Welcome to a Whale of a Stay


Welcome to South Africa’s first branded Guest House portfolio.

Designed as a home-away-from-home, our Whale Cottage guest houses have been designed to welcome you with friendly service, offer you outstanding views, and to be in walking distance to the restaurants and major attractions in the area.

The three Whale Cottage guest houses are located in Camps Bay, in Cape Town; in Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands; and in Hermanus, the capital of whale watching in South Africa.

Decorated in a unique marine theme by the owner herself, utilising the characteristic and distinctive colour Nourse Blue, the Whale Cottages feel cool and breezy in the hot summers.

Chris von Ulmenstein opened the first Whale Cottage in Hermanus in 1996. The success of the first venture led to the opening of Whale Cottage Camps Bay in 1998, Whale Cottage Franschhoek in 2004 and Whale Cottage Plettenberg Bay in 2007.

In 2002 Whale Cottage Hermanus re-located to a magnificent seafacing property in Hermanus, and in the same year Whale Cottage Camps Bay underwent an extensive renovation. Sadly, due to the prolonged recession on the Garden Route, Whale Cottage Plettenberg Bay has closed down.

Whale Cottage guest houses are unique in offering their guests a Whale Cottage Loyalty Card, which entitles their guests to spend one night free with the compliments of the Whale Cottage Guest House Portfolio for every 10 nights spent at a Whale Cottage.

This enables Whale Cottage guests to stay at any one or all four the Whale Cottages during their holiday or business trip, and have their Whale Cottage Loyalty Card stamped at each Whale Cottage. Whale Cottage guest houses also do not charge a Singles surcharge.

Whale Cottage guest houses are popular honeymoon destinations, as well as accommodation establishments for guests
attending weddings of family and friends.

Whale Cottage is the first Guest House group in South Africa to have endorsed the Proudly South African campaign.

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