Learn More About Tree Spirit Cottages

Nestled in the forest high above Knysna, a charming, secluded, romantic hideaway awaits you. Tree Spirit Cottage is situated on one of the original farms inhabited by Italian settlers, as featured in Dalene Matthee’s well-known book, The Mulberry Forest.

The farm dates back to the late 1800’s and boasts ruins from the original house and well. This 8.5 hectare property combines the beauty of both fynbos and forest and hosts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Completely solar-powered it provides the peace and solitude to be at one with nature for the length of your stay.

About Tree Spirit Cottages

We have two self-contained private cottages to rent. The farm spans over 8ha and comprises a mix of forest and fynbos. Apart from lying on the threshold to many official hiking trails, you’re likely to spend most of your time local, taking short strolls and fraternizing with the farm gang, namely Wilma, Fred and Bam Bam the donkeys, a roost of farm chickens and a small herd of sheep. There’s also the fascinating little San Ambroso Museum, and a local art gallery to while away the afternoon.

  • MEALS (by special request)
  • ACTIVITIES hiking, swimming, walking, cycling, bird-watching, farm animals, golf


  • We spend a fantastic, cold June weekend at Tree Spirit Cottage. Despite the cold weather, the beautiful cottage was warm. The view from the cottage is lovely, looking over the dam and surrounded by natural Fynbos vegetation. The children rode their bikes around the farm while my husband caught a fish in the dam next to the cottage. Anthony and Fiona are excellent hosts, with many interesting and amusing stories to tell. Fiona is an excellent chef. Although we used the wonderful braai facilities and seating area, Fiona's meal was the highlight! My children adored the friendly animals, particularly Bam Bam the donkey and Hilary the pig. They spent so much time with them. Bam Bam even ran along on a few bicycle rides. There are lovely hikes in the natural forest nearby. We took one, which we all enjoyed. The setting of the farm on the mountain is particularly appealing. It is so quiet, although it isn't far from Knysna. We enjoyed the peaceful days in nature and the nights looking at the milky way, while sitting around a fire. My 9 year old daughter cried her heart out when we had to leave. It was great to see the children enjoying nature so much. We will definitely be back. Its the type of place that will have you feeling no stay is long enough.

    June 21016 – budget getaways
  • Tree Spirit Cottage is truly a unique venue. I found it to be incredibly appealing and thoroughly peaceful place. The setting is idyllic, perfect for those who need to completely de-stress for whatever reasons. I also found it appealing in that the owners, Anthony and Fiona Paton, live out their ideals of being in harmony with nature and in reducing their 'footprint' through solar energy and organic farming.

    J. M. Thompson
  • Fiona is a great hostess and an excellent chef! Perfect for vegetarians. The farm is a dream location for people who love nature and peace and tranquility. My favourite spot is the pond with the beautiful lotus flowers, great for a swim in the morning. Will definitely come back!

    Ulrike Claudius
  • Beautiful secluded spot. Food was delicious and hosts just lovely. Our toddler couldn't get enough of the farm animals and we loved the escape. Walks in the indigenous forest were a real highlight and the 'off the grid' setup with permaculture veggie garden were an inspiration. We'll go back!

    Rowan Duys
  • We recently visited the tree spirit cottage and was delighted with our hosts and the cottage. We hope to return soon.

    Nico Nortje