Unwind. Relax. Restore.

Self Retreat

Time given to yourself for rejuvination, relaxation , contemplation and meditation. Come for 3 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 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






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:

If you like on waking: go for a walk either in the labyrinth or on the fynbos paths 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.



Breakfast: homemade granola, fruit salad, fresh juice, yoghurt, honey, boiled eggs and toast with butter.

Lunch: ordered meal will be in fridge, extras will be brought fresh at 1pm (salad, vegetables, rice, potatoes etc)

Supper: Soup and 1 small cheese per person from Stonehouse with biscuits


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 salad, yoghurt, boiled eggs and toast



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 food and accommodation until 31 August 2022 for 3 nights (Thursday - Sunday)

  • 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: R5700 if single and R6500 if double.                                                       If both bedrooms are taken for up to 5 friends, all with own bed cost is: R12 500 for up to 5 people (R2500 per person if there are 5)
  • Olive with own kitchenette and sitting room with his and hers bathroom and hot tub: R5700 if single and R6500 if double
  • Strelitzia (2 1/2 bathrooms large wrap around deck and hot tub) R13 200 for up to 6 people (R2 200 per person if there are 6, but one bed remains an XL king for 2. Other 4 beds are singles)

Contact Sharon re any questions


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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 R3,000 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 R1,500 per night

Barn Owl


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 yellowwood 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 and a shared full bathroom in between. There is a third loft bedroom room upstairs with  2 single beds and an extra toilet and basin.

From R3,000 per night