Rodwell House

St James, South Africa

Rodwell House

Rodwell House is a gorgeous five-star boutique hotel situated in the seaside town of St James, overlooking False Bay. With just eight rooms and one acre of grounds, it's the perfect retreat.

Rodwell House is a 1930s mansion turned five-star hotel, which enjoys a marvellous location in the seaside town of St James, on the False Bay coast. This area is famous for its warm climate, relaxed atmosphere, and seasonal whale-watching, making Rodwell House the perfect place to retreat to if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of nearby Cape Town!

Hidden away within walled gardens, Rodwell House is a secluded retreat, despite being only a short walk from the centre of St James, with its many restaurants and shops. The main advantage of this location, however, is its proximity to the coast - Rodwell House's carefully manicured gardens lead all the way down to the beach.

Rodwell House has a decidedly old-fashioned air. This is of course in keeping with the age of the house, but some may find the atmosphere a little too stiff and self-consciously refined. The setting is undoubtedly beautiful, however, and there are wonderful aspects to the design of Rodwell House, such as a swimming pool fed by a mountain stream.


Rodwell House has just eight individually-decorated suites, all of which enjoy views of the ocean. The rooms are spacious and lavishly furnished. Amenities include double/king-size bed, air-conditioning, satellite TV and DVD, Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower and underfloor heating.


The freshest in-season produce is sourced and prepared for you at your request, accompanied by satisfying local or imported wines. Breakfast is enjoyed al fresco overlooking the garden and ocean, while picnic hampers can be provided for lunch. The hotel has a fantastic 15,000 bottle wine cellar.

Regular BBQ events are held on the terrace.


- Swimming pool
- Formal drawing room, dining room, library, sunroom and lounge, all beautifully decorated
- 15,000 bottle wine cellar
- Fully equipped gymnasium
- Boules field
- One acre of private gardens
- Moroccan-styled courtyard
- Spa


Available locally:
- Numerous adrenalin activities: hire a fighter jet, take part in shark diving, abseiling or paragliding.
- Bird watching
- Trips to nearby game parks can be easily arranged
- Helicopter flip
- Prepared picnics
- Wine tasting
- A variety of walks and hikes

Child Policy

Rodwell House accommodates children over the age of 13.