• Pick Catawba and Hanepoot grapes in season
  • The courtyard patio is great for enjoying morning coffee or a leisurely drink
  • The vine-clad courtyard garden
  • The lounge
  • The communal lounge - a comfy living area with French doors to the patio
  • The lounge - entertaining made easy with good open-plan flow
  • The lounge - the house features beautiful original Oregon pine floors
  • The kitchen - help yourself to fresh spring water collected locally daily
  • The fully-equipped kitchen
  • The owner has taken great care to retain original features
  • A largely indigenous front garden
  • Relax on the stoep to enjoy the garden and the birds it invites
  • Another view of the typically Cape Dutch front stoep
  • The new indigenous garden around the pear tree with the slopes of Table Mountain in the background
  • Welcome to Au Pear
  • The dining room
  • Dining for eight around a 16th century oak gate-leg table
  • The Pear Suite - All suites have open showers and Victorian baths
  • The Pear Suite
  • The Pear Suite - try breakfast dining a deux on the stoep outside
  • The Plum Suite - named after the plum tree outside, this suite is slightly larger than the others
  • The Plum Suite
  • The Plum Suite - all bedroom suites have doors opening to the patio or stoep
  • The Avocado Suite - accessed from the courtyard
  • The Avocado Suite - our luxurious bathrooms all have Victorian baths and open showers
  • The Avocado Suite - a sunny favourite
  • The Grape Suite
  • The Grape Suite - all suites have generous en-suite bathrooms, all with shower and bath
  • The Grape Suite

Relax in the freedom of a guesthouse where you do not have the sense of intrusion into someone's home.

Au Pear is an old Cape cottage with four luxury suites surrounding a courtyard with Catawba and Hanepoot grape vines. Completely renovated while retaining much of its period charm, this darling boutique guest house is tucked up a side road in the heart of leafy Newlands and within walking distance of the University of Cape Town, Newlands Forest, Newlands rugby and cricket grounds, local pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Only 15 minutes to the City Centre or Cape Town international airport and 20 minutes to the beach.

Our boutique guest house is ideal for both individual leisure and business stays as well as private groups such as small weddings and other celebrations and large families wanting to stay together.

We have four lovely rooms: Pear, Plum, Grape and Avocado. Pear leads out onto the front stoep of the house - great for evenings; Plum has the largest bathroom, with double doors to the courtyard; Grape also has double doors opening from the bedroom to the courtyard; and Avocado is separate from the main house and leads out to the garden and courtyard.

Dim the lights, sink between the 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets with soft down duvets, cotton blankets and Happy Hugger bed warmers and feel luxuriated with Charlotte Rhys body products, fluffy bathrobes and slippers. All rooms have king-size extra-length beds and lead out to either the verandah or patio and all have both bath (discouraged at present due to water restrictions) and showers as well as hair dryers, luggage racks, bar fridges, tea and coffee making facilities and electronic laptop safes. Enjoy a complimentary welcoming glass of sherry in your room as well as Ticklemouse rusks and homemade crunchies.

Guests are encouraged to use the well-equipped kitchen and dining facilities to make meals and entertain friends both inside and out. Other facilities include a barbeque, a laundry, some off-street parking with electronic access and perimeter security fencing. Flat screen satellite television service plus good free wireless high-speed internet access throughout the house.

Au Pear is child-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Camp cot available at no extra charge. We have easy access with a few tiny steps, ramps and open showers.

Click on the thumbnail images below to see more pictures of each room

The Plum Suite
The Pear Suite
The Avocado Suite - our luxurious bathrooms all have Victorian baths and open showers
The Avocado Suite
The Grape Suite