Flower Season Langtafel Lekkerte

Some things you can only express perfectly in Afrikaans – right? Words like jol, ja/nee and lekker just have no fitting English equivalent.

This past Sunday we enjoyed the hospitality of Sanita van der Merwe at Oep ve Koep and an amazing langtafel  lunch prepared by the stylish and talented Isabella Niehaus. What a treat…what a LEKKERTE!

It was a perfectly delightful day with wonderful food, wine and company. The restful atmosphere in the Oep ve Koep garden along with the cheerful, colourful art work & hand-painted table cloths by artist Roelie van Heerden provided the backdrop to an all round fabulous & enjoyable Sunday lunch.

The best news is that Isabella will be cooking her amazing Langtafel meals at Oep ve Koep in Paternoster to celebrate the abundant flower season over the next few weeks!

Langtafel at Oep ve Koep dates; 18, 19, 24, 25, 31 August & 2 Sept 2018


Enjoy a great 3-course meal for R450. Limited seating available so booking is essential.

New artwork by Roelie van Heerden will also be exhibited.

Call: 0227522105/ 0829290182

Email: oepvekoep@gmail.com


For more fabulous foodie options in Paternoster please have a look at our Restaurants guide https://www.stayinpaternoster.co.za/eat-shop-enjoy/restaurants/?id=35


Winter in Paternoster

Or as we locals like to call it the SECRET SEASON…

This week we have really started feeling the change of season and last night we had our first proper winter rainfall where you could actually hear it banging down on the roof. The rain is a blessing with the Western Cape water crisis and a sure signal that the time has come to stock pile firewood, wine and cosy socks!


For me this time of year is just the best on the West Coast and many locals agree…we have mild days and then chilly nights perfect for a good book and mug of hot chocolate or fun game evenings in with friends. We have the best sunsets and sunrises of the year with pinks, peach and gold stretching across the sky.  The moisture and fog evoke an almost fairy-tale softness that beautifies what can be rather stark, dry and harsh in the summer. Slowly, as the strand-veld and farm lands drink up the precious water, the habitat transforms to green and provides the most abundant gift of wild flowers in spring that lasts just an instant but is all the more precious for its brevity. This all happens underground in these hibernating winter months and to me it is magical.

As the crazy summer wind dies down and the rates drop to Low Season it is truly a wonderful time of year to visit Paternoster, some may say, the Best.


In other GREAT news the wonderfully talented artists living & working in Paternoster have created a Paternoster Art Route. This will enable guests to walk the set-out route through our picturesque village, visit studios, galleries and meet the artists personally. To learn more and keep an eye on events and happenings please follow the Facebook page fb.me/artinpaternoster


Stay warm and we hope to see you soon!

Contact us for bookings at reservations@stayinpaternoster.co.za or 022 752 2048

View properties on our website here https://www.stayinpaternoster.co.za/accommodation/?id=3


What about the Water?

Water is the word on everyone’s lips in the Western Cape at the moment; Saving Water, Water Crisis and the dreaded Day Zero.

We are certainly learning so many new, innovative ways to save and sharing tips in our communities. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of fake news, fear mongering and certainly some exploitation of the situation.

The type of energy we need as we tackle this problem is *Let’s get through this together!* To that end we would like to offer some pertinent local information for all our visitors and friends.

Paternoster forms part of the Saldanha Bay Municipality. We are currently on level 5 water restrictions which limits domestic use to 100 litres of water per person per day with other restrictions in place for businesses etc. The City of Cape Town has moved to level 6B from the 1st of Feb 2018, which cuts that by half to 50 litres per day. Traditionally we have followed on from Cape Town’s lead so we can anticipate being restricted to this amount in the near future.


Below is a excerpt from the Saldanha Bay Municipality Media Release from the 25th of January 2018.

Water Savings:
Saldanha Bay Municipality’s current demand on the Western Cape Water Supply System shows that a 33% saving has been achieved, which does not meet the 45% target.
Saldanha Bay Municipality would like to congratulate water users who have contributed towards the saving and urges all water users to curb demand as a matter of urgency, in order to reach the 45% target.

