X-Factor: We love stepping into another era when we spend time in this gracious yet welcoming Cape Town landmark. Heatherfield Manor is a heritage gem set in a manicured garden and within walking distance of Cape Town's vibey Kloof Street. Soak up gorgeous views of the harbour, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head from your balcony or the private plunge pool after an inspiring day of visiting galleries or art events - or let us organise a dinner in the wisteria-covered courtyard. JAN has cooked here, so why not book a private dinner when you stay too?
Why book with us? A little secret: Heatherfield's behind-the-scenes team are well connected and work with the film industry. No request is too big or small and we can make anything happen! We're also human: we don't like asking Duchess the house cat to leave when guests stay. Cat lovers welcome!
X-factor: Location! Live like a local in this inner-city gem hidden at the end of a a private lane. Villa Rose is a charming turn-of-the-century cottage with a wonderfully private garden, pizza oven, pool and outdoor shower under tropical white strelitzia palms. Evenings are special here with the garden gently lit and Devil's Peak slowly turning pink. Its Swedish/Parisian owners were so captivated by Cape Town that they decided to stay and found this gem to renovate. Originally belonging to a Cape Town gallerist, they've continued to add a collection of art, mixing Swedish works with South African contemporary artists. Restaurants are a two-minute walk away. Coming soon: a roof terrace with 360-degree views. What more could you want?
Why book with us? Villa Rose is exclusive to Art House Collection.
X-factor: We always feel like we’re in Amsterdam or Paris - or even New York - when we pop into Labotessa in the corner of one of Cape Town’s oldest squares. The heavenly scent of Diptyque candles and their home-baked apple tart is why we return time and again - yet this is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Set in an historic building (with an elegant Table Mountain sandstone doorway) and just six capacious suites plus a penthouse suite, it’s small, intimate and personal.
Why book with us? We’ll match your stay with an unforgettable foodie experience in the city. Fyn restaurant, voted 37th in the world this week, is right next door. Coming soon: a Japanese street food experience on the historic square. Watch this space.
X-factor: It feels like you’re staying in a forest at the foot of Table Mountain yet you’re literally living in the city. This is quintessential Cape Town: a beautifully renovated early 1920s home on the slopes of the historic suburb of Upper Oranjezicht with a beautifully curated collection of art, including Kudzanai Chiurai’s series just returned from the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The gym has the best view in the world and the pool is nestled in the most private garden. Each of the beautiful bedroom suites is different and have garden or mountain views. A classic farmhouse stoep invites languid evenings outdoors and tastings in the wine cellar perfect for all seasons.
Why book with us? Our favourite chef is available to host private dinners at Hope House - you simply need to ask and we’ll organise.
X-factor: Looking for a long-stay apartment in the heart of the city in magical Cape Town? Or simply somewhere different to immerse yourself while you explore our art galleries or attend art auctions in our beautiful city? This very special gem, owned by one of the country’s most talented former magazine editors, is available and we’re honoured to list it. Like-minded travellers who would revel in this inspirational space filled with a historically interesting collection of photography by Guy Tillim, among many treasured paintings and objets, are welcome to email us!
Why book with us? Studio on Castle Street is exclusive to Art House Collection.
X-Factor: You simply can’t get closer to the pearly white sands of Clifton than this! We're always dreaming of summer days on the beach… and our charming Clifton beach bungalow, Heaven on Fourth, is where we love to be! If you’re heading for Cape Town, snap this one up fast: holidays here are about invigorating swims, hot showers, saunas and naps - on repeat! The owners discovered this gem 30 years ago, and so we're lucky to book our guests here when they're not sitting on the deck enjoying another mesmerising sunset themselves.
Why book with us? We’re uniquely placed to curate art experiences in Cape Town.
X-Factor: We're lucky enough to allow guests to immerse yourself in this owners lifestyle: they have three homes, each one with a similar collection. Why? Often owners have art works that are personal favourites, but what if they are ‘swallows’ and can’t enjoy them all year? Sea Lion’s owners have the answer: put one of each in each home! Their favourite? ’It’s a bronze Doggy John called ‘Blue Marine’ (painted to look like a ceramic artwork) by French artist Julien Marinetti. But they also have ‘Pink Tornado’ in Zürich and ‘Bloody Mary’ in London – each one makes them feel more “at home” when they visit.’ At Sea Lion, you'll find ‘Blue Marine’ atop the gin bar. We like your style Sea Lion!
Why book with us? The views are simply incredible here - not just of the sea but also Signal Hill behind - and this one's exclusive.
X-Factor: The views and, something you don't discover until you arrive: a wind-free, protected courtyard garden, which is magical on balmy summer evenings. It is as it looks: tall and slim but its elegant, architectural design feels lofty and seamless inside. It has an elevator for easy access and for a couple wanting a spoil, the generous master suite is rather magnificent.
Why book with us? It's easy for us to spoil you here...
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