The Oystercatcher’s Haven at Paternoster

West Coast

Rooms: 4: 1 king suite with en-s shower; 1 queen with en-s bath/shower; 1 queen with en-s shower; 1 twin with en-s shower. All rooms have own private entrances and outdoor areas.

Prices: R925 - R1,200 pp sharing. Singles on request.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Excellent restaurants nearby

Directions: From Cape Town take N1, then R27 north following signs to Vredenburg. Follow signs thro Vredenburg to Paternoster (15km). At crossroads L & go 1km towards Columbine Reserve. R into Sonkwas Rd.

Rob and Sue-Anne Hamer
48 Sonkwasweg, Paternoster, West Coast, Western Cape

Tel: (0)22-752-2193
Cell: (0)82-856-2813
Fax: (0)86-577-9142
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Rob and Sue-Anne discovered The Oystercatcher's Haven when Rob surprised Sue-Anne for her birthday. After countless repeat visits, Rob casually asked if the owners were willing to sell... Thus began a new life by the sea. I arrived at sunset and, crossing the white-washed courtyard filled with old fishing nets and pots of succulents, I entered the house through antique double doors. The golden light that crept in through sash windows, warming the house and drawing me out to the verandah, was spellbinding. Sue-Anne said nothing as she let me have my moment, gazing out over the deserted white sand and rocks just below to the wild Atlantic. The Oystercatcher's Haven is a mesmerising emporium of Afro-Asian antiques and exotic artefacts and, as we went from room to room, I was captivated. The house and its treasures embody old world luxury and give the feeling that they were collected on the travels of great explorers and pirates. I had my pick of the four rooms and I agonised between the gorgeous ground floor room in which Nelson Mandela had once stayed, and the opulent upstairs suite, perfect for honeymooners with private verandah and - my own personal favourite quirk - a secret door onto a hidden rooftop terrace. What could be more romantic than drifting off to sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the lighthouse shining like buried treasure from the headland in the distance? Maybe having someone to share it with...

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The Oystercatcher’s Haven at Paternoster