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An African Villa in Cape Town

19 Carstens St.
Cape Town , South Africa

Three terraced Victorian houses in the sunny hills of Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof district make up this 12-room boutique hotel. Distinctly African, the floors are covered with antelope-skin rugs, and halls are lit by onyx lamps crafted by local members of the Xhosa tribe. Every piece of furniture was commissioned specifically for the hotel, and most of it is for sale—from the papier-mâché lampshade in the shape of a kudu head over the fireplace to the red Zulu hats mounted on a headboard. Owners Jimmy van Tonder and Louis Nel like to give guests a personal introduction to the city at the hotel’s candlelit pool, glasses of Pinotage in hand.

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