Current Projects:
The following projects are in process and will ensure that Saldanha Bay Municipality does not reach Day Zero. Demand management is however of crucial importance to ensure water supply is stretched until additional water supply is augmented. Saldanha Bay Municipality’s demand at 45% curtailment (saving) is 20.35ML/Day.

Short Term/Current Projects for completion by 30 April 2018:

Project Description Completion date
Langebaan Road Aquifer Boreholes April 2018
Misverstand Dam: Lowering the level to which the dam can be abstracted to ensure minimum of 78 days of water supply from the dam at 10 ML/Day March 2018
Hopefield Boreholes Completed
Usage of treated effluent at ArcelorMittal to replace a component of the drinking water demand April 2018
Desalination: Sea Harvest April 2018
Desalination: Lucky Star April 2018

Medium Term  Projects for completion by 30 November 2018 to ensure water resilience, should another below average winter rainfall be experienced in 2018:

Project Description Completion date
Shelley Point Desalination September 2018
Elandsfontein Aquifer November 2018

*ML = Mega litres = Million litres
° It must be noted that the ground water abstraction projects at both Langebaan Road and Elandsfontein Aquifer reflected above are the short term abstraction yields. The abstraction will be lowered from 12ML/day and 14ML/day respectively after the immediate crisis period (4 – 5 months) to 8ML/Day to ensure sustainability.


Stay in Paternoster has incorporated various measures to help curb use and save as much as we can. Most of the self-catering houses on our portfolio have installed flow regulators on showers and taps. Buckets for the collection of shower water are being provided so that the grey water collected during showers can be used for flushing toilets. Flush Buddies have been placed in toilet cisterns to limit amount of water used per flush. We have also put up notices in each house with guidelines on how to help save water. So when you stay with us please know you are doing your bit too!

In our office we have employed the motto *If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down* and provided spray bottles with half vinegar & half water to eliminate any unpleasant odours. We have also switched to waterless hand sanitizer.

On our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/accommodationinpaternoster/ we share tips and every Wednesday is #WaterWiseWednesday to heighten awareness and share news.

The message is clear; South Africa is one of the many countries around the world that has limited water resources. Water is a precious resource and one we just cannot live without. These measures truly need to become our NEW NORMAL.

Thank you for your efforts to help us, we welcome any ideas or suggestions and encourage a community of positive co-operation.

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A Paternoster Bucket List!

We are often asked “So what IS there to do in Paternoster?”

I have been working on some insider tips to make the best of your visit. Here are the Top 35! *Everything below can be done within a 10km radius of your favourite little West Coast Dorpie.

