So what brings one of the country’s most talented magazine editors to a lofty apartment in Castle Street in the heart of Cape Town? An unexpected discovery of this huge space in one of the city’s oldest buildings meant that she could happily curate her much-loved collections and books with ease, yet travel whenever she wanted. Without hesitating, she snapped up the space and brought in Etienne Hanekom, one of the Cape’s most creative interior designers (and a previous art director of VISI magazine). Having worked together for years, they transformed the space with ease.
Entering directly from the lift from the modest foyer, dressed simply in the palest pink marble, it’s a complete delight. The stainless steel catering style kitchen is offset by an abundance of plants and succulents and the living area drenched in sunlight. It’s light, airy and anything but the traditional apartment. On the left, two bedrooms were created by Etienne using corrugated perspex as walls, a material he loves and first used to create partitions in Cape Town’s World Design Capital headquarters in 2012 to great effect - although they were bright yellow! The look pulls together a large collection of photographs, particularly those of Guy Tillim’s, many of which were taken all over war zones in Africa – including the one print photographed in Senegal and enlarged as wallpaper in the striking entry area. Tillim's works always struck a cord as they were deeply evocative of memories of carefree family holidays in northern Mozambique just before simmering unrest took hold, and they represent an equally sensitive time in Africa's history that will never be forgotten.
Curated corners reveal a love of ceramics from childhood in Mpumalanga (the renowned Esias Bosch was an early influence) as well as collections from Mervyn Gers, Ceramic Matters to name a few - and more recently, delicate pieces from her stylist friend Tina Marie Malherbe. Equally evident is a passion for magazines and books that literally line the walls on both sides of the living area – enough to keep you entranced for hours while settled in the deep-buttoned sofa upholstered in olive velvet. Elegant metal dining tables by Gregor Jenkins are often beautifully styled with collected plates, ceramic servers and flowers. This is a home that is loved and objets that have been gifted by dear friends over the years all have a special place.
Staying at The Studio on Castle Street will inspire and delight those who truly appreciate the gifted eye of the curator and collector.
(As featured in House and Leisure (Vol. 2 : Bloom) | Photography by Micky Hoyle for House and Leisure)
1 King bedroom
1 Queen bedroom
1 bathroom with shower
• Both bedrooms with storage in cupboards/dress rails
• Fully equipped kitchen
• 10-12-seater dining area
• Smeg oven and Kitchen Aid mixer
• French press and Bialetti
• Bluetooth speaker
• Television and DSTV
• Gas heater
• Elevator with secure card access
• Day security guard during the week
• On street parking overnight from 4pm-9am week days,
and 2pm Saturday to 9am Monday.
• Pedestrianised street during working hours
• Weekly servicing is included in the rate for longer stays.
• Any additional housekeeping needs to be pre-arranged, and will be at an additional cost.
• Unlimited Wi-Fi
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Advance notice required:
• Activities and excursions
• Private chef
• Dry cleaning
• Personal security
• Personal shopping
• Personal trainer
• Spa and beauty treatments
• An all time favourite for meals is Hemelhuijs, just up the road and Liam Tomlin's Chef's Warehouse Winebar & Pinchos on Bree Street, or the rooftop restaurant, Gorgeous George (lovely for lunches with views through the glass roof).
• Join First Thursdays, on every first Thursday of the month, when all the city art galleries stay open till late. Walk from gallery to gallery and enjoy a glass of wine or meal in-between. All right on your doorstep.
• A private art tour at the Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation in Constantia or the new gallery at Boschendal can be arranged on request followed by wine tasting.
• The National Gallery is a 15-minute walk through the Company Gardens past St George's Cathedral.
• Vibrant Kloof Street with its trendy restaurants and boutiques and the V&A Waterfront area is an easy five-minute drive. Oranjezicht City Farm Market is a highlight on weekends.
• Pristine beaches just over ten minutes’ away at wind-free Clifton or Camps Bay and Bakoven.
• Take a drive: set off for the day to explore the peninsula or head for the Winelands, just 40 minutes to one hour away.
Check in 14h00
Check out 10h00
Maximum 4 guests
• No pets allowed
• No small children
• Security deposit
• Private events on request
All bookings subject to final approval by owner.