Lovely hosts, beautiful place in the most wonderful city. What can I say? My husband and I absolutely loved our stay here and felt completely at home. We’re definitely staying at one of Doreen’s places again.
We also stayed Olive’s Cottage after staying at the Loft and loved this one even more. Probably because it was a little less fancy than the Loft but still a beautiful and very cozy cottage, we felt very much at home.


Staying in the Studio has been a dream come true. It is such a gorgeous, happy, bright space in a great part of town. Minutes away from everything you could possibly need - my lack of a vehicle hasn’t been a problem at all. Doreen and the family have been so so lovely to me. I really can’t say enough good things about this place.


Thank you, Doreen and Robert, for your fantastic hospitality! Arriving very late from Madagascar, we were graciously greeted by Doreen and shown the loft, where a bottle of wine, wheel of brie and strawberries awaited. The thoughtfulness includes good ground coffee and some milk in the frig to start us off. But the genuine caring hospitality really shone the second day when we suffered from Mada tummy; Robert waited on us, bringing tea with herbs and honey, and getting Vietnamese soup from the near-by restaurant. We felt like family and wished we could have stayed to enjoy the pool and great shopping in the neighborhood. Doreen has a special, peaceful haven, with great personal attention. The spectacular view of Table Mountain and amenities of the Loft were much appreciated.


The garden cottage is a very special space, full of light and it feels like a secret place. It is located on the enclosure of a large house and has its separate entrance. Doreen and her husband are very nice and would help you to feel at home. Lots of restaurant at the end of the street. Highly recommended.


The house is stunning, it looks like a house you can see in the specialized deco magazines. It’s in the Gardens district just next to plenty of good restaurants and bars and close to Long street. The hosts are really nice and friendly. I wish we could have stay longer at this peaceful place. I will definitely go there again when I’ll be back to Cape Town.


Fantastic stay. 100% delighted with location, hospitality, cleanliness, comfort. What a wonderful place to wake up in the morning - within walking distance to tremendous coffee shops and restaurants. We will be back!


We absolutely loved our stay at Doreen’s. We first stayed at OLIVE’S COTTAGE for a night, and we enjoyed it so much that when we came back after a few days in wine country, we cancelled our other plans to come stay for four more nights in the Studio. There are 5 units total on this amazing old property: 4 apartments, and the large house. All were full when we stayed there, and we met some lovely fellow travelers.
The best thing about this place, besides the lovely accommodations themselves, was the property with its beautiful garden, lawn, pool area, and outdoor patio area. I think it might be fair to call this a compound, which has been converted to accommodate multiple groups of travelers.
The location is wonderful as well. We loved the Gardens neighborhood, which is cute, has some good food and drink venues, and is a short walk to the action in Long Street.
We would love to come back again!

Stephanie and Tim

We stayed at the Studio, one of 5 separate accommodation options Doreen has in a beautiful split level property in the Gardens area of Cape Town. The Studio is awesome. Interior design is fantastically modern, bright, opening onto a small terrace overlooking a grass lawn, tables and chairs.
Robert works with Doreen, greeted and set us up and was incredibly helpful. The property has a beautiful pool, massive outdoor tables, wood fired pizza oven, many different courtyard areas to sit with friends and a garden full of herbs and vegetables available to guests.
We were offered beach towels, umbrellas and chairs for trips to the beach and are very grateful for Robert and Doreen’s obviously genuine care for their guests.
Location is brilliant, Thai spa on the same street, great restaurants and bars a 2 minute walk away on Kloof Street yet quiet during the day and night.
Brilliant stay, we plan on staying every time we return to cape town.


We loved our time at the Garden Cottage - its a beautifully designed space in a great location - we spent a lot of money at the fabulous Melissas (deli/cafe) which is just minutes away!
Doreen, Robert and the team were so helpful supplying lots of baby stuff and generally making our stay as comfortable and easy as possible.
Great also to have the use of the pool and beautiful garden as well as having our own small private outside space.
We will definitely return.


Great hide away in middle of Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof with more than friendly hosts. We will return definitely someday!


Ok, where should I start? The place itself is just so beautiful and very beautifully decorated with love to the detail. Doreen and her family are so friendly, warm and loving. everything felt just so comfortable and we felt so welcome. Robert and his wife are also very friendly and helping. The whole vibe of the place is extraordinary and it is by far our favorite stay in Cape Town! Really the nicest, most lovely hosts! We already miss it so much and when we come back to Cape Town this is where we would always want to stay! On a side note: we got our three year old daughter a little giraffe cuddly toy at a market in Cape Town and she named it Robert. that says it all ;)


Our stay in The studio was amazing. Doreen really created a really nice and classy oasis. We enjoyed everything - the place itself and its surrounding (the garden and the area in Cape Town) its classy style. And it was a pleasure to meet Robert and everyone who worked there. We also felt very safe. So we would love to visit again :-)


Tom and I loved our stay at Doreen’s, this time in The Olive Cottage, which we truly appreciated for it’s spaciousness, decor and overall pleasing furnishings - especially the pottery dishes. Would like a set for home. Doreen’s daughter Jade, so fun to talk food with We only wish we were there longer so we could cook together. Best part of stay was fabulous hospitality from Doreen, her husband, daughter and Robert who helps make it all work. Small efficiency apt that works fine…we cooked there and used some herbs generously offered by Doreen from her raised beds garden.


