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To enter the front door of Maison Noir one first traverses a wooden boardwalk straddling two ponds filled with koi…and a sense of ease begins to permeate. There is an open-sided verandah in front of you as you step inside, a space which immediately brings to mind the words ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’. You hang left into the vast, beautiful living area, dominated by a high-pitched roof which looks out over the pool to the garden and the indigenous fynbos beyond.
The house is, in fact, laid out as a collection of A-frame buildings masquerading as ‘huts’ clustered alongside one another as though they were part of a traditional, rural African village. They’re distinguished by a variety of heights and volumes, staggered footprints and, most of all, by a dark tone of paint that’s not only chic and practical, but that also hints at the mud brick-built homesteads of central Africa. A high wall encircles the ‘village’ – just as the kraal wall, in any part of the continent, would a remote village, designed to keep the cattle in at night and wild animals out. But this is Hout Bay, on the south side of the Cape Peninsula, and we’re only 30 minutes’ from the centre of Cape Town. Think of Maison Noir as a private village where the kraal wall provides privacy and roots the houses in its physical context on an awkward slope way above the Hout Bay Valley.
To understand architect Paolo Deliperi’s vision, you’d have to climb the steep, wooded incline behind the house so that you can look down onto it huddled in the embrace not just of the encircling wall but of a series of terraces that fall away to the valley below. And while the seamless arrangement of interconnecting indoor-outdoor spaces and a series of serene pools of water offers something of the East, this sense evaporates when you realise that the site, surrounded by no fewer than four magnificent peaks of the mountains that give the Cape Peninsula its character, is rugged and dramatic and, well, African. To the north, and visible from the pool, is the flat-topped back of Table Mountain – an unusual view that’s normally the exclusive preserve of mountain climbers.
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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Maison Noir.
Thank you! It was actually perfect, all of it really! So much so that we want to use it again and again for our detox retreats.
One travels the world, see's many things and stay's in many hotels and when you come across a place like this nothing else before compares to Maison Noir. This goes beyond comfort and a home. This is EVERYTHING! Thank you Joe for being your genuine self and for taking care of us. I look forward to visiting again. All my affection, ER
What an amazing trip - from start to finish - I could not love Cape Town more. Thank you so much for your hospitality. Maison Noir truly felt like home - until next time - and there definitely be a next time!! xx Jon Z
Start to finish our experience at Villa Maison Noir was top notch. In my eyes there is no better setting to take in the truly exquisite beauty of Cape town. Our time here will be in our memories forever, absolutely the trip of a lifetime. Thank you to all the staff who made us feel like royalty, your service was incredible and first rate. This place is pure magic, cherish every second of your time here.
our stay was as magical and amazing as we thought it would be. I would really have to nit pick to find anything that wasn’t perfect......so there really isn’t anything that I need to mention. The staff were absolutely amazing and were just in the right places at the right time. All in all we had a brilliant stay, and will hopefully be back again very soon.
Maison Noir for us was the place where we gave birth to a project with a large ambition to change the world. We believe exceptional spaces lead to exceptional results. this sanctuary gave us the great gift of inspiration and brought us together in such a magical place. Maison Noir will forever be a pat of our journey and we look forward to returning again very soon... And a special thank you to Ed, Joe, George, Emelio Julia and Zuzeka- what an amazing and generous crew. You will be with us until we return. Much love, Schuyler, Danny, Oliver and Gavin Thank you for treating us like kings, needless to say this place is magical. We hope yo come back soon and see all of you again.
What a magical home! We had a truly lovely stay and were blown away by the level of attention to detail around the house and from each of the staff members. Maison Noir was the perfect hideaway for our group and provided ample space for all of us without feeling crowded. It was such a treat to meet Ed too! We loved getting to learn all about bees from Guy. A wonderful stay- thank you to each and every one of the Maison Noir staff- we will miss you!
Everything has been fantastic thank you! Joe and all his team have been looking after us very well
I cannot begin to describe the incredible experience we had staying at Maison Noir. It was truly a privilege to stay in this beautiful space and meet the amazing people who work there. I had my wedding at Maison Noir, a small wedding of 19 people and my family stayed at Maison for the entire wedding week. The house manager, Joe, went above and beyond any expectations I could have had. He arranged and re-arranged things at the last minute, hired phenomenal chefs for our dinners, and generally made sure the entire week and wedding itself were completely stress free. Every recommendation he made and person he put our group in contact with (from vineyards and restaurants, to drivers and manicurists) provided an unparalleled experience and superior service, all with the utmost professionalism. I truly cannot say enough good things about our experience here. If you are considering booking, do it now --- I guarantee you will not regret it.”
“Maison Noir is without doubt one of the most wonderful houses my family has ever stayed in. It has absolutely everything you could wish for and even has things you would never have thought about. It provides space, more space, quality, location, luxury and so much more. Albie, Francois and their team could not do enough for us but in a completely unobtrusive and delightful way that made us feel welcome and provided us with every assistance we could have wished for. It is difficult to express in simple words how superb the facilities, the management and the housekeeping were. Faultless, priceless. We absolutely loved everything about it.”
“This is a truly amazing place, the villa beautifully decorated. The views are spectacular and most importantly the estate manager and his crew made our stay such a pleasure. The dinner cooked by the chef he organised was fantastic, we enjoyed every bite of the dishes. We got the opportunity to taste the variety of South African cuisine in combination with different local wines. We can certainly recommend to stay at Maison Noir.”
