“Beautifully decorated 1930s-style Art Deco guesthouse set in a lush garden near Cape Town”
This place will suit couples, families or groups: you can book either an individual suite, an apartment, a whole floor or the entire property, which sleeps up to 9 guests.
The suites and apartment have been individually decorated with care and attention to detail, but all in 1930s style. Rooms are filled with Sue and Martin’s impressive collection of antique furniture, colourful kilims, original Art Deco clocks and lamps (many from the Amsterdam School), and fine artworks.
The 3 suites on the upper floor vary in size, but all have shower rooms and views of Sentinel Mountain. We stayed in the Skylight Suite with its wonderful wraparound veranda overlooking the pool. The Sentinel Suite is similar, but it faces the sea. For extra space, opt for the Bay View Suite; not only do you get the best views of the bay, you also get an enormous private deck with teak furniture and hammocks.
Wooden bay windows and French doors open onto the garden from the ground-floor Garden Apartment, which has the added luxury of a spacious sitting room with a fireplace plus a separate bathtub and shower in the bathroom.
Deep armchairs, fireplaces and underfloor heating make all of the rooms a cosy option on winter evenings. Extra-long kingsize beds are laid with fresh cotton percale linen and each room has a satellite television, a DVD player, WiFi and a kitchenette with a sink, a fridge and a microwave.
All have ensuite bathrooms with a hairdryer, heated towel rails and fluffy dressing gowns. For the adventurous, there's also a functioning open-air Victorian-style bathtub set among ferns in the garden. Lie back and soak in a bubble bath while staring at the Southern Cross!
As the emphasis is on privacy at the Hideaway, your breakfast - fresh croissants, bread, fruit, yoghurt, orange juice and morning newspapers - will be discreetly left outside your door to be enjoyed whenever you wake up. You can also order cooked eggs if you wish.
All rooms have their own kitchenette with a fridge, a microwave-oven, a toaster, a kettle, a filter coffee machine and an iron. All are supplied with teas, coffees and milk. There's a barbecue area to try your hand at a traditional South African braai - fresh seafood can be purchased down at the harbour or there is a good supermarket nearby.
Restaurants within walking distance include the Chapman’s Peak Hotel, famous for its calamari and chips, and Dune - try the smoked ‘snoek’ pate here. A restaurant considered one of South Africa’s best is a short cab ride away: Kitima. Even if you can’t get a table (it’s usually booked weeks in advance) have a sample of its superb Thai cuisine in the elegant bar... and ask about the ghost!