R1450 - R1650 nightly per unit depending on season
Budget Getaways Review
Fact: At some point or another everyone suffers from the Hermanus itch...
Be it the chance of getting up close and personal with the barnacles of a Southern Right whale, sitting at a pavement cafe watching half of Cape Town drift by, chilling under a brolly at Grotto beach with a good book and soft-serve at hand, hiking, biking or golfing. For the adrenaline junkies, shark cage diving, white water rafting, quad biking or zipline canopy tours should feed your fix. Fact is, the occasional hungry yearning for Hermanus is one of those little mysteries of life.
So, given this inevitable biogical fact, where to stay when you get to the whale capital? The Potting Shed certainly cuts the mustard.
Primarily an informal and owner-run guesthouse (an option in itself), this friendly spot now offers three self-catering apartments in nearby Tobago Bay, only 3km from the town centre in a quiet and well-to-do security estate, with pool and squash court a spilt G&T away.
Virtually identical in layout, but with a décor twist to each, the upmarket units sleep up to four in a double and twin room. The apartments are ideal for just a couple or a small family.
The living area, donned in light beach fabrics and white-washed furniture, opens onto a sea-facing patio with Weber braai and superb views over Walker Bay.
With a fully equipped open-plan kitchen, bathroom with shower and bath, washing machine, WiFi internet, DSTV (with 'Compact'), DVD player (to drown out the roar of the ocean and belching whales) and bed linen provided, organising a weekend at The Potting Shed involves little more than getting your weary body there, parking the Range Rover, and start living the good life.
All in all, from R1450 a night for the unit (minimum two night’s stay) The Potting Shed makes for good value along an otherwise costly coastline.
Pack the beach toys, the kids (if you must) and other cant-do-without weekend paraphernalia and head for The Potting Shed - just what the doc ordered for the Hermanus itch.
"Constant noise from police/ambulance sirens at night and from the squatter camp which is about 500 meters away from the self catering units. Also coming back from dinner at night we felt very unsafe driving through the abalone industrial area to get to the gate. We were woken by some sort of compacting machine at 6 in the morning from nearby abalone factory. Very comfortable clean unit but because of the location, will definitely not return."
(Sandra Nel, visited Feb 2016)
"We had a fantastic week stay at one of the Potting Shed's apartments. It was so close to the sea that we could stroll a few meters and we were on the rocks next to the crashing waves. The apartment was clean, spacious with all the amenities and comforts. Large immaculate grounds with under cover parking. We felt very secure with friendly watchmen on the grounds. Hermanus was beautiful with its impressive whales, walks, restaurants, shops. It is definitely worth a visit to the Potting Shed whether you opt for the self catering or the newly refurbished B&B. Annamarie and Dave our hosts were superb."
(Mike Weeks, visited January 2015)
"We really enjoyed our stay at The Whale Rock Estate, self catering for The Potting Shed. The accommodation is very comfortable for four people. They helped us to keep the place nice and clean and towels and bed linen was changed frequently during our stay. The unit has a nice view of the sea and it is only a couple of meters walk to the sea."
(Echbert Nothnagel, visited December 2014)
"A wonderful place with wonderful hosts. It was an awesome trip and we enjoyed it a lot, something which we will never forget. The shark trip was amazing watching the whales and see it jumping and dancing is a terrific excitement. We liked everything we saw. The apartment was excellent and fit our needs perfectly, its location was wonderful and watching the whales from the beach in front of it was amazing."
(Shlomi Malki, visited September 2013)
"Our stay at The Potting Shed Self Catering was a wonderful family weekend. Next time we will stay longer! Our twin 3.5 year old boys didn't want to leave. It was probably the cleanest self catering I've ever been in and we had everything we needed. Very safe in a security complex and super close to the town centre. Annamarie and her staff were super friendly and efficient. Check in and out was a breeze. We will definitely be back."
(Cindy Cameron-Cherry, visited September 2013)
"What a fantastic way to spend our first anniversary! Though there is so much to do in Hermanus -- hiking, restaurants, wine farms, whale boat trips and more, you may not even want to leave this little spot. Our unit was directly opposite the board walk that leads to the beach, which meant we could watch the whales frolic right from our stoep! They were just a few metres away - I believe they haven't come this close in over 10 years! I found the unit to be extremely neat, with everything you need and then some - we even found squash racquets, extra light bulbs and a washing machine! And the unit looks exactly the way it does in the pics which is rare. The resort itself is quiet so perfect for a romantic getaway or a family getaway. All in all, a good stay."
