Four Rosmead is privately owned and run. Originally constructed as a private house in 1903, its conversion into a guesthouse was very successful – and it’s certainly a favourite at YZ! Winner of a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award, it offers deluxe rooms and superb service. Accommodation is booked on a B&B basis, including parking and Wi-Fi. Four Rosmead can be booked on an exclusive basis, and it’s open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The guesthouse is accessed via 25 minutes’ road transfer from Cape Town’s international airport. It’s situated in Oranjezicht, a peaceful suburb of the Mother City. Occupying the lower slopes of Table Mountain, it’s also not far from Kloof Street’s great range of restaurants and cafés with in Cape Town.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
There are ten guest rooms, in two categories – Luxury and Deluxe. The former are found on the ground floor, and three of four offer an outside area that’s accessed directly from the guesthouse’s secure parking spaces. Cape contemporary classic in style, all Luxury Rooms feature an extra-length double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk cum vanity table and chair, an easy chair, and storage furniture. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and step-up shower. Additional amenities include air conditioning, television and DVD player, Bluetooth Soundbar, telephone, Wi-Fi, tea-and-coffee station, bar-fridge, snack selection, electronic safe, heated towel rail, hairdryer, and bathrobes. There’s easy access into the communal gardens too! Four of the six Deluxe Rooms are positioned on the upper floor of the guesthouse, benefiting from all the features of the Luxury option in addition to a little extra space – and, in two of these rooms, an en-suite washroom with bathtub as well as shower. The final two Deluxe Rooms are situated within the garden. These have amazing views of Lion’s Head mountain from a private patio!
Four Rosmead’s communal areas include the guesthouse’s pleasant lounge, featuring comfortable seating, coffee and occasional tables, ottomans, and an interesting array of African artwork. It’s large enough to be divided into two spaces, one with a cosy fireplace. In the breakfast room, there are immaculate wooden tables-and-chairs and further artwork. Continental or full English options are served here every morning, to set you up for the day! Beaded and wire sculptures are also on display, and available for purchase along with the paintings. Guests can also eat, drink, and relax on the guesthouse’s veranda, all the while enjoying lovely garden views. The garden contains an inviting heated swimming pool, in addition to a few sunloungers under parasols. Throughout the guesthouse the atmosphere is really laidback, and nothing is too much trouble for Four Rosmead’s friendly team.
Among the services offered by Four Rosmead’s staff members are airport transfers, car hire, reservations, and arranging a variety of tours. Here are just a few examples of attractions located within walking distance or only 5–10 minutes’ drive from the guesthouse. Staff are happy to sort out excursions farther afield.
- Table Mountain – walk it, hike it, or cable-car it, you can be sure of spectacular vistas from the top.
- V&A Waterfront – no stay in the Mother City is complete without at least one afternoon spent exploring the V&A’s shops, markets, eateries, and bars!
- Robben Island – situated approximately 7 kilometres off the coast, this is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years behind bars. The island is accessed from the V&A.
- Clifton Bay – comprising four sheltered coves, Clifton is ideal for secluded swimming. And its 4th Beach is adjacent to La Med, a fantastic sundowner spot!
- Camps Bay – possibly Cape Town’s most glamorous sandy spot, Camps is brilliant for beach activities, fine dining, or simply soaking up some sun.
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – full to the brim with indigenous flora, these gardens never fail to thrill, and they’re a great destination for a picnic lunch too.
- Company’s Garden – known as the Mother City’s ‘green lung’, this park and heritage site offers both plenty of plant interest and a little historical intrigue.
- National Museum & Art Gallery – always appearing in Top 10 things-to-do lists, the museum provides endless insights into the history of Southern Africa while the art gallery is constantly refreshed with all sorts of enticing exhibitions. You could easily spend a day here, enjoying the planetarium as well!
- Parliament Buildings – an exciting attraction for history buffs, a visit here offers guided tours, hearing attendances, and watching debates from the gallery.
- Greenmarket Square – located at the centre of the City Bowl area, this Square has served various purposes since its construction in 1696. Today you can go browsing among traders’ stalls for crafts, curios, and souvenirs.