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Mosselberg On Grotto Beach
Ranked #28 of 86 Hermanus B&B and Inns
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Achterveld, The Netherlands
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140 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
Reviewed 24 January 2011

A fantastic property (read all the other reviews here) with great food (it's like home cooking but better) and a superb location (overlooking Grotto Beach, we saw whales from the balcony of our room). It's not cheap but worth every penny. By far the best place we ever stayed at in South Africa!

  • Stayed November 2010
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

spent ages surfing the web looking at guesthouses in Hermanus and eventually just booked one that looked nice but we had no idea what a treat was instore.
The house is just amazing and the photos on tripadvisor so far just don't do it justice.

We stayed for two nights and admittedly the houses wasnt fully booked at the time but it felt like had the place to ourselves.
We had one of the rooms that wasnt on the beachside of the house but it was huge.. so full of light.. whilst modern fresh and bright, it had that more relaxed seaside feel rather than overly tendy.

There is the potential to dine here in the evenings but I would say that unless you are there with kids which would then be a great option or a bigger group it is probably a little quite and you would want to get out and enjoy some of the local restaurants...

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

We stayed in this hotel after being on a whale watching trip which wasn't very good, if only we had known what a fabulous location, views and bed rooms The Mosselberg had we wouldn't gone on the expensive boat trip. All the staff were very pleasant, helpful. and the breakfast was perfect. There was nothing you could fault at all - perfect.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank katy_dias
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London
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Reviewed 5 December 2009

Awesome. Architect designed. Huge funky rooms. Great beds. Quiet.

Quite expensive by SA standards, but not outrageous by UK standards.

Grotto Beach is the best place to stay in hermanus - most hotels/B&Bs are in town, which has no beach. Grotto Beach is blue flag and one the best beaches you'll truly ever find - esepcially if you like a walk/run on the beach! It is approx 3 clicks out of town but what does that matter.

Fabulous funky modern rooms. Smallish decking area for sunbathing with great views.

Service adequate although a little short staffed when we were then, but then again it is a B&B - although an extremely designer/plush B&B.

And plenty of whales to see from the hotel as it looks onto a protected cove where boats can't go.

We shall definitely go back if we are in SA again!

Thank you for a great stay!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

We stayed at Mosselberg on Grotto Beach from the 21st – 23rd August 2009. My party consisted of two adults and two children (aged 10 and 8 years).

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach is part of African Pride Hotels, which is associated with the Protea Hotel chain. Whilst African Pride is very much 5 star, Protea is rather more budget to mid-range. I am not convinced that they complement each other; however we did discover Mosselberg via the Protea website. As a Prokard member (Protea loyalty card) I received a discount on the Mosselberg room rate. The property was chosen because we wanted to ‘push the boat out’ during our last two nights in South Africa and children are welcome at this upmarket property.

Mosselberg was a little difficult to find as it is not signposted. We opted to drive down to Grotto Beach and were soon put right by locals; indeed it is located only a few hundred yards from the Stanford end of the Grotto Beach car park. My first impression of this property was of a Roman Villa constructed out of concrete. Over time the place really grew on me. From the first moment we arrived we were made most welcome and given a comprehensive tour of the facilities. We were the only guests during our stay and occupied the Southern Right (Honeymoon) Suite, which has the most marvellous view out over Walker Bay. In good weather we could see all the way out to Danger Point, where HMS Birkenhead foundered on the 26th February 1852. We had no problem identifying Southern Right whales swimming out in the bay.

Our accommodation at Mosselberg was simply luxurious and very extensive. The Southern Right suite is perfect for honeymooners. In our case the children slept on sleeper couches, whilst the adults had the king size bed. The children had the run of the complex and spent time in the games room downstairs or upstairs on our veranda looking for whales. We also had free WiFi, which worked best in the lounge downstairs. Our suite also had a log fire, which we kept burning late into the night. Sitting next to the fire with a glass of port (supplied free by Mosselberg) was just perfect.

The cooked breakfast at Mosselberg was made to order and was very good. There were also the usual continental offerings, such as cereal, bread, juice, fruit and cold meats. Evening meals have to be ordered in advance. On the first night it was recommended that we try Rossi’s Italian Restaurant, located in High Street, Hermanus. This is a rather busy pizza, pasta, meat type establishment, very popular with both locals and tourists. We liked it so much we returned the next night so never did experience dinner at Mosselberg. Perhaps if there had been other visitors at Mosselberg we would have eaten in, but we did not wish to put them to the trouble for just four of us. Anyway the children wanted Rossi’s for our last night in South Africa!

I would have no problem recommending Mosselberg on Grotto Beach. Staff were most helpful and showed great attention to detail. We remember the little things, such as the free port, chocolates on the pillows and two small teddies for the children.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2009

There is not enough words in the English language to express the amazing experience that we had at this gorgeous property. The staff was beyond great and the property was just beautiful. As soon as we opened the door we felt at home. The staff made us feel so special, they made us the most divine dinner, two thumbs up to the brilliant chef Kara. Cyria made our stay so enjoyable, he was friendly and provided such a great service. Everyone was just fantastic. I could go on and on about how fantastic the whole experience have been but you will have to go there and see for yourself. It is worth every penny and more!!

Thanks again to Magda and her team, we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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maastricht/ the Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2009

We were in Mosselberg for three nights and "lived" in the Southern appartment with absolute stunning views on the see and the beach. The place is an award winning design and we've enjoyed every detail and every minute. The staff is extremely friendly and the just started cuisine by chef Nicole a great asset. Breakfast is glorious.
I would propose -however- a fixed starting of the dinner which would enable the manager to introduce herself and the guests to eachother while sharing some fabulous Sauvignon Blanc.
Mosselberg was a highlight of our trip!
Peter and Jos van Minderhout, Maastricht

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mosselberg On Grotto Beach
Address: 253A 10th Street, Voelklip | Western Cape, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Mosselberg On Grotto Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mosselberg on Grotto Beach is a luxurious 5 star Boutique Villa with spectacular views of the majestic Mosselberg mountains and the Blue Flag Grotto Beach in Hermanus. From June to November you can see the Southern Right whales from your bedroom lounge! Designed by an award-winning architect, Mosselberg has a pool and a huge deck on the sea side. Each room has its own entrance, a sea-facing balcony and the option of king-size or 2 single beds. Bring the kids, there are sleeper couches available in some of the bedrooms. The rooms are luxuriously appointed with a minibar fridge, coffee kitchenette, safe, TV, under floor heating, fans, and full en-suite bathrooms with twin basins and heated towel rails. Wake up to our world class, superb continental and English breakfasts, which are served on the deck or on the veranda around the pool. If outdoor adventure is on the cards; there is access to a mountain bike trail, fantastic walks and scenic hikes on the beach, in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or along the cliff path. Mosselberg is also conveniently located 4.5km from the Hermanus Golf course and 24km from Arabella. With activities suited to all weather conditions, choose from a relaxing swim in our pool, read a book in the lounge or play a game of pool. ... more   less 
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