After a long ride on the motorbike Doreen welcomed us with some drinks and food. The place itself is just beautiful and perfectly located in Cape Town on Kloof Street. All in All a just AWEsome time! :)


Doreen and her family of staff were very accommodating and helped us enjoy her beautiful space. The house is stunning and conveniently located for getting to know Cape Town. We immediately became part of the family. I will be returning to stay again in the near future.


This beautiful family home is situated in the ideal location, within easy access of cafes, restaurants and the little boutique shops along Kloof Street. The guest cottages, as the house, live out to the varies outdoor living spaces, which adds to the experience of place.
Each cottage’s interior, with its crisp white linen, (individually designed by Doreen) is a statement to the rich design character of the city and an absolute treat to stay in.
Doreen and her husband are so friendly and made us feel at home, and Robert is always there with a helpful hand no matter what the time. We will definitely stay here again!


We had the most amazing time at the Garden Cottage.
The location is excellent, the house is great, and we always felt warmly welcomed by Doreen and Robert. We wish we were already back there!

Jomandie Dempers

I urgently needed a nice place in Cape Town for a week’s stay with my three dogs and found the Garden Cottage whilst googeling around. From the moment go, this place just looked amazing and in reality it was more than amazing. Its stylish decor took my breath away and it was the small things like heated flooring, electric blankets and the fact that they serviced and cleaned the cottage daily really added to an amazing stay. I also found the owner and her staff warm and inviting and they would drop everything at a hat to help us get set up on internet or whatever we needed during our stay. The gardens are beautiful and stylishly laid out giving one a real breather from the hustle and bustle of the city. I give this place a full five stars and can recommend it to anyone that wishes to visit the ‘mother city’ and like to avoid hotels but doesn’t want to miss out on the services it offers. Garden Cottage had everything and more…


There are no words to describe the place, just feel it, experience it and
taste it ( Jades amazing cooking). It is just a magic place full of love and abundance which is made by the people who host you there.


Doreen’s estate is beautiful and well located. The Studio in itself is furnished with exquisite taste and has its own entrance so you can have the desired privacy. Doreen was very welcoming and helpful with tips for Cape Town, as was Robert, who also lives in the estate and made sure that I had and knew everything I needed to have a good stay in Cape Town. Two days were not enough for Cape Town, so I definitely will aim to return soon and hopefully be able to stay at The Studio again. I recommend you do the same!


Amazing location, amazing host and a beautiful home. Wouldn’t stay anywhere else if back in Cape Town.

Kim & Marleen

There’s only one word to describe this hideaway: AMAZING. Doreen and Meyer are wonderful hosts, welcoming and fun, and their sense of style blew me away. We had a great weekend here. Inside, it feels like an oasis with the lush garden and the swimming pool while bustling bars and some of the greatest shops and restaurants are literally around the corner. The property is located right in the heart of one of the nicest neighborhoods in town. I can highly recommend staying here, great value for money. And don’t let the fact that there are dogs hold you back: Sophie and Jinja are the cutest! We’ll definitely come back here.


I think of you often and about what an absolutely lovely environment you and the family are creating through inawestays. Thank you so much.


Great place, cool interior and perfect location.


Doreen has a beautiful home and we were v lucky to get to stay there in the Cottage. It was very tastefully decorated and we had a wonderful stay in a very central location of the city. highly recommended.


This place is just WOW. You literally feel the love for design and beautiful things at this place. Everything in this tiny little apartment is planned very smart and equipped with lovely details. Beautiful garden, amazing hosts. Very relaxing atmosphere…


Great stay with Doreen and her family! The studio is set in a lush garden with access to use of a pool, mountain bikes and garden. Sharing the garden with the normal occupants, 4 ducks, 2 cats and 2 dogs (Sophie and Jinja), made it even feel more homely! The studio is perfect for a couple or 2 singles, and nicely situated between Kloof and Kloofnek street. Doreen, Robert, and the other people in the house were very helpful with info on good restaurants, letting us store the luggage during the day, and with getting some washing done. I can without a doubt recommend Doreen’s studio, and we look forward to coming back soon!


I absolutely loved staying at Doreen’s. Her properties are all unique, stylish and perfect for what we were looking for. She is just off Kloof street, my favorite part of Cape Town… plenty of bars and restaurants and under 10minute taxi ride to the beach! To top it all off there is a pool with mountain views to cool you down. I searched hight and low for a place like hers and delighted I found it.


It was the perfect place to arrive in cape town! everything is the best in taste. And they attend so loving and generous, it was a pleasure to stay at Doreens place and we look forward to recur.

Marta & Vasco

Doreen de Waal’s home is “The place” to stay in Cape Town. We were really lucky to meet her and be at her comfortable and beautiful decorated LOFT, perfectly located in the best part of town. Thanks for having us, we really felt at home and definitely going to come back!