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Luxury Historic Villa, Best Position In Hermanus

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Spectacular historic beach villa, recently refurbished and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and barbecue area added. La Gratitude has the best location in Hermanus, being the closest house to Grotto beach in Voelklip. Yet the house enjoys splendid seclusion, being built on 3000 square meters of gently sloping grass rimmed by indigenous vegetation. Its generous proportions can sleep a maximum of 10 people comfortably.

It is seaside home of one of the Cape’s most historically prominent families, La Gratitude offers superb, understated luxury with unsurpassed, uninterrupted views across Walker Bay. Situated just steps away from both secluded coves and a 12 km stretch of pristine beach. The cliff path begins meters from the the house and follows the bay round to Hermanus village. The interior is designed in the simple luxurious elegance of a by-gone age. There is a thoroughly modern kitchen with all conveniences, as well as two sitting rooms, with Satellite TV, DVD, VCR, and music system.

Activities: Watch whales breach from La Gratitude's balcony, or walk along the “cliff path” that begins in front of La Gratitude and follows the coast all into Hermanus village, or, in the opposite direction, walk along kilometres of pristine beaches to the lagoon and beyond. There is paragliding off the Olifantberg, vineyards tours that include sampling their wares, and shopping for art and crafts bargains in Market Square . Whatever your energy level, Hermanus offers it all in the sun and “champagne air”. Specific activities include:

ARTS and CRAFTS - numerous artist-owned art and craft studios and galleries

BEACHES - La Gratitude is situated above and looking out onto Hermanus’ most famous beach, Grotto Beach. As the coastline dotted with coves ends, so Grotto Beach begins, extending past the magnificent lagoon at the mouth of the Klein Rivier all the way to De Kelders. Other beaches include Voelklip, Kammabaai, and Langbaai.

BIRD WATCHING - an ornithologists dream with mountain, coastal, river and estuarine avian habitats

DE WET'S HUIS PHOTO MUSEUM - offers a extraordinary photographic documentation of the history and development of the town.

DOLPHINS - are often seen in the region. Species include the endemic Heavisides dolphin, Bottle nose dolphin and Common dolphins.

EXTREME SPORTS - hang-gliding, paragliding, mountain biking, powerboat racing

FERNKLOOF - in the saddle between Lemoenkop and Olifantsberg, Fernkloof Nature Reserve hosts one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world. It has 50 km of hiking trails and a mountain biking track

FESTIVALS - the Hawston Sea Festival (December) and the Food & Wine Fair (July)

FISHING - with the sea and lagoons full of galjoen, steenbras, kob, red Roman, silver fish, red stump nose, John Brown, and many more, Hermanus attracts fishermen from all over the country. In addition, the New Harbour is a working fishing harbour

FISH SHOP - buy fresh fish, live crayfish, oysters and other quality seafood direct from the sea in the New Harbour.

HIKING - On the fynbos-covered mountains, Fernkloof Reserve offers unparalleled beaches on a variety of walks above the town.

PAMPERING – Hermanus boasts all manner of spas and beauty salons that offer the very latest treatments all aimed at ensuring you relax and de-stress.

Passion Play is held in the Old Harbour every year

PERLEMOEN, ABALONE or VENUS EAR - Hermanus is regarded as the principal centre of the perlemoen industry

RESTAURANTS – Hermanus has a plethora of excellent restaurants that offer a delicious variety of local and international cuisine with stunning vistas.

Rock lobster eating and fishing tours

SHARK-cage diving with the Great White Shark in the cold Atlantic.

SHOPPING - charming boutiques, markets and shops

WATERSPORTS – windsurfing or water skiing on the lagoon, or diving, fishing and boating in the sea.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed at La Gratitude for 4 nights as a large extended family of 11 adults and 2 children. We planned a family trip to Hermanus to visit my Grandfather for his 100th birthday and we thought it might be fun to stay together. The real challenge was finding the right property to rent. La Gratitude was just what we had dreamed of and a whole lot more.

Firstly, I must thank Simon Pickstone-Taylor for indulging all our questions and requests for months beforehand! Secondly, without Iris the Incredible Housekeeper, our stay just wouldn't have been as fabulous. Iris went out of her way to assist us and make us feel totally at home. She also brought along her lovely sister Beryl to help us on 2 of the days with preparation/cooking for family meals.

It was a real privilege to enjoy this unique and historic property. The design is excellent and with almost every room en-suite, we were all able to enjoy our privacy when needed.

The biggest highlight for the children and 3 young adults was the heated jacuzzi. Although the days were bright and clear, there was snow on the high mountains in the Cape so the temperature was pretty fresh--perfect weather for a spell in the hot tub!

We all enjoyed whale watching--there were 2 pods of whales right in front of the house for almost the entire weekend.

At night we gathered around the wonderful fireplace and created some special family memories.

My grandfather's 100th birthday celebration was truly memorable as was our unique stay at La Gratitude--we can't wait to visit again...
Aug 2013
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Hermanus Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Pets are not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture. There is an internal partially covered court yard where dogs can sleep.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En suite for back king bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , En Suite for old kitchen bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms recently refurbished with clean white finishes and beautiful blue tiles
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Front King - 1 king , Sea view and door onto front veranda and shares bathroom 1
    Middle - 2 twin/ single , Door onto courtyard and shares bathroom 1
    Back King - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom 2
    Old Kitchen - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom 3
    Upstairs - 2 twin/ single , Private separate sitting room and bathroom 4
  • 2 doubles, 3 twins
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a daily maid service


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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Cape Town International
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Hermanus Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres

La Gratitude is about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town, in an easterly direction along the garden route. It is 15 minutes drive from Hermanus village, perched above the famous beaches in the area. Hermanus, has many good restaurants, a ethnic craft market and a good range of shops. The southern most tip of Africa is a few hours drive further along the coast. Fine wines can be tasted at a number of Cape wineries within 30 minutes drive. A huge range of out-door activities are all within easy range. Fernkloof nature reserve with its rich vynbos (indigenous flora) provides excellent hikes into the mountain behind the house. There is a lagoon, on which a range of water sports are to be had, including windsurfing, water skiing and sailing. The cliff path starts meters in front of the house. The best land based whale watching in the world can be had from the cliff path or from the house itself. Hermanus has a popular 18 hole golf course and the Arabella golf estate is 30 mins drive away.

Other Activities: whale watching

Golf: Hermans has a very popular 18 hole Golf Course. The Arabella Golf Estate is 30 minutes drive away


Rates & Availability

Hermanus Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Pre-Christmas school hols
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New year
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
pre-Christmas holiday 2018
Dec 7 2018 - Dec 13 2018
2 night minimum stay
Christmas / New year 2018/2019
Dec 14 2018 - Jan 1 2019
7 night minimum stay
post new year holiday
Jan 2 2019 - Jan 10 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A half day maid service is provided on a daily basis.
All rates are subject to change and need to be confirmed.
Non refundable 50% deposit required to confirm bookings over Christmas and New year. For the rest of the year a 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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