Sunday, 5 May 2013

Home from Home - The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

home away from home!

The Vineyard Hotel has become an old friend.  Since leaving Cape Town for Sydney, 8 years ago, it has become a comfortable and welcoming  'home away from home' when visiting Cape Town.

Situated at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain, surrounded by 6 acres of beautiful gardens and alongside the Liesbeek River, this hotel began life as the home of Andrew and Lady Anne Barnard in 1800.  The house was later sold and turned into a hotel and when Rudyard Kipling came out to the Cape in 1898 and stayed at The Vineyard for a while, he loved the surroundings and described the hotel as "a quiet place surrounded by oaks under the shadow of Table Mountain."  An abundant bird life and two famous tortoises - Herbert and Gloria, are happy inhabitants of these beautiful gardens.

In case he should get lost!!

Now celebrating 115 years,  this hotel is incredibly busy and has a very high occupancy. 

The staff are happy remain here for years and always give us a warm welcome. They remember where we like to sit for breakfast and book us into our favourite room.   It is this familiarity and friendliness that brings us back here, visit after visit.  

Nombulelo has been working at the Vineyard for 30 years!

The food could be another reason!  The breakfasts are legendary and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Vineyard, is a very popular meeting place  for many Capetonians.  

The 'Vineyard bread' ... delicious

Omelets made to order with a variety of fillings

My lunch today - grilled Kingklip!

There is a cool and shady terrace overlooking the gardens and the mountain where one can enjoy a coffee, a drink, lunch or dinner in the summer.

The Vineyard has a very high occupancy and this hotel caters for everyone - families with young children,  conferences, the elderly travelling alone and more.  The buzz, casual friendliness and a very relaxed atmosphere make this hotel hard to beat.  There are, of course,  other beautiful, glamorous 5 Star hotels in Cape Town,  but the Vineyard with it's emphasis on friendliness, and customer service is in a league of it's own.

The pool, gym and Spa

The Liesbeek River - the 'River Walk' meanders along this little river and the bird-life is amazing.

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