Langebaan is indeed the Jewel of the West Coast. Not only is this evident in its amazing natural beauty – like its crystal clear aqua waters, endless, pristine beaches and wilderness havens teeming with wildlife – but it’s clear from its food and accommodation offerings too, as we discovered on our first night’s stay in Langebaan.
We had planned a few days away from the city to properly recharge and, in my case especially, to reacquaint ourselves with all that Langebaan accommodation and local eateries have to offer. So, after an easy drive along the R27 in slowly fading light, we arrived at our first stop sometime near 20:00 pm.
This was none other than the wonderful, four-star-rated Masada Guest House – an equestrian estate and peaceful guest farm, found just outside of Langebaan.
Offering both self-catering and bed-and-breakfast accommodation, Masada Guest House, Wedding and Conference Centre makes for the perfect country escape, without sacrificing on any of creature comforts. Happily, it is also child-friendly.
Interestingly named, our room’s guide book later revealed that Masada is a Hebrew word, meaning “mountain fortress”. (It’s named for a huge rock in Judea, now known as Israel.) A place of true historical significance, Masada is still considered a holy place by both Jews and Christians.
The Langebaan version of Masada may not be a mountain fortress but it is indeed a special place, and perhaps fittingly, Masada’s characteristically beautiful, stone-overlaid buildings – a popular style in Langebaan – somehow certainly give a gentle nod towards this legend. Though, as our first impression of Masada Guest House showed, it is, in stark contrast to its honoured namesake, an entirely peaceful country estate…
At reception (open till 21:00 pm) – an elegant, yet faintly rustic country space, inclusive of the kitchen area and breakfast room – we were greeted by hosts, Val and Dave. Dave invited us to come join them for a chat in Masada’s small, yet well-stocked licenced “honesty bar” after we’d unpacked our luggage.
We later learned that Dave also serves as the Vice Chairman of Tourism. When you talk to him, he offers some fascinating pearls of wisdom and insight into the West Coast area, particularly Langebaan.
What our cosy, bed-and-breakfast room offered
Much like the reception-dining-lounge area, our cosy room was accessible via a quaint, open-air courtyard, populated by a talkative little parrot, flowering vines, and colourful or succulent pot plants, all of which add a tranquil, sub-tropical oasis vibe to this outdoor section.
Our bed-and-breakfast room near the main house, offered not only a small, but lovely en-suite bathroom, but like all the rooms alongside ours, a delightful little porch area (complete with a dark green, wrought-iron table and chairs) overlooking the lawn, fruit orchard and large outdoor braai.
Our room’s amenities included: a double-bed (decked out in pretty percale linen, with a set of high quality bath towels waiting for us); a complimentary tea and coffee facility; a colour TV with DStv; hair dryer (available on request); a wall heater and blanket; free WiFi (found throughout Masada) and personal toiletries for our use.
That night, we enjoyed some casual conversation with Val and Dave in the honesty bar (so named because it works on a trust basis, meaning guests may help themselves to drinks and record their count themselves – along with their room number – in the book provided), learning first-hand about Masada as time progressed.
Val told me they formerly opened in 2002 and received their four-star rating in 2016, while Dave shared that, in addition to this worthy award, they were also voted by Trivago – a global hotel search platform – as Best 4-star Guest House of 2016.
This shows how far Masada Guest House has come over the years, expanding as they go. Currently, Masada is equipped with 20 rooms, and offers four bed-and breakfast-rooms like our own, four new self-catering rooms (which we were fortunate to see the next morning), two twin rooms, three semi-self-catering rooms and then an additional two self-catering cottages.
After a meal in town by the sea, we retired to our room for the night, sleeping deeply, completely undisturbed at this blissfully quiet farm.
Masada Guest House breakfast options
The next morning, after I reluctantly dragged myself out of our soft, warm bed, I was soon outside like a shot because, as I pulled back the curtains (thereby flooding our room with the bright, early morning sunshine) and finally discovered our private porch area and the beautiful garden outside. It was then that we saw the full beauty of our rooms, which offer a wonderful outdoor element for guests to enjoy.
We then made our way into the breakfast room, welcomed by both Val and their excellent staff, including Isabel. Isabel was kind enough to make me a sweet cinnamon and honey concoction, which greatly helped me to feel not only better (I was so sick with flu that I couldn’t really even talk properly), but also thoughtfully cared for at Masada Guest House.
The beautiful dining room has a distinctly quaint and homely feel, enhanced by its smooth, brandy-snap-coloured wooden furniture, which pops with red splashes of colour and white-tablecloths. (It also happily offers good views of the outside farm.)
