A DESIRE FOR MAGIC
Set on an idyllic West Coast beach you’ll find Paternoster’s first sustainable guesthouse overlooking a setting of unbroken sunsets, dreamy corners and flourishing nature. This is a place where warm-hearted people, unspoiled white sandy beaches and enchanting restaurants welcome you to a beach holiday just two hours from Cape Town.
Opening a guesthouse and self-catering houses in Paternoster was a natural next step for Swedish owner and entrepreneur, Jonas Sandström. Inspired by the landscape, the people, and the light, Jonas has created a sustainable Afro-Scandi space where we can reconnect to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet.
Live slowly and tread lightly in Paternoster’s first-ever sustainable guesthouse located directly on the beach. Fresh breakfast with local organic produce is how we serve the start of each and every day during your stay.
Two beach-style houses set 150m from Paternoster’s Bekbaai, experience our latest sustainable self-catering accommodation that is off the grid, allowing you to enjoy your West Coast holiday without any interruptions.
OF LOBSTER AND LIGHT
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on South Africa’s West Coast. Many people believe that the name, which means ‘Our Father’ in Latin, refers to prayers said by Catholic Portuguese seamen when they became shipwrecked. Others believe it refers to the beads that the Khoi tribe wore, known as ‘Paternosters.’
To us, Paternoster is synonymous with white-washed, beachfront fisherman’s cottages, fresh lobster and laidback living. This remarkable coastline of jagged cliffs and white boulders makes this village one of the most beautiful beach holiday stops near to Cape Town.
SUPPORTING LOCAL PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE
Giving back and inclusivity are values that Jonas takes seriously. Having lived in South Africa for over 15 years, he is acutely aware of the need to support and promote local products, companies and people.
Gonana Guesthouse and self-catering houses have both been renovated with the help of local builders and contractors. The interiors and bathroom supplies are locally produced and all the guesthouse staff reside in the Paternoster area. For Jonas, keeping it local is a lifestyle and the best way to give back in a meaningful way.
IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
ECO-CONSCIOUS AND KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
We are proud of our space which is as friendly to its environment as it is to its guests. In restoring, renovating and transforming seaside houses into the ideal beachfront accommodation in Paternoster, every effort has been made to be deliberate in addressing our impact on the environment and its surroundings.
Hot water from solar power, grey water reticulation systems, rainwater collection tanks, water-saving showers, as well as a robust recycling ethos makes Gonana Paternoster’s first eco-friendly and almost self-sufficient guesthouse aligned with modern sustainability practices.
Our stay at Gonana guest house was wonderful. Its warm, cosy, tasteful and detailed decor make it a place that feels perfectly comfortable but elegantly so. We could not have asked for a better location either. The staff were incredibly welcoming, well-informed and made sure we had everything we needed. A genuinely charming place to stay.
Gonana is a lovely guesthouse situated right on a beach, with a beautiful view especially of the sunset. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The guesthouse is powered by solar panels...a huge advantage, especially during loadshedding. Paternoster itself is a charming coastal town situated close to a nature reserve.
Wow, what a place. Gonana Guesthouse has it all, the location by the beach, the charm, the staff, the breakfast, the design, the pool...well the list can be done long. I stayed two nights at the guest house and everything from check-in to leaving was top standard. I will for sure come back - and I am sure to bring others with me. A perfect place no matter if you travel alone or with friends/partners.
We stayed for the weekend. Half price off the normal price. Per usual the service was impeccable. The room was comfy and we had an absolutely fabulous time. The weather was not too good but we had time to spend in the lounge and just relax. Also had an opportunity to see some flowts. Thanks again Thandi
From ambience of the place to the welcoming. Thandi was such a wonderful host. Our rooms where prepared beautifully and clean. Was lucky to book the room with a sea view. Sleeping and waking up to a beautiful ocean sound was bliss.
We had a superb stay, special thanks to Thandi and her team nothing was too much trouble for them!! And we saw the whales from the deck which was awesome!! The quality of the accommodation was excellent.
We came to Paternoster for my birthday in June. Gonana Guesthouse felt like home and even better. The room opening directly to the beach was fantastic, the conversation with the other guests over delicious breakfast at the long table were inspiring and the early evenings in the terrace overlooking the ocean so chilled! Stuff for daydreaming.
What a great place with the beach as your back yard. The staff are amazingly friendly and the wide breakfast options is awesome. There is a honesty bar which is a nice touch and a lekker fireplace in the communal area for those cold nights. Will definitely be back!
