The Studio Flat @ The Place, Laidsmith, South Africa
Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, The Studio Flat is the perfect base to plan expeditions into the South African countryside. The surrounding mountains, plateaus, and nature preserves can all be visited on day trips, and ocean beaches are less than two hours away. Situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo region, a semi-desert area, the vistas and views are endless, and you can quickly feel like a post-apocalyptic survivor while hiking along the rivers that meander nearby.
The property is part organic farm, part artists' retreat, and part outpost, with the owners nearby in their 160-year-old Kaloo farmhouse. The large open plan flat has all of the creature comforts (showers, kitchen, electricity, and WiFi) plus a large outdoor area and a wood-burning stove for cold nights. As an added bonus, they offer fresh-baked organic bread and access to the gardens, plus homemade breakfasts.
Getting there: Fly into Cape Town and rent a car for the four-hour drive to the property.
Rent now: The Studio Flat