This was my third stay at Redbourne Hilldrop and will not be the last. The highlight of Redbourne are the owners--Sharon and Jonny helped us in so many ways I can't even count them--organizing our transport from the airport and to the university, making reservations for restaurants and massages, giving us a ride when it took too long to get a cab, calling a courier company when the package was not arriving and sorting everything out, going to battle with a cheating taxi driver, and checking on us daily. The first time I stayed there I lost my cellphone in a taxi, and Sharon tracked it down in 5 minutes. It's great to have a chat with them over breakfast or in the evening, and their children are very smart and nice. They feel like family and arriving at Redbourne is like returning to a home away from home.
The room I stayed in this time is the largest one in the b&b. As I was traveling with a friend, it gave us enough privacy. The view was the same as the one in breakfast room, overlooking the City Bowl and the ocean. We saw stunning sunrises and sunsets (In the past I stayed in a room with a view towards the mountain). The beds are comfortable. The AC/heating unit came in handy when the first chilly nights of autumn came in. The bathroom was large and everything spotlessly clean. Christine and the other lovely lady (Khanisa?) made sure that everything was clean and working.
The breakfast is great (cold meat, cheese, eggs made to order, cereal, yoghurt, jams, fruit, etc). I love their poached eggs--they are done to perfection. There's a fridge where we left some stuff from time to time. And there is an honesty bar for those who didn't have the time to buy their own drinks. In the living room there is a computer with a printer--very handy for last minute reservations. Sharon helped us zip through the booking process a couple of times.
The house is beautiful and you feel the history of Cape Town when you stay there. If you prefer a 5 star impersonal hotel room, Redbourne might not be for you (it does not have all the bells and whistles of the latest gadgets, iphone chargers and remote controlled blinds); but if you want a place that has a beautiful soul and AMAZING, welcoming hosts, then book here by all means.
Sharon and Jonny, I miss you! Thanks SO MUCH for making my stay memorable once again!
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