Fodor's Expert Review Red House

4 Hiddingh Ave., Cape Town, Western Cape, 7700, South Africa

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Once the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset, this house, dating from 1729, is one of Cape Town's oldest surviving buildings. It's been lavishly restored, but the walls remain their signature red, the result of a former, eccentric owner who chose the bold color to "ensure protection against the elements." You won't have to worry much about the elements here, as the elegant rooms are extremely comfortable and decorated with heavy drapes, dark mahogany furniture, chandeliers, and bold gilt-frame mirrors. What's more, the guesthouse is nestled in the leafy suburb of Newlands, just five minutes from Kirstenbosch and 10 minutes from the city center. The terrace is a good place to relax after a busy day, and you can even get an on-site massage in the garden or near the pool.


  • owners speak English and Dutch
  • beautiful mountain views from mountain-facing, first-floor rooms
  • airport shuttle available


  • sun sets earlier here, so there are fewer daylight hours than a property on the west side of the mountain
  • high winter-rainfall area



Phones: 021-683–8000


5 rooms, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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