Antrim Villa was once a family home, but now the late 19th century house has been lovingly restored and turned into a lovely guesthouse. Situated at the bottom of Signal Hill, and a stone’s throw from the Green Point stadium, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location; equal distance from beautiful ocean-side walks and the exciting Cape Town shopping and dining districts downtown. The owners, designer and restauranteur couple Jonas and Martin, have created an oasis of clean Scandinavian lines and African colour palettes accentuated by natural fabrics such as sisal, linen and bamboo.
But if the style is clean and Scandinavian, the substance is all South African! Antrim Villa is certified by Fair Trade Tourism, a third party approval that their operations are fair and responsible, and they stock lots of local and lekker (South Africanism for really, really good) goodies. Breakfast is simply scrumptious with freshly baked bread and muffins, local meat and cheeses, fresh seasonal fruit and a whole lot more. It’s enjoyed around a big farm-style table in the open plan kitchen-lounge. Here, you can catch up with your fellow guests and meet an eclectic blend of travellers from all over the world (rumour has it, a Swedish princess once stayed there!).
The guesthouse does not serve lunch or dinner (unfortunately; I have been to the owners’ restaurant in Sweden and it’s great) but the staff are at hand to recommend a restaurant to suit your palate, and happy to organise reservations and a taxi; freshly plunged coffee is available all day; and the honesty bar is well-stocked with local wines and craft beer. At the end of a busy day in Cape Town, grab a sun-downer (alcoholic drink consumed at sunset) from it and relax a the pool, tucked away in a private, tropical garden.
PS. The owners have promised Simply South Africa one of their recipes (something to go with a good, South African cheese), so keep your eyes peeled for more blogs about Antrim Villa!