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September 16, 2011

St James Seaforth

Seaforth House is set above the coastal road that wends its way through St James en route to Cape Point. The original house, built in 1877 and destroyed by fire in 1939 was rebuilt in its current position in 1940 with extensive views over the bay.

The house has been refurbished to create a contemporary guesthouse with a casual but elegant atmosphere in keeping with its seaside village location. The three upstairs en-suite bedrooms are engaging and stylish as are the spacious downstairs facilities.St James, historically known as ‘millionaire’s mile’ is making its comeback as one of the trendiest places to stay in Cape Town. The area still boasts the traditional colourful Victorian bathing boxes and grand old houses.

Fresh fish can be brought from the local fishermen and the harbour itself offers excellent seafood restaurants from rustic local cuisine to fine dining experiences. Just over a kilometre in length this prestigious little stretch along the coastline of False Bay, where the mountains meet the sea, is steeped in history. Small though it may be, the church, school, the hotels, the old aquarium, the beach, the homes and the people all contribute to make this a unique suburb of Cape Town.

Mediterranean in style, the Kalk Bay main road is a hive of novel antique shops, delicatessens, boutiques and art galleries a mere five minute walk from Seaforth House and, across the road, you will find the famous tidal pools and swimming beaches.

A favourite pastime is the early morning swim in the wind protected, warm waters of St James. St James also offers interesting walks along the historic promenade and up the imposing mountains. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the land based whale watching in season. They appear literally metres from the shoreline and can be seen clearly from house. Breakfasts are a speciality offering a wide choice of interesting fare and are inclusive, as are all beverages. Dinners and lunches are available by arrangement.

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