Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point
Blackheath Lodge is, quite simply, an indulgence. Set snug up against Signal Hill in Sea Point, Cape Town, this Victorian style, spacious home has been converted into a guest house deluxe with first rate service and that something ‘extra’ that comes from its gracious and downright affable host, Antony.
Blackheath Lodge is a gorgeous Victorian renovation. Its wooden floors, high ceilings, spacious interiors and unobtrusive décor, with just a smattering of African chic, gives it an elegance that provides a charming welcome to weary travellers. Every large en-suite room, of which there are ten, has been stylishly decorated with no sign of compromise or economising. One or two windows afford one a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the advantage of the home’s position up on High Level Road. Getting to and from the well-known Atlantic Seaboard beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton is a matter of minutes, and you’re but a stone’s throw away from the city centre and the V&A Waterfront …
Without doubt though, it is the generosity with which this guest house treats its guests that is the main star of the four star rating it has earned. Every en-suite room is en suite and has an extra-length twin or king size bed, a well-stocked mini-bar, wireless broadband connection throughout, satellite television and generous tea and coffee making facilities. The back patio spills out on to a prettily paved area around a heated salt chlorinated swimming pool, with the odd chaise lounge lazily inviting one to bask in the summer heat.
Breakfasts are superlative – homemade muffins served with butter, jam and honey, and unique breakfast quiches – provided on a pretty wooden terrace overlooking the pool, its ceilings adorned with elaborate candelabra and unobtrusive heaters for the cooler months.
Evenings are easily filled, with many world-class restaurants within a few kilometres of Blackheath Lodge. Long Street, within the city centre, offers trendy, vibey and rather hippy eateries that attract students and visitors alike. Nearby Green Point has a range of restaurants, pubs, clubs and cabaret restaurants, and the village of de Waterkant offers a range of accommodation, cafés, tapas bars and restaurants.
But you aren’t restricted to going out. Antony, true to his word, will whip up a feast if you give him suitable warning, and, particularly on cooler evenings, spending a quiet evening in front of the hearth might be a more suitable alternative.
Blackheath Lodge Telephone: +27 (0)21 439-2541