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Why did we hand pick The Clarendon - Fresnaye?

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  • Spacious, tranquial and luxurious venue in an upmarket suburb
  • The historic building has been beautifully modernized
  • Very central for Citybowl, Waterfront and Camps Bay access

The Clarendon - Fresnaye

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Bantry Bay


-33.9243, 18.3836


Having once been owned by the governor of The Cape and the Earl of Clarendon, The Clarendon in Fresnaye has always been one of Cape Town’s most exclusive homes, and although extensively modernised and turned into a guest house, has lost none of this exclusivity. Today, the house is an idyllic boutique establishment where high service standards, superior luxury and careful attention to detail will impress the most seasoned traveller.

Set in large tropical gardens on the slopes of Lion’s Head, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the guest house adds tranquillity and a convenient location to its impressive list of attributes.     

The rooms have an opulent modern feel, and are designed to be spacious and supremely comfortable, with amenities including air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, safes, mini bars, flatscreen televisions, direct dial telephones, hairdryers and free wireless internet. All the rooms, from the standard rooms to the superior family suites, have King-size beds that can be converted into twins, as well as luxuriant full bathrooms.

Although slightly smaller than the superior rooms, the standard rooms are elegantly decorated and will still meet the demands of picky guests. These seven rooms feature views of the gardens, Lion’s Head or the ocean in the distance. 

The very spacious and luxurious superior rooms have plush lounge areas and patios or balconies with views of the ocean and the lovely surrounds. An additional bedroom in each of the three superior suites makes these beautiful rooms perfect for couples with two children. The rooms overlook the gardens and two swimming pools, allowing both kids and adults easy access to the outdoors.

Lush lawns, seating areas under the trees and comfy loungers offer plenty of opportunity for unwinding on balmy summer days, enjoying the fragrant bougainvillea and picturesque views. Breakfast is sublime and filling, and can be taken either outdoors or indoors, depending on the weather. Decadent afternoon teas are also included in the rates, and morning and afternoon newspapers are always available to peruse over a cuppa.

The Clarendon is within walking distance of the glittering Clifton beach, and within a few minutes’ drive of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront,  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and all of Cape Town’s other attractions, making it ideal for holiday-goers.

As part of the guest house’s excellent range of services, day trips and transfers to and from restaurants and other attractions can be arranged and tailor-made to meet the needs of guests.

Rates & Summary

7 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Garden, mountain or sea views

6 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Patio or balcony with sea views

3 Superior Suites

Each sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Additional bedroom for 2 children
Bathroom with bath and shower
Overlook garden and swimming pools


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.
Babysitting can be arranged.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the upmarket Fresnaye suburb of Cape Town, The Clarendon offers an exceptional luxury experience, housing guests in immaculate rooms and suites, and is just minutes away from the city’s best attractions. Once owned by the Governer of the Cape, this elegant guest house is a boutique urban haven set in tropical gardens with two swimming pools. An air of exclusivity and sublime modern luxury will appeal to the most discerning visitor.


  • Spacious, tranquial and luxurious venue in an upmarket suburb
  • The historic building has been beautifully modernized
  • Very central for Citybowl, Waterfront and Camps Bay access

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 roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Two swimming pools
  • Nearby: beaches, Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfont, golf courses, Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, University of Cape Town, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, hiking, penguin colony, Two Oceans Aquarium, wine tasting, arts and crafts, historical attractions, city bus tours.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • 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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