Acorn House

Acorn House: Our full report

10 rooms including the one bedroom cottage
Traveller's rating
Excellent (99%) From 20 reviews
Suitable for all ages.
All year

Acorn House is a lovely old house, built in 1904, situated at the foot of Table Mountain in the Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht. It is over 100 years old and is graded as a National Monument by the SA Monuments Council. Its location is very conveniently close to many restaurants and cafes in nearby trendy Kloof Street. The city centre is only a short distance away and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront only 10 minutes by car.

Stairs lined with lavender and white rose bushes lead from the street to the house. On entering Acorn House one of the first things you'll notice are the original features throughout the house, from the polished wooden floors, the original doors and the high ceilings. To your right you'll find the lounge with a few comfortable sofas and armchairs in front of the fireplace, Persian carpets on the polished wooden floor and an honesty bar.

Beyond the lounge is the breakfast room, with doors opening to a patio where tables are laid in warmer weather. Breakfast is a lovely spread laid out on a table in the bay window. Here you will find a selection of cold meats and cheeses, colourful platters of fresh fruit and fruit juice, a selection of jams and sauces, bread, muffins and a choice of cereals. A cooked breakfast is also made to order.

Lunch and dinner are not catered for at Acorn House as there are lots of restaurants and cafes in the area. For an easy meal there is a deli on the corner across the road where you can eat in or take back to Acorn House and enjoy there. Complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the day at no extra charge. There is also a Nespresso machine with coffee available at a cost of R8 per cup (about 50p).

From the main hall the wooden staircase leads up to some of the nine bedrooms at Acorn House. These are all simply but comfortably furnished with either twin or a kings size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower over the bath, wash basin and toilet. Toiletries are also provided. There is a writing desk, hair dryer, TV and an electric heater. Some of the rooms at Acorn House have access to a private seating area in a courtyard at the back of the house whilst two situated at the front of the house have balconies overlooking the street. Some rooms can be converted into family rooms using a sofa bed.

Apart from the rooms in the main house, there is a cottage at the rear of the garden with an en-suite double bedroom and a separate lounge with a sleeper bed for kids as well as a TV. It also has a private garden with outdoor table and chairs.

Acorn House has a swimming pool in a small manicured garden. A few loungers are spread on the lawn around on the pool, where guests can relax in the sun.

Expect to be very welcome at Acorn House, with helpful and attentive staff who will help you to plan your time in Cape Town with their extensive knowledge of the city and its environs.

Our view

We liked Acorn House. It is simply furnished but very comfortable and the staff are very friendly. For an affordable option within easy reach of the city and the Waterfront, Acorn House is a delightful guesthouse to spend a few days.


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: 3 – 4 nights to explore all that Cape Town has to offer, or longer if time permits.

Directions: From Cape Town International Airport, proceed towards Cape Town on the N2. Keep to the left and take M3 De Waal Drive/Cable Way sign turn-off – don’t go towards Muizenberg. Proceed to the M3 Mill Street/Cable Way sign and turn left at the Jutland sign, just before passing under a bridge. Follow the City via Orange Street signs and pass the bridge (Gardens Centre, tall building, on the left). Proceed towards Oranjezicht (left lane). At the T-junction turn left into Upper Orange Street. Further up, after passing Camp Street, De Waal Park (right hand side), turn right into ontrose Avenue. No 1 is the second house on the left.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: On our last visit in May 2014 we found the breakfast buffet well displayed and very appealing.

For Breakfast, which is usually served from 08:00 until 11:00, a buffet of cereals, freshly baked breads, jams, juice, fresh fruit, cold meats, muffins, tea and coffee was served, as well as a cooked breakfast made to order.

Lunch and Dinner is not served here but there is a choice of restaurants nearby and the staff at Acorn House are very happy to make reservations on your behalf.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Drinks are available at an additional cost. Soft drinks are priced from R10 (less than £1) per can, beers from R15 (£1) per bottle, spirits from R25 (£1.50) per measure and wines from R50 – R160 (£3 to £10) per bottle.

Further dining info: Room service is available – including your own meals brought in from outside.


Attitude towards children: Families with children are welcome at Acorn House

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Cots and high chairs can be provided

Notes: We think Acorn House is suitable for all ages.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the guest house. A computer and fax facilities are available at reception for use by guests.

TV & radio: Each room has a TV with local channels only.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There is a Medi Clinic about a 10 min drive away Acorn House.

Security measures: There is always a staff member on duty until 11pm. After 11pm the front door is locked and guests returning after this time are given a key to let themselves in. There isn't a security guard on site but the area is generally patrolled by the police.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are placed strategically around the building.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: A laundry service available at an extra charge. Prices vary from between R10 and R20 per piece. (50p to just over £1).

Money: There are no safes in the rooms, except the cottage, which has an electronic safe. A central safe at reception is available for guest to lock away valuables. Currency exchange is not possible here however there are banks and cash point machines in the area. Currency exchange is not possible here.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard are accepted as well as cash in SA rands.