1 Montrose Avenue, Oranjezicht Cape Town, South Africa +27 21 461 1782 welcome@acornhouse.co.za

Our House

The experience and atmosphere is laid-back; join us and take a moment to unwind in the lounge featuring the house’s original wooden flooring and working fireplace in the winter months.
In summer enjoy the curated gardens, swimming pool, sun deck or any of the outside spaces, in this lovingly preserved home away from home while sipping away on some South African wines.
We believe in going the extra mile, in more ways than one… as we strive to be a green business, there are some noticeable initiatives that we have adopted in and around the house.

 


 

Breakfast

Breakfast

Start your day in Cape Town with an al-fresco breakfast served at the pool in our sizzling summers or in the homely dining room on a cooler day.

We serve a wide variety of cold meats, cheeses, fruit and fresh vegetables. You will always find some freshly squeezed juice on the buffet and a hot breakfast known by many as the special of the day. The chef on duty will surprise you with some of our signature dishes such as, ‘Mama Afrika’ and 'Stewart's famous bobotie’ as well as a ‘Four Seasons Omelette' to name but a few. Please do leave a little space for some breakfast dessert which changes on a daily basis… An Acorn House breakfast is often praised as “the second best in Cape Town”.


Local Attractions and Activities

Local Attractions and Activities

- Visit or hike the iconic Table Mountain
- Hiking up Lion’s head and Signal Hill
- Explore Cape Town CBD on foot, a world class tourist destination
- City Sightseeing Hop on & Hop Off Bus
- V&A Waterfront, Robben Island Gateway and the 2 Oceans Aquarium
- Scenic drive and adventure to Cape Point
- Walk through the gardens at Kirstenbosch
- Wine tasting and tours, not to mention the wine tram
- Explore and book a scenic tour of Cape Town by helicopter
- Visit the historical Robben Island and all the stories it has to tell

Artwork by Chandré. Reproduction prohibited. Copyright Acorn House 2009

 


The History of Oranjezicht and “Acorn House”

In 1714 Peter van Breda, the progenitor of the South African branch of the family, arrived at the Cape, and soon began to establish himself as a major property owner. His choice fell on the prime area on the lower slopes of Table Mountain which afforded magnificent views across the Bay and a constant supply of water from the myriad streams which tumbled through the area on their way to the sea.

By the middle of the 18th century, Peter van Breda’s Garden, as the large properties in the upper Valley were called, covered much of the area still known by its original name - Gardens. "Oranje Zicht" means "View of Oranje", thought to have derived from the view of the Oranje bastion of the Castle in Cape Town. The fortunes of Oranje Zicht declined over the years and, eventually, on 28 February 1901, a grant was made to Oranjezicht Estates Limited of 199 morgen 571 sq yds 24 sq feet (Cape Freeholds Volume 23 Fol. 11) being "the Remaining extent of the land originally held by Peter van Breda under transfer deed dated 20 August 1793."

In 1903 a notice appeared in the Government Gazette and other papers advertising: "Oranjezicht Estate. Great Public Sale of Building Lots on the Spot. Tuesday April 8th at 11 am". One of those to buy a Lot at the Sale was the Editor of the Cape Times Mr. Maitland Hall Park, and transfer was made to him under Title Deed 12972 on 3 September of the same year.

It was he who built the present house, now known as No. 1 Montrose Avenue (Acorn House).


 The following is a biographical sketch taken from The Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa:
"Sir Maitland Hall Park. Newspaper Editor. Born Cumbernauld, Dumbartonshire, 10th October 1862. Died Cape Town 15 March 1921. After leaving Glasgow University where he obtained his M.A. and L.L.D. He joined the "Glasgow Herald" in 1885. The next year he went to India, where he was on the staff of The Pioneer of Allahabad, successively as Assistant Editor, Acting Editor, and Editor-in-Chief over a period of some 17 years. Here he was in close relationship with Rudyard Kipling, whose early work appeared in that paper while Park was editor. The two remained lifelong friends, and Kipling acknowledged his dept to Parks' literary judgement. Partly on Kiplings' recommendation, Park was appointed to the Editorial Chair at the Cape Times towards the end of 1902. Before his arrival Park made an intensive study of South African conditions He subsequently enjoyed the political confidence as well as the personal friendship of Merriman, Sauer, Smuts, Botha, Jameson and Smartt. He is described as a man of amazing energy, and retentive memory - a writer who got straight to first principles and was brilliant at controversy. His editorship aroused great admiration, or indignation, according to one's point of view. He associated himself prominently with every education and literary activity at the Cape and was knighted in 1914."

 


Room Names

Sir Maitland Park lived and owned the House until 1918 after which it changed ownership a few times to date. As a means to honor the previous owners, the bedrooms in the house have been named in their memory.

Park

Sir Maitland Park
lived in the House
until 1918

Chaimowitz

03 March 1958 From Estate Late E.C. Voge to
Meyer Alexander Chaimowitz

Snitcher

05 June 1939
From Max Schrire to
Theodore Herzl Snitcher

Voge

13 August 1947
From Simon Davis to
Elizabeth Caroline Johanna Voge

Stewart

23 June 1987 From Meyer Alexander Chaimowitz to
Noelle Stewart

Davis

01 August 1942 From Theodore Herzl Snitcher to
Simon Davis

Schrire

08 August 1926 From Miller Edmund Risien to
Max Schrire

Risien

25 November 1918 From Isabelle Duchene to
Miller Edmund Risien

Isabelle Duchene

24 June 1918 Sir Maitland Park sold to
Isabelle Duchene

Cottage: B&B

01 Oktober 2000
From M. A. Biggs to
Bernd Schlieper and Beate Lietz

 

 

Address

Acorn House
1 Montrose Avenue
Oranjezicht, Cape Town

+27 21 461 1782
welcome@acornhouse.co.za

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