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Hermanus Beach House

Garden Route, South Africa

Built in 1916, Hermanus Beach House - La Gratitude, has been a family vacation home for nearly a century. The house is set in an incredible location, just steps from the 12km pristine Grotto Beach and with sweeping views over Walker Bay.

At a Glance

  • Unsurpassed and uninterrupted views across Walker Bay

  • Just steps away from a 12km stretch of pristine beach

  • See why Hermanus is thought to be the best land-based whale watching in the world when the Southern Right Whales move through the area from July to September

  • Dine out on the freshest sea food in one of Hermanus' celebrated restaurants

Beach, Family, Parties & events, Fishing

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Hermanus Beach House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


The Hermanus Beach House, formerly known as La Gratitude, is a beautiful beach property, comfortably accommodating 10 people just meters from one of South Africa's most celebrated beaches in the small coastal town of Hermanus.

The house is built on 3000sq meters of gently sloping grass, edged by indigenous fynbos vegetation. There is a sizeable outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor braai and dining area. The house has wonderful sea and mountain views.

Hermanus Beach House offers great self-catering (a chef can be organized) vacation accommodation, in a family home that was intended as a quiet retreat from which to explore the wide range of activities of the local area.


The house has four bedrooms on the ground floor spread over the property, bedrooms 2 and 3 are en-suite, while bedrooms 1 and 4 share a bathroom. Bedrooms 1 and 2 feature king size beds while 3 and 4 are twins. Upstairs are a further two inter-leading bedrooms with twin beds. These rooms share a bathroom and are accessed by a staircase in the kitchen.


La Gratitude is a self-catered villa, there is a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor braai area, with seating both indoors and out. It is easy to arrange for a cook to come daily to the house, they specialize in simple but delicious home cooking using locally sourced ingredients.


From July to November this stretch of the South African coast sees the arrival of the Southern Right whale and is widely considered to be the best land-based whale watching location on Earth. Hermanus itself is surrounded by vineyards and farms, there are beautiful coastal walks, nearby are some fantastic golf courses, first class tennis courts and for the more adventurous cage diving with great white sharks and much much more.

The local restaurants in this area are fist class, celebrating fresh, locally sourced produce, especially delicious seafood from the cool Atlantic mineral rich seas.

Location & Directions

Garden Route, South Africa

As the first house built on this stretch of the coast in South Africa, La Gratitude remains the closest house to Hermanus’ most popular and largest beach, Grotto Beach. Wonderfully private in large grounds bordered on two sides by protected fynbos, La Gratitude has one of the best locations in Hermanus with its proximity to the beaches, cliff path and views.

When to go

Hermanus enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Hermanus Beach House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route

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