Welcome to LagoonAndSea
Lagoonandsea is a fully equipped self-catering beach house, situated in the Meerensee section of the private security controlled Middlevlei Estate, adjacent to the mouth of the Bot River lagoon and beach in the renowned Hermanus district.
We strive to facilitate an outstanding beach holiday experience, providing all the necessary comforts and conveniences of a family home in a unique location with breathtaking beauty and tranquil surroundings.
The Middlevlei Estate is situated in a unique nature conservancy surrounding the Bot River Lagoon and the world famous Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, which is registered as an international RAMSAR site for the protection of wetland habitats and water birds, such as flamingos, pelicans and spoonbills. A number f breeding pairs of the endangered African Black Oyster Catcher are often seen on the beach and close to the mouth of the lagoon. International registration in 1998 means this area forms part of a world-wide network of biosphere reserves. Picturesque and protected old milkwood trees abound on the Western side of the estate, and Cape Eagle Owls, Jackall Buzzards, and Black-shouldered Kites are among the birds of prey often seen on the estate.
The estate provides excellent facilities, including a large swimming pool, toddlers’ pool, children’s play park, two full tennis courts, recreation hall with DSTV, pool table, table tennis, games, bar and tuck shop.
Recreational hiking and cycling opportunities abound under the many trees on avenues in and around the estate along the lagoon edge for approximately a kilometre and beyond on various scenic routes.
The Lagoonandsea beach house is located about 70 to 120 meters from the lagoon water’s edge, depending on the water level, at the pedestrian wooden bridge of the Bot River Lagoon mouth. The bridge enables visitors to walk from the house and lagoon directly onto the beautiful and spotless, long sandy beach. The lagoon estuary is a bird sanctuary in a Nature Conservancy and therefore pets are not allowed. The expansive lagoon and estuary provide unique opportunities for many nature lovers, with water skiing, kite boarding and boating being popular lagoon water sports in demarcated areas of the lagoon. There is a recreation boat slipway for lagoon boating and fishing.
The Bot River Lagoon and Rooisand Nature Conservancy areas within the Kogelberg Biosphere are home to one of two herds of wild horses in South Africa. Approximately 28 wild horses live freely in the dunes and have done so for approximately a century. The wild horses, a wide variety of birds, whales, dolphins, some small wild buck and occasional caracal can be seen by the patient visitor from time to time. Guests who walk along the beach all the way to Kleinmond, have a good likelihood of seeing wild horses.
Lagoonandsea provides a superb base for the wild at heart, with local horse-riding stables offering beach and nature rides, and hang-gliding companies operate via Rotary Way with magnificent views across Walker Bay, towards Gansbaai in the East and the lure of shark cage diving. The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is based in nearby Betty’s Bay, and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is situated in Hermanus, both of which offer opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the unspoilt mountain paths, views and indigenous fynbos. The Overberg is well-known for its scenic drives and wine tasting routes past local farms.
During the winter, there is on-site whale watching annually from June to November from the lagoon mouth and dunes. The winter months are also an excellent time to visit Lagoonandsea, with its mild winter climate, indoor fireplace, special low season rates and the world’s best known land based whale watching, as well special eco boat trips to view whales and other sea life from close by.
Lagoonandsea offers family holiday accommodation of a superb standard within beautiful and tranquil surroundings. Hermanus, Gansbaai, Kleinmond and Onrus are all close enough to explore from your ‘base camp’, without disturbing your peace and privacy. We look forward to welcoming you to picturesque Lagoonandsea on the beautiful Cape Whale Coast.