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  • Elegant guesthouse in a tranquil garden, complete with pool
  • The guesthouse can facilitate tours of the city and help you get the most out of your stay
  • Spacious rooms, good facilities and a central location

Carmichael Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 6 years and older

In Rosebank CPT


-33.9516, 18.4698


Surrounded by leafy trees in a peaceful suburb at the foot of Table Mountain, the double-storey mansion at Carmichael Guesthouse is an impressive example of Victorian architecture. Staying true to the era, the house has a huge sense of spaciousness provided by soaring ceilings, while antique furniture and classic artwork give a classy, regal atmosphere.

The original rich pine floors, stained glass windows and large fireplaces, along with impeccable service and well-appointed rooms, all contribute to making guests feel like Victorian royalty. Individually-decorated, the rooms are havens of comfort, housing facilities such as telephones, hairdryers, satellite television, wireless internet, ceiling fans, safes, tea/coffee facilities and minibars. Panel heaters, and in most rooms, fireplaces, will ensure that the typically cold and rainy Cape Town winters don’t dampen the mood. Numerous large windows allow plenty of light to filter in and showcase views of the lush garden.

Two of the luxury rooms have a choice between King-size or twin beds, and guests can choose to take one with a shower or the other with a bath. A third luxury room has twin beds and can accommodate an extra adult by arrangement.

The rest of the guest house’s rooms are spacious suites with full bathrooms, ideal for families or groups. These range from the open-plan luxury suite, where children can sleep in the comforting presence of their parents, to the two family suites, which have two bedrooms each and allow for slightly greater privacy. The Queen family suite has the advantage of a glazed patio where guests can recline on the couches while being protected from the elements.

The guest house’s communal areas include a comfortable lounge with a large television and crackling fireplace, and a beautiful sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, where continental and cooked breakfasts are served. On sunny mornings, the adjoining patio is a cheery spot to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

As the day gets warmer, guests can take a dip in the swimming pool or relax in the garden, or head out to explore gorgeous Cape Town.

The guest house is happy to arrange guided tours of some of the city’s best attractions, and guests will conveniently be picked up and dropped off at the door of the mansion. Since attractions such as Table Mountain, Blue Flag beaches, the V&A Waterfront, craft shops, art galleries and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden are less than ten minutes’ drive away, those who value their independence can easily do self-guided sightseeing. Sports fans will appreciate that the historic Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, as well as several excellent golf courses, are just around the corner.

On returning to the guest house, you can make use of the guest laptop to share the day’s exciting happenings with loved ones or catch up on some business. Fax and printing facilities are available at a minimal cost. To cap off the day, the guest house is happy to make dinner reservations for you and arrange for a taxi to pick you up and drop you off. At the end of your stay, a transfer to the airport can be arranged for guests who have flown into Cape Town.


Rates & Summary

2 Luxury Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath or shower
Garden view

Luxury Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
Can accommodate a third adult
En-suite bath
Garden view

Luxury Suite

Sleeps 5 in Queen-size bed, single bed and sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Garden view

Luxury Family Suite (Double)

Main bedroom with Queen-size bed
Secondary bedroom with twin beds
Bathroom with bath and shower
Patio with seating area
Garden view

Luxury Family Suite (Twin)

Sleeps 4 in two interleading twin rooms
Bathroom with bath and shower
Garden view


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children six and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Carmichael Guest House offers six en-suite guest rooms overlooking colourful, beautifully manicured gardens, and acts as a good base for exploring Cape Town. Guests will revel in the opulent Victorian luxury of this ancient, meticulously maintained mansion. Rooms are exceptionally spacious and retain endearing original features such as stained glass windows, Oregon pine floors and fireplaces. Guided tours of the city, leaving directly from the guest house, can be arranged.


  • Elegant guesthouse in a tranquil garden, complete with pool
  • The guesthouse can facilitate tours of the city and help you get the most out of your stay
  • Spacious rooms, good facilities and a central location

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Guided tours


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Town & Surrounds

Western Cape


Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With dramatic mountains, a long stretch of Atlantic coastline and a picturesque working harbour, there are few cities in the world to rival “The Fairest Cape”, as explorer Sir Francis Drake described the place in 1580.

The city of Cape Town is regularly voted as one of the best tourist destinations (and cities to live in) in the world – and its Mediterranean climate, superb natural attractions, historic landmarks, fabulous restaurants and fun places to hang out offer all the ingredients for a top holiday destination.

