Cottage on Quiet

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES Matt Slater

A 100-year-old cottage in Cape Town received a tasteful revamp, preserving its quaint details and heritage while simultaneously giving the space a new lease on life. 

Cottage on Quiet, in the heart of Cape Town’s Claremont, was once a barn on the Sans Souci estate. Now, it’s a stylish self-catering haven with state-of-the-art amenities, including Oggie flooring, Smeg appliances, Italtile bathroom fittings and Plantation shutters.

The two-bedroom, one-bathroom space took roughly two months to strip and replaster, with the whole renovation being done in under four months, beginning in July 2018. “My wife owns the property and she wanted to keep the cottage with the history intact,” explains owner Glen Slater. “We were lucky that we managed to keep four of the five lintels from original. We sandblasted a fair amount of the interior and all the doors/frames. This enabled us to keep the original look of the doors/frames and have the exposed brick that shows the history.”

The colour scheme sticks to neutrals, blues and greys, to embody an old-school charm with pops of colour throughout. Pieces from local furniture design studio Pedersen +Lennard were used extensively within the cottage.

“Walking into the main bedroom seems like you have been transferred to a different time and not living in Claremont Upper,” says Glen, elaborating on his favourite space in the cottage. “The one window in the lounge shows the history of the property and is probably the best area for me. We have a small garden in the back and every time I go there I spend time looking at the mountain view, especially in the mornings.”

Cottage on Quiet is situated near top restaurants, shopping spots, bars, spas and entertainment facilities. If you’d like to book a stay at Cottage on Quiet, visit