An Airbnb heritage home in the heart of Cape Town
Since December 14, 2017, I spent most of my days in Gardens, Cape Town.
My task was to make an Airbnb out of a Victorian historical house.
This Victorian house never stopped to amaze me. It was like peeling an onion without the tears. My vision was to maintain authenticity, style, and comfort while introducing comfort.
Stripping layers of paint to reach original wood was like looking into the history of interior decorating. ‘Authentic’ became the watch-word when I had to accept the things that could not be changed.
Inspired by a big lemon tree in the secluded courtyard, the owner named the Self-Catering Guest House, Lemon Court.
The earliest record of Lemon Court dates back to 1877 which is why it is designated a heritage house along with other buildings in the area.
Around and near the heritage home
Dunkley Square, across the road, is always filled with activity, sometimes until the early hours of the morning. I must say that the crowd is friendly and approachable. When I took a break, it was either to drink amazing coffee at Roxy’s or to walk a few minutes to Woolworths for a quick bite. I became friends with Marvin, the owner of Roxy’s and his friendly barista.
Around Lemon court, within walking distance, are more than 10 good restaurants, a few fast-food places, and the Gardens Shopping Center.
The Company Gardens (1652) is within a 5-minute walk from Lemon Court. The Company Garden was started by the Dutch East India Company to provide fresh produce during the time when Jan van Riebeeck was governor in Cape Town.
Inside the Airbnb Heritage Home
A huge motorized, electric gate opens to the front yard of the entire house. Parking for Lemon Court guests is to the right. The section to the left is called Purple Palm, which will soon be decorated.
Beyond a security gate to the right of the property, an alleyway leads to the courtyard where the huge lemon tree provides shade
to corner benches.
One immediately feels private and disconnected from the chatter across the road.
Lemon Court has two bedrooms, a kitchen, and one and a half bathrooms. The upstairs bedroom has two extra length single beds that can be pushed together. The large bedroom on the ground level has an indoor garden, TV and comfortable chairs.
Do come to stay at Lemon Court to taste our sweet hospitality!
Please contact me for bookings: [email protected]