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Harper’s House -Contemporary comforts in Cape Town

Harper's House -Contemporary comforts in Cape Town HOSPITALITY HEDONIST -SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVEL | FASHION | LIFESTYLE 3

Tucked away in a Green Point side street behind a popular delicatessen and espresso bar, Giovanni’s, is where you’ll find Harper’s House.

My home for two nights when I (ad)ventured to explore the city for #FirstThursdays and the opening of chic Blanko restaurant based in Constantia.

Blanko Restaurant

The newly launched Blanko (Old 5 Rooms) is part of the Kove Collection and is an Italian inspired restaurant with beautiful blank canvas walls laden with curated artworks from the Goodman Gallery.

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First Thursdays, as you may have guessed happen every first, Thursday, of the month and encourages inner city Art galleries, stores, design houses and cultural offerings to stay open until 9pm or later allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and journey the cultural wealth the city has to offer. Very intercontinental wouldn’t you say!

There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. From bars to breweries, street food to sidewalk bars packed with beautiful people this is definitely an event where culture and creativity collide.

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After all the touring, squinting at abstract art I’ll probably never understand, a quick shimmy here and a craft beer or more there, It was comforting to be able to hail a cab and be home safe, at Harpers House in a matter of minutes. (The Cab cost R32 with tip-accommodation that close)

Walking through the up cycled stained glass doors you are greeted by friendly staff (Lucia, the manger, at this point, there are only 3 lovely humans that run this ship) and offered a quick tour of the beautiful home. There are both rooms upstairs and down which Lucia felt I would like the eclectic classic yet contemporary look of room 8. A mix of African wicker, cows hide and lush leather. She must know the gays love a bit of leather!


My Room was fitted with a mini bar, “Nespresso” style machine, with complimentary pods, snacks, bottled water and a fluffy bathrobe. There was also a stunning lounging area if you wished to avoid the beautiful city just outside your door and read a book too.

I Spent Friday night in bed catching up on work and having an extra length king bed to myself was simply HEAVAN!


Where’s the bathroom you may ask? This facility is shared.

Naturally not for everyone, I didn’t mind this because of the design of the house I felt so at home that this facility or lack of didn’t seem obscure. There are four bathrooms and two “loo” facilities which for my stay never saw me waiting to use the shower (there’s a bath too) in my two days here.

Stocking is the night manager and he ensures that the bathrooms are spotless and caters to you every need-such a gem! Breakfast is not offered, which suited me just fine with the rushed days of restaurant openings and naturally a cafe gioniaviis and plethora of culinary spots to explore just a street away.

After my trip, Harper’s House has become known to friends as MY house in the city. Perfect for escaping the cold country, you must visit-Mi Casa Su Casa!


Harpers House offers 9 chic African inspired rooms, 4 on the ground floor and 5 on the 1st floor. The interiors perfectly balance contemporary design with Victorian heritage and african spirit. Most of the original features, such as the high Victorian pressed ceilings, antique fireplaces (decorative only) and Oregon Pine floors are still in place.

Please note that the 4 bathrooms are shared amongst 9 rooms.

Harpers House can be rented in its entirety, subject to availability.

Harpers House CALL +27 83 252 6626 | BOOKINGS welcome@harpershouse.co.za | ADDRESS 2 Varneys Road, Green Point

I was an invited guest for both Harper’s House and the Blank Launch, Views are my own, naturally. Only BLANKO images supplied.

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