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Schulphoek House

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Contemporary coastal hotel
- Ocean views
- Restaurant, pool, & gardens
- Seasonal whale watching

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Overview

Schulphoek House is a contemporary boutique hotel in a stunning coastal setting close to the seaside town of Hermanus, in South Africa’s Western Cape. The recently renovated, eco-friendly property perches above a sheltered cove in an area renowned for excellent seasonal dolphin and whale watching. Boasting an unspoiled, tranquil setting and sweeping ocean views, the property offers 15 generously proportioned, bespoke rooms, along with a restaurant, and a salt water swimming pool set in attractive gardens.

Communal areas include a relaxed restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a seasonal menu focussing on locally sourced and home grown ingredients, including fresh fish, Karoo venison, and a good selection of local Cape wines. The pretty gardens house a variety of colourful plants and flowers, along with a pleasant salt water swimming pool and loungers. The property has an elevated terrace with sweeping ocean views, a tranquil spot for relaxing with a sundowner. A complimentary shuttle service operates to the popular seaside town of Hermanus, 4km away, which offers a weekly market, plus numerous shops and visitor amenities.

Activities include coastal walks from the hotel along various routes, passing distinctive and rare species of fynbos, and wildlife such as otter, mongoose, and tortoise. The bay is a magnet for nature lovers and July to November brings whale watching season, when visitors flock to the area to spot schools of dolphins along with Humpback, Bryde, and mighty Southern Right whales. The latter weigh up to 80 tonnes, and can frequently be spotted swimming close to the shore. Great white sharks can be seen from May to August, and shark cage diving can be arranged locally. Other local activities include boat excursions, sea kayaking, scuba diving, horse riding, and cycling. Several local beaches offer excellent swimming including Grotto Beach, which boasts pristine sands and holds Blue Flag status. Onrus Beach lies adjacent to a calm lagoon, and is ideal for younger children, whilst lively Voelklip Beach is a popular surfing destination.

Accommodation comprises 15 spacious and contemporary rooms, each featuring bespoke furnishings and décor. Each ground floor unit has a private patio and seating overlooking the picturesque gardens, whilst the first floor rooms boast panoramic views across the bay, several with floor to ceiling windows. Each room is comfortably furnished with a king or twin beds, a seating area, desk and chair, and a generous ensuite bathroom with basin, WC, shower, and some with separate bathtub. All units are equipped with HDTV, air conditioning, a complimentary minibar, hot drink facilities, and Wi-Fi.

Children of all ages are most welcome at the property. The hotel offers several two bedroom units, each sleeping up three guests and ideal for families or groups. Each unit has a king and a single bedroom, one or two bathrooms, and comfy seating areas. A number of interconnecting rooms are also available.

Please note, this property is not located in Hermanus town and clients do need their own transport if staying here.

Shuttles are available to take guests to Hermanus town for shopping/restaurants etc. as well as to the wine farms on Hemel-en-Aarde, subject to availability.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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