• A four-star guesthouse steeped in history

Welcome at La Fontaine

La Fontaine is a four-star guesthouse with a five-star appearance situated in Hermanus. It is a premium family-owned guesthouse right in the center of Hermanus, walking distance to all shops and restaurants, and most famous for its prime whale watching position. You can see the whales, dolphins and seals passing by from the terrace while enjoying your homemade breakfast, or while lounging at the heated swimming pool with jet-stream.

At La Fontaine we believe in quality, character and the magic of genuine hospitality and aim to provide you with a place that instantly feels like home.

Spend a night at La Fontaine Guesthouse or La Fontaine Lodge to make your trip through Africa and Hermanus an unforgettable experience.

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Perfect for whale watching

The guest house is located on a property famous for its prime whale watching position.

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Paradise on earth

La Fontaine is the perfect place to relax, and rejuvenate body, mind and soul.

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Explore the breathtaking surroundings of Hermanus

From contemporary art galleries to family-friendly beaches, gastronomic journeys and wine tastings to outdoor adventures, Hermanus offers a wide range of activities. We like to share our favorite activities with you.

An abundance of breath-taking hiking trails

With a host of mountain ranges and nature reserves, and such a diverse coastline, there is no shortage of hiking trails - each uniquely breathtaking. The 12 km Cliff Path in Hermanus has made the town famous for Land-based whale watching.

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Explore the water from the above or below

The waters in the Hermanus area provide for a range of boating and fishing excursions. There are several shark diving tour operators that offer shark cage diving for the brave and surface viewing for those who'd prefer not to get too close.

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"Hemel-en-Aarde" Wines

The Hemel-en-Aarde is home to more than 20 wine estates. Enjoy wine tastings or combine them with lunch in this beautiful wine region known for high-end wine estates whose are almost all family owned and operated, by the families that pioneered them from unplanted ground.


A selection of our finest rooms

Our rooms are equipped with everything you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible, like a mini-bar, hairdryer and an electronic safe. Breakfast and WiFi are included. All of our rooms are non-smoking.


Our luxury suite with a breathtaking sea view offers a relaxing stay. Watch the African sunset from the private balcony or enjoy the view of the whales.

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An elegant suite at La Fontaine Lodge facing the ocean with a large inside sitting area and a workstation. Enjoy the African sunset or savor the view of whales from your own room.

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This elegant room at La Fontaine Lodge offers a breathtaking view over the Atlantic Ocean and features a comfortable king-size bed, an ensuite bathroom, and a private outdoor sitting area next to the pool.

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Read what our guests say

  • "Wonderful guesthouse with a homely feel. Staff incredibly helpful and the breakfast exceptionally good quality. The pictures on the website do not do it justice."

    James, April 3rd 2024
  • "Although our stay at La Fontaine was short, it left a lasting impression. From the moment we stepped in, we were greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere. The room was charmingly decorated with all the amenities we needed, and the bed although small was comfortable. Breakfast was a delight. Overall, our stay at La Fontaine was nothing short of enchanting, and we look forward to returning to explore more of the beautiful area. A true gem at the seaside."

    EgnBB, April 2nd 2024
  • "A lovely guesthouse with a couple of really good hosts to look after you. The location is great as you look out over the bay and also you can easily walk into town where there are lots of good eating and drinking establishments."

    Tony P, April 1st 2024
  • "Amazing service and beautiful rooms and view. The host went out of her way to assist me! Amazingly friendly and breakfast was devine with a stunning view. Wish I could have stayed here longer"

    Grant, March 28th 2024
  • "The breakfast was superb. The wide range of choices were delicious and all the produce and baked goods on offer were beautifully fresh. The coffee was great and the real fresh fruit juice was a great compliment to the breakfast. The eggs benedict were cooked to perfection (to dream of!) and beautifully presented. The friendly staff were very attentive."

    Brodie, March 26th 2024