Blackheath Lodge is a beautiful boutique hotel in a Victorian house located in Sea Point, steps from the city centre and the V&A waterfront.
How would you describe Cape White in a nutshell?
Originally built as a guesthouse, Cape White is a villa in the oceanside suburb of Camps Bay that has the comfort and layout of a small hotel. Guests can rent the entire property, giving them plenty of privacy while still having communal spaces where they can come together. It’s very modern, with neutral colours and a peaceful aesthetic, which makes it unique in Cape Town where most houses are heavily decorated.
What was the inspiration and story behind Cape White?
We came to Cape Town on a holiday and in the second week of our stay, we bought an old guesthouse. It was our first time in South Africa but we loved Cape Town so much and felt that it was hard to find anywhere else in the world that offered the same quality of life.
We particularly loved the views from the property and the shape of the house but ended up demolishing most of it and just retained its structure. Initially, the idea was that it would be a guesthouse and we would live in the apartment on top. But over time, we changed the concept to a villa, with six bedrooms in the main house plus the apartment, which offers two additional bedrooms, a living space and its own plunge pool.
How would you describe the interior design and atmosphere of Cape White?
I would describe most of the villas and guesthouses in Cape Town as “African chic” but we wanted to do something different and simpler, with natural colours throughout. Cape White has a very homey feel and guests often say that it has good energy. It’s a relaxed space and the beautiful light of Cape Town makes it quite special. While we have a cook who prepares meals in the kitchen, the warm atmosphere of the property means that guests often like hanging out there with her.
To you personally, what is so special about the house?
Cape White is so light and bright and while the house is quite neutral in its design, you have these amazing views. I think the simpler the house, the more attention that is drawn to the outside. Here you have both the ocean and the mountains. Sometimes you can even spot whales from the villa!