If flashy resort hotels are not your cup of tea, there are plenty of more traditional places to stay in Cape Town. Situated right near Stellenbosch’s famous rugby grounds, amongst gnarled, ancient oak trees is Beauclair, a square-shaped manor house, with a small herb garden and fragrant lavender, rose bushes and a fountain spilling into a small koi pond out front. You step inside a space that conveys the idea of an earlier, ageless, period. Chandeliers help fill the double-volume spaces and heavy drapes accentuate the French windows. Out back, a wooden deck is poised towards a small, tailored lawn and a stone pool. Back inside Beauclair antiques have been re-upholstered with updated, textured fabrics; oil paintings in chunky gold frames hand on the walls. For smokers, a cigar bar with leather sofa. For sleeping, all-white cloisters combining a fresh classicism with clean, no-nonsense lines. Signs of modernity-TV, DVD and safe-are all discreetly hidden in wardrobes; crystals dangle from chandeliers and the fat, plush mattresses are bedecked with soft white linens while delicately embroidered chiffon curtains shape-shift in the breeze. With just seven rooms, your hosts can afford to pamper you with little luxuries-fresh baked rusks, homemade breakfast muesli, and hot water bottles slipped under the covers in winter. In the spirit of grown-up relaxation, children are not typically accepted at Beauclair.