January’s the most anticlimactic of months: it starts with a bang of popping champagne corks and exploding fireworks, then immediately peters out, leaving you with nothing but a hangover and soggy streamers on your light fittings. But if you’ve found yourself slumped in the New Year doldrums, Smith has the solution: a springtime escape to sunny South Africa.
Why this week? Your hosts at Beaumont House are currently offering seven nights for the price of five for stays between now and 28 April. While you’re there, catch one of the Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens: their event calendar runs until 1 April, and includes a host of South African rock, blues and classical performers as well as international musicians.
Our favourite bits Beaumont House has more debonair, early 20th-century charm than an Evelyn Waugh character strolling rakishly through an exhibition of Lee Miller photographs, but its thoroughly modern luxuries include underfloor heating, Charlotte Rhys toiletries and walk-in showers. The two Garden/Pool Suites, away from the main house, are private and peaceful with their own covered patios.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Owned and run by British couple Gill and Peter Deering, Beaumont House is a tastefully renovated 1930s property, in the heart of the most exclusive part of this sprawling South African city. The Deerings, who left Surrey 10 years ago for a life in the sun, are central to the hotel’s success. It’s the couple’s native-like knowledge of the surrounding area – which not only includes the tourist spots of the coast, but also some of South Africa’s finest vineyards – that makes a stay here. The Deerings certainly brought with them their very own bubble of the high life. The guesthouse’s stylish, French-inspired interiors are testament to their impeccable taste. The overall effect is one of serene sophistication. The combination of light, airy design – all pale colours and clean lines – and well-chosen antique and contemporary furniture is a stylish antidote to the bustle of the city. If you are lucky, your stay might coincide with one of Gill’s showbiz friends’ visits and during cocktail hour, maybe they’ll make the most of the piano in the ivory-hued living room.’ Read the full anonymous review of Beaumont House in Cape Town, or find more hotels in South Africa.
You say… ‘Beaumont House is the ultimate peaceful idyll out in the suburbs. However, when you can drag yourself away from all the unadulterated luxury, make sure you talk to your wonderful hosts, Gill and Peter. Their knowledge of the constantly evolving Cape Town restaurant scene is bang up to date and if you take their recommendations, you’ll experience the whole gambit of culinary delights on offer.’ (Phil, BlackSmith, stayed on 22 Nov 2008)