In the city, weekends look like this: errands, laundry, dinner, perhaps drinks with friends, traffic (although dispersed – thankfully). Now imagine a place without errands and laundry, a place with excellent restaurants offering only the freshest seafood and West Coast cuisine, sundowners on the beach with friends, a beer or two with your feet in the sand and a morning spent reading with views of the ocean and smell of sea air, and an oceanside walk to round it all off.
We found it.
Klein Paternoster Jongnooientjiesfontein catered to our every whim and fancy. Comfortable and welcoming, it made the West Coast home for the weekend, and Paternoster treated us well.
Paternoster is a sleepy coastal town, just two hours from Cape Town, harbouring a rustic padstal, humble art gallery and exciting spots for eating and drinking. It is the place to be for simple yet gourmet dining, and if you’re a foodie who finds yourself there for a weekend (or more), you’ll enjoy gorging on mussels poached in white wine, crayfish off the braai, perfectly grilled squid and calamari, snoek croquettes and linefish of the day that tastes as if it was just caught – because it has been.
Elmarie and Pieter at Klein Paternoster will greet you with warm smiles and make you feel right at home in a space perfectly kitted with every essential. Warm and cosy, with a beamed ceiling, king sized and extended bed, large wet shower and spacious open plan lounge area (for the morning reading), it will make you feel like staying – forever.
The fireplace outside means you can buy crayfish fresh from the fisherman on the shore’s edge and grill it to your own satisfaction, while enjoying a glass of wine or beer as the sun sets. It really is a pristine location; calm away from the madding crowd, yet close enough to be part of it if you so wish. A two minute drive from restaurants, the town superette, beach and local bar, you can have your cake and eat it.
Charming and relaxed, it is a home away from home, and we will certainly be back.