We stayed at Lavender Manor for five days in the middle of january and it really was a fantastic place to stay. It ticks all the boxes that one looks for in accommodation by the sea and the name guest house really does not do it justice.
It is located in the upmarket Voëlklip district in Hermanus just above Grotto Beach which means that it is very quiet and safe...most of the grand houses in the district did not even have fences, only low hedges and we felt perfectly safe walking around. On the other hand it is a fair hike into central Hermanus so you should really have a car.
The property is located in a nice garden and has two houses, the older (top-notch refurbished) main house mainly facing the ocean and the newer addition house mainly facing the mountains. The views of both the ocean and the mountains are great. In the main house you find the airy breakfast room with a breakfast terrace, a large cosy honesty bar and two roof terraces for sun and marvellous views of both ocean and mountain.
We stayed in the newer addition and the rooms there were simply grand. I have never slept in a larger hotel room and to that there was a balcony with fine views of the neighbouring gardens, walk-in closet and a very large bathroom with bathtub, walk-in shower and twin sinks.
The rooms vere nicely decorated, newly refurbished and kept marvellously clean...and yes..there was the nice touch of fresh lavender twigs everywhere.
The beds were really large and comfortable and had very nice bedlinen. At night it was so quiet that you could hear yourself thinking, even with the window open. Everyone of us said that we slept like babies there.
Breakfast was great with full english and/or continental buffet plus all that good south african fruit.
The owners and their staff were very friendly and welcoming. They helped us with all our needs and generally made us feel more as family guests than as hotel customers.
I would think that one cannot really find a guest house of such high standard in Europe!
Lavender Manor is located just a few minutes walk from the start of the beautiful cliff walk along the coastal cliffs into Hermanus and also just a few minutes walk from the start of the fantastic Grotto beach where you can walk for miles along the ocean and the sand dunes. At Grotto beach there are good services like life-savers, changing rooms, bathrooms and sundbed rentals. You´ll also find the great beach restaurant Duchies there. It serves great food, both lunch and dinner, at great prices and the view of the sunset is fantastic. And it was really nice to be able to walk home from dinner at Duchies to the guest house and feel perfectly safe. We spent a few days at the beach just recuperating after the scandinavian winter we had escaped... It was a real plus that it only took five minutes to drive to the really fine Hermanus Golf Club .
All in all Lavender Manor is a great place to spend some days of relaxing seaside holidays in a luxurious atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lavender Manor offers spectacular sea and mountain views and warm, relaxed hospitality. Overlooking famous Blue Flag Grotto Beach and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay, you are within two minutes walk of the magnificent beaches and the scenic cliff path. Relax next to the secluded pool and watch the incredible sunsets over the ocean from the upstairs patio. Ideally positioned for whale watching, walking trails, visiting the different wine routes, and near world-class golf courses. ... more less
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