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St James Manor
Ranked #3 of 7 St. James B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 19, 2014

If you want high quality standard around St James, the Seaforth is a good choice. Somewhat apart from the main manor, but with a much more modern setup. Like a huge beachfront villa basically, but with 3 room that are rented out. We had the place to ourselves the first night, felt absolutely right.

Great service, the manager welcomed us and introduced us to the place. Good attention also later, but this place is for those who want to be a bit private. All inclusive, and with a chef making breakfast in the morning.

Highly recommended! Only 5-6 minutes walk to the Dalebrook pool and into Kalk Bay. 2 minutes walk from the St James station. Go for the Farmer suite which faces the beach.

Room Tip: Farmer suite faces the beach. The other rooms can be even quieter, but was no problem.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank yef70
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Service, comfort, food, entertainment, history, art & old world charm, with a dash of good old South African hospitality. I felt so proud to be South African after my Rovos experience, what a class act. I would highly recommend that any local or tourist enjoy touring our country in this type of style.

Room Tip: Wear the ear plugs provided.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Brenda W
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Rovos Rail is a brand that is synonymous with high quality impeccable service and the finest of food and wine. Their Guest House at Kalk Bay has fully embraced all the above and adds the elegance of a Property that was built in a day when such qualities were not accessible to tourism on the scale that St James has made it now.
Everywhere in the Guest House is quality, the soft furnishings, the Dining Room, the Tables, the Cutlery. There has not been any expense spared to make sure that the House is restored to its original splendour in fact I would say that it is more likely to be of a higher standard than it was when it was built.
Chris the Manager ably assisted by GoodNews his Assistant spares no effort to ensure guest's comfort and complete satisfaction. We arrived in the evening after the Kitchen was shut down and Chris offered to cook for us whatever we wished. We had sandwiches which were delicious. Breakfast allowed Chris to delight us with his speciality consisting of yogurt,muesli and fresh fruit. It was delicious and when you go insist that he prepares it for you.
The bedroom allocated was larger than most we normally would stay in, it had a beautiful view looking out over the Bay. The underfloor heating was unnecessary as the weather was warm however in the colder months it would be very welcome.
I can without reserve recommend the Rovos Guest House for an alternative or add on to Capetown.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Chris and his team provided exceptional personalized service during our four day stay at the Manor. No request was too demanding, and the breakfast ensemble was delicious every day.

Chris is the consummate host, always ready with a witty repartee, and our butler Takudra "GoodNews" was always ready with a drink offering along with an infectious smile.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MicheleCanada
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Rovos Rail's St James property is a special backwater. Old world charm that is real and visitor attention that makes a difference. Our booking was made by friends and we rebooked for a second taste of this very well run property. I'd head back with my jazz CDs and chill. We loved it.

Room Tip: Plan an extra day to take in the vibe!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank BowyerOman
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights and loved every moment of it. We were treated like royalty and nothing was too much for the staff. It was the perfect location - overlooking the sea and within walking distance of the restaurants in Kalk Bay. I have been telling everyone I know about it and I would love to go back. I have never stayed in a place with such attention to detail.
The rooms are big and beautifully decorated. Underfloor heating and very comfortable beds and pillows.
The guesthouse itself is beautifully decorated.
Great breakfast. Amazing wine selction.
The staff were fantastic. Especially Gilbert who made us feel right at home and he couldn't do enough for us.
I can highly recommend this guesthouse for anyone who wants to spoil themselves and be pampered.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

I recently stayed a night at St James Manor House in one of their suites which was very spacious and luxurious. The attention to detail is what you would expect from such an establishment and the sea views from my suite and the patio were picturesque. The hospitality of Carol and her staff were of the highest standard while respecting the guests privacy. The only downside were the road works happening along Main Road but hopefully this should be completed before the end of 2011.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
2  Thank Gavin021
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Address: 108 Main Road, St. James 7945, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > St. James
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in St. James
Price Range: $99 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — St James Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The stately St James Manor has an aura of grandeur and old-world charm with a magnificent wood-panelled staircase and five large en-suite bedrooms each individually decorated to reflect the opulent times of a bygone era. Just a short walk away is the charming St James beach and the quaint Kalk Bay village that offers excellent restaurants from rustic, local cuisine to fine-dining experiences. With the world-famous Cape Point, Boulders Beach and Cape Winelands a short distance away, the St James guest houses are well positioned for guests looking to experience the best of Cape Town in comfortable luxury. ... more   less 
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