Maartens Guest House

Maartens Guesthouse in Fresnaye

24/7
 
+27 (0)21 434 3561
39 Avenue Normandy | Fresnaye
www.maartens.co.za
[email protected]
maarten828
maartensgh
Maartens Guesthouse

Maartens Guesthouse in Fresnaye

Location, location, location

No really. Although a lot of guesthouses may proclaim to have the ‘perfect location’ Maartens Guesthouse in Fresnaye really does. Found in Atlantic Seaboard suburb, Fresnaye, the stately home is just 10 minutes away from the beach, and another 10 to the city centre.

“And it’s wind free,” says Maarten Jansen himself. “Well, as much as a place can be in Cape Town,” he says laughing. It’s the middle of breakfast and we’re in the communal area of the guesthouse. There’s a table stacked with croissants, gourmet cheeses, jugs of juice and jewel-like cut fruits. Even though breakfast is almost over, Maarten insists that we eat something hot, while he drops off two guests at their pick-up point.

This kind of personal attention, we soon find out, is exactly what makes this place special. The lounge and dining room offer a comfortable place to relax and socialise with fellow guests. Wooden floors, soft suede fabrics, freshly cut flowers, and touches of red, orange, and beige all come together to make the living room feel well lived in and effortlessly chic.

Feeling revived after coffee and scrambled eggs, Maarten shows us around the guesthouse. We view a variety of rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Some have views of the Atlantic, and others of Robben Island too. Maarten didn’t want all the rooms to look the same, so each has its own personality, “I knew that I wanted lots of wood elements,” he says. “And it’s got a colonial feel, but not old fashioned; instead it’s timeless, modern.”

All the rooms use pure cotton linen as bedding, and the luxury ones have private balconies. One even has a Romeo & Juliet balcony - just like the one belonging to those famous star-crossed lovers.

Speaking of love; it’s the very reason Maarten came to South Africa in the first place. Of Dutch birth, love saw him moving to Cape Town in 2003. Initially there were no plans to open a guesthouse, instead Maarten did volunteer work for the Salesian Institute.

“You can’t live in another country and only take,” he says. You have to give as well.” It’s exactly this kind of attitude that makes Maarten the host with the most.

Other than the seven rooms (each sleeping two), there’s also an outside area, complete with dark wood lounging chairs surrounding a very generous pool. Above this is a braai area with tables - all very congenial.

According to Maarten, his guesthouse didn’t make the four-star grade due to the fact that some of his rooms are too small for it. “But I’m the fourth star myself,” he says shrugging with a smile.

This guesthouse is much like a well-loved home, a haven for homesick travellers who are used to creature comforts, and then some. Expect a fully stocked honesty bar, DSTV, books, magazines, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as access to a computer, personalised service and delicious breakfasts. Always on hand to give advice to travellers; rain or shine, Maarten will have a tip on how to spend your day in the Mother City.

Plus, adults can just be. No children under 12-years-old are allowed. So peace and quiet are the norm.

Value for money, personalised service and Maarten’s warm personality, make this Fresnaye guesthouse a must-stay when holidaying in beautiful Cape Town. 

For your monthly update on what’s happening in and around Cape Town, be sure to subscribe to our popular newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cape Town Events Calendar
January 2018
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Shimmy Beach ClubBeach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club

Sun, sand, sea and glitz – the weekend isn’t over until you’re relaxing at Shimmy Beach Club

A Touch Of Madness Burgers and Beers 5Saturdays are for Sunny Daytime Parties at A Touch of Madness

Touchdown Saturdays’ DJ, drink specials and sunny courtyard are ideal for summer afternoons

Waterless dinner 2Waterless Dinners Are Coming to Cape Town

Enjoy a guilt-free meal comprising of crops farmed using salt-water agriculture

Pizza Sgt pepperDouble Tuesday Pizza Special at Sgt Pepper

Let the good times roll at this favourite Cape Town music haunt

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. - enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Oude 2Enjoy a night of entertainment with the family under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Picturesque views form the backdrop to this open-air Oude Libertas theatre. It’s just waiting to host you and your family for a night of delight

King Kong MusicalKing Kong is back in Cape Town for its Final Run

Celebrate the comeback of this historic musical. WATCH: Video footage of the original King Kong Musical

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Galileo - NooitgedachtDurbanville Get Ready for The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Celebrate summer with The Galileo Open Air Cinema’s new venue; Bloemendal

Queen in Exile 2Athi-Patra Ruga's Queens in Exile at WHATIFTHEWORLD

The renowned artist’s latest body of work is about telling better stories, ultimately creating a world where the exiled can reign again (watch trailer)

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell TheatreDinner and a Show with Rockwell Theatre

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Cape Town gets told to your mom, dad, tannie, ouma, second cousin and neighbour down the street

whale wine and wors wine flies logoWhale, Wine and Wors Tours with Wine Flies

Hop on board a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape

Boy Girl HairHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

FOREX Pub Quiz 2016 2Trivia Night at The Forex Bar

Test your general knowledge at this Observatory-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

The Piano Bar Burger and Beer Special in Cape TownBurger and Beer Special at The Piano Bar

Visit this jazzy eatery and bar on any Tuesday for a burger (or pizza) and free beer

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Team Building Cape TownTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

AquilaConferences and Corporate Functions at Aquila Game Reserve

Bring your corporate family along to experience team building and business functions featuring the Big 5

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownTuesday Mates and Dates Restaurant Special at The Village Idiot in Cape Town

Bring a partner for a two-by-two weekly special at this popular inner city neighbourhood haunt

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the Cape Winelands

mischuFree Coffee Beans and Capsules at mischu Coffee Shop in Sea Point

Simply mention CapeTownMagazine.com while placing an order of coffee beans or capsules today and score a freebie

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

Excentric HairTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive complimentary Olaplex treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ Restaurant

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambiance at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #HQDateNight special

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.