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  • Set just out of town in pristine seaside surroundings
  • Elegant guesthouse with warm, knowledgeable hosts
  • Great base for exploring Paternoster and the surrounding coastal treasures

Farr Out Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Paternoster


-32.8206, 17.894


Farr Out is a unique guesthouse, owned and managed by German-born Marion and her South African companion Deon, a fully qualified tour guide who has a deep-rooted love for the Beach Buggy and is an enthusiastic 4X4 driver who would love to share his West Coast experiences with you on his tailormade excursions that start from the premises.

The four elegant, tastefully furnished guest rooms and the exciting Wigwam Rising Moon at Farr Out will make your stay comfortable and unforgettable. On the ground floor, Black Mussel is a spacious, east-facing King / twin bedroom with sea views. You can witness the beautiful sunrise as well as moonrise, while fynbos will amaze your eyes from the private patio. White Mussel is a north-facing Queen bedroom with spectacular sea views which can be enjoyed from its private terrace. At the top level of the East Wing, Oyster Room and Perlemoen are ideal as family unit as these en-suite rooms are interleading, sharing an entrance. Perlemoen is an east-facing Twin/King bedroom well-known for its stunning sunrises, and Oyster Room is a north facing Queen bedroom with stunning views onto Paternoster and the bay, especially from the private patio.

Wigwam Rising Moon allows you to experience the Apache way of life in the rustic but luxurious tepee tent that has all the comforts and amenities of a modern hotel, and is set away from main house and surrounded by nature. Snuggle up in the comfortable octagonal bed, listen to the sounds of nature's nightlife, and enjoy stargazing from the skylight window. Most probably you'll wake up by the call of the Francolins early in the morning. You might even spot one of the 'Little Five': mongoose, tortoise, francolin, hare and duiker, or you can visit the Koi pond. Spend a few minutes in the garden beach wicker basket. Specially imported from Germany, it shelters brilliantly from the wind, allowing you to sit in peace, looking out over the dunes in the distance. At night you can enjoy star watching with a difference in the romantic outdoor wood fired Hot Tub. 

Take a tailor-made Beach Buggy trip along the endless beach, go kitesurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving or kayaking. Bicycle hire is a pleasant way to get around in Paternoster. For hikers, the Columbine Nature Reserve with the well known Tietiesbaai, offers a climb to the top of the last manned lighthouse in South Africa to view the bay and surrounding hills.

Rates & Summary

4 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/Queen/twin beds
En-suite with shower
3 have private balconies / terraces
2 are adjacent for families
Sea, fynbos or sunrise views

Wigwam Rising Moon 

Tepee tent set in the fynbos
Sleeps 2 in an octagonal bed
En-suite with shower
Skylight window
Private entrance


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Breakfast included
Dinner available with 48 hours notice
(minimum 4 guests)  


Upstairs rooms are interleading. A CampMaster bed is available for one extra child. Kids of all ages enjoy the huge play yard with swing, jungle gym and sand pit.


Why Stay Here?

Farr Out, a few minutes drive from the charming old fishermen's village of Paternoster, is not exactly what you would call "far", but when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote. Relax in this tranquil atmosphere, or be as active as you like - the choice is yours. Set in idyllic fynbos surroundings, Farr Out offers the perfect 'off the beaten track' breakaway. It has four elegant guest rooms, and the exciting Wigwam Rising Moon luxury tepee. 


  • Set just out of town in pristine seaside surroundings
  • Elegant guesthouse with warm, knowledgeable hosts
  • Great base for exploring Paternoster and the surrounding coastal treasures


Wigwam Rising Moon is 40m away from the main house.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, swimsuit, binoculars for bird watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The 200m shell pathway is easily navigable in any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Beach buggy & 4X4 trips
  • Romantic wood fired hot tub 
  • Children's play yard
  • Bird watching
  • Stargazing
  • Beach walks
  • Nearby golf courses
  • Surf, snorkel, scuba dive
  • Horse riding
  • Spring flowers in season


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape West Coast

Western Cape


This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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