Cape St Francis Resort

Home, Food & Travel votes Cape St Francis Resort #1

In an article titled “Top 10 Beach Resorts From The Wild Coast To The Garden Route” Cape St Francis Resort reached the number one spot… here’s what they had to say:

Our coastline has a number of absolutely awesome places to spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon at the pool and the evening in a great restaurant. At Home Food and Travel, we are passionate about the Wild Coast, Sunshine Coast and the Garden Route – hence, we have selected our list of top 10 resorts from this area.

1. Cape St Francis Resort – Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Choosing this resort to top our list was an easy decision. It is situated on one of the best beaches in the country; has a wide range of accommodation offerings to suit most pockets; has a great pool, pub and restaurant area that is also popular with the small local population and the resort has a great holiday feel about it.

Weddings at Cape St Francis ResortAnita Lennox, Manager at Cape St Francis Resort, says; “Family owned and run, we offer accommodation options to suit all tastes from luxury beach villas, family cottages to affordable apartments. Without a doubt, our proximity to one of South Africa’s best beaches and the activities that we have to offer set us above the rest.”

Liandè Barnard, Editor of Home Food & Travel, agrees; “This stylish and sophisticated resort has accommodation options for every taste and need – from beach mansions to holiday houses and apartments. Being walking distance from the beach, Cape St Francis Resort also boasts the Joe Fish Bar & Restaurant, Hibiscus Health and Beauty Studio, sparkling pool facilities and a convenient shop. This is, by far, my favourite resort.”

Darren John, the owner of the Wedding & Function Eastern Cape and Home Food & Travel Border franchises, adds; “Definitely the relaxation centre of Cape St Francis. The resort features comfy family accommodation which lacks nothing; is a stroll away from the beach; has a sparkling pool, great value restaurant and a bar area that’ll turn your afternoon into an evening without much persuasion! Stress relief from the moment you disembark your transport.”

Jeanice Schalkwyk, Bargain Buys Supervisor at Ricochet Publishing, describes; “There is nothing more rewarding than visiting Cape St Francis Beach Resort. The exclusiveness and tranquility make every stay worthwhile.”

Press Release – Cape St Francis Resort


Expedition Port Elizabeth

The only other reason to cross the Gamtoos would be to visit Port Elizabeth

The recent Expedition Africa was motivation to cross the Gamtoos River for the first time in over two years. The only other reason to cross the Gamtoos would be to visit Port Elizabeth and quite frankly cities were too much part of life for so many years to find any joy other than visiting through necessity.

So having to travel for a very early medical appointment in Port Elizabeth last week saw me crossing the Gamtoos river for a second time in a week. Not wanting to add to the stress of a very early morning drive in the dark (old eyes don’t see too good in the dark) for what was already promising to be a stressful day, staying overnight in Port Elizabeth seemed the only sensible option. Certainly staying with a friend would have been preferred but inconsiderate so the choice was either a hotel or B&B.

Having become a ‘true St Franciscan’ supporting anything St Francis will always be uppermost when making decisions on where to shop, stay or dine so the decision was easy knowing that Cape St Francis Resort has in its stable, a B&B in Newington Road on Richmond Hill, aptly named Newington Place. Having lived in PE way when this area really was in rather bad repair and it was certainly a revelation to see how beautifully these historic, Victorian homes have been so lovingly restored.

Newington Place

Newington Place a beautifully restored Victorian Home

In the mid 70’s I purchased a settler cottage (circa 1864) in Ivy Street on the hill when it could only be described as a slum. A few pioneers’ snapped up these little cottages (I paid R8500 for a two bedroom with an outdoor toilet) and so the area was gradually upgraded. Being young and energetic I soon had the cottage restored into a rather quaint little ‘yuppie’ pad and yes it now had an indoor bathroom.

