“A stylish, art-filled guesthouse on the slopes of Table Mountain, with fabulous city views and designer-perfect bedrooms”
Decór and furnishings are a mix of modern and antique. Faultlessly orchestrated, expect muted colour schemes of cream and white walls, fabrics and carpets have been pepped up with colourful throws, cushions and paintings, and everywhere the same funky, beaded animal sculptures that greet you in reception.
The 5 high-ceilinged first-floor Deluxe Rooms have city and mountain views; we were in Oakmont which shares a terrace with Oranjezicht (go for one of the other Deluxe Rooms if you want your own balcony). There are also 5 Luxury Rooms, of which 2 are in a separate garden annex.
Bathrooms are slick and functional with swish taps and fittings, walk-in showers and loads of treats like rooibos toiletries, lavender-scented bath salts, candles and night lights. Some also have a separate bathtub which will comfortably fit 2.
All the rooms are sympathetically lit with spots and freestanding lamps, and kitted out with every conceivable extra: air-conditioning, heated towel rails, satellite TVs, WiFi, minibars, iPod docks and beach baskets with extra towels and even a frisbee!
Breakfast at Four Rosmead is a sumptuous buffet laid out in the cosy, art-filled breakfast room, and which you can take to the garden-facing terrace. As good as any brunch, it will include freshly baked bread, muffins and scones, a jug of freshly squeezed juice and a second one of chilled water with sprigs of mint, and homemade ‘bircher’ muesli with extra bowls of seeds and stewed fruits. There will also be platters of cold meats and cheeses, eggs to order, and a daily 'special' like corn fritters, waffles, pancakes or perhaps stuffed mushrooms.
Lunches aren't prepared at Four Rosmead but you're welcome to have a light lunch delivered by the Liquorice and Lime deli; their menu includes salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, pies, quiches and flame-grilled burgers.
You could also have supper delivered from one of Four Rosmead’s recommended take-aways, but with so many great restaurants close by, most guests prefer to eat out. And despite our late night request (on a Saturday night no less) staff managed to get us a table at Savoy Cabbage, one of the trendiest local eateries. We still talk about the stuffed rabbit leg and vanilla risotto, not to mention the bow-tied sommelier, who made it our most memorable Cape Town restaurant outing.