Blackheath Lodge is a revamped Victorian house and a home away from home.
As I strolled in, it was all hands on deck - Antony was busily helping guests with the day’s ‘to do’ list, eagerly arranging itineraries and recommending tip-top restaurants. He's the hostess with mostess! The white-wood verandah was buzzing with the happy murmur of guests breakfasting amid nuggets of sunlight reflecting off a collection of disco balls. Other guests were lounging by the solar-heated pool.
A short walk from Cape Town central, Antony and his partner John decorated the house with beautiful and eccentric touches; aubergine wall paints, modern fabrics and opulent light fittings included. Rooms have high, corniced ceilings, embroidered lampshades and super-soft, super-white linen. Each has its own quirk: red pattern chaises-longues, chandeliers, leopard-print armchairs, antique clocks and original cast-iron fireplaces. In reception the fireplace warms even the coldest heart during (what can be) a short chilly Cape winter.
Lion’s Head beckons the energetic and Sea Point beach promenade, Cape Town’s answer to Beverly Hills where lycra and biceps are de rigueur, is close by. It will be a while before I forget the image of Antony grappling with his two tabbies, Lime and Soda, all three waving me farewell after a fabulous stay. Children over 12 are welcome.