Manor House Refurbishment Revealed!

We are delighted to announce that the latest refurbishments of the Erinvale Hotel have been completed which includes a reconfigured Manor House boasting newly designed guest spaces: a welcoming reception area and guest lounge, the Oak Terrace Bistro and De Jong buffet room. Leading Cape Town interior designer Clinton Savage worked closely with the hotel’s owner Dr Christian Elleke, to conceptualise luxurious yet homely interiors.

“The spaces are incredibly inviting – a home away from home,” says Urs Kern, the hotels convivial General Manager of the refurbishment, “Clinton’s vibrant touch makes for spaces for the young at heart, no matter their age.” Clinton has introduced warm and comforting elements to the hotel interiors, reminiscent of his bold design of the estate’s Magnolia Social Dining Lounge.

Clinton’s mastery of colour sets a luxe tone throughout. A sophisticated palette of warm greens – including a concierge desk clad in Verde Guatemala marble and tropical foliage on a feature wall – ushers the outdoors in, welcomes guests in the reception area and spills over into the Oak Terrace Bistro where panelled pistachio walls are inset with aged mirror detailing. Considered design in the eatery includes banquette seating with built-in charging stations, making the Oak Terrace Bistro an ideal venue to enjoy chef Stefan Bekker’s casual menu while catching up on emails or hosting a relaxed meeting.

Brass details in the pendant lights, sconces and dining chairs are repeated in the joinery of the herringbone timber floors that extend through these rooms and into the guest lounge. Here, against a backdrop of duck-egg blue, a sense of history is brought to life. Ginger jars and African collectibles are dotted about the room and coexist with contemporary elements that include geometric accents and a library wall stocked with books for guests’ enjoyment. “I conceived the lounge wanting guests to feel at home and never wanting to leave,” says Clinton.

Similarly, historical touches characterise the De Jong buffet room. Echoing the duck-egg blue of the guest lounge, the intimate space is a fusion of cultures, pairing Hokusai-like prints and eastern inspired hand-embroidered curtains with an installation of Delft-style china.

Outside, landscape designer Alan Dawson has transformed Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa’s garden, so much so that regular visitors will be surprised to discover landscapes where previously there were not. “I continued the theme that we created in the central courtyard a few years back. The gardens aren’t too manicured, nor cluttered, and careful consideration to the design was given to ensure that all areas connect and create peacefulness,” says Alan.

Curvilinear walkways encourage guests to wander a series of garden rooms that include a shaded forest walk, herb garden, water features and lawns. Alan’s plantings are indigenous and water wise. They comprise coral and fever trees, pincushions, restios and a number of buchus and fynbos, the scents of which add fragrance to the air.

We look forward to welcoming you to relax and reset your senses soon!

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