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Constantia Stables
Ranked #6 of 40 Constantia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 3, 2009

A winding narrow lane of high hedges sweeps you into the small parking area, surrounded by the most scented beautiful garden with blooming hydrangaes, agapanthus, strelitzias, lavendar, geraniums, and auburn haired Lola Barlett steps out to greet the guests. Hard to imagine this cosy, eclectically furnished former family home with loft rooms, ensuite guest rooms and a tucked away cottage were the original stables, nestled in the heart of the more rural side of Constania with oak trees, giant pine and yellowwood and the Tokai forests down the road. The old stable traces are there with the double doors, old beams, the storage barn now a sunny breakfast room. Here and there are reed ceilings in keeping with the rustic vibe, but when you sit in the cozy bar area with its racks of great Cape wine - the warm red plastered walls showing off to best advantage the antique African artifacts, piles of books, comfy chairs, Victorian wrought iron light fittings - well you could be in an apartment in Paris or St Emillion. One loft room is decorated in modern minimalistic style - black & red lacquered furniture - the latest in stainless steel designed TV, fridge and gas cooking appliances. The other (the room where I stayed) more rustic Cape - warm, cosy and great view of the mountain and setting sun, huge bed and fine quality linens. The children shared a big ensuite bedroom in the main house near the swimming pool into which they instantly dived on a return from a beach or hot day in the Cape Town sun, while my son and his wife were tucked away in a separate private cottage for peace and fully deserved quiet after a busy year in the Film, TV and advertising business. All rooms are well equipped with coffees, selection of teas, fruit, biscuits, confectionery, sweet smelling bathroom soaps and lotions and TV. In the study there's a PC with wireless/ADSL specially for guests who need to keep in touch. Breakfasts offer a full spread with traditional English and a Continental with hams, cheeses, cereals, yoghurts, juices, fruit, and a choice of fresh breads. We all ate far too much, hoping that swims and walks would work it off. Rick and Lola assisted by helping us with bookings, directions and invited us to join them in watching the heart-stopping early morning cricket of SA vs Australia - immediately followed by their Australian friends calling them up to discuss the finer points of the game. We all loved the special warmth of their welcome, Rick - the true raconteur with his witty stories and the latest jokes sent to him by dozens of former guests from around the world who email him constantly or chat to him on Skype. The children felt so at home and all of us when we left after New Year - felt not so much sad at leaving - but blessed that we had made new friends who we would definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2008

I can't say enough about The Stables, and owners Rick and Lola. They treat each guest as a friend, and are extremely helpful in every way. As a woman traveling alone, it was especially comforting to be at a place that was safe and homey, and where I had good people to visit with in the evening over a glass of wine, or to ask how my day had been. The two rooms I've stayed in have been charming, with lovely views of a beautiful garden, and mountains in the distance. I enjoyed being greeted each day by their three friendly dogs, as well. :-)

Breakfasts are to die for... fresh fruit, granola, Greek yoghurt, coffee, juice, and eggs and bacon made to order.

The buildings themselves are very unique, because they really are renovated horse stables, and so have a rustic "shabby chic" style, barn-style doors and all. Lovely antique armoirs, silk curtains, sumptuous bedding. The "Pool Cottage" has it's own kitchenette with microwave and fridge.

It's an easy drive to the city, the beach, anywhere you'd want to go. Rick and Lola are great with directions. When I first planned my trip to Cape Town, I thought I'd want to stay by the water... now, after staying in Constantia, I wouldn't stay anywhere else. It's an elegant and lovely suburb, with hills and stunning vinyards everywhere. Easy to jump on the highway, or take the back roads; there are many scenic routes.

In summary, an excellent place to stay!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 13, 2007

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful two week stay at the Constantia Stables and would not hesitate to recommend this guest house.

We could not have been made more welcome by the owners Rick and Lola and their three fabulous dogs. The home is extremely comfortable and nothing is too much trouble for the hosts who really make ones visit truly excellent.

The setting is magnificent and the gardens of the property are just beautiful. There is a wonderful, cosy pub with roaring great fire in the cooler months and this area leads out onto a gorgeous secluded patio in summertime.

We had such a great stay with comfort and marvellous food and felt that we had been really spoiled. It was a treat!!

T & A. Melbourne, Australia

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2006

We have just returned from a great holiday in Cape Town. We stayed at The Stables in the Constantia wine region and we could not praise it highly enough.

As the name suggests, Lola and Rick (the owners) have converted a former stables into a great guest house which comprises of 7 individual units. Each accomodation is decorated differently - we stayed in the Hay Loft and it was maginificent. We woke each morining to a view of Table Mountain through the Sky Light and the bed was really comfortable.

Lola and Rick are really welcoming hosts who treat everyone as friends. The house is open to you if you fancy sitting quietly in an armchair with a book and there are nice gardens with a swimming pool.

Breakfast each morning comprises of six courses - cereals, fruits (including local peaches) and yoghurts, toast and jams, cold meats, cheeses and a choice between smoked salmon and eggs or a full english breakfast.

We would 100% recommend to anyone thinking of staying in Cape Town to consider here.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: December 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Constantia Stables

Address: 8 Chantecler Lane | off Willow Rd, Constantia 7806, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Constantia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Constantia
Price Range: $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Constantia Stables 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Constantia Stables Cape Town, South Africa

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