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Luxury Historic Villa, Best Position in Hermanus

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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.
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Speaks: english, Afrikaans
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Villa

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

  • Front King: 1 king

    Sea view and door onto front veranda and shares bathroom 1...moreless

  • Middle: 2 twin/ single

    Door onto courtyard and shares bathroom 1...moreless

  • Back King: 1 king

    Ensuite bathroom 2...moreless

  • Old Kitchen: 2 twin/ single

    En-suite bathroom 3...moreless

  • Upstairs: 2 twin/ single

    Private separate sitting room and bathroom 4...moreless

  • 2 doubles, 3 twins

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    En suite for back king bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub, shower

    En Suite for old kitchen bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


  • All bathrooms recently refurbished with clean white finishes and beautiful blue tiles...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a daily maid service


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Historic
  • Luxury


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village

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


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • 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


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$458 $535
Fri, Sat
Pre-Christmas school hols
Dec 8 - Dec 14, 2017
3 night min stay
Christmas/New year
Dec 15 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay
New Year
Jan 3 - Jan 16, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$611 $687
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • 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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Cape Town International
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Hermanus Golf Club
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach

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


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  • Sitting Room

    Sitting Room

  • Kitchen into dining room

    Kitchen into dining room

  • Jacuzzi!


  • View to villa from jacuzzi and pool

    View to villa from jacuzzi and pool

  • Kitchen


  • Dinning room Table

    Dinning room Table

  • House from South East

    House from South East

  • Upstairs window

    Upstairs window

  • Veranda at sunset

    Veranda at sunset

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