The view from Beaumont House – November 2006
It finally happened! What started off as an idea in Gill’s mind at 4am one November morning in 2004, has now materialised as Beaumont House, a 5* boutique guest lodge. The “official” opening saw us hosting many of Cape Town’s “great and the good”, plus the press and several colleagues from the hotel and tourism industry. Kevin Arnold, co-owner and winemaker at Waterford very kindly sponsored the wine, which incidentally we showcase in our guest suites, and George Della Cia sponsored the grappa chocolates. The feedback from the event substantially exceeded our expectations and we now look forward to exceeding yours!
Here are a few images from the event, including a rare one of all five Deerings together!
What’s coming up?
Upcoming events in Cape Town over the next few months include the:
- World amateur golf championships (just completed, and the South African Ladies team walked away with the trophy!)
- Cape Town first International Music Festival, featuring artists such as Mischa Maisky, Olga Kern and Benjamin Schmid
- annual Whisky festival
- 19th World Diabetes Congress (10,000 delegates descending upon Cape Town!)
- Proteas (SA’s cricket team) playing two tests at Newlands against India and Pakistan
Jottings from the guest book
- “Good food, warm hospitality and peaceful home. Great!” (UK businessman)
- “Beautiful décor, attention to detail, fantastic service. Made my stay truly awesome” (Publisher from Johannesburg)
- “Great. Beats hotel living anytime!” (Johannesburg businessman)
- “I still feel like a superstar! Thanks Beaumont, this is truly an experience I’ll never forget” (Johannesburg magazine editor)
- “Perfection – and an incredible experience. Thanks for your courtesies” (Holiday couple from Durban)
We are offering a 10% discount for stays of seven nights or more in February, March and April 2007, so we look forward to you taking full advantage!
History repeating itself?
Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England, is a 19th century house built by one of the Rothschild dynasty – Baron Ferdinand of Vienna. It took 10 years to build, has 222 rooms and is in the style of a French renaissance chateau. It is now a museum, owned by the National trust.
Apparently Baron Ferdinand was the ideal host. Everything had to be perfect down to the last detail. On waking, a footman asked the Baron, “tea coffee or chocolate, sir?”
“Yessir. Assam, souchong or Ceylon?”
“Yessir. Milk, cream or lemon?”
“Yessir. Jersey, Hereford or shorthorn?”
Well over a century later, at Beaumont House we overheard a similar conversation ……..
Peter to a guest “wine, beer or spirits from the bar sir?”
“Yessir. Red, white or sparkling?”
“Yessir. Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay or chenin blanc?”
“Yessir. Wooded or unwooded?”
We might not have a 222 room chateau and the resources of a Baron Ferdinand, but we work really hard to make your stay with us enjoyable and memorable!
Now there’s a coincidence! The Rothschilds have a share, with the Rupert family of South Africa, in a wine estate located just outside Franschhoek, less than an hour’s drive from here. Their Baron Edmund, a Bordeaux blend, is a 4½ star wine in Platters guide. I wonder if the old man would have approved? I like to think so!
The best of times to you.
Peter and Gill
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