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“Heavenly Oystercatcher's haven” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Oystercatcher's Haven at Paternoster
Ranked #5 of 19 Paternoster B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Heavenly Oystercatcher's haven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

After a very busy December myself and my husband were in desperate need of a holiday. Somewhere to restore the body and mind. Views of the ocean from our bed, hearty breakfasts, evening turn downs and our attentive host Wayne who helped us with restaurant bookings are but a few of the reasons why we would return to this gem! The only disappointment was that we couldn't extend our stay by another night as our room was booked.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jax114
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pretoria, South Africa
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

When looking for a getaway you can not do better than this little haven. It really is stunning- a little piece of heaven. A few metres from the beach, literally! We had breakfast on our little stoep "patio" overlooking the beach. The service was superb and personal. Wayne and sandy had time for a little chat. They were also great with the Dinner reservations.

On our first night we missed our initial flight into Cape Town, so we took a later flight, which meant we wouldn't make it for dinner, but Wayne willingly offered to order in our sushi and collect it just before we arrived. And how good was that sushi. ..

Breakfast was quite a treat. Quite limited but enough to get our day started- plus the venue and location made up for that!

Sandy also managed to organise some flu meds for us which was a great help.

We will definitely be back for many more visits. There really isn't a better hideaway in the world.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LBKomana
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed at Oystercatcher Haven for 5 nights on our latest trip to South Africa. Anja, Wayne, Sandy and Claudia have fine tuned this operation to provide a very relaxing location. Fabulous location with amazing views onto the beach - so close to the sea that initially it was almost too noisy until we acclimatised - but we certainly did. Friendly, helpful and attentive with really good breakfasts. Its not trendy but do not in any way be put off by the eclectic, even quirky decor and furnishings. We started our stay in the newly converted Room 4 on the ground floor and were then moved to the suite on the upper floor for our last 2 nights. Both different, both really nice. Restaurant bookings had been made by Anja and we juggled these a bit as we got used to what was on offer in Paternoster - Voorstrand once, Noisy Oyster and Gaaitjie Salt Water twice each. Lots of great fish and shellfish - really fresh and in very interesting surroundings with lots of friendly fellow guests and a bit of a party atmosphere. We liked Wayne's artwork and were really envious of the fantastic guest house that he and Sandy have created over the past 13 years. Took lots of interesting trips out ( Wayne full of useful advise) and saw lots of wildflowers and nature along this beautiful stretch of the coast. We stayed exactly 10 years to the day that Madiba and his wife had a 4 night break at the Oystercatcher Haven - we understood why he was apparently so reluctant to leave!! Take a detour from Capetown, its not that far and really worth it!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 336PeterG
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Paternoster is very unique and you should visit if you are in the area. The place with the most B&B's in a very small area, but still very peaceful.
The view from the B&B is beautiful. You look out over the ocean/beach from your room and about everywhere in the hotel.
Don't expect a pool to swim in. Very small and basically just a plunge pool to cool down, but all the pools we saw was like that.
The breakfast was Ok. The hosts are very attentive and kind.
We were not blown away by the rooms. Different but not as luxurious as one might expect for the price.
A few restaurants in town and really good food at all the ones we tried. Not all the restaurants are open in the week during the off seasons so make sure you plan accordingly.
Paternoter is a great place to relax and recharge your batteries.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LorindaSa
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place, a typical example of South African seaside chic (ie expensively rustic), is in a great location, and makes a lovely romantic break - if you can afford it. The sea, as everyone notes, is right outside your window, and (when the sun comes out), the waves are just mesmerising to watch. You can walk straight out on to the beach as well. Breakfast was good. We were advised not to walk into Paternoster itself for dinner - providing yet another reminder of the tensions and inequalities in South African life. The 'swimming pool' is just a small plunge pool on the terrace.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cultural_dessert
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Bath, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We spent 4 nights here at the end of a 6 week tour of South Africa, and could not have had a more relaxing time. The house itself is in a stunning position overlooking the ocean, with a wide sandy beach a few steps down the dunes from the house ,We stayed in Room 1 on the ground floor, and it was a bit of a shock when we first saw the room with its very eclectic decor and furnishings. However first impressions are not always to be trusted and we can honestly say we had the best stay here. We had our own private entrance from a lovely little sun terrace, where we had a delicious breakfast served by either Wayne or Claudia each day, and the view from the guesthouse is simply spectacular and good for the soul. Just round the corner from our terrace was a little area that we could sunbathe in, and it was perfect. The dining options in Paternoster are a little limited, especially on a weekend, but by this stage we were more than happy to dine at the Voorstrand cafe slap bang on the beach where the food was fresh and beautifully cooked and presented. We strolled along the beach more often than not accompanied by Wayne and Sandy's three dogs and at the end of each day, we slept like logs, with the windows open, a sea breeze blowing in, and the crashing waves lulling us to sleep. A perfect end to a hectic holiday and we felt refreshed and relaxed when we sadly left.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jennydecember12
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Canberra, Australia
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

An easy drive from Capetown stopping at great farmstalls on the way, Paternoster is a treat for the senses. Whitewashed cottages, no ugly advertising or development, peaceful clean beaches, a nature drive nearby, great food at several restaurants, and the lovely Oystercatchers Haven B&B. When the wind blows, stay inside and be cool (or warm in winter), enjoy the well chosen African memorabilia collected by the hosts on their travels. When the sun shines, explore the beaches and have a quick bracing dip. The apartments are beautifully furnished - downstairs is handy, upstairs is peaceful and spacious. Breakfasts are delicious, nutritious and filling. The hosts are welcoming and kind - nothing was too much trouble, they looked after us wonderfully. Take a book and relax and swim, or explore. Chill and enjoy! Madiba did!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Oystercatcher's Haven at Paternoster
Address: Oystercatchers Haven | 48 Sonkwas Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Saldanha Bay Municipality > Paternoster
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Paternoster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Oystercatcher's Haven at Paternoster 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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