• Views across Walker Bay from almost every room
  • Elegantly furnished in classic Cape-Code style
  • A pool and terrace looking out to sea

Hermanus is South Africa’s whale-watching capital, a place where, between June and November each year, southern right whales gather to calve. And, there can be few better places to enjoy this annual spectacular than Ocean Eleven, a colonial-style guesthouse with privileged location, perched on the cliffs above Walker Bay. Indeed, it’s been described by The Times as “one of the top 20 views in the world (with a room)”.

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Spacious and elegantly furnished, rooms here remind of those old-world guesthouses that line the shores of New England’s Cape Cod. Rattan chairs, fabric headboards and deep pile rugs – all in cool, muted tones – are a pleasing contrast to the splashes of colour provided by the occasional artwork. And, with French doors opening onto delightful decks, many of the rooms have their own views of the pretty Hermanus coast. For more privacy, it’s worth requesting one of the rooms in the original house, which all open onto peaceful gardens.

There’s a gorgeous pool, again overlooking the bay, with sun loungers to make the most of the clement South African weather while the adjacent terrace is a wonderful spot to watch the sun set over a glass of wine. And, in true B&B style, breakfast is a real treat, with cold buffet options – meats, yoghurts, fruits and cereals – followed by a full English with eggs cooked to order. For evening meals, the knowledgeable staff will happily point you in the direction of Hermanus’ best restaurants.


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