Harbour’s End started out as the Harbour Master B&B in 1999. It was founded by my late step-father Ron van Nijkerk, who was famous for his hospitality and passion for supporting local business.
Over the last two decades, he turned a 6-bedroomed family house into a warm and welcoming self-catering guest house, with many repeat guests who have been staying with us for anything up to 15 years in a row. As one of his many projects, he also built his beloved Fiat Topolino, and he was often seen driving around Hout Bay, with our little dog Lucy, tooting the authentic and very loud horn!
I inherited the business in early 2017, when we tragically lost Ron to lung cancer. In honour of his memory, I am using my almost 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry to ensure that his legacy lives on at the Harbour’s End. I have worked both in Cape Town and London in a number of top hotels, and with my experience in hospitality I am focused on guest satisfaction, value for money and supporting our local community business network.
I decided to completely renovate the guest house rooms and cottages, in order to update the facilities and showcase Ron’s amazing wood work. I have kept a lot of the furniture that he handmade himself to be upcycled into the newly refurbished guest rooms and cottages.
All our rooms and cottages are designed to be comfortable and practical, and to ensure that your seaside holiday is unforgettable. I have used local artists and fabrics where ever possible, and am also focusing on being eco-friendlier – we have solar powered geysers, water saving measures and recycling bins in place, and are listed on the Green Route Cape Town website which promotes sustainable business ideas and tourism in Cape Town.
We have reopened following an extensive renovation, and look forward to welcoming you to the newly updated guest house.