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How amazing!
2 November 2012

As a travel agent, I chose this place based on comments, and research. I was not disappointed! We found Paternoster Dunes to be a place that could be all things to all people. I looked at it from the point of view of mini-conferencing, or a bos-beraad, I looked at it from te point of view of a romantic getaway, and it fitted both profiles! How amazing! Gavin , you were the best host one could have asked for, and I wish you everything of the best. I hope to send lots of business your way, because my word is my reputation!


Blissful
23 March 2011

Everything about my stay was perfect. The location of the hotel, the rooms and food were exquisite. Gavin and Deon were great hosts and had pre booked my dinner reservations each night, which was necessary as most restaurants are fully booked over a long weekend. Well stocked honesty bar, lovely to sit in the lounge, deck or around the pool or on the loungers outside my bedroom. Breakfasts were delicious and portion sizes just right.


Simply Wonderful!!
22 March 2011

This was my first visit and I can only describe my stay as simply wonderful! Gavin and Deon were great hosts and made me feel so wel

come. I booked the Red Room which, although it didn't have a see view or direct access to the beach, was delightful.

Thanks to Gavin and Deon, I enjoyed a variety of eating experiences in the evening, each proving memorable.

I will definitely visit again!


Beautiful!
3 March 2011

Paternoster is a small quaint fishing village. Well worth a visit for a couple of days and The Dunes really is the only place you should stay. Good value, excellent service, breakfasts fab, an honesty bar, which is well stocked and the guest house is in a wonderful location right on the beach. Our room although set back was spacious and well equipped. It has a small courtyard and a small plunge pool with a few sunbeds. Ask for a sea facing room if you go. We had a sneaky look in one and the view is simply amazing.


Loved it!
1 March 2011

We loved Paternoster and especially The Dunes. We had the Rose room which was beautifully designed and were happy to lie on our wood sun loungers looking out at the wild coast and dunes. It was very windy when we were there, but that, we believe, is fairly normal. The breakfasts were very different and exciting - bacon on French toast with blueberry sauce - much nicer than the usual fry-up.

Great to see Oyster Catcher birds nearby - loved all the wildness of it all. We both had back massages at the Spa - also good.

We had dinner at the Noisy Oyster, which was a bit disappointing. Service was very slow due to, the owner said, everyone turning up at once. Not really a reason - times should be spaced out for the chef to cope with. We'd finished our bottle of wine before the main course arrived and were not about to order another one.

The next night we went to Gaatjie, which was lovely, good food and excellent service - views out over the sea. Perfect.

Thank you Gavin and Deon for a lovely stay.


Heaven on Earth
17 November 2010

This was our third visit to Paternoster Dunes, it is magic. From the moment you enter the door, you are in a different world. The guest house is beautiful, the decor and furnishings truly wonderful. There are not enough adjectives to describe our accommodation or the views, which could be seen from our bedroom window and from the terrace on the first floor. Set in a bay with clear blue sea and sky, white sand, and hardly a soul to be seen. Gavin and Deon are perfect hosts, and on two occasions cooked evening meals for us, which were excellent. They were both good at serving us our pre dinner drinks too!!! Breakfast is amazing. Fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals, cheese, plus a daily breakfast main course, which can be anything from scrambled eggs with smoked salmon to one of Deon's specialities - baked beans cooked with sausages, served with a delicious herb omelette. Last but not least there is also a daily 'bake' i.e. bran muffins, cheese scones. There are a couple of other extremely good restaurants in the village if needed. Heaven on earth!


Tranquility
24 October 2010

When walking into Paternoster Dunes one feels like coming home, with staff that make you feel like nothing you ask is too much effort. The view makes one want to contemplate about things that have to yet to be thought out. Conversation and afternoon drinks with the owners make you feel like more than just a guest, a true friend.

You will have to travel far and wide to appreciate better food and atmosphere than The Dunes. Sleeping in one of the rooms that speaks of true design means to soothe any ruffled feathers and the sea as back ground music will truly take you away to tranquility and leave you refreshed and ready to rejoin the hussle and bussle of normal day life. There are not enough words to express the joy of this weekend and thanks go to the owners of the Dunes and their awesome staff for making this a memorable experience that will be stored away for many a day to come...


What a pleasure to be pampered and spoilt and to enjoy such amazing views
21 October 2010

There can be few greater pleasures than to stay in such comfort and to be able to walk straight out of your room onto a beautiful beach. This hidden gem is well worth the visit - and only 90 minutes outside Cape Town. The spa facility is an added bonus and to enjoy a massage and hear the waves lapping on the shoreline was pure bliss. The breakfast is a feast that prepares one for the day. I cannot rate this very special place more highly - I have left feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and truly spoilt.