  1. GRAB a cup of delicious Truth coffee and a Pasteis de Nata under the Manatoka trees at JUNK & DISORDERLY opposite the Stay in Paternoster office. *Be tempted by the variety of Charcuterie produce and sour dough bread!
  2. VISIT the Cape Columbine LIGHTHOUSE open Mon to Fri (excluding public holidays) 10am – 3pm
  3. EXPLORE the surrounding area with an adventurous BEACH BUGGY ride with local aficionado Deon Cell: 072 402 1829 Email:deon@farrout.co.za304481_487176314633763_196342009_n
  4. TRY the tasty home-made Chicken pies, Ciabatta bread and daily deli meals from THE PATERNOSTER EXPRESS Tel: 022 752 2627 *Also great for any necessities like toothpaste, ice and milk.
  5.  TREAT yourself to a well-deserved massage or facial at PATERNOSTER DUNES BEAUTY CLINIC Tel: +27 22 752 2217 Email: reservations@paternosterdunes.co.za
  6. INDULGE in a delectable coffee and cake or quiche at MONDVOL every Wednesday for R45! We recommend the Lemon Meringue and honestly, go any day 🙂 for friendly service and good food in a country setting. Tel: 073 939 018616708242_1227130620667669_1668647958460401427_n
  7. RIDE a horse along the beautiful Langstrand Beach with Ronel at DRIKUS HORSE TRAILS Cell: 082 748 5596 E-mail:  bassonr@telkomsa.net
  8. ROMANCE the heck out of your love and sip a sundowner on BEKBAAI BEACH while you watch the Sunset over the rocks & ocean.*NB Take your camera!
  9. DIP into luscious local oysters & mussels and other deliciousness at the quirky and oh so cool NOISY OYSTER bookings are essential Tel: 022 752 2196
  10. STRETCH & BREATHE it all out with our local Yoga instructor Shirley Tel:074 874 2221
  11. GET HITCHED! ELOPE! we have just the place, it’s sooooo Romantic and just all-round fabulous at GELUKKIE Email:weddings@gelukkie.co.za13490684_628917617266100_713442269960775233_o.jpg
  12. PACK a picnic and walk along LANGSTRAND beach all the way to the Groot Paternoster Nature Reserve approximately 7km (one way).*If you are lucky you will spot the Dolphins frolicking and go early because sunrise is spectacular from this vantage point!
  13. TUCK into some authentic Weskus home-cooking like Groenboontjiebredie, Pêrevoetpie & Smoorsnoek at OUMA SE KOMBUIS Tel: 084 800 1991
  14. PADDLE out between the rocks to see visiting seabirds, penguins & Paternoster from a different angle with KAYAK PATERNOSTER Tel: 082 584 1907
  15. EAT tasty & fresh Take-away Vis & Tjips at ON THE ROCKS at the Fish Market complex on the main beach Tel:083 988 1380
  16. WORK UP A SWEAT with our local Pilates instructor Frank Tel: 084 624 1607
  17. BUY anything from nails, fishing gear, scrummy samosas & curry mussels to flip flops at general dealer THE TRADING POST on the right hand side of the main road. Tel: 0845106503
  18. TRY out the yummy Burgers or Surf & Turf at the distinctive & iconic Red-Roofed VOORSTRANDT RESTAURANT right on the Paternoster Beach front Tel: 022 752 203816587176_1315167938599260_8800103095829318276_o
  19. COLLECT Sea Glass and take a Flamework class to make a memorable piece of Jewellery at FLEUR DELYSE GLASS STUDIO Email: fleurdelyse@icloud.com
  20. POP-IN at OEP VE KOEP for west coast produce, wine and more…They bake farm bread daily and as a treat stay for lunch and try the Cheese Platter with infamous Bokkom Butter, you are welcome 😉 *Get there early for the bread! Tel: 022 752 2105
  21. BE BEAUTIFUL with a fresh hair-do or a snazzy cut & blow at Le Notre Pere with Hennie Tel:083 295 6181
  22. TASTE adventurous, unusual and seasonally foraged Strandveld (only found on this coast line) dishes prepared and styled with flair by internationally renowned chef Kobus van der Merwe at WOLFGAT Email:diewolfgat@gmail.com
  23. PICK-UP some enticing sounding Black Fig & Black Pepper or Orange & Ginger Jam and pretty pink sheepskin sleepers to take home for Granny at JEM & PANTOFFELS Tel:082 783 180820424236_1388559767927099_909810370982296440_o
  24. COOK UP A STORM enjoy the lavish meal afterwards at NOSTRA DE PADRE with Italian Cooking Classes run by Uro & Sven Email: nostradepadre@gmail.com
  25. CREATE a unique leather item yourself at a MATTAT LEATHER WORKSHOP held at Jem & Pantoffels email:Cheryl.delaporte@gmail.com
  26. SIP & ENJOY a chilled glass of wine, a picture perfect view and wonderful meals prepared by chef Jaco Kruger at GAATJIE Tel: 022 752 2242
  27. SHOP at many of the quirky and quaint village stores and look for pretty things, jewellery & antiques at THE DUNE SHOP, PANTINA BAZAAR & MANEKI all located along St. Augustine the Main Road through Paternoster.
  28. BREW your own artisanal beer on a hands-on course in Beer making with PATERNOSTER BREWERY Email: info@paternosterbrew.co.za19598867_1110304109071724_7059203172368807291_n
  29. BROWSE and admire art and pottery from local and other artists at STONEFISH STUDIO & GALLERY and AT BOTHA ART GALLERY also both located along the main road through the village.
  30. RELAX, take a sip of your beverage of choice and enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza at the family-friendly BLIKKIE PIZZERIA Tel:079 598 8616 *one of the best views in town and live music on selected weekends!
  31. SATISFY your craving for fresh & delicious sushi at DE SEE KAT…the view is also a winner. Tel:082 445 5540
  32. DESIGN and get therapeutically creative while making your own platter with PAM BREYTENBACH POTTERY STUDIO Email: butterpl@mweb.co.za
  33. GET ENERGISED and hike through CAPE COLUMBINE NATURE RESERVE, an especially beautiful time is in spring (Aug & Sept) during the breath-taking West Coast Flower Season.13620760_641611172663411_6960892483987946975_n
  34. WATCH the Rugby or just people watch at the local and legendary watering-hole THE PANTY BAR at THE PATERNOSTER HOTEL. Meet locals and gawk at the interesting ahem…displays. *definitely a favourite ‘I was here’ Instagram-able moment.
  35. LAST BUT NOT LEAST… FOLLOW US on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/accommodationinpaternoster/ and make sure you ENTER all our great competitions so you can come and STAY IN PATERNOSTER to start ticking off these bucket list experiences 🙂

