Welgelegen

Cape Town, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Enjoy an aperitif with some canapés before heading out into Cape Town

  • Relax by the pool with a morning coffee

  • Treat yourself to their homemade beauty products

  • Perfectly located within easy reach to many of the incredible sights of the city

  • Homely intimate atmosphere

  • A true home away from home

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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.

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Insider's View

Ask about the picnics they can provide, they're super sweet and have thought of everything!

Save some space in your bag to buy some of their amazing home-made beauty products.

Ask the owner for advice on her favorite local restaurant and bar, there are so many options within 5 minutes walk you want the latest recommendation on what's hot.

Welgelegen means “well situated” in Cape Dutch – and it is!

The breakfasts at Welgelegen are legendary – home baked breads and pastries – and for a mid-morning snack, try some of their home-made cookies!

The newest member of staff at Welgelegen has been there for six years!

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

Description

Two charming townhouses form this classic boutique hotel situated in a quiet Cape Town suburb, with easy access to the city's many attractions. Welgelegen offers 13 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms, including two family rooms.

Situated in Gardens, an old and established suburb of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, Welgelegen comprises two beautiful turn-of-the-century houses, lovingly renovated and decorated to reflect a commitment to style and comfort.

There are six and seven rooms respectively in each house and a tranquil central courtyard, equipped with loungers and a plunge pool, which links the two.

Welgelegen, as its name, ’well located’ in Dutch suggests, is perfectly situated at the heart of Cape Town’s ‘city bowl’. On nearby Kloof Street guests can find many of Cape Town’s finest restaurants and bars, plenty to occupy the evenings.

Also within easy walking distance are Kloof Street, a short walk away, as well as the National Museum & Art Gallery, Parliament Buildings and Green Market Square. Just 5 to 10 minutes by car are all the scenic highlights Cape Town has to offer - Table Mountain Cable Way, Camps Bay and Clifton Beaches, the Malay Quarter, V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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Accommodation

The Welgelegen offers a total of 13 bedrooms, each one individually decorated to a high standard. Every room has air-conditioning, bar fridges, satellite television, dressing gowns and complimentary port. There are nine superior rooms, three deluxe rooms and one mini-deluxe room (shower only).

Double Room

There are 13 double bedrooms beautifully decorated and with en-suite bathrooms.

Childcare

Although there are no specific child care facilities, children are most welcome and two rooms are family rooms.

Facilities

Welgelegen provides a delicious breakfast, and whilst it does not provide dinner options, the guest house will make dinner reservations at any number of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

There is a refreshing plunge pool in the central courtyard for guests to enjoy, as well as a range of relaxing massage and beauty treatments. The staff are always on hand to book restaurants and arrange a number of different activities.

Activities

There are endless activities to chose from and sights to see in and around Cape Town. The city center, V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cable car and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Constantia wine route, the famous sandy beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay are all within easy reach, while more than a dozen golf courses are to be found within half an hour’s drive. The staff at Welgelegen are on hand to help create any itinerary and book activities throughout your stay.

Reviews

5

Anna Hearn (Staff)

What a gorgeous little place! I loved it from the moment we arrived and was just sad that we couldnt stay for longer. A Victorian house dating back to 1896, Welgelegen is decorated in beautiful muted tones, with rich velvety sofas dotted around and a beautiful library. The hotel comprises two houses, one behind the other, with a charming courtyard between, smothered in sweetly scented jasmine flowers and with a solar-heated plunge pool to cool off in. The rooms are also decorated in muted tones, with little seating areas and delicious toiletries, made especially for the hotel. Coffee table books are dotted around, with a focus on art and photography. The hotel has a relaxation room, scented with lavender and decorated in a similar hue, and therapists are brought in to relax and soothe aching and flight-weary bodies. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, Welgelegen is the perfect spot from which to explore Cape Town.

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Sarah Clegg (Staff)

A great little boutique guesthouse only a 5 minute stroll from the vibrant Kloof Street with it's restaurants, bars and shops - always full of local Cape Tonians, but tucked away up a quiet cul-de-sac. I think Welgelegen is excellent for families or couples traveling on a tighter budget. The property is comfortable and homely throughout, and makes a brilliant base from which to explore true Cape Town. The two houses that make up the property are brimming with character and history, and you'll look forward to coming back at the end of a day to sit in the cosy library by the fire on a winters evening with a glass of delicious South African red wine.

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Mr Oliver Day (Guest)

We loved the charm and charisma of Welgelegen - it was the perfect hotel to start our Cape Town experience. The breakfast in Welgelegen was

amazing and we loved the fact that they had an honesty bar as well. It made you feel totally at home.

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Ms Penelope Candler (Guest)

The service at Welgelegen was particularly brilliant. The staff went out of their way to help and make sure we made the most of Cape Town.

5

Louisa Verney (Staff)

I really fell in love with Welgelegen and it still sticks out in my memory as one of my favorites. It has a great personal feel as it is only a small boutique hotel right in the center of Cape Town. The staff are great and really go the distance to try and make it as home-from-home as possible. It is within walking distance of Kloof Street which has a great vibe to it and is stuffed full of restaurants and bars. The property is spread over two town houses with a pretty courtyard with a small plunge pool between them. The rooms are comfortably furnished and there is a large breakfast room and a library where you can enjoy a cup of tea or pre-dinner drink after a days sightseeing in the city. Table Mountain and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are only a short drive away. I really loved the Honeymoon Suite which is a really lovely, light room and has a veranda overlooking the courtyard, perfect for romantic early evening drinks!

