A DESIRE FOR MAGIC
Paternoster on the west coast of South Africa is a place of unbroken sunsets, dreamy corners and flourishing nature. It's also a place of warm-hearted people, unspoiled white sandy beaches and enchanting beachfront restaurants. Opening a guest house in Paternoster was a natural next step for Swedish owner and entrepreneur, Jonas Sandström who has been travelling and discovering the beauty of South Africa ever since he moved here 15 years ago. Inspired by the landscape, the people and the light, he has created a space of beauty and inspiration where we can reconnect to ourselves, to each other and to the planet at this seaside guest house.
OF LOBSTER AND LIGHT
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the west coast of South Africa. Many people believe that the name, which means ‘Our Father’ in Latin, refers to prayers said by Catholic Portuguese seamen when they became shipwrecked. Other people believe it refers to the beads that the Khoi tribe wore that were called Paternosters.
The village of Paternoster is best known for lobster and white-washed, beachfront fishermen’s cottages. The remarkable coastline of jagged cliffs and white boulders makes this one of the most beautiful beaches on this coast.
SUPPORTING LOCAL PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE
Giving back and being inclusive is a value that Jonas takes very seriously. Having lived in South Africa for a long time, he is acutely aware of the need to support and promote local products, companies and people. Gonana Guest House has been renovated with the help of local builders and contractors. The interiors and bathroom supplies are locally produced and all the guest house staff is from the Paternoster area. For Jonas, keeping it local is important and the best way to give back in a meaningful way.
IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
ECO-FRIENDLY AND KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
In restoring, renovating and transforming this seaside cottage into the ideal beachfront accommodation, we have been careful and deliberate in addressing its 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 this an eco-friendly and almost self-sufficient guest house, well in line with modern trends of sustainability. We are proud to have created a space that is as friendly to its environment as it is to its guests.