Overview of Morukuru Ocean House

Coming into view after a meandering drive through the unspoilt De Hoop Nature Reserve on South Africa’s famed Garden Route, Ocean House is an exclusive-use beach cottage with a difference.

Sleeping up to eight adults and four children in total luxury, every inch of this sprawling family villa has been designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, from the stove in the kitchen that burns wood from alien species cleared from the reserve to the fynbos planted on the roof to assist with retaining internal heat as well as blending the structure into its natural surroundings.

Beautifully decorated in a soothing palette that picks up the blues and greens of De Hoop, each piece in the house – whether a chair, candle or cutlery – has been specially considered and often imported from Europe. Designers have created bespoke chandeliers that echo the flotsam and jetsam found along the seashore, like pastel-hued and softly tumbled beach glass. At every turn, there is a peaceful nook with tranquil views for reading or daydreaming…

In addition to its green credentials, the Ocean House’s crowning glories are the outdoor area that is designed to be wind-free and the upper-storey bar and living room, which boasts a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. Its adjacent sun deck – complete with funky ‘blow-up’ sofas – is the spot to watch one of the Cape’s famous incandescent pink sunrises or frolicking southern right whales, before heading off for your mountain-bike ride or rock pool trail.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Secluded location within pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Option to fly in by charter from Cape Town International Airport
  • Green design & solar power throughout
  • Swimming pool & Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Wood-fired hot tub with ocean views
  • Sand boarding, mountain biking & hiking
  • Wood-burning fireplaces in all adults’ bedrooms
  • Wine cellar with chef’s table & library
  • Staff includes housekeeper, guide & private chef
  • Land-based whale watching in season


Day tours



Star gazing

Whale watching

General Facilities

The house has a green design and is solar-powered throughout. The fully-equipped kitchen has a wood-burning stove, with gas and solar-powered backups. A butler’s kitchen is stocked with beverages and a Nespresso machine. There are several living and dining areas including a 12-seater dining room, cosy library, lounge and bar area, wine cellar and outdoor living spaces. Other features include a wood-fired hot tub overlooking the ocean, heated swimming pool with loungers, and Wi-Fi hotspots. A dedicated staff includes a housekeeper, guide and personal chef. You have the option of flying in by light aircraft.

Babysitting service



Private butler

Private chef

Private vehicle

Swimming pool

Wi-Fi available

Wine cellar


A private chef is on hand to prepare lavish gourmet meals and will consult with you on your preferences and any dietary requirements. Expect authentic and lovingly prepared meals, and an array of courses at each sitting to tantalise the taste buds. Enjoy lunches out on the lawn and dinners overlooking the ocean, paired with premium South African wines from the cellar.

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