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An African Villa

Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa


One of the major advantages of linking 3 Victorian terraced houses is that the guest rooms are all generously proportioned with high ceilings and solid walls. Now beautifully decorated in what the owners refer to as restrained 'African Renaissance' style, all rooms are ensuite, with kingsize beds (or twins if you prefer) dressed in the softest white cotton percale linen. There are nice, firm mattresses and good hot showers. Each room is decorated individually with traditional Zulu wedding hats, funky lighting and a careful application of colours ranging from subtle creams to warm reds.

We stayed in one of the upper-floor Platinum Rooms - these are the largest rooms in the house yet they're eminently affordable. Those at the front have big private balconies with rattan furniture overlooking a quiet street; those at the rear have smaller balconies but good views of Table Mountain.

Of the cheaper rooms, Gold Rooms come with a bathtub and an overhead (or separate) shower. Although they don’t have balconies, some do still have views over the garden to Table Mountain. Silver Rooms are smaller and have showers only; most are on the first floor but there is one ground-floor room.

All rooms have a telephone, a flatscreen satellite TV, a security box, air-conditioning, free WiFi, a hairdryer and a tea/coffee station.

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Features include:

  • Phone
  • CD player
  • WiFi Internet
  • Safe box
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Fan
  • Extra Beds
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea making
  • Hairdryer
Save to favouritesPrintMailAn African VillaYou may be forgiven for thinking that some clever illusion has been played out when entering the front gate of this friendly guesthouse, only 7 blocks from the city centre. The outside seems conventional enough: a terrace of charming 19th-century houses featuring original wooden balconies and wrought-iron railings; but open the door and you’re catapulted into a 21st-century urban safari. The interior yields spaces on a grand scale, with décor as up-to-date as this morning’s news. Some describe the design as 'African-Scandinavian'; others, 'African-Zen'. The owners have interlinked 3 'grand old Victorian ladies' to create 11 [r:SA017:guest rooms] and a disarmingly cosy environment. The chic African style features classy warm colours with splashes of tribal red, and an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful artefacts, many of which are for sale. In summer a tranquil courtyard with a rectangular plunge pool, tables and loungers invites you to soak up the sun after a morning’s sightseeing. The soothing atmosphere continues indoors to a library, a dining room and lounge, all with fireplaces awaiting the crackle of a winter blaze: the perfect setting for your complimentary sherry or port.

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i-escape gift

a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine when staying 2 nights or more