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights in June. Loved everything about this guesthouse. Our dog even got a welcome letter with his own special bag of treats. Spotlessly clean facilities. Breakfasts plentiful and scrumptious. The views, oh the views! Stepping onto the beach literally from our gate was magic. The beach is beautiful and you can take wonderful walks in any direction. The staff are professional, extremely obliging and friendly. This is honestly one of THE BEST places we have stayed and I can't wait to go again.
The cottages are beautifully styled with absolutely everything you need for cooking and just hanging out. Super comfortable beds and a fantastic fireplace. The views are delightful and the garden is full of indigenous flowers. With just a minutes walk to the beach.
We had seen images online and when we arrived at Gonana Gust House it exceeded our expectations! We were greeted by welcoming staff who attended to all your needs. The best part was looking out to the gorgeous sea view and the feeling of complete relaxation. What a location, easy access the beach to take long walks and close to restaurants in town. Accommodation is very comfortable with attention to detail. Overall a wonderful experience and we cant thank the staff enough for a great getaway!
What a friendly welcome upon our arrival. Such a beautifully decorated room and house. With a familiar family homely feeling. Everything we needed in our room was at hand or neatly packed away. The beautifully woven blankets were very welcome when waking up in the mornings on the stoop listening to the waves. The best breakfast we have had in a very long time. Well done to the lovely ladies. Did I mention the prime spot on the balcony for sipping bubbly while watching the sunset and just the waves. Our new favorite spot, just a hop skip and a short drive from Cape town. Gonana you win hands down for me. Hoping to see you all soon and often
Thank you so much for such a beautiful stay! So welcoming and friendly. Definitely what the soul needed. We will be back again soon.
Thank you so muchly for the "kind-warmth" and attention, we felt so welcomed at the beautiful guesthouse. There is such good energy here & the true test of a good place is the feeling as you leave. We feel calm & ready to face reality....Much love.
We had such a lovely stay here. The team was charming, helpful and friendly. Our room was peaceful and so tastefully decorated. We really enjoyed exploring the coastline, eating delicious food and freezing our feet in the ocean. We'll definitely be back again. Thank you!
A dream of location, design, hospitality. Keep the momentum guys. "We'll be back" I found my heaven on earth, thank you (x)
Thank you to all the Staff - fantastic service! :-) Made us really feel at home, we really enjoyed our stay. Beautiful Guesthouse with stunning views. Warmest Regards
Wow!!! We have done many travels in our lives all across the world. BUT this has to be the most beautiful place we have been to. This place is what makes us love South Africa so so much. A beautiful place to come to when wanting to escape reality. Absolute perfection. Thank you Thandi for making this place so homely and lovely. All our love.
Dear Thandi and team, Thank you for a lovely getaway. Thank you for your hospitality and great service! Gonana felt like home for us, we could stay forever. We will be back :-)
The stay at Gonana felt like a constant warm hug. We are so grateful to have experienced this little Greece. So bliss and peaceful. Until we meet again.
What an amazing place! We really enjoyed everything here, surely will come back. Thank you Thandi, you are a brilliant host.
We are so in awe of just how incredible this little piece of heaven is. From the beautifully decorated rooms, to the magnificent views, most delicious meals and the beyond exceptional service and friendliness. This is by far the most amazing little gem. Thank you all at Gonana :-) Love and Regards.
We really enjoyed our stay! The staff is super friendly and helpful. The view is GREAT! Thanks again!
Our trip and stay at Gonana was an experience of a lifetime. The beautiful scenery, mouthwatering breakfasts and friendly warm staff will be remembered. Thank you for your wonderful west coast hospitality. Looking forward to being back one day.
We've had one of the best experiences staying here. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space. 10/10 experience from the beautiful scenic views, to the friendly staff and the aesthetically pleasing rooms and shared spaces. We will be back one day, until then, cheers!
We loved this guesthouse. Thandi is the most professional, warm hearted manager we have ever met on any trip, and we travel alot! This house and its people are spectacular. We will come back. xxx
A marvellous holiday for the Banner family in a very special guesthouse. Having travelled around the world, I cannot think of any hotel or guesthouse that would be ranked higher than Gonana. The service & the supberb sea views deserve more than 5 stars.
Besides Romantic, Charming, The welcome is warm and the sea view is vast. The attention to detail and comfort is just as visible as the drive to be sustainable. We love the balance.