Luxe living for the whole family.

 Mike and Harriet Joao bought the farm in 1997 and for the next 13 years it was inhabited by their four spunky daughters. It was when the last of this crazy bunch left home that they heard the silence and realised the old house needed to be filled with laughter again. Mike, being a builder by trade, quickly made the changes needed, Harriet did the decor and Chelaya Country Lodge was born. The family feel is prevalent throughout the house with photographs, antique furniture handed down through the ages, and souvenirs collected on happy holidays across the world. Oregon floors, yellow wood beams, and the most unusual wall decorations set the tone for a relaxed but stylish holiday venue.

In 2018 Chelaya was approached with an exciting proposal. To incorporate a sports academy into the lodge.

In partnership with Ivan and Dilette Van Zyl we have created SASA - South Africa Sports Academy. The piece of land at the bottom of the property has been levelled and will soon be a full size rugby field. Cricket Nets, a gym and various other facilities will be added to the property and we will be hosting training teams from around the world.

Lodge guests will not be effected by these changes, rather their stay will be enhanced as guests will be able to order meals in the Khaya if they do not feel like cooking.



  • The Kaya - WiFi den and restaurant

  • The Boma and Pizza Den – function venue

  • Two Rim Flow Swimming Pools





The Kaya

Is a comfortable common area in a wooden shed situated between the main house and the cottages where you can enjoy comfortable sofas, a log fire in winter, WIFI and tea/coffee making facilities. 

Meals are on offer over weekends and we hope soon to be able to offer a licenced bar.

 The Boma and Pizza Den – function venue

New to Chelaya is a massive walled Boma area (the original farm dam) under the pine trees with central fireplace; three additional braai/barbeque places and serving area.  Fabulous both day and night with views across the estate to False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance. Right next door is a smaller, enclosed area with a pizza oven for guests use. There is also a small kitchen offering simple basics and toilets. The Boma and Pizza Den offer a really vibey, indoor/outdoor venue for small informal functions – please enquire directly with the lodge manager for rates and further information.

R4500 per day.

 Two Rim Flow Swimming Pools

As Chelaya has become more and more popular we have added a second swimming pool. The first pool is in the front garden of the Homestead and serves the Homestead, Garden Cottage, Sunset Cottage and Garden Suite. The second (made from a large container cut lengthways in half!) is on the other side nearer Waterside, Milk Shed, The Stable, # 4 and Stony Pine. Both enjoy great views and fabulous sundecks with loungers.  Sundowners in a perfect environment.





Spend quality away time with family.

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