Table Mountain dominates the city’s landscape and Table Mountain National Park is a national treasure and World Heritage Site.

The Cape Floristic Kingdom is known for its incredible botanical heritage and the Table Mountain National Park has more floral species than the British Isles. Stopping to smell the fynbos has an altogether new meaning in this part of the world.

Robben Island is another World Heritage Site worth visiting. Struggle heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and many others were incarcerated here during apartheid and taking the Robben Island Tour is a must on any trip to Cape Town.

The city is loosely divided by Table Mountain into four sections: Cape Town Central, Cape Town South, Cape Town North and Cape Town East.

Cape Town Central incorporates the city centre, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. There are loads of things on offer in this part of the world, so it’s a good idea to focus on the field of interest/activities that excite you and take it from there.

A trip to the top of Table Mountain is an absolute must (especially if you’ve never done it before). The views on a clear day will give you a clear perspective of the gorgeous city below and you can see as far as Robben Island and beyond.

If history is your thing, there are numerous museums and attractions close to the city centre. The Castle of Good Hope was built between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest building in South Africa. It is a good place to start your tour of the city, which incorporates historic attractions such as the Bo-Kaap Museum, the District Six Museum, The Company’s Garden, City Hall and the Grand Parade, among many other notable historic attractions.

For shopping and entertainment, the V&A Waterfront is the epicentre of Cape Town and attracts high numbers of international tourists daily. Long Street is a good place to hang out for restaurants, bars and nightlife and Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen around cocktail hour.

The drive along Chapman’s Peak is one of the most scenic drives in the world but you need to do your homework as the route is periodically closed. Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay is another great place to visit, with its fun restaurants, great beaches and perfect views.

Cape Town South stretches from Noordhoek to Observatory and incorporates some of Cape Town’s most popular suburbs, including Constantia, Fish Hoek, Rondebosch, Simon’s Town and Muizenberg, to mention just a few.

Constantia is popular for its wonderful restaurants and wine estates and the Constantia Wine Route is a big attraction for foodies and wine-lovers. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens offers hectares of greenery and regular concerts in the warm summer months. There are also various hiking trails on offer.

Take a day trip to Simon’s Town and make sure you visit the statue of Just Nuisance, as well as the scenic Boulders Beach. Noordhoek is a great place for riding horses on the beach and the restaurants are very family friendly. For fresh fish and laid-back vibes, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg are the business. Fish Hoek is popular for seaside activities and antique shops and is a real favourite.

Cape Town North incorporates the Cape Town International Airport, Parow, Milnerton, Durbanville, Table View, as well as Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand. The north is a developed business centre that continues to grow rapidly. For chill-out time, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand are popular for walks on the beach and outdoor sports.  Shoppers will enjoy Century City and Canal Walk, and for those who love a tipple or two, The Durbanville Wine Route also falls into the northern region.

Cape Town East is made up of Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, Strand, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Eersterivier, Macassar and Strandfontein. The region is pretty spectacular as the small coastal towns sit below the imposing Hottentots Holland Mountains and there are fantastic beaches such as Bikini Beach, Strand Beach and Kogel Bay. Here you’ll also find the Helderberg Nature Reserve, Wolfgat Nature Reserve and Edith Stephens Wetland Park.

Look out for

Scenic Cape Point with its sheer cliffs, rugged landscapes, fauna, flora and bold ocean views.

A cable-car trip up Table Mountain to get the view of the incredible landscape of the city. If you’ve done the touristy cable-car thing then take one of the many mountain trails.

V&A Waterfront – spend time enjoying all the facilities at the V&A Waterfront, including the abundance of shopping and restaurant venues. For children, The Two Oceans Aquarium is a winner.

The magnificent beaches of Clifton, Muizenberg, Hout Bay, Bloubergstrand. You are spoilt for choice in and around the Mother City.

Historical sites are a must – including Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Bo-Kaap.

Long Street by night. Enjoy the friendly fun vibes of this stretch of tarmac as it comes to life when the sun goes down.

While away the hours at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the green lung of the city. Look out for the schedule of summer concerts.

Visit the Constantia Wine Route for a touch of history and some of the country’s finest wines and restaurants that continually make it onto the best-of lists.

Drive along the southern coastline and visit places such as Noordhoek, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Stop off at Kalk Bay for fresh fish at the harbour.

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