We had one of our best family holidays yet in this house - uninterupted views out to sea with whales and dolphins, beautiful and secure private garden, stylish but not 'done' interior. The house is genuinely beautiful and interesting - it was the first house to be built - over 100 years ago - on this beach, and has been owned by the same family since it was built. The bedrooms and bathrooms are set around a lovely internal courtyard and have real old-world charm. Most had direct views out to sea.
The owners were incredibly helpful and enthusiastic. The housekeeper is a gem - flexible, kind and full of amusing anecdotes. There are great restaurants in the nearby town, but also a lovely barbeque in the garden - with the best view in South Africa! Local shops sell good provisions.
There are plenty of activities for families. The nearby beach is huge and unspoilt - we spent hours wandering along it and occasionally recruiting local children to play beach cricket. There is horseriding, swimming, walking and sightseeing all available nearby. But nothing could beat hanging out with our 3 small children on the stoep watching the world go
Overall highly recommended and we can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy magnificent views of Walker Bay and being close to Grotto Beach at La Gratitude Villa. This historical holiday home has recently been renovated to upgrade the accommodation and facilities to 21st Century standards. It offers superb, understated luxury accommodation in Hermanus that still retains the magic of bygone years. It is a few steps from secluded coves, 12km of pristine beach, the Hermanus cliff paths and a short drive from the village. ... more less