from R 2,000 - 5,500
Rodwell House in the sun-soaked village of St James. It nestles between the Kalk Bay Mountains and False Bay, world famous for whale-watching, warm sea bathing and a sheltered Mediterranean climate.<br /><br />The eight suites have been positioned so that you appreciate the sea, either from windows or private balcony. The modern, open-plan bathrooms are separated from the bedroom only by a risqu waist-high wall.<br /><br />Calm, modern and sophisticated, these suites offer unrivalled space, with comfortable couches and chairs, fine finishes and extra length beds. The entire 2nd floor is set aside for guest bedrooms.<br /><br />The first floor has wide welcoming terraces and public rooms including a formal drawing room, romantic dining room, library and sun room to relax in. Period fireplaces, teak paneling and a magnificent staircase, feature among the impeccable furnishings and artwork.<br /><br />There is an intricately tiled Moroccan courtyard with terracotta walls offering welcome shade, and a tinkling fountain to get you in the mood for that siesta.The trimmed lawns and vine-covered walkways of the front garden are accessed from the wide terraces with classic Cape Town views of the St James tidal pool and multi-coloured beach huts.<br /><br />The swimming pool is fed by a mountain stream and invites pure, unadulterated leisure.<br /><br />But the pice de rsistance has to be the 15 000 bottle refrigerated wine cellar, with a collection to rival top restaurants with over 600 different choices of international and South African wines, the choice could be mind-boggling but Robin ensures that advice and help is at hand to turn wine into an unsurpassed experience.<br /><br />The wine cellar has a tasting room, and a sweeping bar enhanced by cutting edge design, dcor and lighting.<br /><br />Despite walled seclusion, and food and wine heaven on site, Rodwell House is a stroll away from activities, 10 minutes from top vineyards, gold medal restaurants and Simons Town, 20 minutes from either Cape Towns Central Business District or Cape Point, and light-years away from boredom or tour groups.