GWELO HOUSE – A CONSERVATION PIECE
Gwelo House dates back to 1834 when it was the stables of Newlands House (circa 1699), former residence of Dutch and British Governors of the Cape. In 1938 Joyce Newton Thompson bought Newlands House (in 1959 she became Cape Town’s first woman mayor).
Under the influence of Gwelo Goodman (friend, architect and well known South African artist) Gwelo House was turned into an elegant and gracious family home on over 2,600m² of glorious park-like gardens now filled with mature trees and plantings.
Retaining its period charm and timeless appeal, Gwelo House was entirely restored in 2000 with the utmost respect to the previous occupants and to an exceptional high specification.
A sumptuous separate guest cottage overlooking the pool also offers visitors a private and peaceful garden of infinite delights.
The main dwelling provides extensive accommodation including a high ceilinged drawing room, a library room and an elegant dining room that spills out onto a covered patio for all year round entertaining. The kitchen and breakfast room fuses traditional looks with modern sensibilities. There are three double bedrooms and three beautifully appointed bathrooms upstairs as well as a downstairs suite for staff. Double garaging with direct access and paved secure parking for guests.