Escape the city – visit Roosmarijn Guesthouse in Paternoster

Roosmarijn Guest House

Roosmarijn Guesthouse is an owner-run rental beachside home in the small town of Paternoster on the West Coast. If you are planning a quiet escape from the city as a small group, family or couple, this should be your base.

Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast and is situated 15km north-west of Vredenburg and 145 km north of Cape Town, at Cape Columbine between Saldanha Bay and St Helena Bay. The area has a Mediterranean climate, which supports the growth of the famous wild flowers that the West Coast is renowned for.

Before changing its name to Roosmarijn Guest House, following its purchase by the Marais family, it was known as the Mosselbank B&B and was actually the longest established bed and breakfast in the village.

The Marais family has continued with the same tradition of offering personalized service and clean, comfortable facilities to their guests.

Breakfast is available and is served either at our guest house, or at Mondvol Coffee Shop, a short distance from the guest house.

Your host, Tertius Marais, is also a traveler of note, having visited more than 50 countries. He grew up not far from Paternoster and knows the area very well. If you need assistance, he can give you pointers on the places of interest to visit as well as the best restaurants.

Accommodation at Roosmarijn Guesthouse

Roosmarijn Guesthouse accommodation comes in stylish four fully-furnished double rooms, which can also be converted to twin rooms on request.

As can be expected, the two rooms on the first floor offer picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. The two rooms on the ground floor come with beautiful garden views.

All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and come with large beds fitted with quality linen and towels.

Facilities at Roosmarijn Guesthouse

Roosmarijn has all that you may need for a memorable holiday in Paternoster. This includes a complimentary tea tray, small fridge, hair dryers, and a flat screen smart TV with DStv.

All four rooms have fireplaces and electric blankets for the colder romantic evenings.

Free Wi-Fi is also accessible throughout the building so you can keep your friends updated on Instagram and Facebook.

If you need to relax or bask in the sun, the guesthouse’s two upper-level rooms have sun decks with magnificent ocean views. You might catch a glimpse of the Whales that visit the bay in season.

For your added peace of mind, the guesthouse has off-street parking for vehicles.

Paternoster activities

Roosmarijn Guesthouse is only a short 50 meters away from the beach. The house actually has access to the long white beaches in both directions. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy beautiful sunsets.

If you are not cooking; Paternoster is also renowned for its famous eateries. Roosmarijn is within walking distance of several well-known restaurants in the village.

Cycling, beach walks, kayaking, fishing, beach buggy rides, pottery, spa treatments, golf, and hiking are among popular local activities that you will find nearby.

Paternoster is also within minutes of nearby nature reserves. They are well worth the visit and any city dweller will be in awe of what they have to offer.

Reviews from Roosmarijn Guesthouse

“Tertius was warm, welcoming and unasked; helped out with a dinner reservation for us. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The attention to detail did not go unnoticed. We opted for the breakfast voucher at Mondvol which was lovely! Would definitely go straight back! Thank you!” wrote Sharon Hinde in an online review.

Christine Ceronio added; “Roosmarijn Guesthouse, is very beautiful and welcoming. The rooms are spacious and very beautifully decorated with only the best quality. The beds are very comfortable and fitted with electric blankets for the colder evening. The house is also very close to the sea. Tertius, the owner is the perfect host and went out of his way to ensure that we had a wonderful and complete experience of Paternoster.”

“What a special place! Just a few metres and you’re on the beach. Linen was crisp, towels white and fluffy, showers hot and the owner friendly and helpful. On cold evenings, we spent cosy hours in front of the enormous fire in the lounge,” said Zelda Bezuidenhout.

Roosmarijn Guesthouse is located at 8 Schoonerklip Street, Mosselbank, Paternoster. For bookings, call +27 (0) 72 609 3150 or email or visit Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Here is their location on Google Maps.


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