Arundel, St James – A colonial Cape Town gem

The Cape Town seaside suburb of St James is an anachronism, left over from Cape Town’s colonial past. It reposes elegantly on the False Bay coast, like high tea on a silver service, between the arty, fishing-based community of Kalk Bay and Muizenberg’s cosmopolitan mix of pensioners, surfers and Nigerians.

Arundel, a classic St James holiday house tucked away on the mountainside, offers travellers a gracious refuge from the bustle of holidaying in Cape Town.

Find Arundel tucked off the Main road, up a flight of stone steps, and through a stone arch and into a secret garden abundant with hydrangeas and roses. The three-bedroom, two bathroom house is exquisitely decorated in a mix of period pieces, contemporary classics and beautiful objects d’art. The rooms are generous in size with high ceilings and wooden floors. Upstairs two of the luxurious bedrooms open onto a wide balcony offering breathtaking vistas across False Bay. Comfortable sofas, lazy patios, big candelabras and an enormous dining room table, offer plenty of choice as to where to feast or relax.

Attention to detail in the linen, utensils and the best modcon appliances, make staying at Arundel very comfortable – in fact you won’t want to leave.

St James is on Cape Town’s popular peninsula tourist route, and offers beautiful mountain hikes, beaches, tidal pools and coastal walks. Just down the road, Kalk Bay has an array of lovely restaurants and quirky shops. Within half an hour’s drive there is a startling choice of picturesque vineyards, villages, nature reserves and beaches, including Simonstown, Noordhoek, Fishhoek, the Constantia wine route, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Chapman’s Peak drive.

Book your stay at Arundel, St James, through Tel: 021 790 0972, or email:

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