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Welgelegen Guest House

Cape Town, South Africa

Welgelegen Guest House, Cape Town
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Situated in Gardens, an old and established area of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, Welgelegen comprises two beautiful turn of the century houses, lovingly renovated and decorated to reflect the uncompromising commitment to style of their owner and your hostess, Fiona Evans.

Welgelegen is an absolute jewel of a Guest House. It is a gem set in a tranquil, leafy cul-de-sac at the foot of Table Mountain, in the cosmopolitan city bowl neighborhood of Gardens. Secluded and serene, it is still only just around the corner from both Long and Kloof Street, two of Cape Town’s trendiest restaurant and design destinations...Thus it is in a perfect situation, “well-located”, as is the Dutch translation for “Welgelegen!”

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The Guest House includes two Victorian houses joined by a wonderful cobbled patio and granite plunge pool, enclosed by terraces of iceberg roses and fragrant star jasmine. You can begin your day here breakfasting in the clear morning sun, and end your evening sipping cool glasses of Cape sauvignon under the stars and white fairy lights flickering amongst the surrounding foliage.

The previous owner was an interior designer, and the décor throughout is testament to her elegant style and eclectic taste. All rooms are individually furnished with neutral tones and splashes of both African chic and classic bohemia. There is comfort evident everywhere…from the candles, the natural Rooibos bath products and the toweling dressing gowns in each bathroom, to the home-made biscuits, complimentary wine and huge inviting armchairs in each room. The beds which all convert to King size, are supremely comfortable with crisp white linen and soft silky cushions. Every room has it’s own charm and most have balconies offering views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill or the patio below. One room has a travertine surround bath in the room complete with open fire-place, another has it’s own private garden and lily pond!

Attention to detail is definitely the byword here, and this is reflected down from the choice of artwork on the walls, to the sumptuousness of Welgelegen’s living room sofas. There is an abundant feeling of luxury and spaciousness everywhere… in the modernized dining room complete with leather chairs, enormous ornate mirror and lime mosaic’d fireplace… in the huge beaded chandelier in the hallway…and in the tall windows and high-ceiling cornices of the living rooms… And intimacy, charm and atmosphere abound in every corner.

Fiona Evans, the new owner, is determined that any improvements at Welgelegen should only enhance what has already been there these last few years. She has updated a few of the older bedrooms with style and a wonderful eye for color. There is more beautiful art on the walls, and a new in-house treatment room should provide even further pampering for the soul. Welgelegen has managed to retain the ambience of a well-preserved and treasured home whilst simultaneously sharing it’s warmth and sophistication with all those who have ventured past the front garden’s lush hydrangea and lavender bushes. Above all, this guest house offers a commitment to personalized and efficient service exemplary in it’s field. In the words of a recent visitor…(sic.) Welgelegen is excellent value and in a different league… offers a personal vibe in a naturally blessed destination.

Stephen House
• 4 superior air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms.
• 3 deluxe air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms.
• 1 mini-deluxe air conditioned en-suite bedroom.

Hofmeyr House
• 5 superior air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms.
• 1 dbl air-conditioned mini-deluxe en-suite (shower only).
• Children of 6 and older sharing with parents pay discounted rate.
• Extra adult (+16) in family room pay extra.

Welgelgegen “Grace” Cottage
• Exquisitely renovated Victorian Cottage with 2 en-suite bedrooms, open plan lounge, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, leafy patio and secure private parking.
• Cottage is 20 metres from main house and guests have full access to all facilities, such as swimming pool and public areas.

Dining and Activities
Breakfast is served in the guesthouse from 7:30 until 10:30... but they are flexible if necessary and will also do an early breakfast tray if guests have to leave at the crack of dawn.  The breakfasts have something for everyone... from pancakes and muffins to croissants, continental style hams, salamis and salads, fruit salad and the full English bacon, eggs mushrooms etc.  Although they do not serve dinner, there is an excellent choice of take-away delivered from some of the finest as well as faster food eateries in the vicinity.

Drinks are served from 5pm and within 3/4 minutes walk to Kloof Street, you will find a very diverse array of restaurants and bistros.  Long Street is only 7 minutes away on foot and is home to an excellent choice of music venues, bars, cafes, more restaurants and night-clubs.  The lovely thing about this area is that it is away from the tourist hot-spot of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is therefore full of locals, giving it a warm and friendly ambience.  Both these streets are vibey and trendy and host many of South Africa's innovative fashion and furniture designers.

For those in search of physical activities (and for whom the Welgelegen treatment room is too relaxing), we recommend climbing up or along Table Mountain, one of the 6 floral kingdoms of the world. Table Mountain is a nature lover's and hiker's delight and is a mere 5-minute drive from the Guest House.

Other activities nearby include walking, hiking, picnicking in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (10 min's drive), swimming in Camp's Bay or on Clifton Beach in Atlantic waters (5 min's drive), penguin watching on Boulder's Beach and then swimming there or in the Indian waters of St. James (40 min's drive), Horse-riding on Noordhoek Beach (45 min's drive) or in Hout Bay (25 min's drive). Of course, there is also golfing, shark diving and whale watching...full day itineraries that the staff at Welgelegen can easily organize, as well as all the above.

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