Eastbury Cottage Blog

Welcome to the Eastbury Cottage Blog.  We hope you will find our articles and posts interesting and informative.  We want to keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the community of Hermanus via our blog posts, as well as presenting information that will help you plan your holiday and hopefully keep you coming back for more.  We have included our other latest accommodation as a blog The Mayflower.

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Blog posts are authored by both Danica Kreusch and owner, Jenny Bowes Meyer. Danica was born in Hermanus and has grown up being part of the Tourism industry by spending many a weekend greeting and assisting visitors in the Hermanus Tourism Bureau.   She has won many accolades for her writings and has completed her Honours Degree in Journalism at Rhodes University.  Danica eagerly accepted the invitation to write articles for our blog.   Jenny is passionate about Hermanus and its people, having lived there since 1985. Together with Danica, Jenny will be posting regular blogs with interesting information about Hermanus. Click here for more Information about Hermanus.  Please do let us know by CONTACTING US if you have any subjects related to Hermanus that you would like us to research and publish.

If you are interested in our story about how Eastbury Cottage came into being, please read ABOUT US.

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Eastbury Cottage Blog Index

Graham and Jenny (owner of Eastbury Cottage) have recently launched their new  2 ” upper deck” accommodation “cabins” at 18 Flower Street Hermanus:

The Mayflower Accommodation in Hermanus – click here for more information

Mayflower Accommodation in Hermanus

Helpful information about Hermanus: emergency numbers and other important information


When to visit Hermanus and Why:  (Seasonal preferances for visiting Hermanus)


Transport Services in Hermanus : Find out more about transport and tours

Our special rates:  Our seasonal special offers during the year


December Holiday Events: An ongoing blog of events in Hermanus during December (2015 to follow)

Sport Events in Hermanus: A Calendar of events for the sport enthusiasts


See our new restaurants added to the list!

We provide a comprehensive list and contact details of Restaurants in our area


World’s only Whale Crier:  The origin of the Whale Crier

Hermanus Whale Walk: Walk the cliff paths and see why we are the World’s best land based whale watching venue

Whale watching trips : We explore whale watching from the different boat operators in Hermanus

Hermanus Whale Festival:  A Festival held annually in Hermanus in September

Kalfiefees:  A “baby whale” Festival held annually in the Greater Hermanus and surrounds in August

Antics and Interesting facts about the Southern Right Whales: coming soon

Licenced Boat Based Whale Watching OperatorsContact us for more information and bookings


Great White Shark Cage Diving:  Information about this wonderful experience

See our article Daytrip Hermanus to Gansbaai

Licenced Shark Cage Operators: coming soon Contact us for more information and bookings


Things to do in Hermanus with Children:  We explore activities in Hermanus that are suitable for children.


Hermanus Fynarts Festival:  Held in June over 10 days, celebrating all arts and crafts (10 June- 19 June 2016)

Hermanus Whale Festival:  An Enviro Festival held in September

Kalfiefees Festival:  Held annually in August over the Women’s Day Public Holiday

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival:  Held annually in August in conjunction with Kalfiefees

Fernkloof Flower Festival:  Held in September at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Hermanus Vis Bash:  Held in May – when locals show their seafood braai skills

Hawston Sea Festival: Held in the first week of December


Spring Flowers in the Western Cape

HERMANUS WINE ROUTE: ( We shall explore all our wine farms during the coming year)

Hermanus Food and Wine Festival: Held annually in August


Day trip – Hermanus to Greyton and Genadendal

Day trip – Hermanus to Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay

Day trip – Hermanus to Gansbaai, Kleinbaai and Elim

Day trip – Hermanus to Southern tip of Africa via Napier, Bredasdorp, Arniston, and Cape Agulhas

Day trip – Hermanus to Elgin Valley and Grabouw

Day Trip – Hermanus to  Bot River

Day Trip – Hermanus to Stanford


Hermanus Railway Station has no Train: Why does Hermanus have a Station but no train?

Enjoy finding out all about Hermanus!  When you realise that there is so much to do in Hermanus, you will surely want to extend your time in Hermanus while staying with us at Eastbury Cottage …we are situated very close to many of the most important amenities and offer Selfcatering and Bed and Breakfast!

 SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR OPERATORS:  Wanting  to book a tour around South Africa?

S A Guided Tours:  contact Peter Joseph +27 (0)829300768 email:


Hermanus Railway Station has no Train

Hermanus Railway Station has no Train

Date Posted: 22 October 2013 Categories: Attractions, Children, Hermanus, History of Hermanus, Things to do, Transport, Walks in Hermanus Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , , ,

Hermanus Railway Station has no Train!  Have you ever wondered why the Hermanus Railway Station  has no railway line or train in this lovely village? Here is the story how this came about. One of the most fondly remembered visitors to Hermanus was Sir William Hoy.  He made an impact on this town so great, that the [...]

