Renovated Camps Bay Guesthouse

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES Lionel Henshaw

Søvn, a 5-room boutique guesthouse located on the winding Geneva Drive in Camps Bay, was recently revamped into a collection of contemporary spaces.

“We wanted to do something different, combining our Scandinavian heritage with African living,” says owner of Søvn, Thomas Framnes. “We wanted to create simple, elegant, individual rooms with a connection to the surrounding areas. The idea of creating a multifunctional, unique space that could work in different ways was important.”

While each room needed to be different, it also needed to be connected by a common aesthetic. Thomas turned to the likes of designer Ana-Maria Tomić-Lategan, who played a key role in the overall look and feel of the project, as well as St Leger & Viney for wallpapers, Mazista for tiles, Newport Lighting for light fittings and The Best Blind Company for blinds and curtains. Urbanveld and Ross McGill were responsible for the landscape design, while Anton De Sousa Costa from Elem Stonemasonry was in charge of the garden’s stone work, hand-carved from Malmesbury Shale.

The private en-suite rooms range from the colourful 12 Apostles suite, featuring bright geometric wallpapers and striking works of art to the peaceful Atlantic View and Lion’s Head suites, in palettes of pale pink and calming blue. The Garden view room takes on a tropical theme in wallpaper and lighting choices, while the Sea View room makes use of bold patterned wallpaper in a rich blue. The furniture in the rooms, from desks, tables and chairs to benches and bathroom shelves, was locally designed and made by Woodstock’s Crib Creations and Leon at CCXIX. “The tables and chairs in the breakfast lounge and penthouse lounge are made by James Mudge,” adds Thomas.

Browse the gallery above to get a peek inside this luxury guesthouse.

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