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“Brilliant setting, beach access, views and ease to walk along the ciffs”
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La Gratitude Villa
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Set in its elevated position made this an ideal spot for relaxing at the beach house with views to the bay and mountains. What easy access to popular Grotto and Voelklip beaches. Amazing walks on our doorstep. Visiting in winter was incredible with crisp days, to view whales in the bay (June - Sept) , and wallow in the steaming hot tub in the garden, with views to sea and mountains. We spent our evenings indoors near the cosy fire with red wine in this house that is now 100 years ld, and would be impossible to re-create in this day and age.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Probably the best situated Herbert Baker house in South Africa with views over the whole of Walker Bay and a stone throw away from Grotto beach. A big thank you to the Pickstone family for willing to share this 100 year old gem of a house with us.

The house easily accommodates a large number of people, young and old without feeling crowded. There is a high fence around the property and a remote controlled security gate to get acces to the property which makes it feel very secure. Iris the housekeeper made us feel very welcome and made our stay very special.

However for this beautiful house to regain her status of the best beach house in SA, she needs a lot of TLC. The pots and pans needs to be replaced, the bedding and mattresses are worn and need to be replaced, the storage cupboard under the stairs is filthy and should be replaced with proper storage, the white painted pine funiture distract from the other beautiful antique furniture in the house, the size of the oven and the gas hob is not adequate for the size of the house, the kitchen presses are dated and need to be replaced, the pergola looks cheap and does not fit with the character of the house, the old rusted BBQ that is inside the build in BBQ should be removed, the house needs a lick of paint inside and out, the net curtains under the window seats can be replaced with something more fitting ... I can go on and on with the list of things that need attention but these are all cosmetic and it will not be a true reflection of the wonderful time we had as a family in the house.

I urge the owners to look after this beautiful house because I can't imagine that there are many of these still standing on the coast of SA. La Gratitude deserved to be the best beach house in SA again! I hope to have the privileged to stay in this magnificent house again and share this with my friends and family.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

We enjoyed our stay at La Gratitude enormously. It’s a charming house and the location is ideal. We were really able to take it easy there, which is exactly what we’d hoped for. The house is only a few minutes walk from the expansive Grotto Beach. We weren't quite brave enough to swim in the sea (it's very cold!) but loved relaxing on the beach whilst our children made sandcastles and climbed the rocks. Our youngest child is only one so we did find it a little nerve-racking when we saw the sheer drop from the house/swimming pool area to the lower lawn level but actually it was fine in the end because one of us played with him on the lower lawn whilst our eldest swam or played in the hot tub, or we just went to the beach. There's also a fantastic restaurant called Dutchies only a couple of minutes from the house, right on the beach. They have an excellent menu, plenty of delicious fresh fish/sushi. There wasn't an awful lot to do in the area but that really didn't matter to us, we just wanted to be close to the house and beach and do very little! Our laziness was further supported by the fact that a housekeeper tends to the house for 4 hours daily, and she also cooked for us from her home and dropped the food off later, which was extrmeley handy. Overall I would highly recommend this idyllic shouse and hope that we can return some day soon.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

We travelled with friends who often stay at La Gratitude and my family also fell under its spell. The location is unbeatable, just metres from the beach and with a 180degree view of the ocean and beach. The house feels like home away from home and Iris, the housekeeper helps to make everyone feel very welcome.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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SimonPT777, Owner at La Gratitude Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2016

Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your time at La Gratitude.
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

I really liked this house. It is brilliantly designed - even in a big family group it is easy to find privacy, and in sunny weather the open plan and outdoor deck comes into it's own.

We loved spotting whales from the verandah - at any one time there were at least two visible in the bay. Grotto beach and Dutchies cafe are a couple of minutes walk away, and excellent. There is so much to do around Hermanus. Iris looked after us really well. It was a very relaxing place to spend a few days. I hope to visit again!

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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Address: 185 11th Street, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Overstrand > Hermanus
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Hermanus
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy magnificent views of Walker Bay and being close to Grotto Beach at La Gratitude Villa. This historical holiday home has recently been renovated to upgrade the accommodation and facilities to 21st Century standards. It offers superb, understated luxury accommodation in Hermanus that still retains the magic of bygone years. It is a few steps from secluded coves, 12km of pristine beach, the Hermanus cliff paths and a short drive from the village. ... more   less 

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