The Best Places to Stay in Paternoster

The Best Places to Stay in Paternoster Oystercatcher's Haven

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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:

1. Oystercatcher’s Haven

Paternoster Accommodation: Oystercatcher's Haven

Just a few short minutes outside the village of Paternoster, this restful four-star guesthouse on the beach will surely wash your troubles away. Afro-Asian antiques and collectables create a homely feel in this otherwise modern home, with sweeping views of the Columbine Nature Reserve bringing the outdoors into each of the four bedrooms.
Why you’ll love it There are wonderfully relaxing beach walks a stone’s throw from your room, and an inviting fireplace in the lounge, perfect for huddling around with a bottle of red. In summer, the plunge pool is ideal for quick, refreshing dips.
The rooms

  • All four rooms have private verandas and stunning sea views.
  • Three of the rooms come equipped with a tea- and coffee-making facilities, as well as a fully stocked mini-fridge.
  • Two of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms while the other two have en-suite showers.
  • Each room has DStv.

Good to know The guesthouse is a pet- and child-free zone (no children under 12 are allowed)
Cost R1 350 – R1 650 per person per night
R1 950 – R2 500 per double room per night
Contact 022 752 2193,
Location Oystercatcher’s Haven, 48 Sonkwas Street, Bekbaai, Paternoster
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

2. Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Hotels in Paternoster: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

The crisp white exterior of this serene hotel mirrors the white-sand beaches of the West Coast that stretch out before it. With exemplary service and first-class facilities on offer, it’s no wonder the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel was awarded the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Award for Best Five-Star Guest House in South Africa in 2014.
The 14 spacious rooms and suites offer luxurious comforts and mesmerising views of the landscape.
Why you’ll love it It’s home to one of the hottest new restaurants in the Cape, namely Garth Almazan’s Leeto, an authentic West Coast seasonally driven eatery, serving exquisite fare. In addition to a sizeable swimming pool, there’s also a Wellness Suite, where rejuvenating spa treatments are the perfect way to unwind and recharge. Feel like something more strenuous? Go for a bicycle ride, book an archery lesson, or simply wander down to the beach to clear the cobwebs…
The rooms

  • The Courtyard Rooms offer an intimate experience with private courtyards; the Nature King Suites flaunt riverside views, while the Ocean Suites open onto a vast, secluded beach.
  • All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and private terraces or courtyards.
  • wi-fi
  • DStv
  • DVD and audio equipment
  • Tea- and coffee-making facilities

Cost Courtyard Room: R2 250 per night (until 31 August 2017); R2 650 per night (until 14 December 2017)
Nature King Suite: R3 350 per night (until 31 August 2017); R4 600 per night (until 14 December 2017)
Ocean Suite: R3 350 per night (until 31 August 2017); R4 600 per night (until 14 December 2017)
Contact 021 794 5858 / 083 654 3001,
Location Patterson Slot, Paternoster

3. Djis Tjil

Accommodation in Paternoster: Djis Tjil

This luxe three-bedroom holiday house is wonderfully situated on Paternoster’s Mosselbank Beach. Its 180-degree ocean views, and the fact that it sleeps eight, makes it a great seaside holiday for small families and groups of friends. The Mykonos-style whitewashed walls and blue shutters add a certain fishing-village charm, while the heated pool (and other mod cons) mean you’ll have everything you could possible wish for in a holiday.
Why you’ll love it The heated pool! Not only will it keep the kids entertained for hours, it’s the ultimate luxury during winter. The outdoor entertainment area is big enough for the kids to potter while the adults braai. And then after dinner, migrate indoors to lounge, with its fireplace and underfloor heating.
The rooms

  • All three bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs.
  • Two bedrooms have ocean views, while the third bedroom has two bunk beds.
  • wi-fi
  • DStv
  • dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • cleaning service (optional extra)

Cost R3 050 – R5 050 per night depending on season
Contact 083 230 2595,
Location Djis Tjil, 11 Kiewiet Street, Paternoster
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

