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  • Central location in the heart of the historic harbour village
  • Elegant references to the historic building kept after remodelling
  • Luxurious rooms paired with beautiful views

Harbour House Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hermanus


-34.4213, 19.2432


Harbour House Hotel is situated a stone’s throw away from a variety of upmarket restaurants, popular attractions and activities in Hermanus. Accommodation consists of intimate rooms in the restored manor house, as well as a new wing with 18 spacious suites featuring sophisticated modern décor and luxury at every turn; from fine cotton bedding to marble and granite finishes and carefully created art pieces.

The New Wing's rooms have a seating area, kitchenette with microwave oven and fridge, and en-suite bathroom with heated towel rails. The living area has a plasma TV, wireless internet and air-conditioning.

Featuring a personal bar, the romantic Manor House rooms are open-plan with millstone floors, large baths and walk in-showers, and feature a DVD player, fan and private patio or balcony. Many of the rooms have attractive views over Walker’s Bay.

The Mint Wellness Salon, and the relaxed terrace adorned with wine barrels and offering al-fresco lunches, are always available for guests seeking a restful day.

In the evening, the Celebration Table, accompanied by a wine bar, provides an intimate dining area and gives guests the opportunity to enjoy pre-drinks or host a private braai.

For those seeking independence, six luxury apartments - separate from the hotel and accommodating up to six people each - are on offer to provide a supreme self-catering experience for groups or families.

Rates & Summary

3 Classic Rooms

Sleep 2 in King-size/twin beds
Lower level rooms
En-suite bath and shower
Private balcony 

9 Premier Rooms

Sleep 2 in King size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private balcony with partial ocean views

6 Luxury Rooms

Sleep 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Panoramic ocean views from balcony

5 Romantic Rooms

Sleep 2 in King-size/twin beds
Located in manor house
En-suite bath and shower
Personal bar
Private patio or balcony


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Continental and hot breakfast included
The restaurant serves lunch as well


Children of all ages are welcome.
One child or a third adult sharing can be accommodated with 2 adults in Classic, Premier and Luxury rooms.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the heart of the historical village, Harbour House Hotel has been modelled after its original architecture – a thatched roof seaside manor house built in 1920. Perfectly located above the Old Harbour in Hermanus, the hotel’s understated luxury is complemented by the soothing surrounds and has well appointed rooms with sophisticated décor and ocean views, all within walking distance of the town’s top attractions. 


  • Central location in the heart of the historic harbour village
  • Elegant references to the historic building kept after remodelling
  • Luxurious rooms paired with beautiful views

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the hotel are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Infinity pool with lookout terrace
  • Whale watching
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Wellness salon
  • Shark-cage diving
  • Pristine beaches
  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security





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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