21 Nettleton

21 Nettleton

Clifton, Cape Town

At a Glance

  • Elegant hotel in one of Cape Town’s most sought-after locations, Clifton

  • Just four luxurious suites – one of the city’s smallest hotels

  • Spellbinding views of the ocean and Twelve Apostles

  • Beautiful terraced gardens

  • Owner Hugo’s personal collection of artwork and antiques

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Cape Town is a 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

There’s a gate from the garden that leads straight onto the national park for hiking right on your doorstep!

Take an afternoon to relax in the garden and admire the incredible views.

Join the owner Hugo for sundowners and ask him to show you around his art collection.

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21 Nettleton is a luxury hotel with unforgettable views from its superb location in Cape Town’s Clifton neighborhood. This is an elegant retreat for couples, with opulent décor, an impressive art collection and just four suites.

Occupying a commanding position high above the Clifton beaches, 21 Nettleton is a small luxury hotel with its own inimitable style. The architecture is a far cry from the sharp edges and glass frontages of many of the neighboring millionaire-worthy apartments; the locals call it the Castle and you’ll see why when you are here. The house sits high on the hillside, offering uninterrupted views of the ocean stretching all the way down the Twelve Apostles, and you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the lovely gardens and those views to get out into the city. The house is set over eight floors, and with just eight guests staying here, there are plenty of private spots where you can relax and not see another soul, from lounges and terraces to little corners of the garden to hide away in.

There are just four suites here, each unique in its style and décor. The King and Queen suites are on the same floor, with a balcony that can be separated or opened up to a shared space if you take both rooms. The stunning Penthouse takes up the entire top floor, with a large sitting area, balcony with dining table and two bathrooms!

Owner Hugo lives in the house, and adds a personal element to your stay, making this feel more like staying in a beautiful luxurious home than a hotel. There are even three resident house cats who are happy to make friends with guests during their stay. His personal collection of artwork is found throughout the property and gardens, and he’s happy to share the stories of each piece if you’re interested to know more.

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The hotel does not accept children under the age of 13 and has more of a grown-up, elegant atmosphere so is best suited to couples looking for a peaceful and beautiful retreat. We have many family-friendly properties in Cape Town so please ask your Scott Dunn consultant for a recommendation.



Sian Frost (Staff)

This hotel is the epitome of boutique luxury in Cape Town, commanding the best views over the Twelve Apostles and the beaches below. It is a new property but you wouldn't know that being inside and surrounded by an incredible array of art and furniture from all corners of the world, collected by the owner Hugo, which works perfectly together. The suites are beautifully decorated, each with a very different feel and modern touches such as an IPad to reach the concierge and to control the television makes your stay even more comfortable.

Everything is very open in this hotel, you can wander in to the kitchen and chat to the chef to find out what he is making. His canaps for sundowners are delicious and are a great opportunity to meet with other guests and chat with the owner Hugo, maybe even get him to show you around his impressive art collection. The rest of the staff are amazing and seem to know what you want before you want it.

It really is a special place to stay, you don't feel like you would have ever need or want to leave.


  • 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 - Active

    Explore the Cape Peninsular with its local fishing villages and surfing beaches. Snorkel or stand up paddle board in rock pools near penguin colonies before venturing deep into the Peninsula reserve to discover the rich wildlife inhabiting this area.

  • 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.

  • Cape Peninsula Essentials

    Relish in the very best of Cape Peninsula, including the Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive, a Funicular ride at Cape Point, Simon's Town and Kirtensbosch. Get acquainted with the penguins of Boulders beach and seals in Duiker Island.

  • Cape Peninsula Essentials in Vintage Car

    Relish in the very best of Cape Peninsula, including the Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive, a Funicular ride at Cape Point, Simon's Town and Kirtensbosch. Get acquainted with the penguins of Boulders beach and seals in Duiker Island.

  • Cape Town Essentials

    Our specialist guide will take you through the highlights of Cape Town, including the Green Market Square, Grand Parade, City Hall, Castle of Good Hope, Slave Lodge, Company's Garden, District 6 and Bo-Kaap.

  • Cycling in Devon Valley

    This half-day trip allows you to take in the picturesque view of Devon Valley, working off the delicious calories from the region's famous four-course gourmet at Clos Malverne, paired with wine tastings at two award-winning estates.

  • Dinner at Twelve Apostles Hotel

    Enjoy a delightful dinner on the stunning terrace overlooking the picturesque Cape Town sunset over the ocean.

  • District Six Museum

    Discovery the heart-tugging history of the community evicted from District Six during the time of apartheid.

  • 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 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.

  • Helicopter Over the Cape Peninsula

    Enjoy a dramatic aerial view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

  • Hike Table Mountain: Table Top Circuit

    The table top circuit of Table Mountain follows the easy circular footpaths for magnificent views of Cape Town and the surrounding natural landmarks.

  • Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

    View exhibits focusing on historical and comperary issues facing the Muslim community within the Cape area.

  • Lunch & Cellar Tour at Durbanville Hills

    A scenic route leads you to Durbanville Hills for a tour of their cellar and lunch at their open restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Private Scootour Experience - Table Mountain

    Enjoy a bit of free-wheeling fun down the slopes of Table Mountain and Signal Hill with friends and family on a private Scootour during your visit to Cape Town.

  • South African Naval Museum

    Step inside a submarine and see a collection of naval guns, uniforms and naval equipments.

  • Sunset Cruise on Spirit of Victoria

    Board a romantic sail boat or vessel while you sip a glass of sparkling wine with your loved ones.

  • Two Oceans Aquarium

    In Two Oceans Aquarium, the famous marine wildlives of Cape Town truly comes alive with over 3,000 living sea animals on display.

  • Warrior Toy Museum

    During your Cape Peninsula tour, make a stop at this unique museum with over 4,000 model cars, as well as 500 dolls and teddy bears.

  • West Coast National Park

    Surrounded by the Langebaan Lagoon, this pristine wetland offers exceptional bird life, spring flowers and white beaches.

  • Woodstock, Bo-Kaap & Bree for the Foodie

    From artisan coffee and craft beer to traditional food, chocolate and cheese, taste your way around the city as you explore the backstreets and secrets alleys where the locals like to go.

Location & directions

Clifton, Cape Town

Located at the end of Nettleton Road high on a hill above the Clifton beaches in Cape Town. The city center is just a 15 minute drive away, and it's perfectly located for exploring the city and surrounding area.

Speak to our specialists 858 523 9000

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