Rodwell House 5 Star St James Hotel Accommodation False Bay Coast

Rodwell House

Hotel at Rodwell Road, St James, 7945, False Bay Coast, Cape Town, South Africa. Show on Map

About Rodwell House

Redefining elite seaside holidays in Cape Town is five-star Rodwell House in the sun-soaked village of St James. It nestles between the Kalk Bay Mountains and False Bay, world famous for whale-watching, warm sea bathing and a sheltered Mediterranean climate. Rodwell House is a place of spiritual influence with an ancient meridian line running through the property.

This is the kind of boutique hotel that would make Gatsby weak at the knees. Rodwell’s owner Robin is a CT and London financial entrepreneur, but as an avid collector of art and an enthusiast of greatest wines and fine food, the design and attention to detail is remarkably evident. His personal mission is that Rodwell delights guests in an exclusive, stylish and luxurious manner.


The eight suites have been positioned so that you appreciate the sea, either from windows or private balcony. The modern, open-plan bathrooms are separated from the bedroom only by a risqué waist-high wall. Calm, modern and sophisticated, these suites offer unrivalled space, with comfortable couches and chairs, fine finishes and extra length beds. The entire 2nd floor is set aside for guest bedrooms.


The first floor has wide welcoming terraces and public rooms including a formal drawing room, romantic dining room, library and sunroom to relax in. Period fireplaces, teak panelling and a magnificent staircase, feature amongst the impeccable furnishings and artwork. There is an intricately tiled Moroccan courtyard with terracotta walls offering welcome shade, and a tinkling fountain to get you in the mood for that siesta.

The trimmed lawns and vine-covered walkways of the front garden are accessed from the wide terraces with classic Cape Town views of the St James tidal pool and multicoloured beach huts. The swimming pool is fed by a mountain stream and invites pure, unadulterated leisure.

But the pièce de résistance has to be the 15 000 bottle refrigerated wine cellar, with a collection to rival top restaurants in New York or London. It includes a tasting room, and has a sweeping bar enhanced by cutting edge design, décor and lighting.

Despite walled seclusion, and food and wine heaven on site, Rodwell House is a stroll away from activities, 10 minutes from top vineyards, gold medal restaurants and Simons Town, 20 minutes from either Cape Town’s CBD or Cape Point, and light-years away from boredom or tour groups. Rodwell holidays are like none other, invigorating yet relaxed - a complete break from routine.

Room Descriptions

The Mountain - open plan suite, private garden, mountain views
The St James - open plan suite, period features, teak door, shared balcony, sea view
The Terraces - open plan suite, private balcony, soft Mediterranean feel
The Simon’s Town - open plan contemporary and asymmetrical suite, part sea and mountain views
The Kalk Bay - seductive open plan suite, balcony, sea view
The Rodwell - spacious and opulent open plan suite, balcony, sea view
The Muizenberg - luxurious, intimate double room, private bathroom, balcony, sea and mountain views
The Rodwell / Muizenberg - family suite incl. master bedroom, double room and two full bathrooms with sea and mountain views
The Proprietors - executive suite situated exclusively in the gardens with views, private garden, internal courtyard and terrace

Standard Suite Features

• Heated towel rails
• Air-conditioning / heating
• Satellite TV, DVD player
• Wi-Fi
• Telephone
• Hairdryers
• Luxury bathrobes and slippers
• Luxury bath and shower products
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Electronic safe
• Silent fridge
• Private balcony

Special Property Features

• Personalized service
• Lavish, full breakfast
• 15,000 bottle Wine Cellar and professional Tasting Room
• Fine dining
• Sensual and exciting food and wine pairing
• Mountain stream fed garden pool
• Boulle court
• Moroccan styled courtyard
• 5 sea-facing terraces for relaxation
• Gracious indigenous gardens

Additional Features

• Conference facilities
• Gymnasium
• Parking for 8 cars
• Entertainment areas


St James is located on Cape Town’s peninsula, between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay and overlooking False Bay. Approximately a 25 minute transfer from Cape Town International Airport and 20 minutes from Cape Town City Centre, 20 minutes to Cape Point Nature Reserve.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)

On Site

  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Garden(s)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -34.118032
Longitude: 18.458907

Closest airport(s)
Cape Town International - 35.6km

Children policy
Children 7 years and older are welcome, unless by prior arrangement.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

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