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  • Incredible views over the sea and coastal surrounds
  • Paternoster is a charming traditional fishing village
  • Luxurious accommodation makes a great base for exploring

Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

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-32.8095, 17.884

About

For sheer character and stunning natural beauty, not much beats the West Coast gem that is Paternoster. Its pretty, boulder-strewn beach, colourful wooden boats and fantastic fresh seafood have made the secluded fishing village increasingly popular as a holiday destination in recent years, and multiple accommodation establishments have sprung up as a result.

Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guesthouse is undoubtedly one of the best of these, maximising its beautiful setting on the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The guesthouse is loaded with charm, featuring colourful contemporary décor and modern country furniture, along with interesting, carefully selected pieces of art, making everyone who enters feel very welcome.

The individually decorated rooms bear names that hint at their colour schemes and ambience. The two sea-facing luxury rooms include the ground level Aqua - which features shades of soothing blue - and the upper level Cinnamon, where guests will be delighted by the textured orange wall above the Queen-size bed. Both rooms have en-suite showers and lovely views of the dunes rolling down to the ocean.

Situated just off the courtyard and pool area, the Tranquil Room has a King-size or twin beds, en-suite shower and an enchanting array of mirrors on the bedroom walls. Partial sea views can be enjoyed from the plush seating area on the private patio.

A playful feel is created by the shades of pink and red in the Rose Room, a deluxe ground-level room with an en-suite bath and shower and a private patio overlooking the ocean. The ground floor rooms offer very easy access to the beach via pathways winding through the dunes.

Romantic scarlet décor is the dominant feature of the striking upper level Red Suite, a spacious room that can handle self-catering. Guests can walk down the private staircase to get access to the beach.

Havens of comfort, all five rooms have percale linen, air conditioning, electric blankets, a tea and coffee station, cable television, wireless internet, a minibar fridge and hair dryer. The bathrooms come equipped with rejuvenating locally sourced Rooibos bath products. 

Couples looking for private self-catering accommodation will not regret staying at Dune Ridge, a fisherman’s cottage-style unit 500m from the guest house. The lights and geyser of this cottage are powered by solar energy, but the unit is far from rustic, featuring satellite television, a docking station and wireless internet. Food prepared in the well-equipped kitchenette can be enjoyed at the dining table, while the patio overlooking the ocean is a wonderful setting for a braai.

Back at the guesthouse, bed-and-breakfast guests will savour some lovely morning meals on the communal patio, also overlooking the sea. On cold days, guest can pick a book to peruse in the relaxed atmosphere of the guest lounges.

Paternoster’s pretty white beaches are seemingly never-ending, making them perfect for long walks, and the sight of colourful wooden fishing boats bobbing around in the ocean is a memorable one. A variety of top-class restaurants utilise the fresh seafood caught by these fishermen, with the village particularly well-known for its lobster dishes.

While you’re in the area, take the chance to visit the last manned lighthouse built in South Africa, experience the wonders of the Columbine Nature Reserve or do some kite surfing, sea kayaking or horse riding. 

If you simply want to be pampered, then book one of the treatments available at the guesthouse’s beauty clinic.

 

Rates & Summary


2 luxury sea-facing rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin or Queen beds
En-suite shower
Terraces with sea views

1 deluxe sea facing room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with sea views

Tranquil Room

Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Sea-facing terrace

Red Suite

Upper level room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge, kitchenette and dining table
Direct beach access

Dune Ridge (self-catering)

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Kitchen
Patio with braai, and sea views
Eco-friendly

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and Full English breakfast included

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the quaint West Coast fishing village of Paternoster, Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guesthouse can be found tucked among white sands overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The guesthouse offers exclusive accommodation in five luxury guest rooms and two self-catering units. Brimming with character, the vibrant atmosphere of this luxury guesthouse matches that of the idyllic village in which it is located. Guests here can enjoy stylish, welcoming accommodation a stone’s throw from the white sands of the beach.

Summary

  • Incredible views over the sea and coastal surrounds
  • Paternoster is a charming traditional fishing village
  • Luxurious accommodation makes a great base for exploring

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Beauty clinic
  • Direct beach access

Nearby: lighthouse, kite surfing, sea kayaking, fishing, horse riding, golf, theatre, wine tasting, nature reserves.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

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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