The Clarendon Fresnaye

Cape Town, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Central, wind-free Cape Town location

  • Great range of accommodation to suit all from couples to families

  • Two outdoor pools on the lawns between the two buildings

  • Evening 'braais' in the garden on request

  • Views over the ocean and out to Robben Island from some rooms, great views of Lion's Head and Table Mountain throughout

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Year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C. Fresnaye has the great selling point of being 'wind-free', its secluded location means that while the rest of Cape Town can be being battered by the gales off the Southern Seas, Fresnaye can be basking in sunshine.

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Insider's View

A perfect base for families and large groups traveling together

Emmy, the manager, is always happy to recommend and book local restaurants for lunch or dinner

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to The Clarendon Fresnaye or take a look at our itineraries to Cape Town


The Clarendon Fresnaye is a centrally located boutique guesthouse with views up to Table Mountain and Lion's Head and out to Robben Island. Located close to all the Cape Town attractions, this is a great option for all visitors to South Africa's Cape.

This property is located in the quiet residential suburb of Fresnaye, just back from Bantry Bay and on the bottom slopes of Lion's Head. Guests can enjoy views up to Table Mountain and out over the ocean to Robben Island in the distance.

There are two swimming pools, nestled in the lawns and gardens between the main house and the garden house. There is plenty of space for all to spread out and relax here without feeling cramped. Fresnaye is a 'wind-free' location, reassurance against the mighty winds that can sometimes whip along this coast.

The interiors of the property have a contemporary feel, all rooms are spacious, comfortable and light, and the atmosphere is welcoming and homely. This is a great base for any visitor to Cape Town from which to explore the best of what the city has to offer.

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The rooms at The Clarendon Fresnaye offer a range of options from couples to families. All are finished to the same high standards as at the upmarket sister property: The Clarendon Bantry Bay. Not all rooms have ocean views, those that don't have great views of Lion's Head and Table Mountain behind.

All rooms enjoy the following services and facilities: Free Wi-Fi connectivity, Direct dial telephone, Digital safe, Air conditioning, Fully stocked mini bar, Flat screen television in most rooms, Satellite TV channels, King size or twin beds (optional), Hair dryer, Shaver outlet, Guest toiletries, Morning newspaper, Crib upon request, Baby-sitting service, Coffee and tea making facilities, Complimentary afternoon teas and coffees, Laundry service, Security off street parking, Day trips and transfer arranged.

Family Suite

Spacious family rooms overlooking the gardens and swimming pools. Each suite has a master bedroom with additional en-suite twin bedroom for the children.

Superior Room

Spacious and comfortable rooms, all beautifully appointed and offering sea views to the distance.

Standard Room

Finished to the same high standards as all other rooms in the Clarendon collections. The only difference is that these rooms may not offer a sea view. Instead, the Standard Rooms overlook the lush gardens, or mountains behind.


The Clarendon Fresnaye is well set up to look after families with children of any age. Baby-sitters and child-minders are available on request. There are cots and high-chairs available and special child meals can be prepared.


Breakfast is served in the dining room or out on the lawns, weather permitting. On request other meals can be provided. The managers encourage guests to have a braai (bbq) in the garden one night, but other meals can easily be arranged.



Anna Hearn (Staff)

We visited the Clarendon Fresnaye in the aftermath of an enormous wedding which had taken place at its sister-property, the Clarendon Bantry Bay, just the day before. Unfortunately we were not able to see many of the rooms as the majority of the wedding guests were sleeping late, but we were able to see how accommodating and flexible the hotel was with large groups comprising all ages.

The Fresnaye is perfect for children, set in lovely gardens with a good sized swimming pool for children to splash about in - there are family rooms in the garden right by the pool and the rest of the rooms are in the main houses.

We got the impression that nothing was too much trouble for this hotel, and it was clear what an effort they had gone to for the wedding party, to make their stay comfortable and memorable - we understood that when the party had emerged from their rooms, the hotel had organized a gentle sight-seeing tour of the city for those that wished to explore, and a late lunch at a nearby restaurant and spa treatments for those who needed a bit more relaxation!


Sarah Clegg (Staff)

The Clarendon Fresnaye is a great option for all visitors to Cape Town, however, it stood out particularly for families. The accommodation offers a wide range of options, from family rooms set separately from the rest to rooms more tucked away and private either in the main or garden house.

One of the unique selling points to this location is its reputation for being 'wind-free', this is a huge positive for the property as the Cape Town wind has, at times, a fierce reputation.

The Staff here were friendly and welcoming, it is obvious that they go out of their way to make sure that their guests have a great experience in the city. The emphasis here is that it is a relaxed base to explore the city, and they will organize anything they can to make your stay more comfortable and memorable.


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Location & directions

Cape Town, South Africa

The Clarendon Fresnaye is located in a quiet residential area with great views up to Lion's Head and Table Mountain. Just 10 minutes from the city center and beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Most of Cape Town's prime sightseeing attractions are in close proximity to The Clarendon Fresnaye. The guest house also has the selling point of being wind free, so visitors can enjoy an afternoon by the pool at all times of year.

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