A true “home from home“ retreat, situated in the peaceful, safe and leafy suburb of Upper Kenilworth in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs: for sale

A true “home from home“ retreat, situated in the peaceful, safe and leafy suburb of Upper Kenilworth in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


565 000 EUR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Guest House
Bedrooms: 11
Bathrooms: 9
Showers: 9
Parking: 8
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 3 Star

Description By The Owners

Great income from 2 separate buildings on one property. The main Guest House has 2 flats on the ground floor. Each with its own entrance, fully kitted kitchenette and outdoor patio. One of these flats has 2 bedrooms and an undercover parking bay for 2 cars. Inside the guest house are 4 further units. One of these is a family unit with 2 bedrooms and can sleep 4 guests. The kitchen is huge with 3 ovens and 2 stove tops (includes 6 plate SMEG stove). Plenty of prep space and many cupboards.
The Guest lounge and guest dining room can seat over 20 people and the sliding door opens to outdoor seating on the large patio overlooking the pool area. Each unit has its own bathroom, as well as large flat, screened TVs, great wifi coverage throughout the property, bar fridges and coffee and tea stations. The large saltwater pool is between the main Guest House and the separate 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house. The bedrooms, in the second house, each have their own entrances and can be separated from each other or linked as one home.
The property is in a beautiful and well-secured part of Upper Kenilworth in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Guests include national international holidaymakers, business, medical, academics, sports, school tours and the SA Defence Force and police services. The property also boasts a double garage, 6 further parking bays, 2 offices\/ staff rooms, staff bathroom and attractive garden. The sale price includes all fixtures, furniture, furnishings, linen and stock on hand (replacement value well over 1 million rand).
Many great awards and accolades with exceptional ratings on Tripadvisor and Booking.com.
This property has continued to earn a very good income during this period of lockdown due to Covid. From future inquiries as well as new contracts signed, we are expecting next year to be as strong as our previous years. We cannot, however, forecast the next few months and so we have decided to lower our asking price to give any new owner a buffer for 6 months.
Kenilworth is a suburb in Cape TownSouth Africa.

Kenilworth is bordered by Wynberg to the south and Claremont to the north. Kenilworth railway station is on the mainline from Cape Town to Simon's Town. Main Road (which runs from Central Cape Town through to Simon's Town) runs through Kenilworth, and the suburb can also be accessed from the M5 freeway.


As of the census of 2001, there were 4,850 households and 10,304 people residing in the suburb. The racial makeup of the suburb was 12.50% Black African, 16.14% Coloured, 3.73% Indian/Asian, 67.63% White and 0% from other races.

In the suburb, the population was spread out, with 18% under the age of 18, 35.95% from 18 to 34, 24.13% from 35 to 54, 8.65% from 55 to 64, and 12.95% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 77.44 males.

81.22% of the population speak English, 7.20% speak Afrikaans, 6.49% speak Xhosa, 2.53% speak another African language and 2.55% some other language as a first language.


Prior to the establishment of the suburb due to urban expansion from Cape Town in the 1800s the area was part of the Stellenberg farm. The farm was originally established by former Cape governor Simon van der Stel and given to his son Frans van der Stel.

During his term as Governor of the Cape Colony from 1814 to 1824 Lord Charles Somerset lived on a farm in the upper part of Kenilworth. Following the establishment of the racecourse in 1882 and the construction of the train station, Kenilworth became more sought after and a number of mansions were built in the area to the west of the racecourse. During the second Anglo-Boer War, the racecourse was temporarily used to house Boer prisoners of war.

The historically better-developed neighbourhoods of Claremont to the north and Wynberg to the south and their respective commercial hubs along Main Road have always played an important role in Kenilworth's history and economy.

Kenilworth racecourse

An attraction that draws visitors to Kenilworth is the Kenilworth Racecourse. The oldest racecourse in the country established in 1882, it is home to the Sun Met (previously the J&B Met until 2016) held in late January each year, which draws more than 50,000 spectators. The race has been won by horses who have gone on to international success, including Horse Chestnut and Wolf Power. The Queens Plate, a similar event but smaller and more exclusive than the Sun Met, is held every year around two to three weeks before the Met. Numerous other Grade 1 horse races are held at Kenilworth throughout the year.

