Welgelegen Guesthouse

Situated in Gardens (5 minutes from the city centre), 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. Welgelegen is an absolute jewel of a Guest House: a gem set in a tranquil, leafy cul-de-sac at the foot of Table Mountain, in the cosmopolitan city bowl neighbourhood 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…Hence the name Welgelegen…the Dutch translation for “well-situated”. The Guest House comprises 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 morning sun, or end your evening under the stars with a chilled Cape sauvignon and fairy lights flickering amongst the surrounding foliage. 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 towelling dressing gowns in each bathroom, to the home-made biscuits, complimentary port and huge inviting armchairs in each room. The beds which all convert to King size, are supremely comfortable with crisp white linen, duck down duvets 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!   There is great attention to detail 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 ceilinged cornices of the living rooms…  Intimacy, charm and atmosphere are everywhere.

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