If you’re kicking yourself for not organising a bank holiday hideaway, seek solace in planning a future escape (three days of picnics and park life are looking unlikely – as usual – with storm clouds on the horizon). We’d like to point you in the direction of the delightful Derwent House, in colourful Cape Town. Not only will a stay here be wallet-friendly, with the hotel’s great-value rates (and member offer – see below), it will also be jetlag-free, thanks to the one-hour time difference – if you hail from Brit shores that is.
Why this week? Smith members can take advantage of Derwent House’s boutique hotel offer: stay four nights and pay for three.
Our favourite bits We love this hotel’s laid-back layout: the lounge spills into its reception, which spreads up to an eating area alongside its kitchen, which drifts out onto a verandah that steps down to the pool. In fact, the entire open-plan ground floor is like a vast family snug, designed, as co-owner Jo says, for ‘milling around’. Check out the striking artworks on the white walls – by Nelson Mandela, no less – and the smart red furniture. In fact, if you’re here on an urban safari, there’s everything you could wish for: sleek contemporary design, flawless, friendly service and a fabulous pool.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Rain turns from petulant drizzle into bilious torrent as we check into the modest, 10-bedroom former residential home handsomely converted by Jo Campbell and her partner. These two Brits from the rainy north sensibly decided a few years ago to up sticks and head to the furthest tip of Africa. Derwent House, located in the upmarket, residential neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof, is so discreet that it comes across positively bashful from the outside. Adjacent to Gardens, this patch is a jumble of video stores, Vietnamese restaurants and handsomely curvy, vaguely art deco Thirties apartment blocks that look like they would be perfect in LA as retirement homes for ageing Hollywood stars.
‘Our bedroom at this boutique bolthole is on the small side but is demurely decorated in muted hues of greys and browns that create a simple, but homely sensation. There is a fine view from the window looking down upon the swimming pool: a sizable beast, complete with waterfall, hugged by wooden decking and some slinky black sunloungers…’
Read our full anonymous review of Derwent House in Cape Town…