“A stylish, art-filled guesthouse on the slopes of Table Mountain, with fabulous city views and 8 designer-perfect bedrooms”
Of the 8 guest rooms at Four Rosmead, there are 4 high-ceilinged first-floor Deluxe Rooms with city and mountain views. We were in Oakmont which shares a terrace with Oranjezicht; go for one of the other 2 Deluxe Rooms if you want your own balcony. There are also 3 Luxury Rooms, of which 2 are in a separate garden annex. Finally, there’s the large, freestanding Bellegables Suite tucked away in another corner of the garden. All rooms have queensize double beds or extra-length twins which can be joined to make enormous kings. The Bellegables Suite also has a queensize sofabed in its lounge, as well as a home theatre and underfloor heating for the rare rainy day.
The decór and furnishings (a mix of modern and antique) are faultlessly orchestrated: muted colour schemes of cream and white walls, fabrics and carpets have been pepped up with colourful (red, lime-green or tangerine) throws, cushions and paintings, and everywhere the same funky, beaded animal sculptures that greet you in reception.
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, and if you book the Bellegables Suite you get a secluded outside shower in addition to the bathtub.
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.