4. Over the Moon Guest House

Places to Stay in Paternoster: Over the Moon

The spacious self-catering guesthouse – with its open-plan lounge, outdoor deck and unobstructed sea views – is well-equipped to host a large group. Mosselbank Beach is a short stroll away, and the village is easily accessible.
Why you’ll love it Its close proximity to Mosselbank Beach is a win. The undercover splash pool is great during summer; not so useful in winter. The outdoor patio with braai facilities makes entertaining fun and communal.
The rooms

  • Four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Open-plan living area, dining room and fully equiped kitchen
  • Indoor fireplace
  • DStv
  • Parking on the premises
  • wi-fi

Cost R2 200 – R4 500  per night, depending on season
Contact 082 760 3529 / 071 656 3168,
Location Kiewiet Street, Mosselbank, Paternoster
Reviewer Matthew Flax

5. Driftwood

Paternoster Holiday Homes: Driftwood

This modern and stylish four-bedroom double-storey beach house sleeps eight, making it perfect for extended-family get-togethers or weekends away with friends. The spacious ground level revolves around the open-plan kitchen – great for communal cooking (glass of vino in hand, naturally), while the loft lounge and deck is perfect for introspective contemplation. And, bring Fido – it’s pet friendly!
Why you’ll love it The modern open-plan kitchen (with a gas hob and electric oven) makes meal preparation fun and festive, with an indoor fireplace and underfloor heating keeping things toasty.  The top deck is rather lovely for star- and ocean-gazing.
The rooms

  • The four modern bedrooms each have an en-suite bathroom – two of which have luxurious bathtubs (which we obviously don’t recommend in these water-restricted times.
  • One of the rooms even comes with two extra single beds for kiddies.
  • DStv
  • wi-fi

Cost R3 650 – R4 850 per night depending on season
Contact 022 752 2048,
Location Driftwood, 5 Jacobsklip Street, Mosselbank, Paternoster
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

6. Abalone House & Spa

Paternoster Hotel: Abalone House & Spa

Situated a short distance from the village, this elegant luxury lodge offers seclusion while maintaining easy access to the centre of town. The intimate lounge area, kept cosy by a roaring fireplace, boasts an exotic collection of African art, adding layers and textures to the lavish atmosphere, while the rooftop Jacuzzi offers unfettered views of the ocean and surrounding landscape. The hotel’s 10 luxurious rooms and suites are decorated with an eclectic mix of art and furniture, and come with all the requisite facilities. And then there’s the food, courtesy of Reuben’s, which can be taken indoors or outside on the wooden deck.
Why you’ll love it Did we mention the wonderful in-house eatery? Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, it offers an array of tantalising items that’ll leave seasoned city-slickers (and bumpkins alike) deeply impressed. There’s also a wonderful bar, where cocktails, French champagne, top-drawer whiskies and brandies are served. The cosy library – equipped with internet access and conference facilities – is perfect for intimate meetings, or a chillaxing with a good book, while the plunge pool and rooftop Jacuzzi beckon when the weather’s fair. And, if it’s a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment you’re after, head straight to the Africology Spa.
The rooms

  • 5 Standard Superior Rooms, with access to the inner courtyard and swimming pool
  • 4 Luxury Superior Suites, with private balconies or garden patios
  • 1 Superior Sea View Suite, with a private patio and full view of the ocean
  • En-suite bathrooms with under-tile heating
  • Fully stocked bar fridges in all rooms
  • Italian coffee machine
  • Flat-screen TV
  • iPod docking station, CD and DVD player

Cost Standard Superior Suite: R4 190 per night
Luxury Superior Suite: R4 590 per night
Superior Seaview Suite: R5 040 per night
Please note Children under 12 not allowed
Contact 022 752 2044 / 087 820 5999,
Location 3 Kriedoring Street, Bek Bay, Paternoster
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

7. Sugar Shack

Paternoster Seaside Cottages: Sugar Shack

This guesthouse, built in the style of a fisherman’s cottage, oozes rustic-chic charm with its ocean-themed decor and simple, architectural lines. The vibrant and spacious interiors, with three bedrooms and a lounge with a fireplace, encourages long afternoons of beer-fuelled boardgames, while outside, a sunny deck overlooking the rocky shoreline is the perfect spot to tuck into a seafood feast while gazing at the turquoise horizon.
Why you’ll love it This is West Coast living at its laidback best. The covered verandah and braai area keeps the West Coast wind at bay, allowing easy year-round entertaining. The outdoor shower – with hot water, to boot – is a highlight. And there’s even a hammock, for nodding off to the sounds of the sea after a leisurely lunch..
The rooms

