"Breathe and let be..." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Walter’s Place – an excellently located self-catering guest house right on the shore. It is a modern white double storey thatch roof house with a balcony on the top level overhanging the veranda on the ground level.
Its three clean and comfortable rooms are all on the ground level. Each of these rooms, as a matter of fact, opens onto the large sea-facing patio with its chic wicker cane furniture and Weber braai.
Every lovingly decorated room can, in effect, accommodate two guests older than 18 years of age.
Because of the open nature of the premises, as well as to honour the preferences of all guests, pets can unfortunately not be accommodated. Free parking is available on the premises in the vicinity of the rooms.
As this is a self-catering establishment, guests can either prepare their own meals, or enjoy meals at the local restaurant. The Drie Pikkewyne restaurant is actually within walking distance from Walter’s Place.
In Jongensfontein you can make peace with your broken pieces
Walter's Place Veranda
lose yourself in the view
All rooms open onto the wide veranda offering, in effect, a breath-taking view of Jongensfontein as well as the main beach to the left, sweeping the Indian Ocean all the way to the right. Beautifully furnished with comfortable outdoor furniture for guests to relax while absorbing the natural beauty of this lovely village.
From the veranda guests can lazily watch as the surfers practise their sport in the popular breakers of Jongensfontein. Around June to November guests might also spot whales as they happily romp and spout in the blue water. Dolphins, of course, play in these waters all year round.
A Weber braai is available which guests can use preferably on the lawn running along the front of the porch. Sip on a sun-downer while the day fades away and the night slowly moves in, and the lights start flickering one by one as darkness grows deeper and deeper.
On days when the weather is not pleasant, guests can always lower the shutters and still enjoy the patio, snugly protected from the wind and rain.
Three stylish rooms, each with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Each room offers luxurious accommodation for two adult guests.
Each room opens onto the shared patio that faces the ocean and is furnished with cane furniture as well as a picnic table and Weber braai.
Beach & Tidal Pool
Down the wooden steps across the street left of the house is a narrow sand strip and small tidal pool that forms sort of a “private beach”.
This special little seaside village is in the Hessequa area of Garden Route in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated 10 km west of Stilbaai, which in actual fact is the business hub of this area.
Jongensfontein’s beauty lies within the hilly nature of the land as well as the rocky shore sprinkled with slivers of sand. Popular for surfing, snorkelling, rock fishing and swimming in the large natural tidal pool.
History of the Town
Some distance from the beach is a freshwater fountain that attracted early Khoi people to settle there. The name Groot-Jongensfontein was derived from the observation of passing ships of these “groote jongens” at the fountain. Today, though, most people use the shorter version of the name when referring to this town with its remarkable history.
Visit the Fonteinhuisie, built around 1940 as holiday house, but nowadays is a museum containing the history of Jongensfontein.
Archaeological artefacts found in the Blombos Caves near Jongensfontein are carbon dated to the Middle Stone Age, 70 000 – 75 000 BC. (Not open to the public.)
Various archaeological sites in the area show that the early ancestors of the Khoi people have, in fact, lived in this area as long ago as 1000 BC.
Visit the cleverly engineered ancient fish traps in Stilbaai as well as the shell midden at the Stilbaai Harbour, one of several middens in the region.
Also visit the Blombos Museum of Archaeology in Stilbaai to peruse the artefacts from the caves and learn more about the history of the area.