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.
You have amazing views of both the ocean and the mountains. Sometimes you can even spot whales from the villa!
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
If travel to South Africa has been forbidden by the South African government or the government of provenance of the tenant during the rental period, the tenant may change dates of stay up to 2 years after original arrival in the same price category. For any changes to a more expensive period, a price supplement will be charged accordingly.
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!
Cape White is a gated property and there is a big parking area outside. The entrance leads to the dining space where there are two separate tables that can be put together to form one large one. There’s also a covered patio and a swimming pool, with stairs leading down from here to the garden. Here you’ll find two garden rooms that offer beautiful views of Table Mountain and glimpses of the ocean.
Back on the main level is the kitchen and laundry, as well as a standard room (with ensuite) and a larger suite with an open bathroom and bathtub. On this level, there is also a smaller bedroom with a massive terrace and an open-air shower. Stairs lead up from here to the main suite, which boasts a large balcony and spacious bathroom.
Near the entrance to the property is another set of stairs that lead up to the apartment, which encompasses 180 square metres and has its own kitchen, two bedrooms, a terrace and a plunge pool.
All 8 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with a shower and 2 also have a bath tub.
Housekeeping is provided every day and includes a change of linen, towels and general cleaning. We have an in-house cook who is available from 8 am to 4 pm and can prepare breakfast and lunch. Depending on what guests prefer, we can have bakery goods and such delivered or they can provide us with their “wish list” for meals. We can also arrange for her to stay to prepare dinner or we can book a top-level chef to come to the house.
Almost anything you can imagine, we can organise, from massage therapists to personal trainers and drivers. The main swimming pool is also available for guests to use and is around 27 square metres.
We have excellent Wifi all over the property as well as a generator (we have power breaks here in SA).
I would highly recommend hiking up Table Mountain. You can go by cable car (and the station is very close) but it’s more satisfying to take the three-hour hike to the top. And the views are incredible! If you’re after an easier hike, then Lion’s Head is another mountain nearby. A visit to the Cape Winelands is definitely worthwhile and in my opinion, eating out is a highlight of Cape Town. It’s difficult to find a bad restaurant and you can eat incredibly well here for not a lot of money.
Cape White is located in Camps Bay on the Atlantic seaboard of Cape Town, a 10-minute drive from the city centre and 20 minutes from the airport. While it’s not in the city, it’s very easy to get to restaurants and attractions — Uber is efficient and cheap in Cape Town!
A 10 to 15-minute walk downhill takes you to the beach of Camps Bay, which is very nice but can get busy over the Christmas holiday period. That being said, the beaches here are never fully packed and you can always find a spot as there are so many beaches to choose from. There are several restaurants near the beach, with most guests opting to walk down there and getting an Uber back up the hill afterward.
Behind the property is the 12 Apostles Mountain Range along the back of Table Mountain, so you really are surrounded by nature. It’s this that makes Camps Bay so special — you can see the ocean and the mountains and you still have plenty of privacy. As you move closer to Cape Town, the houses don’t have so much privacy.
The sunsets here are also mesmerising, particularly during autumn when the mountains behind the property glow bright orange. The only downside is that it can get very windy, although the sea breezes are welcome during the hot summer months.
Beyond Cape Town, South Africa has so much to offer. You can rent a car to drive along the Garden Route, play golf or go on safari. Less than an hour away are the Cape Winelands and you can easily cellar door-hop through Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on a day trip or stay for a couple of nights.
South Africa has its problems and is still very divided between the rich and poor. This does bring some safety issues and people are often afraid to visit. But I have never felt insecure in Cape Town or in South Africa in general. Cape White is also extremely secure, with cameras and a gated wall.
Cape Town can be visited all year round but you have more chance of rain between June and September. That being said, it’s never grey and rainy for multiple days in a row like you might experience during winter in other parts of the world. Temperatures are still around 20 degrees during the day and it just gets cold at night.
The warmest months are January and February. But for me, the best time to visit is between March and May when it’s not too busy and the winds drop. September is also beautiful with the flowers in bloom and everything is so lush and green. Every season has its own appeal.
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