The Best Accommodation in Paternoster

The Best Accommodation in Paternoster

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Rows of whitewashed fishing cottages are dotted along endless stretches of a sandy coastline, where a flotilla of weather-worn fishing boats arrives daily with their haul. Welcome to Paternoster – tranquil West Coast village and lynchpin of the South African fishing industry.

The name – “Our Father” in Latin – was supposedly derived from the prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors, many of whom chose to remain in the Cape rather than return home to Europe. Centuries later, the beauty of the West Coast continues to enchant, though there are now safer ways of reaching it than by shipwreck. Attractions include pristine white beaches; dolphin- and whale-watching; blooming nature reserves; and notable heritage sites, such as the country’s only remaining manually controlled lighthouse at Cape Columbine. Add to all this, an ever-expanding array of restaurants, in a town famous for its fresh seafood.

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Paternoster is home to some of the country’s most illustrious hotels and guesthouses, as well as some lesser known gems. Here are our picks for the best places to stay in Paternoster:

Gonana Guesthouse

Paternoster Accommodation: Gonana Guesthouse
Paternoster Accommodation: Gonana Guesthouse Interior
Paternoster Accommodation: Gonana Guesthouse Bedroom

Hugging the shores of a beautiful private beach in the tranquil area of Bek Baai, this eco-conscious, chic guesthouse is the epitome of a serene seaside escape. Opened in December 2019 by Swedish entrepreneur Jonas Sandstrom, the newly-renovated beach house boasts a stylish Scandi-African aesthetic inspired by the surrounding elements of sea, sand and sky, providing the perfect backdrop to unwind in style. Sip your morning coffee on the soft sand next to the waves after a sumptuous breakfast, or soak up the incredible sunset (there really is nothing like it!) with a crisp glass of bubbly before enjoying dinner at one of the wonderful nearby restaurants. Heaven on Earth!
The lodgings The first sustainable and environmentally conscious guesthouse in Paternoster, there are an intimate number of just seven rooms offering sea or mountain views, each of which feature an en-suite bathroom with a shower and private outdoor terrace (all except one). The solar-heated salt water pool is a great way to cool-down on hot summer days if the sea is too chilly, while the view-drenched outdoor deck, walkway leading directly onto the beach, and sumptuous relaxation lounge (where a heavenly buffet breakfast is served each morning) are fabulous highlights.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R1 350 per night for two adults (depending on season)
Where to find it 42 Sonkwas Road, Bekbaai, Paternoster


Gelukkie Paternoster
Gelukkie House Paternoster
Gelukkie Kitchen Paternoster

The saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind when pulling up outside the wrought-iron gates of this hideaway – located just before the central entrance to Paternoster. What might appear like an unassuming private property soon opens up to reveal an oasis of quaint beach-house inspired cottages, where lush plants, water features, stunning outdoor decor, and passionate hosts, Ruth and Andrew (and their friendly pooches), await.
The lodgings Guests have the option of staying in either the Klein Gelukkie or Nog ‘n Gelukkie self-catering cottages, both of which feature a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with a shower, a well-equipped kitchen, walk-in closet, dining area, lounge with a fireplace, and a private outdoor garden with a braai. Both units sleep two guests, and have been lovingly decorated by both their owners. Whether you lounge out on a daybed with a good book, or sit around the fire with a freshly made G&T as you get to know your hosts, this hidden gem is the ideal spot for a romantic couples retreat.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 200 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Farm 31, Seemeeu Crescent, Pelgrimsrust, Paternoster, Western Cape

Linhof Boutique Guest House

Linhof Paternoster
Linhof Patio Paternoster
Linhof Lounge Paternoster

Located in the newly developed area of Bek Bay, overlooking the untouched fynbos and crashing waves of the Columbine Nature Reserve coastline and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse, this stylish boutique guesthouse offers comfortable seaside lodgings with lashings of modern luxury.
The lodgings The guesthouse features six en-suite bedrooms with satellite TV, a mini fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, an in-room safe, and complimentary wi-fi. Fve of the bedrooms also boast their own view-drenched private patio, overlooking the ocean and white-sand beach below – which guests have direct access to via a private boardwalk. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning in the sun-kissed breakfast room, while the spacious indoor lounge and fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a good book and a glass of red wine. There’s also an outdoor seating area for soaking up the sea breeze.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 800 per night per couple sharing (depending on season)
Where to find it 12 Sonkwas Street, Bek Bay, Paternoster, Western Cape

Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack Patio Paternoster
Sugar Shack Paternoster
Sugar Shack Lounge Paternoster

This quaint self-catering guesthouse, built in the style of a fisherman’s cottage, oozes rustic charm with its ocean-themed decor and simple, architectural lines – offering laidback West Coast living at its best.
The lodgings The relaxed interior features three bedrooms, an open-plan gourmet kitchen, complete with Kitchen Aid equipment and Le Creuset pots, and a spacious lounge with an indoor fireplace. The house lends itself to long afternoons spent playing board games, whilst upstairs, a sunny deck overlooking the rocky shoreline is the perfect spot to tuck into a seafood feast while gazing at the turquoise horizon.
The covered verandah and braai area, that overlooks a small olive tree garden, keeps the West Coast wind at bay, allowing for easy year-round entertaining. There’s also an outdoor shower with hot water, and a hammock, perfect for nodding off to the sounds of the sea after a leisurely lunch. The house is also completely fenced with security beams, and has secure parking for two vehicles.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R3 300 per night (depending on season, exclusive-use only)
Minimum 3-night stay.
Where to find it 3 St Augustine Road, Paternoster, Western Cape

De Linden Boutique Guest House

De Linden Boutique Lounge Paternoster
De Linden Boutique Paternoster
De Linden Boutique Outdoors Paternoster

Mere minutes from Paternoster’s pristine beach, in the heart of the sleepy fisherman’s village, De Linden Boutique Guest House is every weary traveller’s dream.
The lodgings The nautical-themed decor – carried through all seven en-suite bedrooms, as well as the lounge and dining area, of this two-storey home – echoes its calming, seaside setting. The two outside lounges have fireplaces – perfect for sunset drinks, while the sea-facing balcony upstairs has “sundowner sessions” written all over it. Guests will also have access to tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a complimentary breakfast served each morning.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 300 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
Where to find it De Linden Boutique Guesthouse, 93 Mosselbank Street, Paternoster

Research by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin

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Time of publication: 07 August 2019