For a stylish but comfortable and relaxing setting, friendly hosts and a beautiful ocean view, this is the place.
19 October 2010

Gavin and Deon take great care of you from the moment you arrive. After we checked in to our cozy room where we could lie in bed and watch the ocean, they concocted drinks for us and made dinner reservations for us at the popular and delicious Noisy Oyster. In the morning enjoying a lovely open-air breakfast in the upstairs lounge, we admired the scene of patches of wildflowers leading down to the ocean and they surprised us by washing our car.


AMAZING!!! Dreamlike and beautiful...
15 September 2010

Fantastic getaway. Peaceful and quiet - nothing but the roaring of the ocean waves right on your doorstop! A lovely little pool and sunbathing courtyard with lovely smelling lavender bushes dotted around. There is also a small spa right in the guesthouse - I didn't have a chance to try it but I can't think of anything more blissful than having a massage with a sea view :)

The lounge upstairs has a big fireplace for chilly evenings and a very convenient honesty bar! The breakfast is also excellent!!

I'm going to make sure I go back at least once a year for a bit of R&R!


A lovely getaway
4 September 2010

We spent one night at Paternoster Dunes and loved the ambience and decor. Deon and Gavin make you feel very welcome from the minute you arrive and it is a perfect getaway. We stayed in the Red room, which, despite not having the outlook of the sea, is very comfortable and attractive. A delicious breakfast was served upstairs on the covered verandah overlooking the sea. Will be back!


Oh to be perched on The Dunes!
10 July 2010

At the spur of the moment we decided to go to Paternoster. We googled the area and got to the website of the The Dunes, read the reviews and that was the place to stay. Fortunately there was availability at short notice. Ronel advised that we go to Suzi's Gaatjie restaurant in the evening and booked it for us before we arrived. What a wonderful choice.

We had two rooms, one sea facing and another in the courtyard. Both are so well appointed. Ronel, we will most definitely be back in August to check out the flowers!


Just as amazing as everyone says
2 May 2010

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful, relaxing stay in the Rose Room. Our room was beautifully decorated and led straight on to the beach. The attention to detail is impressive! For example, the bathtub has a tiny window that faces the beach. The public areas are exquisite. I especially loved the upstairs lounge. The view is spectacular and there is a good selection of books and dvds. Plus, the breakfast is just divine. Delicious food. Highly recommended!


Absolute perfection
22 March 2010

As many other reviewers have commented 5 stars is not a high enough grade for Paternoster Dunes. Gavin and Deon bring their interior design experience to create a guest house, which is simply stunning in its decor and style. Every single item in the building from the room decor to the condiment sets is eclectic but at the same time fits perfectly with everything else. There are six rooms each beautifully appointed, welcoming public areas, a lovely balcony area overlooking the empty beach, books in the mini library, Internet, honesty bar. The breakfasts are divine including the hot special of the day, and Gavin and Deon are always at your elbow at just the right time to top up your glass or offer expert advice. There are a few good/excellent local restaurants, but booking is advisable. As mentioned previously this is a chill out destination and Paternoster Dunes is the perfect place to chill out.


This must be the best location ever
9 March 2010

Paternoster Dunes has to be the best hotel/guesthouse I have ever stayed in. It is total perfection. The location is second to none, right on the beach. Our room 'Aqua' had a small decking area with seats and a table, which lead directly onto the beach. The decor in the bedroom was amazing with such attention to detail. Breakfast has to be the best I have ever tasted, with either scones or muffins and home baked bread freshly made daily. Gavin and Deon take turns to cook the breakfast 'Dish of the Day' which again is absolutely delicious. Once or twice a week, Gavin and Deon will cook the evening meal for you, which has to be experienced, it is excellent. They both certainly know how to cook. There are other places to eat which are also very, very good. This was our second visit to Paternoster Dunes and we will certainly return. It is a wonderful place to stay.


Wonderful quiet location
9 March 2010

We stayed at Paternoster Dunes upstairs in Cinnamon room for two nights. It is a beautifully decorated room with large picture windows overlooking the sea. As with previous reviews, the food and attention to detail was exemplary.

Unfortunately evening meals were not available for the nights we were there but we were booked at the Noisy Oyster - lovely. For the second night, Deon recommended that we ate at Suzi's new restaurant on the beach, a short five minute walk from the Dunes. The meal, ambience and staff were 100% - excellent.


Excellent Guest House
16 January 2010

Very clean. Friendly and personable staff. We stayed there for one night and regretted not spending two nights there. Owner (can't remember name) was very helpful and looked around to book us a restaurant at late notice. Breakfast very nice. The Guesthouse is right on the beach.


