- Lovingly preserved building over 100 years old
- Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain
- Quaint, cosy accommodation
Located on the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, is Abbey Manor Luxury Guest House. This charming and inviting guesthouse is very well located for anyone looking to explore the city and discover its many attractions. It can be found in the suburb of Oranjezicht, which is particularly peaceful and is one of the city’s more upmarket areas. Despite being over a hundred years old, the guesthouse offers all the modern conveniences to cater for today’s travellers. It’s handsomely furnished throughout and very tastefully decorated.
One of the most appealing aspects of the guesthouse is that it’s small and intimate. Only a limited number of guests can stay here at any one time, so there’s always a relaxed feel to the place. For those looking to book a stay, there are two types of room available: the Luxury Rooms and the larger Grand Rooms. All of the rooms here individually decorated and well equipped, offering convenient amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, satellite TV and air conditioning. They can be arranged to have a double bed or two twin beds. The Luxury Rooms offer views of the city or the mountains, while the Grand Rooms have views of both the city and the mountains.
The nearby Table Mountain is one of the city’s most significant tourist attractions. The flat-topped mountain is home to a number of endemic flora and fauna. The plateau, which lies at 3,500 feet above sea level, can be reached by hiking or by taking the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. At the top, there are several walking trails, as well as viewpoints, a cafe and some shops. For those keen to explore the city itself, there’s a hop-on, hop-off bus tour (tickets can be purchased at the guest house reception); staff can also recommend things to do and point guests in the right direction. Close by is the V&A Waterfront, which is one of the city’s most popular areas. This buzzing district is home to loads of shops and eateries, with lots of leisure activities available, including a number of boat trips.
When not out exploring Cape Town, guests are free to make use of the guesthouse’s facilities. There’s a spacious rooftop terrace with spectacular city and mountain views, as well as a solar-heated swimming pool with sun loungers and a welcoming lounge complete with books and an honesty bar. All rates include breakfast; staff are happy to recommend local places to eat for lunch and dinner. Children under the age of five aren’t permitted to stay here. There are no babysitting services available.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019