(Kim and Will Brandt, visited November 2012)
"What a fantastic place to spend a holiday. The flatlet was very clean and had all the amenities necessary for a long stay. The view from the balcony was amazing! The flatlet is located close to restaurants and also the town centre. In terms of value for money, it was the best priced accommodation I could find for what it offered. We enjoyed our stay and will most definitely return. It truly is a home away from home!"
(Wendy Day, visited September 2012)
"Extremely friendly welcoming from both David and Annamarie. Delicious and abundant breakfast. Bungalow just alongside the ocean, very spacious, freshly and tastefully decorated. Effective and personalised assistance to the organisation of excursions. A stay full of exciting activités of all kinds and a stay that is by far unforgettable."
(Fabrice Leclercq, visited February 2012)
"We had a lovely stay at the Potting Shed self-catering unit. It was so lovely there. The unit itself had so much more than what we expected. The unit is situated in a lovely private part of Hermanus. Annamarie and Dave Sales are such lovely people and we will always stay at one of their accommodations."
(Rachel Jackson, visited February 2012)
"The unit in Whale Rock Estate lends itself to a complete self-catering experience. The kitchen is spacious and contains all the necessary appliances and utensils required to cook delicious holiday meals. The Weber braai can be placed outside the covered veranda to enable holidaymakers to make full use of the splendid summer weather and partake in South Africans’ favourite pastime. The lounge is spacious with comfortable couches that invites one to sit back with a book and while away a balmy afternoon. A TV set is also available should one wish to catch up on your favourite programme. The main bedroom holds a queen-size bed and has sufficient cupboard space for all holiday attire. Whilst the second bedroom is compact it is still comfortable. The strong use of nautical colours throughout the unit reminds one constantly that you are at the seaside, and more importantly, that you are on holiday. The unit is close to a walkway that leads to the beach, where one can watch the waves crashing against the rocks."
(Charlene Meissner, visited January 2012)
"Lovely spacious apartment near the new harbour in Hermanus. Close to town centre, but has a nice "countryside" feeling to it. Although you are not on the seafront, you have a small sea view from the apartment, and it is literally 50m walk to get right to the rocks and sea (close enough to wake up in the morning hearing the waves crashing on the rocks). The complex has a great swimming pool with large shallow circle (great for kids). Great getaway!"
(Karen du Preez, visited February 2012)
"Four of us from the UK stayed at the self catering apartment for three nights from 16 January 2012. We were very impressed with both the standard of the accommodation (clean, modern, fresh and comfortable) and Annamarie's friendly service. Two of us spend six months per year in SA so a repeat visit will definitely happen."
(James Carson, visited January 2012)
"Potting Shed Self-Catering is a fantastic family getaway.The spectacular view and serenity of the environment will take your breath away. Loved the decor and tidiness of the place."
(Maurisha Classen, visited January 2011)
"I went already 4 times to the Bed and Breakfast and was always happy with the service. Last time, I rented the apartment near the ocean. It's just fantastic. Truly recommend everybody to go there if they visit Hermanus. Annamarie and David will make your trip unforgettable! They know a lot of good restaurants and activities."
(Audrey Moineau, visited January 2012)
"My wife and myself have stayed in the Potting Shed for about the last six years and often we have four members of our family with us and they stay in the self catering On The Rocks. Annamarie and her husband have become our very best friends and this is why we stay with them about four times each year. We would be with them for my 85th birthday on 30/01 but instead they will be coming to our get- together with 14 friends at a local venue but we will be making a booking to stay with them in about a month. Everything about the Potting Shed is first class and this is why we stay with them. Booking is a priority as they get filled up with visitors from all over the world. It is also the venue for space scientists and astronauts from other country's who have work to do at Hermanus Space Station. Obviously, the Potting Shed is fabulous and that is why we stay there and will carry on doing so."
(Roy Danford, visited October 2011)
"We went to stay at the 2-bedroom apartment at Whale Rock Estate. What a lovely home from home, with spacious accommodation, self-catering all in, plus washing machine. Loved the sea beach decor of turquoise, blue and white. The view was amazing and so close to the beach and new harbour restaurants. For us this was an advance wedding anniversary weekend a second honeymoon of 20 years of marriage. Thanks to David and team at the Potting Shed accommodation for a lovely weekend."
(Annette and Leonard Moss, visited October 2011)
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