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Whale Huys: Direct ocean-front villa, 4br/ba, Wifi, Infinity Pool

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Direct ocean-front villa on the Whale Coast. Less than 2 hrs from Cape Town

Perched on the ocean’s edge, Whale Huys has beautiful unobstructed sea views from all living areas, dining areas and bedrooms. Fall asleep and wake to the sound of the waves gently lapping at the rocks below. Each of the four bedroom opens onto its own sea front balcony. The uninterrupted panoramic views of Walker Bay and the surrounding mountain range extend to Hangklip and even Cape Point on a clear day. Next to the infinity pool, a private path through the fynbos takes you to the water’s edge and links to a walking trail that extends from Gansbaai on one end to the pristine beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Conservancy near Hermanus on the other.

- Direct ocean front property with spectacular ocean views from every room

- 4 en-suite bedrooms each with its own ocean-side balcony

- High-speed Wireless internet & computer corner

- Living room with fireplace

- Unobstructed ocean views from every room

- Infinity Pool, private fitness room

- Fully-Equipped Open Gourmet 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

Less than two hours to Cape Town International Airport, Whale Huys is well positioned as a weekend escape from Cape Town or Johannesburg. In the other direction, just 85 km north of Cape Agulhas, the most Southern point in Africa, Whale Huys is also a great place to start your garden route tour

Whale Huys is directly on the Whale Coast in De Kelders, (Overberg region, Western Cape. South Africa) you can experience some of the best land based whale watching in the world (June to November) directly from the villa. Also during the rest of the year, dolphins, seals, dassies and dozens of species of birds provide a delightful contact with nature.

Combining the warmth and character of traditional thatched roof architecture with the luxury of a modern holiday villa, Whale Huys has conveniences like basic satellite TV, wireless internet and a laptop you can use to check your mail or surf the web. A private chef and daily maid services are available at an extra charge.

Whale Huys is your first step to relaxation.

Location, location, location

De Kelders is one of the quietest communities on the Whale Coast. The fishing town of Gansbaai is just 5 minutes away with supermarkets, banks, a gym, and several cafes and restaurants. Stanford, a small town renowned for its excellent quaint country restaurants is 10 minutes by car. For a larger variety of shops Hermanus is just 25 minutes away on the other side of the bay.

The area is rich in culture and things to do. Elim, a world heritage village, is 30 minutes away. Active adventures also abound, including wilderness and beach-side horseback riding (African Horse Company is just 10 minutes away). South Africa's shark cage diving capital, Kleinbaai, is just 10 minutes away. In fact, you can see all of the ‘Marine Big 5’ within a 15 minute radius of the villa.) A number of wine estates in the area offer some of the best wines of South Africa including the Hemel en Aarde valley, the Stanford Valley, and Lomond wines. Wine tasting can be done six days, and in some places 7 days a week.

More Details

Bruce Haase (NL) /Nicky Otto (SA)
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

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 Greater Hermanus

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)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Greater Hermanus in Overberg District Municipality

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , double sink, separate toilet, large walk-in shower, masterb
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , across from bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite to bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Outdoor shower in pool area
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Separate Guest toilet on main floor
  • includes towels, luxury shampoo, shower gel, hand soap, and moisturizer
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , two single beds, can be made up as one king
  • 100% cotton, high thread count cotton bedding, sufficent cupboards space every bedroom, some with TV, Each bedroom has it's own bathroom, sea-side balcony and an ocean view in two directions.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
One of the best places in the world for land-based whale watching.


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Whale Huys: Direct ocean-front villa, 4br/ba, Wifi, Infinity Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Amazing and Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Amazing view and home with a great host!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, 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!
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A weekend to remember

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Whale Huyse was one I will not be forgetting anytime soon. It has everything you need for a fulfilling vacation - definitely enough living space, a fully equipped kitchen as well as magnificient views of the ocean from every room. It is great destination for any type of holiday and needless to say - I will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review and glad to hear that you and your grouop enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back at Whale Huys in the future! Warm Regards, Bruce Haase Owner, Whale Huys
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Beyond Superb!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pieter, 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. Warm Regards, Bruce Haase Owner, Whale Huys
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Fantastisch huis met waanzinnig uitzicht!

  • 5 of 5

Wij (een familie met 2 kinderen van 12 en 9) hebben 4 dagen verbleven in de Whale Huys. In een woord; geweldig!! Het huis is van alle gemakken voorzien (onder andere BVN en WiFi), schoon en veilig. Een goed ontvangst en rondleiding van Jenene. Eigenaar Bruce helpt je met tips etc. Wij hadden veel geluk met het weer en heel veel geluk met het spotten van walvissen. Waarschijnlijk hebben we de eerste 2 walvissen van het seizoen gezien vanaf ons eigen terras. Er is genoeg te doen in de omgeving en wij vonden Pearly Beach erg leuk. Paardrijden hebben we gedaan op de White Water Farm (circa 20 km). Kortom, wij komen zeker nog een keer terug!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
145 Kilometres
Cape Town International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Buitesteen Pub & Grill
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Blue Goose, Gansbaai
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Walker Bay Nature Conservancy
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £67.1

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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