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World’s only Whale Crier

World’s only Whale Crier

Date Posted: 07 October 2013 Categories: Attractions, Children, festivals, Hermanus, Things to do, Uncategorized, Whale Watching Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , , ,

  The World’s only Whale Crier While other towns may still have a Town Crier – an officer of the court who makes public pronouncements – Hermanus is the home of the World’s only Whale Crier.  It is the only town in the world to have its own Whale Crier. Dressed in black and white [...]

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Western Cape Spring Flowers

Western Cape Spring Flowers

Date Posted: 28 August 2013 Categories: Attractions, Children, festivals, Hermanus, Things to do, Tours, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , ,

Western Cape Spring Flowers – a Day Trip Have you seen the wonderous Western Cape Spring flowers?   The amazing beauty of the spring flowers in the Western Cape floral kingdom awaits you!  The fynbos in Hermanus, the wild flowers of the Cape West Coast are in abundance from June to October annually. You’ve booked your [...]

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Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus Whale Festival

Date Posted: 15 August 2013 Categories: Arts and Crafts, festivals, Hermanus, Sporting Events in Hermanus, Things to do, Uncategorized, Whale Watching Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , ,

    Hermanus Whale Festival – Have a whale of a time! It’s only fitting that the best land-based whale watching destination in the world hosts an annual welcoming celebration for the giants of the ocean. And what a celebration the Hermanus Whale Festival is! Running in September every year, the festival attracts people from [...]

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Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Date Posted: 04 August 2013 Categories: festivals, Hermanus, Restaurants and places to eat, Things to do, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , , , ,

Welcome to The Annual Hermanus Wine and Food Festival Be ready to push your taste buds to the limit at the annual Hermanus Wine and Food Festival…and, while you are enjoying the fine fare, be sure not to  miss the arts and crafts and Afrikaans Theatre at the Hermanus Kalfiefees which happens annually during the [...]

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Hermanus Kalfiefees

Hermanus Kalfiefees

Date Posted: 03 August 2013 Categories: Arts and Crafts, Children, festivals, Hermanus, Things to do, Uncategorized, Whale Watching Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , ,

Join us for the Hermanus Kalfiefees every August! The Hermanus Kalfiefees – meaning “Calf Festival” in Afrikaans – usually happens over the Women’s Day long weekend in August, about a month before the Whale Festival.  It is Hermanus’s version of a pre-party. Running for a bit longer than the Whale Festival, the Hermanus Kalfiefees boasts [...]

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Restaurants in Hermanus

Restaurants in Hermanus

Date Posted: 23 June 2013 Categories: Hermanus, Restaurants and places to eat, Things to do, Uncategorized Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , , ,

Restaurants in Hermanus Above and beyond the chain store restaurants in Hermanus like the Wimpy, KFC, Steers, Simply Asia, Ocean Basket, Col’Cacchios and Debonairs  etc, Hermanus has a plethora of restaurants that are only found in this seaside town.  We’ve briefly described a few of the types of restaurants you can find in Hermanus along [...]

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Hermanus FynArts Festival 2013

Hermanus FynArts Festival 2013

Date Posted: 30 May 2013 Categories: Arts and Crafts, festivals, Hermanus, Things to do, Tours, Transport Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , ,

Hermanus FynArts Festival 2013 The Hermanus Fynarts Festival was created by dedicated members of the Arts and Crafts sub-committee of the Hermanus Tourism Bureau Management Committee in the latter months of 2012, under the chairmanship of Mary Faure.  Their vision for making Hermanus an Art Mecca of South Africa is soon to bear its fruits.  [...]

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When to Visit Hermanus and Why

When to Visit Hermanus and Why

Date Posted: 25 March 2013 Categories: Attractions, Beach, festivals, Hermanus, Things to do Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , ,

 When to Visit Hermanus and Why - A Reason for every Season! Are you perhaps wondering when to visit Hermanus? Being a seaside town, there could be a misconception that the only “good” time to visit Hermanus is during the summertime. While this may be true from the point of view of sunbathers, but it’s [...]

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Transport Services in Hermanus

Transport Services in Hermanus

Date Posted: 24 March 2013 Categories: Hermanus, Tours, Transport Posted By: Jenny Meyer Tags: , , , ,

Transport Services in Hermanus When considering transport services in Hermanus, the great thing about Eastbury Cottage is that most things are within walking distance.  However, there are some places that are a little out of the way – like the suburbs of Vermont, Onrus, Sandbaai, Hemel en Aarde and Voelklip for example – that may [...]

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