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“Good food and wine in Hermanus” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse & Restaurant

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Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse & Restaurant
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   181 Piet Retief Crescent | Sandbaai, Hermanus 7200, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #20 of 84 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
london uk
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Good food and wine in Hermanus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

The hosts Petra and Mannus made us feel immediately welcome. Seafront location with sea views and tasteful luxurious rooms.
The highlight of this place for us was the amazing dinners in the evening and wonderful wine cellar
Hermanus has becoming a bustling town with lovely beaches and is close to a wine route.
Recommended.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Stayed there for two nights last october. Execellent food, wines, service and hospitality! The Wine Cellar is remarkable! What a wonderful place to spend a weekend or holiday! We didn't miss a thing. Loved it!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed the first night in the honeymoon suite which was very comfortable with a nice view, dinner was good but you are cajoled into buying a bottle of wine from their cellar which was overpriced. We shifted to the " Scallop" for the next two nights which whilst comfortable, the room opened out onto a patio which was shared by the other rooms and left little in terms of privacy as everyone else is sitting outside their rooms also. We booked on the basis that this was 5 star accommodation, however it was 4 at the very most. Way overpriced for what it was in our opinion.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Our 2nd stay in this great b&b. Our 1st visit was several years ago so we wondered whether it would would be as good 2nd time round. I shouldn't have worried, it was. Fabulous location right next to the sea. There's a lovely swimming beach 10 minutes walk away (the sea is very cold but wonderfully refreshing). Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Meals are usually around a communal table, which is a great opportunity to meet the hosts and guests over a glass (or more) of wine. The food was really good, home cooked and freshly prepared. And you get to choose your wine from the extensive cellar at the b&b. The hosts are perfect, nothing is too much trouble. I can't imagine not coming back again...

Room Tip: Eat in and you can drink as much as you want !
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

My son (20) and I stayed here in Sept 2013 and it was a highlight of our trip. Petro and Mannes are superb hosts, catering to all your needs. The twin room was spacious and double beds for both of us. Petro chose a bottle of shiraz for me which is the best I've ever had - now I'm in the UK I can't find it :-(. Mannes and my son got on famously, a late night of whisky drinking ensued..... The weather was terrible when we stayed and our planned cage shark diving and whale watching was cancelled. Petro arranged white water rafting and quad biking in a local wine estate. It was brilliant! I'm 48 & its the first time I've been white water rafting so I was terrified - it was adrenaline fuelled fun (apart from the last set of rapids called judgement day, I chickened out on that one). Thank you Petro and Mannes for such a wonderful stay. I intend to come back in 2015, got to do the cage shark diving!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was a part of a group vacation to South Africa recently. Three families traveled to Hermanus and had the privilege of staying at Schulphoek Seaside Lodge. There were 13 of us in total (6 adults and 7 children). Let me be clear, we took two flights for a total of 22 hours and then loaded into a bus for a 1 1/2 hour drive to the beautiful lodge. Unfortunately, our trip was somewhat delayed and then we happened upon poor weather for the drive. Our entire group arrived 1 hour beyond the start of dinner. We had weary hungry children, adults who just wanted to be pampered, and so much luggage we were unsure what was to go where.

Truthfully the moment of arrival was the last stressful minute of our 2 nights in Hermanus. We dropped off our luggage, smiled at the warm inviting rooms, and shuffled off to dinner. This was exactly what we needed and couldn't believe our good fortunes.

The poor weather continued throughout the weekend and our scheduled excursions were cancelled due to safety concerns in the ocean. Not to worry, Petra immediately scheduled us a private van and guide making several lovely suggestions for how to spend our day. Mannes welcomed us back to dinner that evening recommending a private hour for the children (and their own personal menu to boot) followed by a fantastic adult meal for ourselves. The children were happy and cuddled in the cottage with movies provided by Petra. We were picking our personal wines in the cellar to match the creations in Mannes' kitchen. Such style, grace, and hospitality.

We absolutely loved our time at Schulphoek. Petra and Mannes have a fabulous house and welcome the smallest of travelers with kindness and elegance. There aren't a lot of locations that happily host children in the environment that Schulphoek provides. Let me say, not only were our children welcomed, but the entire staff went out of their way to provide a luxury experience for each little person.

Hermanus and Schulphoek set the bar for the remaining vacation. Each meal was compared to the talents exhibited by Mannes. Many times when faced with a decision of where to go and what to do, we wished that we had Petra to give clear insight of what would be best for the large group.

We are a group that firmly believes you listen to the locals and take their recommendations. I'm glad we did and that Schulphoek Seaside Lodge was recommended to us. Our only regret, was that we did not stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This venue is a must for all visitors to Hermanus. The welcome from Petro and Mannes is sincere and the effort they and their staff put in to making your stay a success is remarkable. Don't book any outside restaurants during your stay and enjoy Mannes's food and the excellent wines they have on offer in their extensive cellar.

In the right season, I believe May to November, whale enthusiasts can watch from the lounge area and, if lucky, can have a close up view of one of nature's marvels

Room Tip: All the rooms are good but only one offers the opportunity to view whales
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 181 Piet Retief Crescent | Sandbaai, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse & Restaurant 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Schulphoek guesthouse overlooks the bay from which it received its name - an idyllic expanse of ocean, where whales are frequent visitors. Beyond its quiet beaches, you will find nature paths and bird watching. Just 5km from Hermanus centre, Schulphoek offers an eco-conscious refuge, with seven sumptuously decorated suites that overlook either our garden or the sea. Food is our passion. You will find a three-course menu du jour, served at our social table (or separate) with organic produce from our potager garden and fresh-line fish. Our cellar is a haven for aficionados, featuring 12,000 bottles of local wine. ... more   less 
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