food was….well….FABULOUS! Thank you Sharon.

Self Retreat

Arrive on Thursday/Friday afternoon


Arrive anytime from 4pm, Hot tub will be ready. Unpack, make some tea and settle in. You are welcome to go for a walk. Supper which will be selected via email prior to your arrival or brought by you.




All coffee and teas are in cottage and water is safe to drink (bore hole water)

This is time out for you with no distractions, bring a good book, journal or anything else you like to do in your down time


Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday:

If you like on waking: go for a walk, do some movement or yoga or take time to meditate and watch the sunrise. The rest of the day is for you to connect with nature, relax, rejuvenate and not worry about making meals. If you want to go and explore what the valley has to offer and eat out, this is your time to do whatever you wish to connect with yourself.

The meals ordered are prepared by Zest with fresh ingredients in the farm kitchen and then frozen. So if not eaten you can take them to have at home on your return. if you have something special you would like to eat, you can bring your own food to be put in the fridge.


Breakfast: homemade granola, fruits, yoghurt, honey, milk (almond or cow)

Lunch: ordered meal will be in fridge at an extra cost depending on what you choose. Menu given at time of enquiry,

Supper: Soup or meal ordered when booking can also order cheese platter from Stonehouse  (extra cost depending what you choose. Menu given at time of enquiry.


After having your breakfast in your own time, relax, go for a walk and get ready to head off home at 10am

Breakfast: homemade granola, fruit, yoghurt, honey and milk (Almond or cow’s milk)




This is your time to relax and be one with nature….relax in the hot tub, read or rest on a lounger or sofa, go for a hike or cycle (if you have brought your bike)

Prices including accommodation for 3 nights, breakfast, wood, journal, slippers, use of gown for 3 nights (Thurs - Sun or Fri - Mon) an extra cost for meals chosen when booking. can get quote for longer stays.

  • Gatehouse bedrooms both ensuite with coffee/tea station with fire place in bedrooms and a large deck with a deep hot tub. If only one bedroom taken for 1 or 2 people in 2 singles or 1 king: R6 800. If both bedrooms are taken for up to 4 friends, all with own bed, cost is: R13 600 for 3 nights.
  • Olive with own kitchenette and sitting room with his and hers bathroom and hot tub: R6 800 (one or two people in queen bed for 3 nights)
  • Strelitzia (2 1/2 bathrooms large wrap around deck and hot tub) R14 000 for 6 people in 3 bedrooms R13 600 for 4 people in 2 bedrooms and R6 800 for 2 people in one bedroom for 3 nights, (all beds can be single or king)

Unwind at our nature treat

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About us

Located in the middle of Hemel en Aarde Valley, our 3 cottages offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and relax in the picturesque surrounds.


This is a 3 roomed cottage (rooms not inter-leading), which has a large semi-covered deck with loungers, outdoor dining table, sofas, a braai facility, and a nice, deep, outdoor wood-fired hot tub. It sleeps, 4 adults and 2 children.

From R3,200 per night


This is a spacious 1 bedroom cottage with 2 small bathrooms, kitchenette, and open plan sitting room that opens onto an outside deck. There is an outside dining table with a braai and a Weber. The deck overlooks one of the dams and the outdoor hot tub with the mountains in the background.

From R1,600 per night

Barn Owl - private


There is a large wrap-around balcony where many lazy hours have been spent chilling on the outdoor sofas. There are also loungers and a lovely 6-seater dining table in front of a built in braai looking onto an outdoor wood-fired hot tub. There are 2 spacious bedrooms downstairs both with king beds, one is en-suite and the other has a full bathroom next to it. There is a third loft bedroom room upstairs with  2 single beds and an extra toilet and basin.

From R3,200 per night