ShellThis Architect designed beach house built with straw bales provides spacious, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in Elands Bay, West Coast, South Africa.

3 Bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms, Sleeps 6,
Ideal for everyone.

“This straw house, designed by Matthew Beatty, and built by the Burgers epitomizes relaxation. The thick bale walls protect from the relentless winds, keeping the rooms cool in the hot dry summers and warm in the cold winters.”


  • Parking for 3-4 vehicles
  • Open plan kitchen with gas oven/stove and fridge/freezer
  • Open plan dining area (seats 6)
  • Open plan lounge (seats 10) with fireplace (no braaiing indoors please)
  • 3 Bedrooms (sleeps 6 in total) with linen, bedding and towels
  • Shower Room with toilet
  • Bathhouse with toilet
  • Outdoor braai spot and sitting area


  • The house is very much a handmade labour of love with lots of bespoke fixtures and fittings. As such, please be careful and considerate to avoid unnecessary damage or breakages. Be sure to notify Mark of any breakages so that items can be replaced or repaired.
  • The counter tops and sink area are hard surfaces which have been known to break crockery and glassware with the slightest knock – please be mindful of this.
  • The tap water is drinkable.
  • As in all West Coast areas, water is a scarcity, so please use it wisely.
  • The toilets are connected to a septic tank so nothing other than your “business” and your toilet paper should be flushed. If in doubt, put it in the bin provided.
  • Dogs are welcome but the property is not fenced.
  • This is a non-smoking house.
  • There are thorns in the surrounding veld, so be sure to wear shoes when leaving the common areas.
  • Gas, toilet paper and electricity are provided.
  • The electricity is via a prepaid meter. It should always be sufficiently topped up for your use.
  • From time to time, there are unforeseen powercuts in the area. This has nothing to do with the level of top up in the meter and requires patience and a couple of candles till it comes back on.
  • Please lock the windows and doors of all areas if you leave the property. Although crime is virtually non-existent in the area, we cannot be held responsible for any losses that might occur.