Wood paneled walls, brick fireplaces, ornate cornices, and glittering chandeliers creat an atmosphere of grandeur. Mirrors in the shape of the ships, striped fabrics and the vintage captain’s hand bell add a nautical charm.
Comfortable cream couches, couches, cane furniture and chaise loungers fuse modern comfort and beach house living. From the silk curtains to the Frette linens and towels, every detail has been carefully considered.
Downstairs it’s time to play.
The Billiard room provides a half sized snooker and billiards table with a view of the pool and to the Indian Ocean.
The thick rich red Gabay in the TV room is perfect for sprawling out on the myriad velvet pillows and watching TV, listening to music, playing games, or just plain lounging in style. African animal prints, antique silk gold blinds and views to the ocean and pool make this room rich, witty, and sophisticated. Equipped with satellite TV and surround sound stereo the TV room looks out on the front garden and pool and Indian ocean .
From this room you can access the Ship's Bar. The bar is decorated with authentic ship's name plaques, antique mirrors, luxurious velvet banquette, bar stools for eight and various board games. Since the Grape Vinse patio is directly outside, the bar is a fabulous spot for sundowner cocktails.
In the front sitting room, which faces the ocean, is a collection of books for guests to enjoy. Curl up in an art deco chair in front of the fireplace or on a cozy sofa and peruse the Villa's diverse selection: books on tourism, nature, culture and history. Get inspired by incredible images from books on photography and art, the Villa's specialty. This room leads onto the outdoor dining terrace and pool.
The upstairs landing is more than just a passage from room to room, it is a gallery of maps, photographs and other sea going documents. There are places to sit, relax and gaze out of the gorgeous stained glass window.
The outdoor pool is a stone's throw from the shimmering blue Indian Ocean and set amidst an indigenous garden with over 260 rare and well-known plant species. A private poolside hot and cold outdoor shower looks out over False Bay. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool in the deck chairs, have a game of soccer or badmington on the wide lawn, grill your lunch and have a picnic seaside and poolside. Enjoy evening cocktails and watch the sky change colors at sundown over the Indian Ocean. The front garden is a wonderful and varied place to play and relax.
St James beach is steps from the property, with fascinating rock and tidal pools for swimming, as well as a tennis court.
The back garden is an oasis and a sanctuary. With a whale watching deck and an umbrella shaded dining table that seats 14, the back garden is wonderful for many different activities. The mingling of flowers’ perfume with bird songs, looking onto Silvermine Reserve Mountain and out towards Cape Point and False Bay, is an experience truly unique and healing.
Dining For your culinary urges, Villa St James offers a gourmet kitchen stocked with cutlery and crockery to serve up to 26 people.
With its centerpiece 22-seater dining table, the stately dining room is perfect for throwing an elegant dinner party or hosting an important business meeting. Among the many visual treats in this room are Venetian mirrors, silk curtains, crystal chandeliers, a gilded ceiling, state of the art stereo, views of sea and garden, and deco parquet floors. The grand dining room is truly a regal event.
Or you may dine alfresco on one of the many terraces or have a picnic in the lush exotic gardens or barbecue on the braai deck with its magnificent mountain and
sea view. Alternatively, dine out at one of the nearby world-renowned restaurants of St James. The Villa also offers full catering. You may choose among the world-class chefs with whom the Villa has relationships.
The Villa occupies an expansive 582m2 (6,265 sq ft) on 1360m2 (14,639 sq ft) of grounds and is beautifully lit at night. Bathed in sunlight, surrounded by the rare, and healing union of mountain and sea, the Villa St James brings peace and energy to all who visit; perfect relaxation in unsurpassed luxury, comfort and style.