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Coot Club

Tucked away between a lagoon, mountains and sea, Coot Club offers a family-friendly escape in a naturally magnificent setting.

The stylish stone cottages and boathouses accommodate groups of varying sizes, while the land and water-based activities will keep both children and adults entertained and burn off excess energy. Wildlife fans will be in their element, too – the nearby beach is one of the best places in the world for whale watching.

Facilities & Activities

The vast array of facilities and activities cater to adventurers of all ages, with a good spread across all types of terrain. On land, there is much to discover on both self-guided and guided walks – look out for animal tracks as you trek through the fynbos (shrubland) or pedal fat bikes through the sand to Walker Bay beach. This is a prime spot for whale watching, and there are also fantastic birdwatching opportunities nearby. Wildlife enthusiasts can also take part in conservation activities like analysing overnight camera footage capturing visits by wildlife including leopards and wild bush pigs.

For those preferring to hit the water, the lagoon offers kayaking, swimming, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding. Other activities include Klein River trips, quad biking, shark cage diving and wine-tasting tours.

Back at the club, there is a pool to cool off in and a large lawn that is perfect for children to run about on, with games such as volleyball and boules on offer. Indoor pursuits are also available and include board games and table tennis. Spa treatments and art workshops can also be arranged.

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Dining

From beach cookouts to al fresco dining beneath the branches of a 400-year-old milkwood tree, the variety and quality of food at Coot Club are excellent. The Clubhouse is the main eating zone, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The emphasis is on simplicity and authenticity – think BBQ roast chicken, wood-fired pizzas, homemade burgers and fresh salads.

Children will love the daily ringing of the ship’s bell that takes place before sunset to announce the dinner options – and signal that parent-friendly sundowners are available on the lawn or jetty. The beach is the perfect location to sip an ice-cold beer or glass of local Chenin Blanc after a day of exploring.

Expect fine food and drink at every turn – the village of Stanford is a foodie haven, attracting artisans offering everything from creative ice creams to award-winning cheeses and, of course, superb wines.

Rooms

Chose from traditional stone cottages and contemporary boathouses that boast striking views across the lagoon to the Maanschynkop mountains. The three-bedroom boathouses sleep up to six guests, making them a good option for families and groups or friends. The decor is chic with a nod to the nautical – think vaulted ceilings, wood-clad walls and a blue, white and red colour scheme. The furniture is rattan and other nice touches include a wood-burning fireplace and wooden oars hanging on the walls. The boathouses feature an open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen.

Individually designed, the stone cottages have a charming feel and are scattered through the milkwood forests with open kitchens and beautiful outdoor seating areas. These are great options for families and have their own outdoor fire pits and braai (BBQ) areas. The Lawns cottage is the largest – it has three bedrooms and a mezzanine dorm area and can sleep up to 11 guests when combined with the one-bedroom cottage next door.

Family

Coot Club is a brilliant choice for families seeking adventure and freedom. The activities are on tap and offer all ages a chance to burn off energy – from simply running around the beautiful lawned area to sailing lessons on the lagoon, children will be in their element. Another highlight for adrenalin-seeking children is sandboarding on the beach. Youngsters will love spending time in the pool, games room and football and volleyball fields.

Accommodation options are suitable for suit broods of all sizes. For small families, the studio cottage (Fynbos) sleeps two adults and one child on a sofa bed and has a fun outdoor shower that children will enjoy. The boathouses can sleep up to six guests in three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin).

Larger families will be well suited to a stone cottage. The Garden and Milkwood cottages can both sleep up to six, with two bathrooms and an outdoor area with a fire pit. For larger groups or multi-generational family travellers, go for the Lawns cottage. It has three bedrooms and an additional loft space and can be combined with the one-bedroom cottage next door, sleeping a total of 11 guests.

Sustainability

Coot Club has conservation at its heart – little wonder given its location in the most magnificent natural setting. A percentage of every guest’s stay contributes to the protection of the Klein River estuary, which is home to unique plant diversity and rare birdlife. It’s also one of the world’s most important whale nurseries. Other initiatives include providing local employment and educational programmes for the community.

Location

Coot Club has an enviable location on the edge of the Klein River Lagoon, near the verdant  Maanschynkop mountains. It’s super accessible from Cape Town, around 150km south of the city, with a journey of around two hours by car. You’re also within easy reach of the wine farms of Franschhoek (135km away) and the whale-watching spot of Hermanus (30km away).

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