We stayed at The Oak and Vine for a night and in that short time, I was more than amazed.
Derrick, who runs the place, welcomes you very professionally. He is friendly and right away explains the most important parts of your room to you, including how to get on the free wi-fi and what each remote in the room is for. He is a warm person who makes you feel at ease and you can tell straight away that he will go out of his way to ensure that you have a comfortable stay. The fact that he gives you his personal cell number and tells you immediately that you should call if you need anything like medicine etc. in the middle of the night tells you a lot about his readiness to look after his guests. He also oversees the breakfasts and he does this with great attentiveness. As soon as something on the buffet runs out, he's there to fill it up again. He's talkative, but not intrusive and very pleasant to have around.
We couldn't see the rest of the staff much, but their cooking was brilliant. The same must be said for the cleanliness of the place. At no point did I see anything dirty or out of order.
The Oak and Vine is a beautiful place. The front 'garden' is stunning and has enough parking space. The house is stunning both from the outside and the inside and I have to give special compliments on the interior design. It is classical and elegant, but light and refreshing at the same time. The breakfast room makes you feel at home, as it is combined with the lounge area and the beautiful natural light shining through everywhere gives it a very positive atmosphere.
Our double room was spacious, had a very good air con and was very clean. The beds were comfortable, the mini bar well stacked and we even enjoyed satellite tv. In fact, I was quite surprised at the size of the flat screen tv available to us. Little details like two types of cookies with the tea/kettle set and little chocolates on the pillows when we arrived are testament to the fact that The Oak and Vine is home to a man with attention for detail. The bathroom was clean and the 'rain' shower worked perfectly with no waiting time on temperature changes.
All in all:
I could not recommend this place more. It is obvious that this is a B&B run with passion. It has its own personality and shines with it. Derrick is a wonderful host and the quality of the B&B reflects his personality.
This was an incredible time spent and I could not be happier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oak and Vine Guest House is a Cape Dutch character house set in the secure and leafy suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. The Oak and Vine Guest House caters for up to 12 guests and offers four luxurious en-suite rooms in the main house and two separate self-contained cottages on the estate. This graciously restored house is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Keurboom regional park and has wonderful mountain views. The Oak and Vine offers stylish accommodation for the business traveler or holiday maker alike. It is within easy access to Cape Town's business hub and is also within easy reach of many tourist attractions in and around Cape Town. We also offer a venue for small business meetings. The Oak and Vine Guest House is a homely guest house and room facilities include cotton percale linen, luxury towels, tea/coffee making facilities, flat screen televisions, DSTV channels, wireless internet access, hairdryers, safes, air-conditioning in loft rooms and cottages. The property is safe and secure with off-road parking behind remote-controlled gates, CCTV and even has a full-time security guard on the premises. If you are looking for central accommodation, the Oak and Vine Guest House is an ideal choice where guests can enjoy full use of a sparkling swimming pool, relaxing guest lounge with fireplace, braai / barbecue area or take a stroll or cycle in the nearby family-friendly park. Four en-suite rooms within the main house and two separate self-contained cottages on the estate. King Protea Room - en-suite(bath and shower with luxury towels); queen bed (with cotton percale linen) sleeps 2; flat screen television; DSTV channels; wireless internet access; tea/coffee making facilities; safe; hairdryer. Cape Robin Room - en-suite (shower with luxury towels); double bed (with cotton percale linen) sleeps 2; flat screen television; DSTV channels; wireless internet access; tea/coffee making facilities; safe; hairdryer. Cape Disa Loft Room (upstairs) - en-suite (shower with luxury towels); double bed (with cotton percale linen) sleeps 2; air-conditioning; flat screen television. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oak And Vine Guest House Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa