Abbey Manor is a small, comfortable and unassuming luxury guesthouse in the suburban heights of Cape Town's City Bowl area. With a glorious view of the mountain, the city and the harbour, you're always aware that, yes, you are indeed in Cape Town - one of the world's favourite travel destinations.
The gueshouse has a large heated swimming pool, as well as a spa bath on the upper balcony. Each room has air conditioning, satellite television channels, a minibar, hair-dryers, coffee and tea facilities, telephone and free WIFI.
The suburb of Oranjezicht (meaning “sight of orange”) was named for the spectacular view it had of the orange groves in the Company Gardens. The Company Gardens were planted by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 to provide vital foods to the passing sea trade. Abbey Manor, was built in 1905 for David Edward McConnell, a British businessman newly arrived in what was then the Cape Colony. David McConnell was a director of the Union Castle Shipping Line, then the primary means of transport between Europe and South Africa.
The house was designed by the architect William Black, who was responsible for many famous buildings in Cape Town. Although less well-known than his contemporary Herbert Baker, he is more widely renowned for the arts-and-crafts movement in the Cape Province. The original approved council plans are displayed on the main staircase. The house was named “Abbey Manor” after the Manor house at Bisham, known as Abbey Manor although actually a priory and not in fact an abbey.