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“Very clean and very quiet”
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Selkirk House
Ranked #4 of 86 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 March 2014

A very clean and nicely decorated guest house, yet a bit too quiet for our taste. After standing outside for quite a while, buzzing the door bell and honking the horn of our car, we were greeted and felt welcome. However, we didn't really get a full presentation of the property and services and as soon as we had any questions it was quite difficult to find anybody to ask, either at the reception or at the breakfast area. It was as quiet as if the house was totally empty. At breakfast the manager would ask us about our day and we’d usually have a nice chat. Sometimes however it felt like we were in the way and just bothering staff at breakfast so we skipped ordering hot meals after the first day.

We did appreciate that the manager made restaurant reservations for us, yet at check out they actually charged us for the phone calls and e-mails they had done?! Really?! Local phone calls and free e-mails. I have never encountered that before. Besides a leaking air conditioner in our room it was, as mentioned, a clean and nicely designed place, but in comparison to lots of places to stay in South Africa that are rated 5-stars, I disagree with Selkirk being one of them.

By the way, besides the charge for the restaurant bookings, no drinks (besides water, tea, coffee and juice) are complimentary at this place. The sad thing is that we had a plan on what to tip, but when these extra charges were presented to us, we reduced our tipping with 50%.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Fabulous decor, lots of relaxing areas tastefully appointed. Great hostess owner, helpful and very welcoming .
Great for couples wanting a quiet hideaway.
Great breakfast.
Slight problem with wifi otherwise overall great.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Ken M
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Ina was a fantastic hostess! As we arrived, she was waiting for us and could tell we were looking for some relaxation. She ushered us to the pool area and offered us some wine from her cellar. The pool and fountain were so relaxing, and before we knew it, it was time for the dinner Ina arranged for us in town. Coming back to Selkirk after a lovely dinner was just what we needed. The room was serene, all the appointments were top notch, the bed and linens were divine, and even the air conditioning sounded like waves crashing. There were many places to relax within the house, and Ina was always at the ready for a great suggestion of what to do next. Her lovely personality made the stay one of the best we've had in years. We would return to Selkirk in a heartbeat and hope to get to do so soon. Don't miss out on this chance to relax, recharge, and enjoy!

Room Tip: We chose the large room at the top of the house with the view of the ocean. It was beautiful!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank LetsG0OnATrip
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stayed at the Selkirk house for 8 days and we felt right at home...
First Styn and then Ina, made us feel like we were the first quests ever!!
The architecture is fantastic, the rooms big and very complete and the breakfast made with such dedication, amazing!!! I would recommend this guesthouse anytime:-)))

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

everything was at five stars hotel level. You need to have a car since the location is a little bit outside the city centre. If you arrive and don't see anybody around, don't worry they (the staff) will appear very soon.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Selkirk House provided the best accommodation for us, thanks to its location in a calm area, the very comfortable room with a fantastic view of the ocean, the rooftop terrace for stars view, the rich breakfast, and warm attention of the owners. Eccellent rating!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

We had a splendid stay at Selkirk. It is a very atmospheric B&B with an caring manager Ina. She made our stay very comfortable and welcoming. She booked good restaurants and made a very good breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Throughout an place to come back.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ijvv1967
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Additional Information about Selkirk House

Address: 29 Selkirk Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range: £105 - £153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Selkirk House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Selkirk House is a thoroughly modern 5-star guesthouse nestling high against the Hermanus mountain. The new 27-hole Hermanus Golf Course is close by, while the Arabella Golf Course is a mere 20 minutes drive away.The house is fully automated and furnished in a contemporary style. All the bedrooms have breathtaking mountain or ocean views. Stone and wooden terraces create a sense of spaciousness, while the white American blinds ensure cool privacy. All the generous en-suite bathrooms boast his and her hand basins, heated rails and comfortable baths and showers. ... more   less 
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