HERMANUS GUEST HOUSE

AUBERGE BURGUNDY

The Auberge Burgundy Guest House is a charming Provencal style establishment with fragrant courtyards and stone terraces. It is set above the picturesque Old Harbour in the historic heart of Hermanus (the hub of the famous Whale Coast).

The traveller’s love affair with Hermanus began well over a century ago. Visitors continue to visit our charming town down to this day, due to the magnificent scenery and perfect setting between mountains and sea. They also enjoy the many opportunities for recreation and relaxation found in Hermanus.

Our accommodation

The Auberge Burgundy Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service. It is surrounded by restaurants, craft markets, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping malls. It has the salt sea air of one of the world’s most magnificent eco-destinations in the world. The cool blue sea of Walker Bay is just 50m from our door step.

How to book

Book with us today and experience Provence style accommodation in Hermanus, while enjoying the sights and sounds that surrounds the Old Harbour. Click through our gallery or visit our Rooms & Rates for more information on what accommodation is on offer. Contact our reservations on 0283131201 or auberge@hermanus.co.za. Or book directly by clicking here.

The story of Auberge Burgundy, Hermanus Guest House

In 1993 Wessel and Marolene Heunis came to Hermanus and took ownership of the Burgundy Restaurant. Due to a love for France and French cuisine, they ran the restaurant successfully. After a few years went by, the house across the road from the Burgundy was put up for sale. It was the house of former mayor of Hermanus, Professor Gonin.

A vision begins

Although being a modest house with a very large overgrown garden, Wessel and Marolene immediately fell in love with the property seeing its great potential. They purchased the house and went off on a road trip around Provence. With a collection of photos, some tiles and even broken pieces of plaster, they returned with a vision of the Auberge Burgundy. The guesthouse was a perfect accompaniment of the restaurant “Burgundy”, named by its previous owner and local winemaker, Hamilton Russel.

Accommodation history

The original house of Professor Gonin, who was in fact a professor of French, is now our reception and lounge. The construction of the main house and garden rooms began in 1995. Finally on the 16th of December 1996, the Auberge Burgundy opened its doors for business in Hermanus. Two years after the guesthouse was fully operational, the pool area was added. This was another renovation of what used to be a shop with a flat, as well as a jewelers workshop.

At the moment

After years filled with highs and lows, eccentric guests and hilarious stories, the Auberge still remains a family-run guesthouse full of character. Wessel and Marolene have both passed on, but the guesthouse is a testament to their ever lingering presence in Hermanus, reminiscent of the original tenant, Professor Gonin. The new custodian of this little slice of Provence is Martina, Wessel and Marolene’s daughter. She has added fresh eyes and has a willingness to keep the same look and feel as her parents intended. She and her husband have slowly been renovating the guesthouse, ensuring their guests will receive the same quality and standard they have enjoyed all of these years.

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