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India House

India House nestles in the Bastiaanskloof valley, which is part of the UNESCO Boland Mountain World Heritage Site, an hour and a half from Cape Town International Airport.

So named because of its beautiful turquoise front door, imported from Gujarat, India, India House offers a luxurious retreat for up to six people. There are two spacious main bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. The bedrooms and bathrooms have underfloor heating and have candle lighting to induce a more relaxed mood. A third bedroom sleeps 2 with an en-suite shower room.

India House has a state of the art French oak panelled kitchen, fully equipped to cool your wine and perk you up with espressos and cappuccinos, a massive fireplace and sheltered courtyard for alfresco dining. Guests can experience total silence except for the frogs and the crickets. Amenities include a swimming pool with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, hiking trails (one with a waterfall shower and traces of khoi san art), secluded river pools for summer swimming and bicycles for exploring the 2500 hectare estate.

The formal gardens are planted with indigenous fynbos species, many of which are endemic to the area. Or if you are more of a relaxation fiend, curl up with one of the house library’s many novels or cookbooks!

India House is one kilometre off the twisting and vertiginous Bain’s Kloof pass (R301) built by the Scottish engineer Andrew Geddes Bain and completed in 1853. It is part of the Bastiaanskloof estate and nature reserve, home to over 800 different plant species, 200 bird species and some 50 mammal species including the Mountain Leopard, the Chacma Baboon and the Cape Grysbok antelope. Three indigenous fish species swim in its two rivers. On clear nights, star gazing is a must and you may be lucky to catch the shooting stars.

Our Kraal Cottage is 150 metres away from India House and can be rented with India House as additional accommodation for 8 people or separately (Kraal Cottage is private if rented separately).

For further things to do at Bastiaanskloof, please refer to our Recreation page and Catering page.

The Breakdown...

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers
  • 1 smaller bedroom with an en-suite shower room
  • Helon Melon and the White House (London) Linen
  • Charlotte Rhys toiletries
  • Open plan living area with state of the art kitchen, dining room and lounge with large open fireplace
  • Mini Library
  • Large verandah and indoor courtyard with barbeques and outdoor dining areas as well as outdoor seating for reading and relaxing!
  • Swimming pool
  • Access to a private river pool on the Bastiaanskloof river
  • TV, DSTV with DVD player and selection of DVD’s
  • Underfloor heating in main bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Huge fireplace with firewood provided
  • State of the Art Kitchen which includes 2 Gagganeau ovens, a microwave and a gas hob
  • Miele Fridge and Wine fridge and Freezer
  • Gagganeau Coffee Machine provided with coffee beans
  • Kitchen Aid Food Processor and Blender
  • Le Creuset pots and pans
  • Wusterhof Knives
  • Baking equipment to bake up a storm
  • Weber Braai
  • Selection of Herbs and Spices, Olive Oil and Vinegar Provided
  • Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Milk
  • Kitchen garden with a selection of fresh herbs to help yourself to
  • Access to Hiking trails on the property

What's Included...

Tariffs are quoted

  • In South African Rand
  • Per cottage per night
  • Exclusive of VAT
  • Subject to Availability

Tariffs Changes

All tariffs are quoted subject to change, without prior notice.

Tariffs Include

  • Supply of wood
  • All linen and bath towels
  • Toiletries and cleaning products
  • Coffee, tea, milk and sugar

Tariffs Exclude

  • Transfers


50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, immediately and payment in full should be made not later than 7 days prior to arrival to confirm your booking. Please fax or e-mail us payment confirmation.


Cancellations made no less than 7 days prior to arrival will be refunded in full. We reserve the right to charge a 50% cancellation fee should a cancellation occur less than 7 days prior to arrival.


Keys will be available at the property for you to collect.


Transfers are available on request


Bastiaankloof is situated 101km from Cape Town, approximately one and a half hours drive away. See The Map

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Dear Caroline,
Thank you for the opportunity to use your beautiful venue for our wedding! All we can say is, “Wow!” Even our wildest expectations were exceeded!
The feedback from our guests regarding the sheer beauty of Bastiaanskloof on the wedding day and thereafter has been phenomenal. Our guests have not been able to stop commenting and posting on Facebook, saying it’s the best wedding they’ve ever been to! The weather on the day was perfect, we had such beautiful light and no wind in the evening. The setting lend itself to stunning photos.
From our side we can only commend the staff present over the weekend.
Thank you once again and we look forward to celebrating our first anniversary there next year!

Liani and Olaf | March 2015

Most beautiful place I have ever stayed!!! India House is pure bliss!
Francois du Toit | 10 Oct 2013

I love it when I find a real gem of a place when I least expect it. That is what happened at India House. Large cool interiors, very stylish and understated with that enviable appearance as if it’s been thrown together and just works, when in actual fact, every detail has been carefully considered.
Carrie Hampton | 10 Oct 2013

Just a quick note to tell you how much we all loved, loved, loved India House. It is even better than it looked in H&L (House and Leisure). I loved the details ? from the quirky clasps on the shutters to the grills on the vents. Everyone loved the outdoor showers. It is wonderful that there is a huge lawn for the kids to kick balls. (Mine are obsessed with football.) I loved that every window had such a considered and thoughtful view.
Vanessa Raphaely Raphaely | 10 Oct 2013

I wanted to say a big thanks for our wonderful time at India House, it was truly superb and I would not hesitate to come back with a bunch of friends, possibly in the winter to see it in a different light
Tony Fishlock | 10 Oct 2013

We had a wonderful time in India house! Will definitely come back. Thank you. We posted pics on facebook and our friends went mad! Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with others, we will be back! And our dogs thought they died and gone to heaven!
Charlotte | May 2016

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