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On The Rocks B&B
Ranked #12 of 31 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

While we agree with some of the feedback on the rather interesting decor, the rooms, the linens and the towels were all clean. The view out towards the water from the rooms is breathtaking! The two dogs (Boesman and Nonna) were well behaved, cute and, unless you really don't like dogs, were a delight to have around! Tinus was a pleasure to talk to - he gave us great directions, was full of knowledge of local sites and kept us entertained at breakfast. We highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 February 2010

I stayed at On the Rocks for 4 nights – first for 2 nights, and then after a weekend in Cape Town I was back for another 2 nights. It is true that you get greeted by 2 yapping dogs, aside from barking to let all know that you have arrived, I never heard them back again. The place also has 2 cats, which are very much a part of the atmosphere there. If you like pets, nature and simplicity, this is the place to go.

I was greeted when I arrived by the housekeeper, who is friendly and very talented with the way she arranges the towels, bedding and food. She also makes the most perfect soft-boiled eggs I have ever had. I was showed to my room, and after the initial shock of realizing how small it is, I exhilarated in the view. I stayed in the Whale Room, which has an incredible view of the rocks, fynbos and sea from the room, balcony and bed. The furniture is very basic, the linen and towels clean and also basic, which was more than sufficient and very good value for the price paid.

Upstairs is a huge lounge area with endless views of the sea. Leading to the downstairs area is an iron spiral staircase, which I found very easy to navigate despite my poor co-ordination. In the bottom living area is a pool table, a huge very comfortable couch with a TV , which you are free to use. This leads open-plan to the dining area with tables are chairs. There is a also a very large and well-equipped kitchen, and I felt very comfortable making my own dinners there. Breakfasts are served at 9am, but you are asked every day if this time is suitable and you are free to suggest another time. The breakfasts consist of a buffet of various cereals, very fresh and delicious breads and yoghurt. There was cheese and jam on my table, and I was brought a freshly made fruit-salad every day, and while not huge was more than enough. I was also asked what I wanted as my hot meal, and as stated before, this was made to perfection and beautifully served.

As I was the only guest staying there the first night, I did look around at the other rooms. All are smallish but tastefully if a bit old-fashioned. Not all of the rooms have views though. The owners are Tinus and Sylvia – Tinus is the one who stays at the place, and he is very warm and welcoming. He also is a great source of local information.

As it was not whale season I had no expectations of seeing any of them. But it is still a nature lovers paradise, there is a trail that you can join from just outside the place – it leads through gorgeous fynbos, and along the rocky coast. You can literally walk for hours, and I felt very safe doing this on my own.

I left there feeling like I was leaving home, I will certainly try to go back there!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 April 2009

We stayed there for 3 nights; I pre-arranged bookings with Sylvia and Thinus. The rooms are themed (we stayed in Lavender), and I found them clean, with good quality linen and in good repair.

The B8B's web site (http://www.ontherocksbb.co.za/) is a good reflection of reality, and the views are indeed awesome.

Breakfast was served promptly (at 09:00, as we had agreed), and was hearty with ample access to coffee, juice, etc etc. A selection of cereals and fruits was also on offer.

Thinus (for the non-South Africans out there, this is pronounced "Teen - Us" :-) ) was very friendly, and made efforts to make us feel welcome. He also described several attractions in the area.

Whales: whilst we did not see whales during our time there (Whale season is at a high in September, so they are not present in March), they apparently do calf in the bay shown in the picture on the main page of the web site.

Pets: the owner does indeed have two small dogs and a cat. As I mentioned in the subject line, you need to remember that this is a B&B, and you are staying in someone's home. The pets were well behaved, friendly, and kept away from the guest areas to the extent possible. Personally I did not find them to be a nuisance, but your mileage may vary if you have allergies or specifically dislike animals in your accommodation.

All in all, a good experience, in a beautiful environment, and at

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Reviewed 28 February 2017
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 28 Waterkant Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range: £67 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the Rocks B&B welcomes you to the peace and beauty of nature to relax and rejuvenate your body, soul and spirit. At On the Rocks you will experience friendly hospitality, glorious sunsets and a scrumptious breakfast. The guest house is situated on the beachfront of De Kelders, just before Gansbaai, and is excellently placed for whale-watching - from your patio, bed or even while you shower. Our rooms are individually styled and decorated to match your mood or personality and are equipped with all amenities for your comfort, including a private balcony overlooking Walker Bay. Whatever your choice, all rooms have sea views and their own private balcony. The rooms are equipped with a satellite TV, fridge, electronic safe, ceiling fan, hairdryer, clock radio, and tea and coffee tray. Fresh towels, shower gel and shampoo are also provided to tingle your senses. We pride ourselves in serving guests a full and hearty South African breakfast, either out on the patio or inside. Alternatively, why not let us pack you a picnic breakfast to enjoy at Stanfords Cove close by. ... more   less 
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