An outstanding guest house, five star relaxation!
12 January 2010

This guest house is unique! Wonderful location. Beautifully designed. Luxurious rooms. Kind and considerate service. Breakfasts are truly delicious. So sad we only stayed for two nights.


Stunning
27 December 2009

The attention to detail really impressed us - even slipping one of their bookmarks into my book - nice touch. Positioned on the beach with awesome views. Best of all it is not on the main beach area so you are away from the madding crowds - which we liked - but it is still walking distance to all the good restaurants. Breakfasts are not boring and the packed picnic basket we asked for was a gourmet treat. Thanks for a great 5 days Deon and Gavin. We highly recommend this guest house.


Great Location and Service
16 November 2009

This was our second visit to The Dunes and we stayed in a sea facing room. The room was right on the sea and was really beautifully decorated. We really enjoyed our stay and cannot wait to go back. We highly recommend you ask Deon and Gavin to arrange dinner reservations for you. I really enjoyed the satellite TV channels and Internet availability.


Out of this world!
2 November 2009

We really cannot rate this place highly enough. Five would just be a starting point. Every apect of our stay was top class. The rooms were absolutely divine. All the public areas are perfect with much thought put into their aspect and ambience. The breakfast was like no other breakfast I have ever had - if Deon says he is doing something like a Spanish omelette for breakfast don't believe him because it far exceeds that - and you must have the bread and scones! Gavin and Deon were just the best hosts, even inviting us to an afternoon tea to celebrate Gavin's birthday. An indication of how good we thought it to be is that we immediately booked to go back three weeks later, and I am about to try and get in for next year also. This is an absolute must place to go to, even if it means going a bit out of your way. Evening meals don't get any better than a little place called Suzi's - don't be deceived by appearances!


A breath of fresh air - cosy, luxurious and intimate
1 September 2009

Paternoster Dunes is the perfect weekend getaway – and one that my husband and I have been frequenting annually for the past three years! This welcoming guesthouse in the tiny fishing village of Paternoster is a perfect antidote to city life and a few days here feels like a week of R&R elsewhere.

The owners, Gavin and Deon – ex interior decorators, have a flair for entertaining and creating cosy, luxurious and intimate spaces. The immaculate rooms are each tastefully and uniquely decorated with all the deluxe trimmings you'd expect in an exclusive hotel. What a surprise given Paternoster's rustic reputation. We loved the attention to detail, comfortable beds, crisp linen and private beachfront patio. All of the rooms surround a small but quaint courtyard swimming pool and three of them face the beach. The communal, open-plan area upstairs includes a self-service bar, a patio with a gorgeous view over the ocean, various sumptuous couches to curl up in around a fireplace, a small library and an Internet corner. Best of all is the vast, yet secluded beach, which is right on your doorstep. We whiled away the hours reading our books, exploring the little village by bicycle and taking long refreshing walks on the quiet and unspoilt beach. During our most recent visit we had a fabulous treat when a large pod of dolphins decided to spend the day frolicking in the bay fronting Paternoster Dunes. My husband managed to loan a paddle ski off one of the locals and spent an exhilarating 40 minutes in the water with the wonderful creatures.

The hosts are full of tips for those who want to explore the area and will go the extra mile to ensure your Paternoster experience is tailored to meet your needs. The surrounding area offers excellent wine tasting excursions, carpets of daisies in spring, Fossil Park and nature reserves, arts and crafts galleries, or you could just take a casual stroll to the fish market over the hill. A big plus for Paternoster is its low levels of crime relative to other destinations in South Africa. We felt safe and lapped up the sense of community and slightly eccentric blending of two worlds – select tourist with rustic fishing-village. Dunes' breakfasts are scrumptious and although they do not normally do dinners, they are prone to bursts of spontaneity and we were lucky enough to partake of sundowners, fresh oysters and delicious fish barbeque and the opportunity to socialise with other guests. On other occasions, we chose to do our own thing and our privacy was not in the least bit compromised. Breakfasts are included in the daily rate although drinks and additional meals cost a reasonable extra.

There is nothing significant to complain about regarding Paternoster Dunes although I have generally had poor cell phone reception in the area, and while all rooms have an en-suite bathroom not all rooms have a bathtub. The latter has not been a problem in the warmer months although it's something I have missed when we've visited in winter. I do wish dinners were regularly available in-house as they are amongst the best we've sampled in Paternoster – but then, unexpected treats simply add to what has consistently been a pleasurable experience overall. I have had many special moments at Paternoster Dunes and look forward to more when next we visit this charming spot in South Africa.

 
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