A couple of weeks ago I was invited by In Awe Stays to view the collection of rental properties recently added to their handpicked remarkable portfolio.  

Offering accommodation across the City Bowl and Fresnaye area, the launch party was hosted at House Awe, a pocket of Herbert Baker designed history with generous proportions, which as an accident of history remains tucked away on a large piece of land in Upper-Gardens. This is the De Waal residence, which has been extended in order that they may share it with visitors. 

Viewing the Studio, Loft, Olive’s Cottage and House with its incredible bathroom, there is an undeniable De Waal touch of lighthearted pleasure and creativity. Photographs, hanging plants, gorgeous wallpaper, bright colors, potted plants, an urban garden, books you will want to read.

Jade De Waal is the vivacious one that we all grew to love on Materchef SA 1, as well as founder of the very cool Food Jams concept. She was there hoisting the evening. Jade also released the cookbook Luscious Vegetarian with aunt Sonia Cabano earlier this year. Sonia catered the launch offering up lavish platters of homegrown greens, local cheeses, chicken and stripped lamb, roasted vegetables and freshly baked breads. Provincial in design, moreish in flavor.

In Awe Stays offers comfortable accommodation in excellent locations within Cape Town. And at very good value. The decor is charming, hip, comfortable and has a flair about it that I wish I could absorb by osmosis to be mine. There is a wonderful eye for detail that can only be fully appreciated at a second glance. 

Have a look at In Awe Stays for more pics and info and contact them for a rate sheet if you are planning a stay in Cape Town. The only difficult decision will be which of their properties to opt for.

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