• A four-star guesthouse steeped in history

La Fontaine, a four-star guesthouse

La Fontaine, a four-star guesthouse, is a Colonial style family guesthouse in the centre of Hermanus and  famous for its prime whale watching position, across the way from the original fresh water fountain around which the village of Hermanus was founded.

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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.

Sea-facing Luxury / Honeymoon Suite

Our luxury suite with a breathtaking sea view. Watch wales, sunsets and sunrises from the patio.

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Family Suite

Our family suite has 2 separate bedrooms and includes single beds. The suite is suitable for up to 4 people.

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Sea-facing Standard Room

Wake up to the soothing sounds of the ocean in this beautiful room that is suitable for up to 4 people.

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Read what our guests say

  • "Ich war sehr zufrieden. Das Haus ist schick eingerichtet und die Betten sind super bequem. Schöne Terrassen mit Meerblick und sehr freundliche Gastgeberin. Kann ich zu 100% weiterempfehlen."

    Philip, June 26th 2022
  • "Our stay was nothing but amazing! The place is gorgeous overlooking the crashing waves. The house is splendid and cozy. Beds were comfy. Breakfast was a delightful spread at the dining table overlooking the ocean. Natasha is a splendid host - so warm and friendly. She Is very communicative and was able to help us rebook as our flights were cancelled and we arrived a day later. She also helped us book a whale watching tour and noted the weather for us. There was a spread of brochures and things to do on the bed when we arrived and we were able to find a winery hopping service that brought us all over the wineries - perfect activity for a rainy day. Would come back and recommend this place in a heart beat!! “Thank you so much Natasha! Our stay was amazing. Thank you for helping us book the whale tour too and watching out for the weather for us.”"

    Nini, June 26th 2022
  • "From the minute we walked through the door we had outstanding service and support. The location and views of the property are outstanding. The rooms were great and the breakfast was excellent. We will certainly be back."

    tplayg869336 , June 25th 2022
  • "I recently had a very happy and relaxed stay at this particular Guest House. Natasha, the on-site Manager was extremely helpful and provided a great deal of useful information relating to the area. My room was clean, spacious and very sunny. The breakfast was a delight. Beautifully presented with just about anything I wished for. Overall a fantastic stay and we shall be back shortly."

    Tim S, June 14th 2022
  • "A perfect nights stop over in Hermanus with my husband and daughter. We would stay there again. Very comfortable bed, great bathroom, fabulous breakfast, great coffee. We were very well looked after by the Manager, she was a star. AND what a view, just on our doorstep was the sea. Short 5 minute walk to all the shops and restaurants. "

    TKriek01, April 13th 2022
  • "Fantastic location, with views over the stunning coast and if you're lucky you will see whales and dolphins in the cove right in front of the house. Close tot the town of Hermanus, a lovely walk to get there. The guesthouse is warm and beautifully decorated - our room was gorgeous. We were very well looked after by Gail, the manager - she has lots of good tips and took great care of us. Looking forward to returning one day!"

    335sandra , March 10th 2022
  • "I would highly recommend La Fontaine Guesthouse. Very comfortable, clean, very well situated, beautiful and cosy but stylish decoration and fresh breakfast. The host Gail and the staff are very friendly and have made my stay a great memory that I will never forget. Thank you so much."

    Tonja , January 31st 2022