TAKE A LOOK | This SA Company Lets You Rent Luxury Homes With Pierneef and Kentridge Artwork

Heatherfield Manor. Picture: Provided.

  • A South African company is now renting high-end homes to guests who want to stay in lavish surroundings with rare original artwork on the walls.
  • Among them are family homes in the City Bowl and Clifton filled with original works by artists like Pierneef and Kentridge.
  • Like Airbnb for the wealthy, the company selects the most discerning and carefully selected homes for inclusion on the platform.
  • And a concierge is on hand to book needed extras, like helicopter flights.
  • Here’s what to expect from the fanciest homes currently available for rent.
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A Cape Town luxury rental company rents high-end homes to some of the country’s most discerning visitors. They include some of the best properties in town, some with priceless works of art, among others, Pierneef, Kentridge and sculptor Dylan Lewis.

The company, called Art House Collection, hand-picks Cape Town’s most discerning homes, bungalows, lofts and mansions, all with unique owner-curated collections of paintings, sculptures, plants, photographs and ceramics, for discerning holidaymakers. For rent.

Naturally, the properties attract a hefty per night rate – many contain unique, expensive or sentimental artwork that you won’t find in hotels or traditional rentals. No glamorous luxuries are left off the checklists, and concierge service is available to book amenities like helicopter rides or secure a reservation at the city’s best restaurants.

Art House Collection co-founder Elana Brundyn, who was instrumental in launching Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation museums, said she founded the company alongside veteran writer Michelle Snaddon to showcase unique art collections in spectacular spaces.

“Working in the art business, I’ve come to love the psyche of the collector – the way they organize all aspects of their life, especially the space they live in,” Brundyn told Business Insider SA.

“I wanted to give curious travelers access to beautiful spaces that I knew had been curated with intention. That’s how the idea for the Art House Collection was born.”

The platform will soon expand to include locations across Africa, but most properties are currently in the Western Cape. These include the stately Hope House in Oranjezicht, a Sir Herbert Baker mansion on Kloof Nek Road, an art director’s CBD studio and a beach bungalow in Clifton.

Here’s a look at four of the most exclusive properties currently available to rent – and the works of art you can expect.

House of Hope, Oranjezicht

Hope House is located on the upper part of the Oranjezicht of the Cape Town City Bowl. It is a rose-pink villa built in the 1920s with six bedrooms, a secret garden, a veranda and a swimming pool.

House of Hope.  Picture: Provided.

House of Hope. Picture: Provided.

The rooms inside the house are filled with the owner’s collection of antiques and contemporary pieces and personal art collections acquired over two decades between the UK and South Africa.

House of Hope.  Picture: provided

House of Hope. Picture: provided

Among the house’s favorite works of art is a work by William Kentridge, which hangs in the study.

House of Hope.  Picture: provided

House of Hope. Picture: provided

Heatherfield Manor, Kloof Nek

This Sir Herbert Baker mansion is located a few meters from the lively Kloof Street. High-ceilinged rooms feature emerging and established artists, commissioned artwork, anonymous prints, and the owner’s collectibles.

Heatherfield Manor.  Picture: Provided.

Heatherfield Manor. Picture: Provided.

The house has secluded gardens with mountain views and a classic veranda filled with orchids and other exotic plants.

Heatherfield Manor.  Picture: Provided.

Heatherfield Manor. Picture: Provided.

The house has big hits on the art side, including works of art by Pierneef and Kentridge.

Heatherfield-Manor-Art-House

Heatherfield Manor. Picture: Provided.

Studio on Castle Street, CBD

This apartment on Cape Town’s bustling Castle Street is owned by one of the country’s leading magazine publishers, who have curated a collection of books, artwork and other memorabilia from travels around the world .

Studio on Castle Street.  Image: Supplied (Micky Ho

Studio on Castle Street. Image: provided (Micky Hoyle/HL)

The apartment is entered directly from the elevator and an industrial style kitchen is juxtaposed with verdant plants and an extensive collection of succulents.

Bedrooms with corrugated plastic walls further divide the space.

Studio on Castle Street.  Image: Supplied (Micky Ho

Studio on Castle Street. Image: provided (Micky Hoyle/HL)

And one-of-a-kind photographs by Guy Tillim, along with a growing collection of ceramics, make up the artistic side of this downtown studio.

Interiors/Exteriors Karen Cramer

Studio on Castle Street. Image: provided (Micky Hoyle/HL)

Heaven on Fourth, Clifton

This beach bungalow on Clifton Fourth has been in the owner’s family for over 30 years and has recently been refurbished to bring it up to modern beach bungalow standards.

Clifton Bungalow.  Picture: Provided.

Clifton Bungalow. Picture: Provided.

It includes famous collections of glassware, tapestry and ceramics.

Clifton Bungalow.  Picture: provided

Clifton Bungalow. Picture: provided

There is a recently acquired Duduzile More artwork, purchased at this year’s Cape Town Art Fair, leaning against the wall of a downstairs bedroom. And the upstairs bedrooms house two of the deepest and most revered works of art in the bungalow, including works by Kirsten Sims and Mustafa Maluka.

Clifton Bungalow.  Picture: Provided.

Clifton Bungalow. Picture: Provided.

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