Need To Know
Eight: six suites and two double rooms.
11am. Check-in, 2pm, but flexible subject to availability. Guests arriving early or leaving late can use the day shower and the gym.
Double rooms from $164.45 (ZAR1,737), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
The kitchen can prepare you a fabulous picnic for two to take down to the beach (or just to the pool if you’re feeling lazy). A hire car’s not a bad idea – you’re about 40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.
At the hotel
Gardens, courtyard, gym, library, wine cellar, boules pitch. In rooms: plasma-screen TV/DVD player, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee and minibar, underfloor heating in bathrooms.
Our favourite rooms
Most rooms have balconies or terraces, as well as oversized beds, twin sinks, freestanding baths big enough for two and walk-in showers; prices reflect room size, but none are really small. Our top picks include the Rodwell Suite for its sea-view balcony and antique leather recliners, or Kalk Bay for its open-plan bathroom, entered through an arched wooden door – both are romantic; and smaller, quieter Mountain, which is very pretty and sunlit in the afternoon. The Proprietors is the executive suite, set in the gardens with an internal courtyard.
The beautiful pool is fed by a mountain spring, and there are chaises longues to stretch out on; you can also walk down to the tidal pools below the gardens for an invigorating saltwater swim.
Bathrobes and luxury toiletries are already taken care of. Make a note of friends’ favourite wines; Rodwell House has an amazing cellar and can ship what you buy.
Personal training, private yoga, beauty treatments and a variety of sports activities can be arranged. The property is non-smoking and has a silent-mobile policy.
Well-behaved children welcome; it’s not ideal for toddlers. Under 12s stay in their parents’ room for R500 per night. Babysitting can be arranged with 24 hours’ notice and costs R100 per hour.