We accidentally "stumbled" upon Maureen's Gilmourhill Bed & Breakfast because there appeared nothing else available for our 3 day's stay in Cape Town. And to be honest, we accepted this B&B only with great apprehension, since I couldn't find any review on the Net - consider that our whole South Africa round trip was solely based on tripadvisor reviews!
Gilmourhill B&B is located in one of the safest parts of Cape Town (Tamboerskloof), just a couple of minutes on foot away from Kloofstreet with tens of restaurants, among which "The Opal Room" one of the best reviewed restaurants in the city.
Contrary to the other 9 B&B's we did visit during our SA visit - and don't get me wrong, none of them was a disappointment! - this was the one place where we really shared somebody's home and felt cared for in a special way. We fell in love with Maureen, her house, her cats (who demanded their share of love and attention).
Incidentally, we stayed in Maureen's luxury room - the blue room. This "room" actually covers her houses whole top floor, with a large bedroom, and a huge bath tub with the most excellent view on Table Mountain. Every single evening we took a bath and enjoyed the view of the mountain.
If you are looking for a home away from home go stay with Maureen, we will remember her place for the rest of our lives!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gilmour Hill is a superb retreat at the edge of the city. Relax and Rejuvenate in style in this perfectly located guesthouse. Nestled between Cape Town’s city bowl and Lion’s head is the quiet suburb of Tamboerskloof.The house stands on the slopes of Table Mountain, where it has stood since the late 19th century. Gilmour hill is a beautifully appointed Victorian home which has 4 en suite bedrooms, a central dining area, living area, an outside patio with a potted garden, which like the house brims with character and life. There is satellite TV in some of the rooms and wifi in the whole house.Maureen the owner is as eclectic as the house itself. She has travelled extensively and loves nothing more than engaging in the stories she shares with travellers from all over the world. She brings with her an atmosphere of warmth and congeniality to this B&B that is also her home. Her love of cooking promises breakfasts of home baking, homemade jams and very different delights such as pancakes with crispy bacon, crème fraiche and maple syrup decorated with summer fruits and always a pot of freshly brewed coffee.Gilmour Hill is situated in the very heart of the ‘10-minute suburb’ of Tamboerskloof, everything around the city is a mere 10 minute taxi ride; the city centre, the Convention Centre, Camps Bay & Clifton beaches, the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Lion’s head. The bustling Kloof Street with its countless restaurants and shops is within walking distance of the house. Close to public transport too. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gilmourhill B&B Cape Town, South Africa