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  • Seaside location in the popular whale watching town of Hermanus
  • Luxurious rooms, and attentive service for a relaxing stay
  • On-site restaurant offers great food and a well-stocked cellar

Schulphoek Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Sandbaai


-34.427, 19.2006


Overlooking the bay from which it takes its name, Schulphoek Guest House is situated on a cove that is ideal for boat-based whale watching. This protected cove is also home to many birds, small mammals and marine life. Schulphoek’s concierge service will facilitate any of Hermanus’s diverse experiences, including picnic baskets, wine-route trips and coastal walk planning, making every effort to ensure that your stay is a success.

The elegant suites at Schulphoek Guest House are named after the marine life in the bay. The standard suites are Perlemoen, Clam & Alikreukel, and the superior suites Limpet and Oyster. Limpet has an African theme and a skylight feature. Oyster has a garden-facing lounge and a fireplace. The family suite, Seahorse, has an extra bedroom. The luxurious sea facing room, Scallop, has breathtaking views and is shown in the image above. Each of the seven elegantly appointed suites offers thoughtful touches, while rooms and bathrooms are individually decorated with antique furniture from the region.

Schulphoek's organic potager garden produces fresh organic vegetables and herbs for the menu du jour, and local fishermen and farmers deliver venison and fish.

The menu du jour changes daily to reflect the abundant fresh produce of the region. Guests are welcome to request special meals, or fish platters for special occasions. Lasting friendships are born over dinner at the large sea facing dining table, but private dining can be arranged upon request. Meals are complimented by Schulphoek's cellar of some 12 000 bottles of local and international wine, some carefully aged for a decade - a real find for wine aficionados. 

Schulphoek uses solar heating for all water heaters, harvests rainwater, and uses environmentally friendly insulation. Its salt-water pool has solar heating, and all organic waste is composted. They have adopted a no-fertilizer, no-chemical policy, support local low-footprint farmers, and only buy sustainable SASSI Green List line-caught fish.

Rates & Summary

5 Standard Suites

Each sleeps 2
En-suite bath, shower & bidet
Some have spa bath and/or skylight
1 has a lounge with fireplace 
1 has a private verandah
All overlook the garden

Family Garden Suite

Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms
Main en-suite spa bath, shower & bidet
Main bedroom has a fireplace
Verandah overlooking the pool

Sea-Facing Suite

Sleeps 2 in King bedroom
Panoramic sea view
Jacuzzi bath, double shower & bidet
Massage chair 
Mountain-facing sun lounge
Situated on entire first floor


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Full service breakfast included
3 course dinner included for the first night
Restaurant open for all meals


Cots on request in Family Suite.

Why Stay Here?

Schulphoek is situated on a quiet bay in Sandbaai, Hermanus. It offers contemporary luxury and elegance in generously sized suites that overlook the garden or have sweeping views of the bay. Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse and Restaurant boasts a spectacular seafront setting, luxurious rooms and delicious dining, setting the scene for a most memorable stay.


  • Seaside location in the popular whale watching town of Hermanus
  • Luxurious rooms, and attentive service for a relaxing stay
  • On-site restaurant offers great food and a well-stocked cellar


Two suites are reserved for adults only.
The Premier Suite is completely private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, binoculars for birding, and whale & dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The roads in Hermanus are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Coastal walks
  • Picnics
  • Sea kayaking
  • Whale watching
  • Cage diving for great white sharks
  • Light aircraft coastal trips
  • Overberg wine-route excursions 
  • Day-spa treatments


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT 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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