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.
It's the fourth time I stayed at Gonana Guesthouse. I go there to re-charge, breath fresh air, take walks on the beach with my little dog and just find some peace and quiet. One hears the waves when one goes to sleep and when one wakes up. The interior design at the guesthouse contributes to the overall tranquility of being in Paternoster, it's earthy and light. The breakfast is amazing, over night oats, eggs, high quality cheeses and home baked goods. The service is always friendly and attentive. If you're in Cape Town for holiday it is definitely worth the two hours drive up for a night or two to experience the cute and quaint fisherman's village Paternoster, and if you're living in Cape Town, well, then there are no excuses. In both cases I can highly recommend a few nights at Gonana in Paternoster.
Everything was perfect. Everyone was so friendly. Location is beautiful and as well the view from our balcony! Short way to the beach and a delicous breakfast in the morning. Would recommend Gonana to all my friends and family!
Wonderful and attentive staff who certainly will go the extra mile for you, house is nicely set facing the ocean, tasteful interior, very generous breakfast. Suddenly realised that the 3 days we stayed went too fast. Paternoster is a small villlage within walking distance with some nice restaurants. The perfect place for peace and recovery! We will certainly return.
It was incredible falling asleep to crashing waves … beautiful coastal line. Excellent restaurants to discover. Staff and local town residents were friendly and welcoming! I fell in love with Paternoster.
Took a few days off before the Xmas rush and had to go back to Gonana. Pure bliss, surrounded by nature, very friendly staff, beautiful rooms, delicious breakfast and just a little piece of paradise. Will definitely be back.
A very comfortable stay, perfectly positioned for a beach walk and swim. Very friendly and helpful staff, providing a great service and delicious breakfast. Stayed in the studio which was very well equipped.
Such a wonderful place! Paternoster is a unique place, with the ocean, the light and the lovely village with fun shops and good restaurants. Gonana guesthouse makes this justice and adds value, with stylish and genuine interiors, wonderful staff&service and overall a very friendly atmosphere. Everything was so relaxing and beautiful, we started the day with an excellent breakfast and indeed enjoyed our stay, and slept so well close to the magnificent beach.
We had an extraordinary stay at Gonana Guesthouse. The surroundings with the wild beach a few footsteps close and the sleepy little town are very relaxing. The interior makes you feel at home- beautiful garden with a small pool, nice rooms and a breakfast to die for. The staff and Jonas really make you feel at home.
Our group of 16 Swedes loved our 2 night stay at Gonana. Great athmosphere, lovely staff and really nice rooms. "Can we stay here longer, please" our guests said - an evidence that they loved the place.
We had a wonderful stay at Gonana! The most beautiful Guesthouse we’ve been to yet. The staff is very friendly. Breakfast was amazing, a wide variety of different cheese and freshly made eggs. You can watch the sea while having breakfast.
We had a lovely 2 nights at Gonana Guesthouse; what a gem. Everything from the delicious breakfast, the location and the friendly staff was just perfect! Very glad we stayed here - will definitely be back!
What a great place. I cant say enough about the great staff and the overall vibe of the place. You won't get better in Paternoster for the price you pay. It's an absolute winner for couples who want to get away and relax.
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 are creating sustainable change in the Paternoster community through the Gonana Collective Kindness initiative, whereby we support Hoopsig a local NPC making huge differences in the lives of local children.
This NPC is staffed by German and local volunteers who provide an afternoon programme for primary school students, giving each child academic and psycho-social support.
To donate directly, click here.