A few additional insider tips…

*Always book for Restaurants & Experiences in advance to avoid disappointment

*Take along a jacket, the weather on the coast changes all the time and we can experience 4 seasons in one day.

*Keep your camera/smart phone full charged to take advantage of all the beauty

*Make sure you are careful with your valuables – out of sight is the best policy to limit temptation.

*Smile & make memories to remember with family & friends…these are the things that count!

Written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster

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La Bella Vita – The Beautiful Life

What is your definition of a beautiful life? For many of us it is all about meaningful connections with people, eating good food and having great experiences – preferably all at the same time!


Last Wednesday for a Stay in Paternoster office team building experience we had the chance to enjoy all of the above with artist and Italian cooking maestro, Uro and his partner, poet & deep thinker Sven, at Nostra de Padre – their new home in Paternoster.

Having lived in Italy for 5 years and learning about traditional Italian cooking from the local Nonna’s Uro inspired us to create a feast while consummate host Sven made us feel at home.




















Just like any good Italian family the chopping, peeling, sautéing and roasting was seasoned with plenty of laughter, eating, banter and occasional knife-wielding!

Using good quality, colourful ingredients, plenty of fresh herbs and veggies from the garden, we created a menu fit for a queen. Tips on which herbs to use when, how to make our own seasoning salt, the patience required for a perfect risotto and how to make a *wow your guests* decadent dark chocolate torte were all shared with an overflow of joy, humour and passion.



















As good friends do, we would like to share the delicious and ridiculously easy Torte Di Ciccolato recipe.



200GR Good Chocolate (we used 2 slabs of 70% Lindt & 1 of toasted hazelnut Lindt)

1 Cup Plain Yoghurt (or we used Milk)

3 Free Range X-Large Eggs

1 Cup Breadcrumbs (if you want to make a Gluten free version use Almond Flour)

4 Oranges (Sliced)

250ml Honey


For Orange Reduction – Put Orange slices in a saucepan

Cover with Honey

Add a few Cloves &/or Star Anise if you wish

Simmer on the stove for approximately 30 mins

For Chocolate Torte – Heat the Yoghurt (or Milk)

Melt the chocolate and add to Yoghurt/Milk

Allow mixture to cool for approx. 15mins

Add Bread Crumbs (or Almond Flour) & Eggs – Fold together well

Place in a 28cm Cake Pan

Bake at 180⁰C for 15 mins

Pour Orange Reduction over Torte and serve with Crème Fraiche

Buon Appetito!


The fantastic news is that you can come and experience La Bella Vita right here in Paternoster. Learn to make a delicious Risotto like a pro! To enquire and book please contact Uro via email at nostradepadre@gmail.com

Current winter scheduled dates are; 16 June, 1 July, 12 July, 9 August & 26th August but private group bookings are also welcome. Cost R500 per person (2 – 6 people) or R425 per person (7 – 10 or more) price includes antipasto & aperitivo on arrival, cooking & enjoying a 5-course meal and take home recipes & gift.