Experiences

  • Bay Harbour Market - Hout Bay

    Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewelry and authentic South African food.

  • Bike and Saddle Cycling Tours

    What better way to experience the varied landscapes of the Cape Peninsula than by bike? Bike and Saddle has six routes ranging from a three hour tour around Cape Town, to a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, there is something to suit everyone.

  • Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain

    Table Mountain, at 1086 meters above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.

  • Cape Peninsula - Family

    This guided day out is perfect for the whole family with treasure hunts in Kirstenbosch Gardens, fishing in Kalk Bay, stand up paddle boarding with penguins and game viewing in the Cape peninsula reserve.

  • Classic Car Hire in Cape Town

    Hire a classic car for the day and cruise the beautiful winding coastal roads of the cape.

  • Dinner at La Colombe

    La Colombe has relocated to the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek. Enjoy sweeping views of the Constantia Valley and Hout Bay, and feast on head chef Scot Kirton's creations. Commonly called the best restaurant in Constantia.

  • Dinner at The Greenhouse

    Peter Tempelhoff, executive chef at The Greenhouse, stays on the cutting-edge of South African cuisine with ever-changing seasonal menus, showcasing contemporary cooking techniques and culinary styles.

  • Explore Long Street and Kloof Street

    Explore the City Bowl area of Cape Town along the streets of Long and Kloof. Kloof Street runs downhill from the lower slopes of Table Mountain to merge with Long Street and descend to the Waterfront area.

  • Family Private Cape Adventure

    Explore the Cape with a professional guide and private custom-built Adventure Utility Vehicle fully equipped with surfboards, stand up paddle boards, hiking packs and more for a day that combines adventure and sightseeing!

  • First Thursdays - Cape Town

    On the first Thursday of every month explore the art galleries of Cape Town until late. Museums and cultural attractions open their doors and allow visitors to spend the evening discovering the rich culture of the city.

  • Footsteps and township private tour

    Discover the tumultuous history of South Africa with a guided walking tour around Cape Town, and meet some of the residents, with a chance to learn about how they come together to create a strong community in the city's townships.

  • Full Day Cape Point Tour

    Your driver will collect you and drive you down the West coast of the Cape Peninsula. He will introduce you to the geography and cultural history, culminating at the Cape itself. You will drive back via Boulders Beach to see the penguins.

  • Full Day Cape Town and Table Mountain

    A full-day tour visiting Table Mountain for unforgettable views, returning to the city through the Malay Quarter, and incorporating a two-hour walking tour stopping at many of the city’s most important landmarks.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Great White Shark Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Harley Davidson in Cape Town

    Is there a cooler way to explore the Cape and wider South Africa than hiring a Harley-Davidson and winding your way along the coastal roads or through the mountainous Winelands?

  • High Tea at The Mount Nelson

    Afternoon tea at The Mount Nelson hotel is a must do whilst staying in Cape Town. The Mount Nelson Hotel serves tea from 14.30 onwards, book for a vast variety of sandwiches, pastries, and loose-leaf teas.

  • Hike or Climb Table Mountain

    Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.

  • Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach

    For a unique day out in Cape Town, take a horseback ride along the five-mile long, picturesque Noordhoek Beach. Noordhoek is the longest beach in Cape Town and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Chapman's Peak.

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, and thought by many to be the most beautiful garden in Africa. Don't miss out on a visit to this magical treasure of Cape Town.

  • Paragliding over Cape Town

    For the adrenaline junky, paragliding over Cape Town is the ultimate way to witness incredible views of the city. Take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill and let your instructor do the flying while you sit back and simply take it all in.

  • Penguins at Boulders Beach

    There are few places on earth where you can enjoy an experience quite like this. Get up close to the breeding colony of penguins, share their little sandy beach and even paddle into the sea to swim with them.

  • Robben Island Trip

    A short ferry ride from the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbor.

  • Seal Island

    Seal Island, is a small island, around 200 meters in length and a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay. The island has become a breeding colony for around 6000 Cape Fur Seals and several operators offer daily trips to the island.

  • Shopping on the V&A Waterfront

    The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.

  • The Garden at Babylonstoren

    Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.

  • Uthando

    Uthando South Africa is an award winning, international and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified organization which raises funds for community development projects in Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Visit the dramatic Capes

    The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.

  • Walk in the Company's Garden

    Set in the City Bowl area of Cape Town, a walk around the Company's Garden is an introduction to the very origins of the city itself. Originally established in 1647, the Dutch East India Company used this garden to re-supply its ships passing the Cape.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

  • Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route

    South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.

Vacation Ideas

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Location & directions

Cape Town, South Africa

Located in the heart of Cape Town, Welgelegen sits in a tranquil Victorian cul-de-sac based at the foot of Table Mountain. Within a short walk to some of Cape Towns best local restaurants, bars and museums, and a within a Fifteen minute drive of most of Cape Town's major tourist attractions such as the Table Mountain Cable-Car, Camps Bay, The Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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