Welcome to the Mission's House. We offer Self Catering holiday accommodation a stone's throw from the ocean. We are located in the heart of the picturesque seaside village of Onrus River on the outskirts of
Hermanus, South Africa. Our Beach House offer FREE WiFi.
Book your vacation in our Tree House or the
Original 150 year old Mission's House
Meet your hosts, mother and daughter team Glenda and Braelea.
We've lived locally for over 30 years so are more than able to advise guests on where to go and what to see in the area. We are from the art and wine world and consider ourselves very passionate folk who enjoy meeting new people and sharing our surroundings as well as our knowledge of this special place.
Making your stay relaxed and most
enjoyable is what we aim to do.
Self-catering accommodation in the historical
Moravian missionaries beach house
Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms
2 dining areas
Lounge with TV, stoep, private garden,
Desk with WiFi
Beach Towels available at R150 cash deposit per towel
Check-In at 14:30
The Mission's House is one of the oldest buildings in Onrust River, only 7 km drive from world famous whale watching destination Hermanus.
Within easy walking distance of the Onrus beach, it is the perfect place to experience that old school holiday feeling of kicking off your shoes and relaxing to the sound of the waves and smell of the champagne air.
Lovingly restored to incorporate modern living without loosing the sense of authenticity - feel the history around you in the simplest details.
The Tree House Suite is nestled between the Milkwood tree tops, accessed by a staircase, towards the renovated rear end of the Mission's House property.
It is a spacious apartment for two guests with a separate entrance. It boasts a en-suite bathroom and seated living area.
A communal courtyard joins it to the traditional Mission's House.
From between the trees, one hears the Atlantic ocean roar and the sun birds sing.
It is quiet and secluded, an old world treasure.
THE MISSION'S HOUSE HISTORY
The Moravian Missionaries from Genadendal began to visit what is now Onrus, in the early 19th century for renewal and refreshment. They built the sandstone house in 1820 for this purpose. The name Onrus means ‘restless’ referring to the pounding of the surf on the rocky coast.
In the meantime, in 1817, the Cape Government established a leper colony in the Hemel en Aarde Valley (so named by the Moravians). It was badly managed so Lord Charles Somerset asked them to take charge in 1823 which they did until 1845, when it was moved to Robben Island.
It is assumed that they owned the house until 1878 when it was sold to Mrs. Kruger. The present owner Glenda Pope bought the house in 1980 and lived in it until 2003 when she changed it into the Mission House Gallery and Professional Picture Framing Service.
In 2014 Glenda was joined by her daughter Braelea Pope. They have transitioned the Mission's House and Tree House Suite for holiday accommodation.
The place is so cozy and lovely that we were secretly hoping for a rainy day as an excuse to stay in. The weather was gorgeous though so we got to explore the area a fair bit. From the ocean side to the mountains and vineyards, there is something for everyone. The scenery is just breath-taking. The place is very private and spacious, definitely more than just a private room. While there is not a kitchen available for use, Braelea and Glenda provide you with some lovely granola, rusks, and coffee/tea making facilities to start your day, which we thought was a great touch. We would definitely come back.
The Mission's House
8 De Villiers Street, Onrus River
Mobile +27 72 828 4705
Accommodation Check-In daily at 14:30