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This beautifully preserved Victorian cottage will enchant you the minute you lay eyes on it. It retains all the charm of the period in which it was built, including the sweet round balcony upstairs, which leads off the master bedroom and offers fab views across the city to Lion’s Head. But the best thing of all is the total surprise that is waiting for you when you open the front door! Warm, sumptuous, baroque and luxurious are just a few of the words that spring to mind. 13 Welgemeend is no fussy homage to the Victorian era. Instead, old meets new in this exciting, bold, brave and thoroughly urbane interpretation of city living. We love this sophisticated bolthole, and we think you will too!

The owner – a famous London-based restaurateur – has brought his international style to life with the newly renovated interior by Etienne Hanekom. Spaces have been opened up with double doors to the front and back courtyards, but rich, dark-painted walls and ceilings create a cloistered atmosphere in which bold colours and opulent textures glow.

Furnishings are streamlined, contemporary and very, very comfortable: the luxe, deep-buttoned couches are covered in sumptuous jewel-bright velvets; the saturated-gold upholstered dining chairs beg you to linger at the table. Monet meets the tropical jungle in the specially commissioned wallpaper that is a floor-to-ceiling feature in the dining space. Look out for the origami-bird light fittings on this wall – you won’t be able to resist tapping them to see how they rock in their jungle setting. The deep greens of the galley-style kitchen are echoed in the faux grass-lined courtyard, with its shocking pink walls and glimpses through to Table Mountain. This home is so very light-hearted, amusing and engaging, and we couldn’t wait to rush up the charcoal staircase to explore the bedrooms beyond.

The bright, bold colours of the living spaces give way to a more muted, serene palette upstairs. I particularly like the way the bedrooms are furnished rather than fitted: beautiful antique wardrobes and antique king-sized beds honour the Victorian heritage of the home. Natural linens and textures lend a timeless tranquillity that is both calm and relaxing. Air conditioning and ceiling fans ensure you are comfy at night, and we loved the adjustable louvred security shutters that allowed us to sleep with the doors and windows open with total peace of mind. The master bedroom, with its elegant en-suite bathroom, opens onto the curved Victorian balcony with views of Lion’s Head, while the second bedroom and its generous adjacent bathroom have Table Mountain views.

The Moroccan-style entrance courtyard has a surprisingly large heated swimming pool, but with so much to see and do in Cape Town, you may have to block off time in your schedule just to make the most of this gorgeous space in the heart of the City Bowl.

What we love!
• The brilliant location in walking distance of hip and happening Kloof Street (you’ll find a fab array of the city’s top eateries, delis, coffee shops and boutique stores right here on your doorstep). The Company’s Gardens are just a short stroll away, as is Long Street (about 10 minutes on foot).
• The sheer charm, surprise and sophisticated glamour of the decor.
• Gardens is well located for visitors who want to explore greater Cape Town: the MyCiti bus route passes through here and those with a car will appreciate the quick and easy access to the main freeways.

Need to know…
• The bedrooms are air conditioned.

Sleeps 6

Reviewed by Sally Rutherford

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Microwave
  • Netflix
  • No DSTV
  • Pool (heated & no net)
  • Serviced weekly
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Cape Town Central

This beautifully preserved Victorian cottage will enchant you the minute you lay eyes on it. It retains all the charm of the period in which it was built, including the sweet round balcony upstairs, which leads off the master bedroom and offers fab views across the city to Lion’s Head. But the best thing of

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Rates

R4 600 - R7 000