  • There are three double bedrooms and three modern bathrooms (two with showers and one with a Victorian-style bath)
  • Fully equipped open-plan kitchen
  • Dining and lounge area with a fireplace
  • DStv
  • DVD player
  • wi-fi
  • Secure parking for two vehicles

Cost R3 000 – R4 000 per night, depending on season
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Location 3 St Augustine Road, Paternoster

8. Dertien

Paternoster Seaside Cottages: Dertien

It feels as though the ocean is right on your doorstep at this four-bedroom self-catering guesthouse that lies one row from the ocean. A sunny outdoor stoep provides unobstructed views of the beach, where the iconic weather-faded fishing boats of Paternoster pull up on the shore with their hauls. Inside, a collection of interesting artwork complements the architect-designed house, whose farm-style kitchen has a built-in pizza oven, should you wish to take a break from braaiing outside.
Why you’ll love it Pizza oven, that’s why! Seriously, though, this house has loads going for it: a covered patio with perfect views of the ocean and a braai area. Plus, there’s no TV, making it somewhat of a haven, away from the noise of screens and constant connectivity! There is a hi-fi and iPod docking station, so you can create your own vibe.
The rooms

  • The main bedroom opens onto the stoep, and has an outdoor shower and ocean views.
  • The two additional bedrooms have en-suite showers, basins and a shared toilet.
  • A fourth bedroom has bunk beds, a bathroom and outdoor shower
  • Kitchen and open-plan living area with fireplace
  • Nespresso machine

Good to know No pets allowed.
Cost R2 050 – R4 500 per night, depending on season
Contact 071 656 3168 / 082 760 3529,
Location One block from the beach (exact location provided upon confirmation of booking)

9. De Linden Boutique Guest House

Accommodation in Paternoster: De Linden Boutique Guest House

Mere minutes away from Paternoster’s pristine beaches, in the heart of the sleepy fisherman’s village, De Linden Boutique Guest House is every weary traveller’s dream. The nautical-chic decor scheme – carried through all seven bedrooms, as well as the lounge and dining area, of this two-storey home – echoes its calming, seaside setting.
Why you’ll love it The two outside lounges have fireplaces – perfect for drinks with friends., while the sea-facing balcony upstairs has “sundowner sessions” written all over it.
The rooms

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Coffee- and tea-making facilities and a fridge
  • DStv

Cost Rooms: R1 050 – R1 240 per person per night
Rooms: R1 300 – R1 500 per double room per night
Suite: R1 700 per double room per night

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Location De Linden Boutique Guesthouse, 93 Mosselbank Street, Paternoster
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

10. Son-n-See

Accommodation Paternoster: Son-n-See

Just 30 metres from the beach, this three-bedroom house boasts sweeping views of the bay, and is a holiday-maker’s dream getaway. The tasteful, minimalist furnishings create a cosy-chic atmosphere, with whitewashed walls and wooden accents enhancing the seaside-village vibe.
Why you’ll love it  The outside braai on the patio allows you to cook and dine with a view, and the modern kitchen is equipped with a gas hob, electric oven and dishwasher (plus there’s a washing machine and tumble dryer, so you can pack light). The indoor fireplace is the perfect place to huddle for after-dinner drinks, or a movie on DStv. And the complimentary wi-fi means you won’t miss posting a single Insta moment!
The rooms

  • All three of the spacious bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms, and one has an indoor fireplace.

Cost R2 100 – R3 600 per night depending on season
Contact 022 752 2048,
Location Son-n-See, Kreefte Street, Kliprug, Paternoster
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

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Time of publication: 19 July 2017

One Response to “The Best Places to Stay in Paternoster”

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    These are all great places but the petty crime targeting tourists, in holiday homes in particular, is off the charts. They target these rented establishments as a rule of thumb, you cannot leave your cottage or car unattended without fear of some sort of break-in. Check the TripAdvisor site, the reports are rife. Pity as they have amazing places to rent, but after two incidents at two cottages you have highlighted, I am convereted and don’t see this as a serene holiday destination.