We were a group of 13 near the end of a motorcycle tour of South Africa, and we finished the trip with a five night stay at Villa St James in late November 2012. Barbara gave us a great welcome and an introductory tour of the property. It is a gorgeous old villa, beautifully furnished but with a very comfortable, lived-in feel. We did some entertaining during our stay and made good use of the 22-seat dining room, billiard room and cosy pub. The location is wonderful, with beautiful views of the sea at the front and a mountain right at your back garden. It’s only a 15 minute walk into the fishing village of Kalk Bay, but the train station is just nearby if you can’t be bothered walking, or want to go further down the peninsula to Simon’s Town, or the other way into Cape Town CBD.
Barbara was very helpful and encouraged us to phone her if we needed any assistance, and we did when we wanted to book a tour of Stellenbosch wineries at extremely late notice - and Barbara achieved that for us. She also kindly arranged our transport to the airport.
Something worth noting is that some of the bedrooms are interconnected, so it helps to be pretty comfortable with the people you’re sharing the house with (but you can see that from the floor plans that are available on the website). Also, the road outside the house is very busy and you need to take care when exiting/entering – but it’s manageable.
We had a wonderful stay at Villa St James and would strongly recommend it to anyone thinking of staying on the Cape Peninsula. We hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hovering over False Bay with a 360-degree view of mountain and sea, is the enchanting, Villa St James, a restored historical National Monument ideal for a lavish seaside holiday, wedding or corporate function in the coastal town of St James. Villa St James accommodates up to 16 people in 8 bedrooms with five bathrooms. The living zone features an elegant 22-seater dining room table, 2 lounges, billiard room, an English pub and outdoor swimming pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa St James Cape Town/St. James, South Africa