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On the Cliff Guest House
Ranked #21 of 85 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 21, 2008

This is the only guest house that we stayed in during our honeymoon in South Africa and I would be shocked if anyone ever had anything negative to say about this guesthouse. We were greeted by the owners at the electronically controlled gates and Charmaine as previously mentioned was a fantastic hostess. She organised dinner for us and a shark diving trip at very short notices. Mediterrane restaurant and Marine Expeditions shark trip were both fantasic. As we were leaving early for the shark trip charmaine left us up some yoghurts to take with us on our trip, a nice touch.

The guest house itself is a 15 minute walk along a stunning cliff top walk from hermanus itself. We had the biggest suite in the house and it was spectacular, on the 1st floor. We had a large sitting room, huge bedroom, walk in wardrobes and a big bathroom. A long balcony was acessible from all the rooms. At times we got so exicted by seeing whales breach from outside our room but seen so many we got used to the excitement of it all. It was relaxing to sit on the balcony with wine and watch the whales to pass by. A fantastic place to stay and thanks to Charmaine and her family for making our stay in Hermanus on honeymoon such a good experience.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

I have to agree with all of the rave reviews of this place. On the Cliff Guest House is perfect spot if you want to be close to both Old and New Harbor. Chermaine was charming and helpful with suggesting places to eat and see. Her directions might have been a bit more specific, but you get used to it - Hermanus is really small. The first thing she did after showing us around is to offer us a glass of wine and tell us a bit about where she got the wine. There is an honesty bar upstairs so you really don't need to go anywhere, just sit back and soak up the atmosphere. The guesthouse is in a perfect spot - away from touristy places, but you can still walk to town. And the whales are practically in your front yard!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

My wife and I stayed with our sons, aged 12 and 14, from 20-23 Aug 2008. Great rooms! My wife and I enjoyed the 1st floor views, and the boys liked the fact they had "their own garden" downstairs. Everyone was happy and the whales put on a show too. But it is the easy and charming style of Charmaine and Hylton as hosts that really make On the Cliff. Many thanks to them. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

Stayed at property for 2 nights and we echo all the comments of previous review. We knew from past comments that it should be good and it didn't disappoint.

The house is absolutely gorgeous and the bedrooms are fantastic. You can see the sea from ground floor but without hesitation, the first floor rooms are amazing. The sea views are fantastic and as we were there in middle of whale watching season, you could sit in bed or on balcony and spot whales. We saw loads of Southern Right whales.

If you have a ground floor room then not a problem as the cliff walk is yards away and it is just beautiful to sit out on the many benches gazing at the ocean.

The rooms are spacious, clean and generally very well appointed.

The breakfast was very good and Charmaine is a lovely and very interesting host.

This place sums up why we try to use Trip Advisor to source lovely bed and breakfast places which give you far better rooms at a price which is lower than hotels. The personal advice from hosts is also worth a lot.

We loved Hermanus as well. Perhaps the town is nothing special but it is so relaxing just walking along the cliff path. This is a town with a very safe feel which you cannot say everywhere in South Africa. We had no concerns walking to/from town at night.

The Harbour Rock Restaurant was recommended by Charmaine and this was excellent.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

On the Cliff is a must stay in Hermanus, Charmaine is the friendliest host we have ever met & made out stay in Hermanus truly memorable! The view from our room was out of this world, upon being shown to our room Charmaine was helping us spot whales straight away! The standard of the room is very high with under floor heating being a great addition to the room in winter, it had everything & more we needed. The breakfast was great & it was really nice of Charmaine to take time out of her day to sit with us & tell us some amazing stories! She booked us on a great whale watching tour & recommended some great restaurants! I cannot recommend On the Cliff enough, you must stay here if you are thinking of visiting Hermanus. They have private parking & a friendly guard dog, Princess, a great honestly bar & have direct access to the cliff paths! The best guest lodge we stayed in on our trip!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

Cannot recommend this lovely guest house highly enough! Charmaine and Hylton are wonderful hosts - they could not do enough for us but were never imposing. Our room was most impressive - very large, tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. The breakfasts were lovely and offered plenty of choice. The house was in a very good location - right on the cliffs as the name suggests (across a not too busy road) at what we thought was the nicer end of town. In front of the property is a locally famous cliff path that is well maintained and gives good views of to sea. Of course Hermanus is famous for whale watching. Sadly we missed that particular pleasure by a month or so but in season you could sit on your bed or balcony and watch them just a few yards away! There are a number of beaches in and around Hermanus - we thought the best was Grotto Beach at the other end of town - miles of white sand and quiet even in mid summer (but with clean loos and a handy place for lunch or drinks close to the car park). Charmaine recommended that we try the Harbour Rock restaurant (above the working harbour). We went twice and thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the food and the wine. Would recommend booking or suggest arrive early as it is very popular. We would not hesitate in recommending this very impressive guest house to our best friends and we would certainly return next time we are in Hermanus. Final tip - if you take the coast road back to Cape Town - look out for Stoney Point. Thanks to Hylton's excellent suggestion we found a colony of native African penguins - there are still boardwalks and a small entrance fee but much less Disney and more rugged than Boulders on the Cape Peninsula!

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed January 7, 2008

This is the second time we have stayed at On the Cliff guest house, and once again had an amazing time! The house and rooms are extremely comfortable, spacious and elegant. Views are breathtaking! And at the pool and relaxation areas, one can only feel at home. The lovely hosts, Charmaine and Hylton are welcoming, happy to assist, and great breakfast conversationalists. A definite recommendation! We'll be back.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 42 Westcliff Road | Westcliff, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range: $135 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — On the Cliff Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seafront luxury guest house with sea views from all rooms. Sauna, heated pool, pub, gym, guest lounges, bicycles and more. Situated with the cliff paths directly in front of the house and beautiful views of the whales in season from your room. Shark cage diving, whale viewing, diving, horse riding, fantastic beaches and lots more. ... more   less 
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