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Once a stable, perhaps, or a cow byre or dairy, and now an impossibly chic two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage, Hope Cottage is at the heart of the Constantia vineyards planted by Simon van der Stel around his homestead at Groot Constantia early in the 18th century. In the Cape, as provenance goes, it doesn’t get any better than this. The building, renovated in 2017, takes its name from an historic farm called Hope of Constantia, of which the old gabled homestead survives nearby. Together with the iconic Groot Constantia, and Klein Constantia, both next door, these form a triumvirate of historic estates in the vanguard of the fledgling wine industry in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Step outside the conservatory dining area and you’re in the middle of vines that even now produce some of South Africa’s finest wines.
Provenance is one thing, character quite another. Hope Cottage has extraordinarily stylish owners – the wife an antique dealer, the husband a publisher. Not only did they restore the 170-year old building, but they also embellished it in ways that have given it unique character and personality. As you enter into the kitchen dining area, a sea of handmade, black-and-white floor tiles designed by the antique dealer wife instantly assails you. There’s a happy meeting of style and craftsmanship and it’s a continuing theme: the huge kitchen ‘island’ for instance, is fashioned from a slab of recycled oak rescued when the tree facing the front door was decimated in a storm. Solid, authentic, functional, it speaks to the history of this utilitarian building and is instantly at one with its context. Above it, the pot rack, an antique wooden thresher, is adorned with air plants interspersed with hanging light fixtures, both a necessary fixture and a unique talking point. Beyond, the dining table is housed in a simple, contemporary glass ‘box’ extension. Stylish yet functional, it’s a simple but effective way to let more light into the house.
Throughout the building windows and their shutters have been restored or remade, here and there plaster has been stripped back to reveal ancient brickwork and in the sitting room yellowwood beams gleam once again while the fireplace has been opened up and is in working order. Everywhere the furnishings are polyglot mixture of English and French antiques and contemporary pieces, and there are smart European fabrics and ethnic African textiles.
Those same stylish owners are also delightful hosts and will furnish you with recommendations for great restaurants, the best beaches and any current cultural delights, ensuring your experience of Hope Cottage is of a hideaway with heart.
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Reviewed by Paul Duncan
Based on 4 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Hope Cottage.
We had the most wonderful stay in Hope Cottage. I had spent a lot of time looking around for the right place to stay, somewhere we would feel at home and comfortable for a whole month. Having seen the Perfect Hideaways website I knew we were on to something - stylish accommodation in great locations. Hope Cottage did not disappoint. The meet and greet from Rafiki the owners lovely Alsatian dog was certainly a good starting point. The owners, Mike and Marilyn were a delight as was Lucia their daughter who I could message for any problems or questions. We had a house book of recommendations and Lucia was on hand via mobile for any questions for queries. The location of the house is perfect as you are in a vineyard, it is not closed in and you can walk around to your heart's delight . There was also a restaurant to walk to up the hill, walking back home by the light of the moon a particular highlight. All perfectly safe and relaxed. The interior of the house is fun and quirky - lots of African influence - I mainly chose the house on this as the photos looked very good, I was also sent a floor plan from yourselves that made it even easier to understand. Simply our time was special there because of the location and the freedom it offered us. Sitting out under the large plane tree reading books and looking up at that big blue African sky and across to the range of mountains with the Elephant's eye with a glass of delicious cold South African wine - just stunning!
Hope Cottage was absolutely beautiful and the hosts were amazing and so helpful. It is so well renovated and has all the amenities you could want a real treat to have stayed there.
We had an awesome stay at Hope Cottage. We enjoyed it so much we extended our stay. The hosts were extremely warm and helpful but also left us to feel completely private. The decor is very homely and tastefully designed, it is evident that a lot of thought and love has gone in to Hope cottage. Our very important host ‘ Rafiki’ (the dog) was a lovely addition who also provided the added security that some tourists feel maybe important. The cottage was well equipped, there was nothing we could think that was needed that wasn’t there, our only comment would be for perhaps two reclining sun loungers and particularly if there were 4 guests, there were only 2 garden lounging chairs. Staying at Hope Cottage really got our holiday off to a relaxing start, just what we desperately needed. The location of the cottage was also perfect, being able to walk to some good restaurants. through the vineyards which also provided a picturesque view from our cottage. . We hope to be back and stay for a longer visit. We would also have no hesitation in using Perfect Hideaways in the future.
We LOVED the cottage! It is so beautifully decorated, very comfortable, and everything so well thought out. It is pretty much perfect! We wish we could have stayed longer! We will certainly be back! Honestly, I really didn’t want to leave!
R4 800 15 Jan to 12 April 2020
R3 200 13 April to 30 Sept 2020
R3 800 1 Oct to 2 Dec 2020
R6 000 3 Dec 2020 to 12 Jan 2021