But back to Newington Place!  Set on a large (double) stand on the corner of Newington Road and Dickens Street with a huge garden to one side filled with leafy green trees and colourful bushes and certainly a bird paradise. At the rear of the house, well away from the road frontage is a lovely and sunny garden with a sparkling pool, a built in braai and el fresco bar for visitors to enjoy as well as a newly built deck overlooking the garden, a perfect spot to chill out after a long journey or day in the city.

Newington Place Pool

Newington Place private garden and pool, a perfect spot to ‘chill’

With five bedrooms in the main house, a self-catering cottage and another self-contained unit in the garden, Newington Place is certainly worth considering if you need to stay in the city the night or for a few days. All the rooms have garden views and most of the bedrooms have flat screen TV’s but the common area with its large comfy couch is a far more sociable place to ‘hang out’ and chat with fellow guests or watch TV. Wandering around the passages there are some interesting pictures including what appears to be the original deed of sale. There is no doubt that care has been taken to retain the house’s originality whilst installing modern conveniences.

Newington Place en-suie bedrooms with beautiful period furnishings

Richmond Hill has benefitted hugely from the SRA (yes that word that seems to scare a few locals) and no better example of this is Stanley Street which is a short drive or taxi ride from Newington Place. Rather reminiscent of Florida Road in Durban there is a wide choice of places to dine and I chose a nice little pub that was really reasonable with a good draught beer at a very reasonable price.

So if you have an early flight out of or a late flight into PE and don’t want to risk a drive in the dark or for whatever other the reason you may have to stay over in the city, staying over at Newington Place certainly is worth considering. Nothing in Port Elizabeth is said to be more that a 20 minute drive away and Newington Place is certainly even closer to most, particular the hospitals and some great dining choices.

Resort expands portfolio to Port Elizabeth

Cape St Francis Resort open B&B in Port Elizabeth

Cape St Francis Resorts new accommodation offering in Port Elizabeth opened recently and is offering all St Francis Residents a 15% discount on accommodation until the end of September 2016. If you need to stay over in Port Elizabeth for a night or two here is a perfect opportunity to experience this new establishment at a reduced rate.
Newington Place Port Elizabeth Guesthouse

Newington Place Guesthouse is the latest addition to the extensive accommodation collection run and operated by the Cape St Francis Resort in the Eastern Cape. Owners Fasie and Fiona Malherbe are both well-seasoned travellers who, over the years, have successfully acquired and operated numerous 4 and 5 star accommodation establishments, among them renowned The Cape St Francis Resort, luxurious Casa Malcampo in Mozambique and the exclusive Villa Tapenade on the island of Lastovo
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Newington Place is the newest establishment to grace their portfolio of properties and brings with it the years of knowledge and experience that the couple have garnered in the hospitality industry. The recently renovated Newington Place draws its sophisticated flair from Fiona’s artistic eye with much of the furnishings been hand sourced from Burma and the colour palette mixing soothing shades of creams, blues, greens and greys, similar to the light and breezy décor she chose for the Cape St Francis Resort.

Dark antique wood is offset beautifully against neutral backgrounds and unexpected flashes of colour in the pieces of art that adorn the guesthouse. Art is another of Fiona’s passions and during her years of travel she has acquired numerous interesting and unique pieces, many of which now rest beautifully at Newington Place.Newington Place Accommodation in Port Elizabeth

The Malherbe family is a close knit one with many of their family members involved in the business and this personal attachment can be felt when staying at any of their accommodation establishments as nothing is standard and no ask is too big. Whether you are merely overnighting at the guest house or using it as a base to explore Port Elizabeth and its surrounds, the staff of Newington Place will be able to assist you with tour information, directions and special places of interest while ensuring that all their guest’s needs are fulfilled. Enjoy your stay Newington Place -offering privacy and luxury without being stuffy or ostentatious and ensuring the ultimate in comfort and contentment.

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Newington Place B&B in Port Elizabeth

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Discounted accommodation at Newington Place Port Elizabeth