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“An absolute GEM!”
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ah! Guest House
Ranked #1 of 19 Paternoster B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 13, 2013

What can I say that hasn't already been said - superb guesthouse in superb location, miles of sandy beach, great hosts, quirky village, great restaurants and the fabulouse Chef's table - if you have the opportunity to dine here, do! ( I'm still dreaming of the pork dish!)

My parents and their friends are staying her in March on my recommendation - Paternoster was a great discovery made even better by this absolute gem

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Ah! Guest House is a wonderfuly relaxing place right at the sea in Paternoster; what sets it apart from other nice B&B's is the attention to detail, and the amazing cooking by Arnold, a former chef from Johannisburg. Joined by interesting other guests at a long table in the open kitchen we truly enjoyed his four course dinner which was one of the best we ever had in South Africa. And breakfast the next morning was very innovative, too! The rooms, though somewhat small, are comfortable and nicely decorated. Less than two hours north of Cape Town this is a great place to spend a few days at the sea and enjoy marvellous food. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Ok, so I almost don't want to tell anyone else about this little treasure in Paternoster so there will be space for when I want to return, but alas I must share. First off, I was lucky to stumble onto this amazing little guest house completely by accident while I was frantically searching for a place during the Christmas holidays. Since I was told that we could not miss the quaint little fishing village on our trip to South Africa, fate definitely smiled on us when Ah! had two nights available. I can now say we wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else when we return!

Not only do Arnold and Annelise spoil their guests rotten with all of the attention to detail (truffles on the nightstand anyone???), I challenge you to eat as well in all of South Africa. As other visitors have noted, the three course breakfasts are truly decadent and delicious, but the real stand out is the four-course chef's table dinner. You can eat around a long table with guests and other diners and indulge in the wonderful meal that Arnold and Annelise have prepared using fresh, local ingredients. The beef carpaccio with capers, coconut lemongrass steeped fish, and chocolate/white chocolate dessert with rooibos/fig homemade ice cream dessert were so memorable that we found ourselves comparing all of the remaining meals of our time in S.A. to this one!

As if that weren't enough, the design of the space is so relaxing, paying homage to local artists and taking advantage of the beautiful ocean views and atmosphere. Our room was spacious, with a comfy bed/linens and showed all of the thought that the owners have taken to make certain their guests have a pleasant stay -- from a beach bag with beach towels, bath salts for the sunken tub, robes and slippers, wine and champagne glasses in the rooms and turn down service every night. There is also a wonderful sun/moon deck to relax with a drink, or a book, complete with a chiminea to keep you warm on colder nights.

Even when you just want to chill out and watch a movie (or if there is heaven forbid a rainy day), there are a bunch of DVDs for guests to choose from. I obviously could go on and on, but I will just say if you are headed to Paternoster, do yourself a favor and book a room or even just a dinner for you will not be disappointed...we just may be when it is full when we want to go back :)

Room Tip: We stayed in the Airplane Jane room and thought it was truly special, but I don't think there is...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Very cute spot with all the details and conveniences to make your stay memorably luxurious... Including blockout to ensure a good nights sleep, and aircon to keep you comfortable when the wind is howling outside.

The most memorable thing is certainly Arnold's cooking. You'll realise this is no ordinary B&B when you wakeup to a 3 course breakfast! Book a gourmet 4 course dinner at the chef's table and you won't look back... In fact you might even make some new friends as everyone tucks into the meal with relish.

Very special!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Where do i start.This is our second and certainly not our last trip to ah guest house.Arnold and Analise have made some changes to the property which makes it an even more relaxing and chilled out space to start our trip to the western cape.They have included a lovely roof terrace with loungers for enjoying a good bookand also with lovely views out to sea for my non reading husband .The breakfast was superb especially the liquorice ice cream and the evening meal heavenly made even better by the lovely company at the table.We will be back the question is how soon can we revisit your little piece of paradise

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Paternoster, with its pretty seaside cottage's and Greek island feel is a haven for those traversing the Cape's scenic west coast. With miles of beach, friendly locals and a myriad of restaurants to enjoy - and only 1,5 hours from Cape Town it really is one of the best kept secrets on the seaboard.
But, where to stay?
We were absolutely ruined by staying at Ah the first time we went to Paternoster, we've since tried two other venues, but then ran back to owners Arnold and Annalise - knowing we could do no better.
Situated right on the beach, with stunning views and a private garden, Ah is the perfect base from which to explore the town, or relax on the beach. It also happens to be a base that serves the best three course meals (yes, meals, even a three course breakfast!) I've ever had.
There's little I can add, just go there. If you don't enjoy it, then holidays aren't for you!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but the downstairs rooms offer a small patio and easier access to the beach...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I probably visit three times a year on average. If "My room" is not available then any of the others, each with it own special feel and sense of style, beomes my home for a few days. This is an ideal chill out venue where exceptional and innovative food, gracious hosts and peaceful and beautiful surroundings nurture the soul. Last night predinner drinks on the upper terrace led to the first two courses being served there as the sunset faded and the stars appeared. We then retired downstairs as Arnold cut the pasta and added the perfectly cooked Crayfish. We were only four for dinner last night but on some occasions the table has seated 12. As we waved goodbye to our hosts this morning we started to plan the next visit.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 1 Mosselbank Street | Mosselbank, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Saldanha Bay Municipality > Paternoster
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Paternoster
Price Range: $107 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ah! Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ah! Guest House is owner run and situated in the picturesque fisherman's village, Paternoster, just 150 km from Cape Town. Sumptuous breakfasts, gourmet dinners, comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms & attention to detail, air con, designer bedlinen, unique artwork, splash pool and personal attention await visitors to ah! guest house. ... more   less 
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