Direct ocean-front villa on the Whale Coast. Less than 2 hrs from Cape Town
Bruce Haase (NL) /Nicky Otto (SA)
- english, french, spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans
About Bruce Haase (NL) /Nicky Otto (SA)
Dutch-American by birth, I currently live and work betwen South Africa and Amsterdam. Next to my day job as a Sustainable Business Consultant, I have been renting holiday apartments in our historical building in Amsterdam for the past 15 years. (property 54555). Having always travelled a lot for business, I always appreciated staying in places where I immediately felt at home. In furnishing and renting our apartments this is the feeling we hope our guests will have as well. We first visited this Overberg region of South Africa about 12 years ago, and loved the open spaces, pristine nature relaxation.
Bruce Haase (NL) /Nicky Otto (SA) purchased this Villa in 2015
Why Bruce Haase (NL) /Nicky Otto (SA) chose De Kelders
When we first started considering purchasing an ocean front property in the area, Whale Huys was the first property we saw, and we fell in love with it,. Of course the breathtaking ocean views from every room, was the big selling point, but what sold us compared to the other properties in the area was the openness and relaxed design. Unlike typical sterile white beach houses, Whale Huys has a more rustic relaxed feeling with its thatched roof and 8 metre ceiling in the open plan central space.
What makes this Villa unique
- Direct ocean front property with spectacular unobstructed 180 degree ocean views from every room - 4 en-suite bedrooms each with its own ocean-side balcony - Wireless internet & computer corner - Living room with fireplace - Unobstructed ocean views from every room - Infinity Pool - Fully-Equipped Open Kitchen - Pool-side bar and outdoor braai area - Excellent land-based whale watching - Ideally situated for Easy access to the nature and culture of the Overberg, Western Cape - Additional services available at an extra charge include (daily housekeeping, a personal chef, massage therapist, and private horse back riding tours)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Incredible floor plan and location. There were eight of us, mostly chefs, and the kitchen was equipped with everything they needed! So thankful! Incredible rental.
So happy to hear you and your group had such a good time and particularly enjoyed the kitchen so much. It's indeed one of my favourite past times while I'm there as well -- particularly with the view!
We hope to welcome you back again sometime and enjoy the rest of your trip.
Magnificent villa in a stunning seeting
We loved everything about the property! Bruce, the owner has answered promptly all our questions and was a pleasure to communicate with him - only an email away. Nikky took excellent care of us and was always ready to help with recommendations. Our party was composed of three couples and a seven year old coming from Florida, New York and Bucharest.
As we came in the house for the first time we were blown away by the breathtaking views from the kitchen and dining/living area. As far as we could see, the ocean and the spectacularly unique fynbos welcomed us. Little did we knew at that time, but discovered later, the views were as magnificent from the upstairs bedrooms! The terrace is fantastic and the barbecue area made for fantastic Karoo lamb chops! The dining table was so inviting with a basket of goodies and beautiful bouquet of the endemic fynbos flowers. This attention to detail is just so precious and appreciated, as we found it everywhere in the house. The property was immaculately clean. The beds are extremely comfortable.
During our stay we had a very cold front with hail and howling wind, but the lovely fireplace and the electric blankets kept us cozy and happy. We were daily enchanted by the Southern right whales and their calves breaching and blowing just in front of us, while we were sipping fabulous South African wine. One of the couples in our party went to a wine tasting tour, easily organized from Hermanus and were impressed not only with the wine, but the food and the whole experience. Having been in wine tasting tours all over the world, they ranked it in the top. If you stay at this property, you should try "Creation".
The kitchen has high-end appliances, all pots and pans one might need, blenders, food processors and beautiful platters. I love gourmet cooking and found everything I needed to cook and present the dishes! With a Super Spar in Gansbaai, just five minutes drive from the property, Woolworth (in South Africa, this is upmarket) in Hermanus (30 minutes drive) and some small seasonal organic markets, you have fresh and delicious groceries to enable you to take full advantage of the kitchen.
The high-end restaurant at Grootbos was glorious as ever with a three course lunch we still dream about. The Cave at Hermanus has fantastic seafood with dramatic views of the whales. We are all nature lovers, so we went to De Mond Reserve, Flower Valley and Hermanus and enjoyed every second of our stay. THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for the very positive review. It's always nice to have such enthusiastic guests. These are also some useful tips for future guests. We actually have never eaten at The Cave in Hermanus so we will have to check that one out.
If you ever make it back to South Africa, we hope to welcome you again.
We loved our stay at Whale Huys! It was conveniently located close to restaurants and shops. The location is very close to the beach and beautiful walks. We were a group of 8 and we found the house spacious. We loved sitting on the deck and balcony, watching the whales and stunning sunsets!
Thanks so much for taking the time to review Whale Huys. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your stay so much and saw so many whales. There is truly something magical about seeing all the whales and their young calves in the bay. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future!
Amazing and Spectacular
Visiting from the USA so always a bit nervous about how it will turn out once you arrive.
As advertised. But advertising can't do it justice. A truly spectacular house, amazing views, great location. Vacation spot of a lifetime.
We can write a book about it, but it is better to come and visit! Everything was fantastic, including Nicky who welcomed us, and were so helpful with everything.
Thanks for the wondeful review, Chris. I'm delighted that you and your family had such a good stay. We hope to welcome you back at some point in the future.
Amazing view and home with a great host!
Oh my goodness, everything was amazing, from our lovely greeting from Nicky, the comfy house, to the view, the rocks... We even ate at the Blue Goose (restaurant that Bruce recommended) twice it was so good!! Everyone was so kind. Our shark diving was cancelled so we just spent most of the day enjoying the house and views! The kids had a great time exploring the rocks and trail directly in front of the home. We did go out with Marine Dynamics sister company to look for whales but honestly saw more from your front porch!! I can't thank you enough for a wonderful time! I would love to come back and spend a week on that front porch alone! Thank you Bruce for all the good info before we even got there and thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home!
I'm delighted you had such a good time and enjoy the villa as much as we do!
It's a pity the shark diving was cancelled, I understand there were Orcas in the bay and this causes the sharks to flee, but fortunately not the whales. This year there seem to be a lot of whales, so glad that worked out. Indeed, being higher up on the cliffs as we are, the Whale watching is usually better right from Whale Huys than it is from the whale boats.
We hope to welcome you and your family back at some point in the future!
I have been privileged to spend 8 nights in this magnificent villa which truly lived up to its name! The views across Walker Bay are absolutely spectacular and I saw many whales and dolphins (often from my bed.) Some mornings I could clearly hear the whales even before it was light enough to see them. I loved every moment of my stay here, which brought me tranquility and food for the soul. I will definitely be back!
Thanks for your comments and glad to hear you had such an enjoyable stay. The marine life is, indeed magical. Hope to welcome you back soon.
Owner, Whale Huys
The town of Gansbaai is just 5 minutes away from Whale Huys. This town has supermarkets, banks, a gym, and a variety of cafes and restaurants. Everything you need for your basic essentials. Gansbaai is also the shark cage diving capital of South Africa where more than five companies provide whale watching and shark cage diving adventures. There is also a penguin sanctuary just outside of town.
The quaint town of Stanford is just 15 minutes in the other direction with some of the best small restaurants in the Overberg.
15 minutes beyond Stanford, and directly opposite De Kelders on the other side of Walker Bay is the larger town of Hermanus. Here you have a wide selection of larger stores and a wide variety of restaurants.