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  • A grand guesthouse with sweeping panoramic views from the fynbos-covered heights at the back of town
  • Luxurious rooms and plenty of indoor spaces to relax in
  • Offers a convenient base for exploring the Overberg

Selkirk House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Hermanus


-34.4042, 19.2485


Selkirk House was designed and built with luxury and comfort in mind. Elegantly furnished, multi-levelled indoor spaces are complemented by indigenous landscaped gardens full of beautiful water features.

The fully automated rooms at Selkirk have flatscreen TV with a selection of DSTV channels, M-Net, SABC 1, 2, 3 and eTV. Wireless internet is available at all times and an iPod docking station is provided. Rooms are equipped with a stocked mini bar fridge, international adaptor plug, a digital mini safe and a hairdryer. Management will gladly arrange for a qualified beauty therapist to tend to you in the comfort of your own suite.

The elegant and spacious lower lounge, with a fireplace for winter evenings, leads onto the pool deck with a Karoo stone braai area. On the ocean side, a set of sliding doors leads to the covered terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the views. 

The upper lounge has a fully stocked bar and a large plasma screen TV, which is ideal for sports enthusiasts.

The sea view patio is furnished with cocktail tables and chairs and comfortable loungers. From the bar lounge a set of stairs leads to the rooftop deck, which has breathtaking all-round views of the mountain and the sea. The gently cascading waterfalls on the library patio make it a peaceful place to relax with a book or magazine from their shelves.

Hermanus, with its pristine beaches and majestic mountains, offers some of the best land-based whale watching in south Africa and caters for a variety of outdoor activities, from fynbos hikes to sea kayaking, shark-cage diving and more.

Rates & Summary

5 Suites

Each spacious bedroom sleeps 2
En-suite bathroom
Private terraces with spectacular views


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English or Continental breakfast included
Dinner or barbecue by prior arrangement
Picnic lunches provided on request
Drinks & beverages available all day


Regret no children under 12 years.
Rooms 1 & 2 have interleading doors.

Why Stay Here?

Nestling against the Hermanus Mountains with panoramic views over Walker Bay, this contemporary guesthouse has elegantly furnished, multi-levelled indoor spaces, complemented by indigenous landscaped gardens filled with water-featuresSelkirk House, situated on the fynbos covered mountain backdrop of Hermanus Heights, offers secluded luxury accommodation in Hermanus Heights.


  • A grand guesthouse with sweeping panoramic views from the fynbos-covered heights at the back of town
  • Luxurious rooms and plenty of indoor spaces to relax in
  • Offers a convenient base for exploring the Overberg

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, golf clubs, fishing gear, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting

Road Conditions

The roads in Hermanus are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Whale watching
  • Cliff path walks
  • Hiking trails
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Shark diving in Gansbaai
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Local wine estates
  • On site beauty therapist


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • 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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