by Sarah Keevy

Limestone House

A great guesthouse in Paternoster

Limestone House
Limestone House
Booking a rental house for a weekend away is often a dodgy business; you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get for your money. Online photos can be deceptive and exorbitant prices often lead you to believe that the place you’re visiting is the one of your dreams, only to end up being a disappointment. None of this is so with Limestone House in Paternoster.

It was time for a break. A friend and I just needed to get out of Cape Town for a weekend. We checked out the net and after hardly any browsing at all decided idyllic Paternoster was just the remedy for our troubles. One of the very first Internet searches came up with Limestone House, which almost looked too good to be true. I called Rita, the lovely owner, and badda bing, we had booked our weekend away.

We left Cape Town on a sunny Friday afternoon, zipped through and found Paternoster. The blue sea and quaint white cottages alongside it were immediately calming to my soul. Now we had to find Limestone House. Luckily, Paternoster isn’t exactly big and getting lost is not very easy.
When we arrived we were not disappointed. The house was large with a separate upstairs apartment with its own entrance. The main house has three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge dining room table, open-plan kitchen, dining room, sitting room and a courtyard. The upstairs has its own kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Limestone House is perfect for small and big parties because you can choose to rent out only the main house or apartment, or both. The rooms are clean, with decor of oil lamplights, shells and some interesting prints. The kitchen is well stocked. My only complaint is that all the rooms only have double beds (no twins) so if the house is full, everyone needs to share a bed, whether a couple or not!

The house is 50 metres from the beach and easily within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops (not that there are many). If you are heading to Paternoster, you need to book at restaurants before; it is only a klein dorpie (small town) and has become very popular of late but the restaurants are all still fairly small. Try to get a table at the Noisy Oyster or Voorstrandt Restaurant if you can.
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