The 52 hectare Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area established in 1985 at the centre of the race track is an important conservation area and seasonal wetland. Hosting many indigenous species of Cape sand fynbos fauna and flora.


The Kenilworth Racecourse is a large part of the economy of the suburb, not only drawing in large crowds during the Sun Met and smaller crowds during the more common races but it is also the site of a commercial park that hosts numerous businesses including the headquarters of Pick 'n Pay Stores LimitedAccess Park, a large factory outlet shopping complex, is also located in the suburb. The shopping area along Main Road is known as a commercial centre for the purchase and repair of bicycles. Health care also has a large presence in the area with a number of private medical practices and drug rehabilitation centres.

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Key features


Medical Facilities: It is within walking distance (1km) from the Kingsbury, the Cape Fertility Clinic and Claremont hospitals plus medical specialists as well as the Peninsula Eye Clinic and the John Hill Eye Laser Centre.

Embassies: It is close to various embassies such as the Consulate General of Romania (0.5km), the Indonesian Consulate (1.3km), as well as the Embassy of the Czech Republic (1km).

Schools The guesthouse is also within a 5km radius to UCT, Wynberg schools, SACS, Herschel, Western Province Prep School, Bishops, Rondebosch Boys and Rustenburg Girls High Schools.

Facilities Valley Heights Guest House offers 3-star bed and breakfast accommodation for up to 16 Guests. Comprising of 5 B&B rooms and 2 Self-catering units. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms.

All units/ rooms have TV/ M-Net / DSTV, bar fridge stocked with soft drinks and waters, kettle and a safe. The rooms are tastefully decorated and serviced daily.

Guests may make use of the large, sunny lounge and patio area with a built-in braai / BBQ facility. The hosts live in a separate Cottage in the grounds.

Additional facilities include a large salt-chlorinated swimming pool, gazebo and tranquil garden setting with a fountain.  There is secure parking for 5 cars behind security gates.

The Guest House offers free Wi-Fi.

We have a BBBEE 4 Rating with 100% procurement recognition.

Facilities Include

  • Good security: Motion sensor lights situated around the whole property ensuring that Guests feel safe and secure when returning at night.
  • The area has an ADT monitoring hut in Oak road and the Guest House is also monitored by ADT car patrols specifically assigned to this part of Kenilworth.
  • Secure Off-Street parking for 5 cars behind security gates.
  • Large swimming pool and garden area - where guests can relax.


Our rooms are comfortable with extra blankets, water bottles and heaters in winter giving them that cosy feel.

At the same time, each room/unit also has its own TV with DSTV, a mini-fridge, safe, hair-dryer, coffee and tea making facilities and a small basket of bath products.

The rooms are serviced daily and the self-catering units have their own patios with outdoor furniture and BBQ/ braai facilities.

Most of the rooms overlook or have access to the beautiful grounds with a large salt-chlorinated pool. In a very convenient area of Cape Town, with close proximity to all that the Mother City has to offer, Valley Heights, still retains a sense of peace with lovely tree-lined views.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure Valley Heights delivers different accommodation options.

Deluxe King:

  • Family Unit: extra-large bedroom with king-size bed and a lovely view overlooking the garden.
  • Small annexe with a single bed. A day bed can be added to the main room.
  • Shared bathroom in the unit.
  • The main bedroom has TV, Wi-Fi, bar fridge, tea/coffee facilities & a safe.

Deluxe Double Room:

  • This bedroom has a double size bed with lovely views overlooking the pool area.
  • It has a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, DSTV, Wi-Fi, safe & hair-dryer.

Deluxe Twin / King Room (2 Rooms):

  • These Deluxe Twin/King bedrooms can be configured as per guests request. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, basin & toilet.
  • Each has DSTV, Wi-Fi, Bar fridge, plus tea/coffee making facilities, safe and hair-dryer.

Self-Catering Twin/King Suite:

  • This suite has one large bedroom that can either be configured into Twin beds or a King size bed.
  • It then has a separate kitchenette and bathroom and an undercover patio.
  • Maximum of 2 adults.

Self-Catering 2 Room Flat:

  • This flat has 2 rooms each with a TV in it, Wi-Fi, a modern bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette which allows for self-catering.
  • The first room has a Queen bed in it and the second room has a comfortable sleeper couch for 1 adult or 2 children.
  • Maximum Occupancy is 4.
  • The maximum number of adults is 2.
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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

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