One of the most popular small towns in South Africa is Hermanus… it’s one I’ve visited often, but one I’ve hardly spent much time in. Most of my previous visits have been fleeing day trips or drive throughs on our way somewhere else.
Fortunately that changed recently when we spent a weekend at Lagoon View Hermanus, a self-catering house located just past Hermanus and, as the name suggests, overlooking the Hermanus Lagoon.
This is a part of Hermanus that I was completely unfamiliar with, but after a weekend spent on it’s shores I’m ready to rectify that! What a beautiful spot to spend a few days relaxing with good company and good wine!
We arrived after dark on the Friday, so upon waking the next morning we weren’t quite prepared for the incredible views stretching across the horizon before us. As far as our eyes could see there were beautiful shades of blue and green. Smooth water and rolling hills, fynbos and fluffy white clouds. Taking to the balcony with a rusk and a cup of tea to admire the vista over the lagoon was the perfect way to start our stay at Lagoon View House.
Lagoon View is a luxurious three-bedroom house situated in a private estate between Hermanus and Stanford.
The home sleeps 7 people and features three bedrooms; two containing queen-size beds and the third containing twin single beds and each room has its own en-suite bathroom (one even has an amazing outdoor bath with a view!)
Due to the extra space in the home we decided to invite another family to join us for the weekend and this was an inspired idea!
We’re a family of extroverts (for the most part) and love spending time with friends… plus weekends away are just that little bit easier as parents when the kids are happy… and they’re happier when they have a friend each!
Lagoon View house is a great spot to retreat to for a quiet family getaway or for a small holiday with a group of friends, extended family or 2 families with kids.
The open-plan kitchen and lounge area is spacious with a large dining room table and a cosy fireplace for colder evenings. As our visit happened to be on a summer weekend and we were treated to warm weather and balmy evenings we spent most of our time at Lagoon View on the covered deck, lazing in the cane chairs while overlooking the water or watching the flickering flames of the bonfire while the stars came out over our heads.
While us adults relished the quality time having long conversations over the braai grid and bottles of wine around the table, the kids loved the freedom that Lagoon View’s secluded location offered them and spent time exploring the fynbos, swimming in the communal pool on the edge of the lagoon and making a movie of their weekend!
Aside from being a spot that’s made for chilling out, Lagoon View is also located very conveniently between both Hermanus and Stanford so we made a trip in each direction during our stay.
We headed into Hermanus on the Saturday morning to visit the Hermanus Country Market (more on that in the next post!) and then in the opposite direction later in the day to enjoy the delights of a cruise down the Kleinrivier in Stanford on board the Lady Stanford.
Both towns have something special to offer. Hermanus has beautiful beaches and wild waves as well as the well-trodden cliff paths that we enjoyed a short section of.
Stanford is a much quieter option with pretty country cottages, gorgeous gardens, a lovely main street and the best Italian Gelato in Africa! We’d previously enjoyed a visit to Stanford so knew all about it’s delights but this was a first visit for our friends and we were thrilled to introduce them to on of our favourite small towns in South Africa.
After our river cruise on the Lady Stanford (a definite highlight of the weekend), we headed down a rather long dirt track to Springfontein Wine Farm to taste some wine, only to leave within minutes when we realised the cost of the tasting was per glass! That wasn’t going to work for us!
On our way back to Lagoon View we stopped off at another wine estate to try their wines… excited to discover they offered Gin tasting too. The girls opted for Gin while the guys tried the wine. Both left disappointed… primarily because of the over-priced tasting again? Is there a pattern developing here? I hope not! I would be very disappointed if this part of the world lost it’s rustic, country charm and started falling prey to the trap of trying to fleece the tourists!
My advice? Skip the wine/ gin tastings and bring your own bottle to enjoy on the patio of Lagoon View – this sundowner spot really can’t be beaten!
Lagoon View House, Hermanus – Overberg Gems
Tel: +27 (0)82 893 2282
Images: Kathryn Rossiter