An Ode to May

A personal Paternoster love story in words and photos by Fran Hepburn


I first arrived, following my heart, to live permanently in Paternoster in early May 2012. So I guess I am somewhat biased when I wax lyrical about this time of year in our beautiful village. But after a few years of living here, I know that it is not just me who loves the absolute perfection that is May in Paternoster, all the locals whisper about it being a secret special season only we know about. This is my effort to share a little snapshot of this magical time with you.

From December to April the village is full and bustling, so it is a stark contrast in May when things get all mellow and laid back – like a soft sigh of relief. The days start later as the sun only peeps over Kasteelberg to the East well after 7 am. There is a cool chill in the air and the village is often covered in a misty blanket serenaded by the distant hooting of the fog horn. As I make a cup of coffee and snuggle back into bed, I tend to daydream of Brigadoon and the misty moors of Scotland.









The days are still busy, which I know all you city folk will scoff at, but we do need to stack the wood in the fireplace & stock the wine rack! We don’t ever have traffic per se but in May, it is often just me and the street dogs heading to our respective daily toils.

The afternoons are a true blessing. The blustery winds of Summer have died away and the faintest salt-tipped breeze comes off the Atlantic ocean. Almost every day is the perfect day to take my Labrador Lula for a walk on the beach and luxuriate in the whole expanse of Langstrand all to ourselves.


There is said to be a special kind of soft light – the kind that the renaissance masters in Italy captured so beautifully before the advent of modern day photography. This is the light we see in May, most noticeably at sunset. It touches everything with an ethereal glow and because of the changing season, we get cloud formations that help create a spectacular frame for a Magical May West Coast Sunset.

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As the sun disappears over Bekbaai to the west of the village the evening chill sets in. It is time to slow down, light the fire and enjoy a glass of red wine while we wait for the bredie simmering in the oven. I exhale and am grateful for all my blessings.




New & Delicious in Paternoster

While we all really do love the old world fishing village charm of this little dorpie we are not complaining about some very welcome & delicious additions around town! From fresh baked Ciabatta, Croissants, Sourdough bread daily to locally cured bacon and handmade choriso to delight you on your next visit to Paternoster.

Your first stop should be right across the road from the Stay in Paternoster office at Junk and Disorderly. Locals, Peet and Camilla have created the wonderfully quirky deli and gift shop. They serve delicious Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch from Weds – Sunday under the shady Manatoka trees.  You can also buy fresh farm eggs and Sourdough bread with a wonderful array of charcuterie meats and sausages perfect for a beach picnic or al’fresco dinner. They serve Truth coffee and be warned the freshly baked croissants and Pastéis de Nata sell out early!


Quirky and Rustic, the Junk and Disorderly Chef Peet is on hand to help

Your second stop should definitely  be at the Paternoster Express. Since taking over in July 2016 the new owners Stefan & Ingrid have lightened & brightened it up and, to the delight of locals & visitors, have brought in some wonderful deli-style foods. Fresh baked Ciabatta, to die for Chocolate Cheese Cake, Muffins, Quiche and Pastries can be found in the bakery while in the fridges there is a good variety of fresh veggies, gourmet cheeses, quality meats and much more. The shelves are so well stocked we no longer have to go to Vredenburg and this makes us all very happy! So apart from your basics like ice, coke and niknaks you can also find everything for your braai, potjie or cold meats and salad for Saterday lunch just as you come into town on the left hand side.


Served up at the Paternoster Express with a smile 🙂

Another must stop, for a little more of the family-friendly farm feel, is called Mondvol Coffee Shop. Alex, Charmaine and little Lika relocated just a few kilometres up the road from Trekoskraal where many people knew and loved their picturesque Coffee Shop with a view. They are now situated on the small holdings called Pelgrimsrust just on your left about 100m before you come into Paternoster Village. Everything is homemade and the delicious cakes, breakfasts and lunches can be enjoyed on the farm-style stoep or inside near the fire. Charmaine also has a delightful range of children’s clothes called Likalief for sale, as well as yummy take home treats like nougat, jams and biscuits. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Wednesday it’s Coffee and Cake day for R45 and Fridays are Milkshake day for R25. We guarantee you will enjoy every Mondvol!

You are welcome and tell them we sent you 🙂

Written for Stay in Paternoster by Fran Hepburn

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