It was like in a 5 Star hotel, but much better, because it's a private villa with perfect interieurs. Wonderful service, great breakfast, delicious dinners from Zoe - and a perfect party with friends. The best experience one can have.
We had a fantastic experience on our recent visit to Maison Noir! Albie and Michelle made our family feel quite welcome and exceeded our expectations. The house was everything we expected, and more. It truly is as beautiful as the pictures showcase. The highlight of our stay was the exquisite Thanksgiving dinner that the Maison Noir team put on for our family and some SA friends. I don't think I have ever had as good of a Thanksgiving dinner back home in the US. My only regret is that we didn't stay long enough!
This is a truly spectacular villa. It's a real wow experience from the moment you arrive and Albie and the team do so much to accommodate you. We had a fantastic drinks and snack selection on our arrival, and were given a full tour of the place. We settled in well to what must be the most well equipped villa we've ever experienced. The surrounding landscape is beautiful - it's tucked up in the hills in Hout Bay, where we spent time relaxing there and made a couple of day trips and evenings out from there too. It sleeps 8 adults comfortably, but can accommodate more if some guests are willing to share a room with a mezzanine. All in all a fantastic place and we're certainly keen to go back again soon.
This house is simply breathtaking. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It's huge but very cozy at the same time. The interior is sophisticated and full of beautiful treasures. The pool, the fire places and the garden makes you feel like being in a 5 star spa. Albie and his team are very courteous, relaxed and doing an amazing breakfast if you want to. Can't wait to return to this place. Ups, I forgot to mention the cinema and the wine cellar :)
Nick and Albie and the rest of the staff were absolutely great from the moment we stepped into this amazing property. They both went out of there way to organize a private dining experience for 16 of us last minute on our first day which made us feel right at home, they also organised a day trip to go shark diving for some of our group the next morning. The property itself is easily one of the most beautiful places i have ever stayed, making it hard to leave! everyone who stayed in my party didn't have a bad word to say about the place and we all look forward to coming back at some point in our lives.
We are here to help you”, is what I was told when Nick, Albie and Francois was preparing to host my 30th birthday party. Maison Noir is so much more than an exquisite top market residence. The people working here made sure my time remained special throughout my stay. They welcomed me with open arms and walked that extra mile to make sure all my needs were met. I had been searching for weeks on end to find a place that could host my party of 20, before I stumbled over this gem of a place. Even thought it only sleeps 12 people they were happy to help us with additional accommodation near by (only 10 minute walk away). For my birthday dinner they brought in a private chef, decorated the entire dining area and arranged with a wine pairing from Klein Constantia (for the second course they even found a white with my name). They arranged a sit down with the chef, who tweaked the six-course meal to my preference. And in all this decadency they still managed to make everyone feel at home and relaxed. Like everyone will tell you, the pictures you see serve no justice. The entire house with all its unique surprises made me sad that I only had three days to enjoy it all. The surrounding nature is truly breath taking. Even when it’s overcast the nature becomes dramatic as the clouds wraps around the backside of Table Mountain. It is veraciously secluded, yet town is only a five minutes drive away. Maison Noir is something else completely and I will definitively be returning!
It's hard to put into words how wonderful this house is. Beautiful, stylish, comfortable, luxurious, welcoming and with an inspiring view of Table Mountain in the back garden. We have stayed in many Airbnb places around the world and this is without doubt the most magnificent. Our holiday experience was made even more perfect by Charisse and Nick who looked after us with warmth, kindness and humour. Charisse cooked us some delicious meals and even our two 15 year old boys who have unstoppable appetites were occasionally beaten. Charisse's would be on par with a high end London restaurant. Perfection personified.
Charisse and her staff were exceptionally responsive from the moment we contacted them. They were extremely organized, yet unobtrusive. As we walked into the villa we felt like we had entered some kind of Afro-Asian temple. The award-winning decor is beautiful and powerful, yet understated. The property itself is set in a secluded area, with access to hiking. The area is spacious, yet cosy. We had plans to leave and travel around the area, but once we arrived these all changed. This is such a special place - why leave?
We booked Maison Noir to celebrate my Mum's 70th with friends and had a brilliant stay. Charisse, Nick and their team went out of their way to make our stay something special, recommending restaurants, organising transport and suggesting places to visit. To finish off the perfect stay Charisse organised a cake and cooked a fabulous Braai whilst Nick created a fabulous floral display! Maison Noir is as zen and serene as it looks in the photos and a fabulous spot for a special event or R&R with friends and family. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something very special and a little bit different.
Charisse's artistic style, creativity and attention to detail are on full display at Maison Noir. We put her to the test, with requests for day trips, wine tours, boutique shopping, fine dining, in-house massages, gourmet markets and finally...and Exquisite 5-course meal prepared for 11 guests at Maison Noir. Charisse designed the menu and decorated the home for our special meal, complete with Oysters on the half shell (cucumber mignonette), crayfish and calamari in a homemade broth, filet with romanesco (!) and braised root vegetable, a divine dessert and cheese board. In the background, she works quietly to manage a large staff that attends to every need. The house was kept spotless, the many fireplaces constantly tended, and the kitchen generously stocked. Charisse's right-hand woman in the kitchen was sweet as could be and was obviously well trained by Charisse... her homemade Rosemary bread and biscotti were out of this world.
R15 700: 26 Mar ’18 - 07 Dec ’18
R32 500: 08 Dec ’18 - 09 Jan ’19
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The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.