Situated towards the west of the city centre, Fresnaye is an affluent suburb along the Atlantic Seaboard and is set on the slopes of Lion’s Head. It boasts scenic walks and bewitching views of the Atlantic Ocean below.

Streets run at a steep angle high up on the mountain slopes and the further up you go, the more spectacular the views become. With its easy access to the city and the V&A Waterfront, plus its sheltered position protecting residents from the south-easterly wind, Fresnaye is a sought-after location on the famed Atlantic Seaboard.

  • When the notorious wind is blowing throughout Cape Town, Fresnaye is beautifully protected and almost wind-free
  • An escape from the city, Fresnaye is known for its mesmerising sunsets from this incredible vantage point on the slopes of Lion's Head
  • Pop down to Sea Point for almost any restaurant cuisine that appeals - from casual to fine-dining

Fresnaye was originally the site of Francois le Seuer's family estate when they arrived from France in order for him to act as advisor to the Cape Governor. The streets all have French names in honour of those first settlers in the area.

The views from this vantage point stretch out across nearby Sea Point and Bantry Bay and then down to the ocean and beyond to the distant mountain ranges. The vistas are seemingly endless and Robben Island is clearly in view. It's an incredible combination of sea, city, and surrounding nature.

Vibrant Sea Point is literally minutes away as it lies right below Fresnaye and offers an excellent array of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Therefore, a stay in Fresnaye comes with a superb choice in dining options and plenty of activities on your doorstep.

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4 Bedroom

8 Guests

Villa Andrena

Atlantic Seaboard, Fresnaye

Spacious and airy, this contemporary Fresnaye villa seems to have the city and ocean at its feet as you gaze out at the views from this elevated position. Located on the exclusive Atlantic Seaboard, Villa Andrena has easy access to Camps Bay and Clifton, the V&A Waterfront, and array of restaurants, and wonderful attractions.

4 Bedroom

8 Guests

Villa Nouveau

Atlantic Seaboard, Fresnaye

Completely reinvented and beautifully designed, this spacious and well-located villa is ideal for a family stay in the Mother City. Expect expansive views, superior facilities, and absolute comfort in a peaceful and utterly stylish setting within easy access of a wide variety of attractions.

Concrete and chrome have been cleverly contrasted with plush couches and soft rugs, imparting a warm, homely feel. Living areas are completely open-plan with large glass stacking doors opening right up for seamless indoor-outdoor living.

4 Bedroom

8 Guests

Villa 102

Atlantic Seaboard, Fresnaye

A villa with an adventurous theme, Villa 102 reflects the travels of the owners and features stylish interior design and décor with a story. Many beautiful pieces have been brought back from the countries they have visited or have been created to remind them of the adventures they have had.

Located in wind-free Fresnaye, this four bedroom villa offers a luxurious retreat for enjoying the Atlantic Seaboard.

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    Atlantic Seaboard, Fresnaye