Seated inside the rustic, airy breakfast/dining room, we weighed up our breakfast options. From the sizeable breakfast buffet, we opted for two cups of coffee to start us off. Also available to guests were yoghurt, muesli, several cereal choices, fruit, fresh juice and tea.
In terms of hot breakfasts, Masada has a small, yet lovely breakfast menu offering. It includes two eggs (fried or scrambled, according to your egg preference), two rashers of bacon, one tasty sausage and (white or brown) toast, with jam as required.
If you’re not staying in a bed-and-breakfast room, breakfast costs R75 per person. Please note: no cooking or food is allowed in the bed and breakfast rooms. Also, naturally, the main kitchen is restricted for staff-use only.
Breakfast is strictly served from 08:30 am – 09:30 am, as it’s very tasty, I recommend you don’t miss it by arriving late! 🙂
Our quickly whipped up breakfast was excellent; we tried fried and scrambled eggs respectively.
Post-breakfast, we tidied our room and handed the key back (please be advised: check-out is 10:00 am) before first Val and Dave, then Isabel gave us a wonderful tour of Masada.
We met the ducks, geese and fowls, which happily form part of the animal petting aspect of the farm. Isabel told us that on weekend mornings, children particularly love accompanying her when she feeds the poultry.
In the front garden, which is equally beautiful, you will find the animal pens, koi pond, a lovely white gazebo, a great jungle gym, and nearby, the heated indoor spa pool, which was sorely tempting even with my severe flu. The pool area is near to the honesty bar and reception but it’s very private.
There’s also a spacious wooden deck area (equipped with several umbrellas and tables), while quaint benches and bird ponds can be found dotted about the neat, green garden.
Dave also introduced us to their resident lone ram, Lamb Chop, who is quite possibly the biggest, woolliest sheep I’ve ever set eyes on. He’s pretty tame too, having been hand-raised since a lamb.
Sadly, we learned that the pig passed away the week before our stay but there is talk of adding pet bunnies and other furry friends (already there are some lovely cats slinking about) to the mix.
Masada’s gorgeous self-catering rooms and cottages
Once we’d bid farewell to Val and Dave, Isabel took us on a lovely tour of Masada’s self-catering accommodation offerings. Masada has recently added some beautiful new rooms to its already ample self-catering options, and they’re well and truly gorgeous!
After seeing them, I was a bit sad that they hadn’t quite been completed at the time of our stay, for, with their stylish seaside décor and secluded privacy, they are exactly my kind of place.
Each room offers a double bed, porch/veranda, kitchenette (well-equipped with all the basics you could need) and en-suite bathroom, with very spacious showers indeed!
Isabel also showed us the cottages and larger self-catering accommodation offerings, which are well-suited to groups of family or friends or those planning work, holiday, wedding/function-orientated stays. These each boast a large lounge, kitchen and several rooms, perfectly suited to couples with children too.
The last we saw (which offers quite possibly the views of them all – though they’re all very scenic!) even has an en-suite section, which you can close off from the rest of the house for some added privacy and downtime.
Every room and bathroom at Masada Guest House offers tasteful, elegant décor, and I particularly loved the seaside-meets-nautical theme prevalent in those newer rooms and stand-alone, stone cottages.
After that, it was time to hit the road and continue with our weekend of planned adventures and attractions in lovely Langebaan.
How Masada Guest House rated
I am happy to award Masada Guest House a 9/10 rating for the following: quick response time to emails and calls; wonderful four-star facilities; friendly service; delicious food offerings; a peaceful farm environment; good proximity to Langebaan itself, as well as great hosts and staff, who were good to deal with.
Thank you so much to Val, Dave, Isabel and the whole Masada Guest House team for ensuring our introduction to Langebaan was a wonderful experience. We loved every minute of our stay and would definitely visit Masada again in the future – as I hope my readers will too!
For more information on Masada Guest House, Wedding and Conference Centre, you can visit their website, call (079) 525 5051 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masada Guest House accommodation rates (2016/2017)
- Single bed & breakfast room:
R650 (standard season, single occupation); R650 (standard season, per person sharing)
R850 (peak season, single occupation); R800 (peak season, per person sharing)
- Note: This includes a full English breakfast served in the dining room.
- Self-catering cottage (sleeps four):
R1500 (standard season); R2000 (peak season)
- Self-catering cottage (sleeps six):
R2000 (standard season); R2500 (peak season)
- Rates for accompanying children:
R300 per day (0-5 years)
R400 (6-11 years)
Full price (12 years and up)
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Tamlyn Ryan is a writer and blogger, who runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust. Despite a national diploma in Journalism, her preferred niche remains travel writing. She is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and above all else, the great outdoors.
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