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Derwent House

Listed under Small Hotels in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A light, uplifting and fabulously friendly boutique hotel on a quiet backstreet of Tamboerskloof Carol and Jo, on the run from grey English winters, were enraptured by the vibrant nature of Capetonians and their city. The tangible result of their African satori is Derwent House, a colourful, friendly and light-filled boutique hotel, which consciously embraces the spirit of the new South Africa. The hotel’s muted pale-grey facade looks conventionally Cape-Victorian, but to the rear a spectacular, double-heighted loggia, a wooden-decked pool and two new wings of rooms bring Derwent House straight into the Noughties. High, south-facing windows pour light into the open-plan lounge/diner where angular leather sofas and kudu-covered chairs, huge Xhosa paintings and signed prints of Mandela’s Robben Island sketches, are juxtaposed by subdued white-and-grey walls and floors of buff sandstone. The brightness of the decoration is matched by Carol and Jo. Anyone who celebrates inclusivity rather than exclusivity will be warmly welcomed at their gay-friendly hotel. We applaud their ethical employment policy: let them tell you more about it.

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