Hermanus Beach House

Hermanus, Garden Route, South Africa

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  • 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

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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 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Hermanus Beach House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


Built in 1916, Hermanus Beach House - La Gratitude, has been a family holiday 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.

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

The house is built on 3000sq metres 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 organised) holiday 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.

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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 specialise 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.


  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay

    Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.

  • Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

    Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.

  • Robberg Peninsula Walk

    The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.

  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

    Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

Location & directions

Hermanus, 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.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Cape Town International, 11-hour 30-minute international flight from London. Hermanus Beach House is a 1-hour 30-minute drive from Cape Town International.

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Hermanus Beach House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route

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