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  • Grand colonial manor designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1901
  • Elegantly renovated to offer guests luxurious comfort
  • Tranquil and private location a short drive from many of the Cape's attractions

Highlands Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Kenilworth


-33.997, 18.4632


After the house of English lawyer Malcolm Searle burnt down in 1899, influential architect Sir Herbert Baker set about building Highlands Country House, which, upon completion in 1901, became one of the Cape’s grandest homes. The red-tiled mansion, with its matching red brick quoins and signature Herbert Baker chimneys, was the opulent abode of several eminent Cape Town families over the years, before it was lovingly restored and converted into a magnificent boutique hotel.

Today, guests to Highlands House can enjoy opulent classic comfort and exceptional service on all levels. The interiors ooze elegance, with the original charm of the homestead held intact by features such as original wooden floors, balustrades, fireplaces and pressed ceilings, refined by antique furniture and fine fabrics.

A wide selection of rooms are available, each individually decorated and all featuring long sash windows with views of the beautiful terraced gardens.

Located at the top of the house, the light and airy loft rooms are very private and have full bathrooms with stunning views over the grounds and the sea at False Bay. In the same price category, the pool room offers convenient access to the hotel’s lovely patio-garden with its swimming pool, gazebo and conservatory.

Decorated in light, country-style elegance, four of the executive rooms have balconies to savour the views, and the fifth makes up for the compromise of not having a balcony by being the most spacious of these. Two of the rooms can be taken in either double or twin configuration. Similarly, selected luxury rooms can have their King-size beds converted to twins. Four of these spacious rooms are located in the main house and have large balconies with mountain, sea and garden views.

Guests who want a little more privacy and romanticism can choose the luxury room in the garden, which has heated tile floors and double basins in the full en-suite bathroom. The supremely luxurious garden suite, the hotel’s largest room, is a romantic haven set a good distance away from the main house. Decorated in soft florals, the suite has the indulgence of an extra length King-size bed, underfloor heating and a huge spa bath. Guests can choose to enjoy a sundowner on one of two private patios.

Amenities in all the rooms include air conditioning, heating, wireless internet, minibars, televisions and hairdryers, while there is ample storage space and seating available. Fresh flowers add a colourful touch and are picked straight from the gardens, which are resplendent with roses, lavender and shrubs. Lazy days can be spent on one of the benches under the trees, on the loungers beside the pool or at the outside bar lounge, while indoor relaxation can be had in the lounges, library or billiard room.

Appetising hot and cold breakfasts are generally served in the elegant dining room, but can also be enjoyed on the patio during summer. Lunches and dinners can be prepared at extra cost and are tailored to suit your needs, and for extra privacy guests can enjoy these meals in the delightful setting of the conservatory. Cuisine is of fine quality and prepared with herbs plucked from the garden.

The guest house prides itself on its exceptional service, offering everything from 24 hour room service and porterage, to laundry and dry-cleaning, and provides specialised service to guests recovering from surgical procedures. The tour desk is able to assist guests with making arrangements to visit some of Cape Town’s stunning attractions, most of which are within 15 minutes’ drive of Highlands House.

Rates & Summary

2 Loft Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sea, garden and mountain views

Pool Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Set in garden patio next to pool

5 Executive Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or King/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Four rooms have a balcony

5 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Some can be converted to twin rooms
En-suite bath and shower
Four have balconies with garden, mountain and sea views
One in garden with patio and easy pool access

Garden Suite

Privately situated
Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite spa bath and shower
Two patios
Garden and mountain views


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Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch, dinner and High Tea available


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Designed by renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker, this grand colonial mansion offers immense luxury and beautiful views of the landscaped gardens and Table Mountain. Offering exceptional service and accommodation of the highest standard, the guest house is able to meet the needs of the most discerning traveller. Amongst other highly personalised services, chefs are on hand to prepare tailored meals for most special occasions, to be enjoyed in one of several magnificent settings. High levels of privacy in most of the rooms make the boutique hotel a wonderful honeymoon destination.


  • Grand colonial manor designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1901
  • Elegantly renovated to offer guests luxurious comfort
  • Tranquil and private location a short drive from many of the Cape's attractions


Set away from the main house, the Garden Suite is extremely private and is an ideal honeymoon suite.

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

  • 2 swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Nearby: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfont, beaches, 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, Cape Winelands, city bus tours.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Under floor heating
  • 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)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




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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