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  • Comfortable, well equiped self catering in the heart of the whale capital
  • A short walk from the cliff paths, one of the best spots in the country for land-base whale watching
  • A great base for exploring town and the Overberg coast

Anchor's Rest

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In Hermanus


-34.4293, 19.2255


The intimate Anchor’s Rest is located in a quiet residential area of Hermanus and has achieved a winning blend of location, affordability, comfort and warm hospitality. Good self-catering facilities ensure that guests are able to enjoy a private seaside holiday, with the knowledge that passionate owner/managers Hilary and Guy are always there to lend a hand or give advice.

The guest rooms are spacious and decorated in calming light shades - a perfect match for the soothing sound of the nearby ocean - and are equipped with overhead fans, satellite television, DVD players, tea/coffee facilities and wireless internet.

The kitchenettes each feature a microwave, undercounter fridge, crockery, cutlery and a stove-top or mini oven, so preparing meals shouldn’t be a problem.

As an added bonus, each room has doors leading onto a patio with braai facilities, where tranquil outdoor dining is a pleasure on warm nights. Small private gardens add an attractive appeal.  

Although there are only four rooms, the accommodation is suitable for everyone from honeymooners to families. Well-suited to couples on a budget, Pebbles is the smallest room, housing a Queen-size bed and en-suite shower. The adjoining Driftwood, also with a shower, sleeps four people in a Queen-size bed and sleeper couch, and the two rooms can be linked to make a roomy family unit.

Ideal for honeymooners or the romantic at heart, the split-level Seagulls unit has an upstairs, full en-suite bedroom with pretty mountain views, and is the only unit to offer a glimpse of the sea. The two bedroomed Starfish is impressively spacious and has a full bathroom, making it a good choice for families or groups. 

For guests who aren’t feeling inclined to wake up early and prepare their own breakfasts, a tasty basket full of continental goodies can be delivered straight to your door, at a cost which will barely dent the pocket.

While waiting for your food to settle, you can take a dip in the saltwater swimming pool or relax in the garden. Hilary and Guy are exceptionally proud of their establishment and Hermanus itself, ensuring that guests enjoy a hassle-free stay while experiencing everything that the popular little town has to offer. The couple will gladly point the way to the famous Hermanus clifftops, where from June to December guests can witness the magnificence of whales swimming past at very close quarters, or guide you to the historic Old Harbour and its fascinating museum.

The village centre is a mere 1.5 km stroll away, and the New Harbour, where some great sea-facing restaurants and bars can be found, is also within easy walking distance.Activities such as sea cruises, fishing and scuba diving can all be arranged from the New Harbour, while attractions close by include the white sands of Grotto Beach, two excellent golf courses and the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Some hidden gems can be uncovered at the town’s craft shops and art galleries, while thrill-seekers can partake in great white shark cage diving or paragliding.   

Whatever your preferences, Hilary and Guy will happily assist with planning excursions and making bookings.

Rates & Summary


Sleeps 4 in Queen-size bed and sleeper couch
Bathroom with shower
Living/dining room
Patio with barbeque


Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Patio with barbeque
Driftwood and Pebbles can be joined to make family unit

Seagulls (loft suite)

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with barbeque
Mountain and sea view


Sleeps 4 in Queen and twin bedrooms
Full bathroom
Open-plan living area
Patio with barbeque


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Default meal plan is self-catering
Continental breakfast at extra cost


Children 10 and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the whale watching paradise of Hermanus, Anchor’s Rest offers affordable self-catering accommodation and impeccable service, and is a short walk away from the town’s centre. Anchor’s Rest is just 150 metres away from the Hermanus cliff paths, one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. Guests will enjoy the comfortable seaside ambience of their spacious rooms, which are well equipped for self-catering and feature patios with braai areas. If desired, a lovely continental breakfast is delivered straight to your door.


  • Comfortable, well equiped self catering in the heart of the whale capital
  • A short walk from the cliff paths, one of the best spots in the country for land-base whale watching
  • A great base for exploring town and the Overberg coast

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Shady garden
  • Nearby: beaches, harbours, whale watching, shark-cage diving, sea kayaking, kite surfing, river and lagoon cruises, nature reserves, horse riding, hiking, abseiling, paragliding, quad biking,  golf, wine route, shopping, museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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