A Little Break at Au Pear Boutique Guest House in Newlands
Secluded under the leafy boughs of Newlands in Cape Town, Au Pear Boutique Guest House is an old woodcutters’ cottage, with the remnants of an ancient orchard, which has been renovated to reflect all of the charm and style of its owner, Pam Sorel. Ample lavender bushes and a grape vine that shelters the outdoor dining area lend the guesthouse a tranquillity that is quite rare in the heart of a bustling city.
Jones meets new guests and caters to their needs throughout their stay. His passion is evident. He is particularly invested because he was an integral part of developing Au Pear, having been a member of the team that renovated it with their own hands.
There are three rooms available within the guest house itself, as well as a spacious unit that is, quite literally, down the garden path, which is flanked by fragrant lavender bushes. Screed floors, concrete basins and chrome mirrors and accessories are juxtaposed by Victorian ball-and-claw baths, goose-down bedding and romantic Persian rugs.
Au Pear has wireless internet access for all guests, and flat-screen televisions with selected satellite channels are in each room.
It really is the little touches that make this luxurious retreat extra special. Lindt welcome chocolates on the pillows, fluffy gowns, heated towel rails, bubble bath, crunchies and rusks are all just a part of the decadent Au Pear experience. All rooms have tea- and coffee-making facilities, soft towels and facecloths, DVD players, hairdryers, alarm systems, under-floor heating, and other added extras to make your stay even more special.
Amazing breakfasts can be prepared on request and include fruit, freshly baked muffins, homemade muesli and yoghurt, bacon, eggs, a health shot (green juice) and a fruit and veggie smoothie, largely made from home-grown fruit and veg. Obviously, the exact items may change slightly, but the tone has been set for a healthy, hearty start to the day. These are best enjoyed under the vine on the patio.
Facilities at Au Pear include:
- A mobile Weber (barbecue)
- Common lounge, kitchen and dining area
- Limited secure off-street parking
Au Pear is ideal for families with pets and children as well as for those that are confined to a wheelchair or who depend on crutches (although there are a few tiny steps, these do not present too much of a challenge. There is a ramp that is brought out especially for wheelchairs so that there is easy access to the courtyard garden.
Au Pear Boutique Guesthouse is situated close to a number of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, retail outlets, as well as to Cavendish Square, Newlands Sports Grounds, Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the University of Cape Town and more. It is only about 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre.