What makes a guest house both exceptional and comfortable? In my experience, it is usually due to a hands-on owner. Of course, if the owner has an artistic flair and a desire to give visitors a wonderful experience, you will be a very happy guest.
Blackheath Lodge, which lies beneath Signal Hill in Cape Town, is just such a guest house. Blackheath Road is a typically narrow Sea Point street and so there is no grand view of the lodge front. It is thus a very pleasant surprise when you walk into the eclectically decorated reception and catch a view of the sun dappled dining area and palmed pool deck.
I have never stayed in a guest house with a more welcoming staff. Beaming smiles and friendly welcome’s abound.
The lodge offers ten elegantly appointed rooms.
Air-conditioning, extra-length beds and satellite TV come as standard. The bathrooms positively sparkle and the linen is crisp and fresh. As with the rest of the lodge, the bedroom décor is both homely and interesting.
Original paintings, large and small sculptures, interesting ceramics, potted plants and mood setting lighting have made this guest house very attractive and full of character.
Overlooking the pool and garden
Worried about the water shortage in Cape Town? Antony Trop, the owner, says; “We take the water restrictions very seriously and have taken a number of steps to ensure very limited use of municipal water and good management of our own water resources.”
As a result, the heated swimming pool is full. I took a late afternoon dip as did many of the other guests, who had decided to spend the late afternoon poolside. The combination of a well-stocked bar and attentive waiters made this a very enjoyable experience.
Sea Point is a great area to stay on an exploratory Cape Town holiday. The V&A Waterfront is within walking distance and the restaurants, pubs and clubs in Loop and Bree Streets are an inexpensive taxi ride away. The lodge also has its own registered tour guides for visits to Cape Point, the Winelands, Hermanus and beyond.
Breakfast was delicious and the coffee excellent. English, health and Continental diets will be well satisfied. If the spread of fresh fruits, warm breads, sweet preserves, cold meats and tasty cheeses is not enough, you can order eggs and bacon to your taste.
Simply put, Blackheath Lodge is wonderful and I’ll be back. To make a reservation, call 021 439 2541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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