December 20, 2023

A Guide to 21 Nettleton’s Art

Nestled in the lap of luxury, 21 Nettleton transcends its role as a private retreat to become a custodian of art and history.

A Guide to 21 Nettleton’s Art

Nestled in the lap of luxury, 21 Nettleton transcends its role as a private retreat to become a custodian of art and history. 

Art, History, Travel. Image: 21 Nettleton

The walls come alive as each piece of art is a testament to the legacy of this haven.

21 Nettleton is adorned with a curated collection that tells a tale of passion, culture, and the beauty of human expression. When staying at 21 Nettleton, you’ll experience the art in our suites, each with its unique theme, from ancient Chinese jade for the emperors to Flemish tapestries fit for a queen.

The History of 21 Nettleton

In 1999, Hugo Jankowitz ascended a makeshift staircase, perched above Nettleton Road. Upon reaching the summit, he was greeted by an awe-inspiring panorama of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, the 12 Apostles, and the vast ocean. In that transformative moment, he envisioned the perfect spot to manifest his dream residence—a timeless, elegant, and iconic hilltop abode infused with character. Over time, fueled by his passion for exploration, Hugo chose to open his home, art, and panoramic vistas to fellow travellers in search of the unique and luxurious, yet deeply personal. 

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The history of Nettleton intertwines with the growth of Clifton, creating a narrative that spans generations. The transformation of the house into a boutique hotel in 2016 marked the beginning of a new chapter. Carefully converted, 21 Nettleton now boasts five suites and a spectacular penthouse, each uniquely appointed with bespoke art, antique furniture, and sumptuous modern furnishings.

Closed to the public and accommodating only 12 guests, 21 Nettleton provides uninterrupted privacy and 5-star boutique hotel service in a magnificent clifftop mansion – the epitome of elegance and luxury. 

A Canvas of Expression: 21 Nettleton’s Art Collection

 

Our eclectic in-house art collection transcends borders and eras. From paintings to sculptures, each piece tells a unique story, creating a vibrant tapestry of global creativity.

You’ll be charmed by Francois Krige’s ‘Boy on Swing’ and ‘Vacant Stare,’ along with Marie Vermeulen-Breedt’s captivating ‘Chef,’ which evoke a sense of timeless emotion. The Biedermeier treasures from Central Europe, including a Commode, Daybed, and Writing Desk, showcase the elegance of 19th-century craftsmanship.

‘Boy with Spade’ by Francois Krige. Image: 21 Nettleton

Transport yourself through time with the antique Mirror from Luxembourg and the Cape Dutch Military Chest from 20th-century South Africa. Unveil the mysteries of a Chinese Abacus and Scrolls, and immerse yourself in the bronze allure of an Indian Urn.

From the Bösendorfer Piano’s harmonious notes to Isabel Pinto’s contemporary brilliance in ‘Dave Kamamba,’ our collection invites you to explore the rich tapestry of human expression. Join us at 21 Nettleton, where every artwork is a gateway to a world of creativity, culture, and timeless beauty.

At 21 Nettleton, art isn’t just decor; it’s a narrative woven from a lifetime of global exploration by our owner Hugo. With over 150 hand-selected pieces, our collection offers glimpses into diverse cultures. While focusing on iconic South African art, it also showcases treasures from Europe, China, India, and the Middle East. 

During your luxury stay, we offer various art experiences to cater to your preferences.

Generic self-portrait by Wim Botha Image: 21 Nettleton

Art Experiences at 21 Nettleton

 At 21 Nettleton, we’ve made it even simpler for you to experience the best of both worlds. We offer an array of activities that allow you to seamlessly transition from mountain to beach, ensuring a harmonious blend of outdoor adventures. Our curated movement experiences include exploring mountain trails, invigorating beach runs, and the option to arrange private training sessions in disciplines such as pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. Whether you seek the tranquillity of the mountains or the vitality of the shoreline, Clifton provides the perfect canvas for your exploration.

Enchanting Art Walk at 21 Nettleton

Embark on a captivating journey with our guided Art Walk. Uncover the narratives behind each art piece and cultivate a profound understanding of their cultural significance while being surrounded by the serene beauty of Clifton.

Norval Foundation Partnership

We’re proud to collaborate with the Norval Foundation, granting our guests complimentary access to this esteemed institution. Explore the collection of contemporary and modern art, enveloped by the natural allure of the Constantiaberg mountains.

Recommended Cape Town Galleries

For art lovers yearning for deeper artistic immersion, we offer a curated list of recommended Cape Town galleries. These venues showcase the rich diversity of South African and international art, offering a profound insight into the pulsating creative heart of the city.

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The Cultural Tapestry of 21 Nettleton Awaits

We invite you to experience the unique essence of 21 Nettleton’s art collection and the captivating art scene of Cape Town.

The artistic spirit of 21 Nettleton leaves an indelible mark, enriching your perspective and igniting a newfound appreciation for the profound connection between art and life.

Your journey to an unforgettable art experience begins with 21 Nettleton. Choose luxury, nature, and culture all in one place. Book your stay today and let Clifton’s hidden gem reveal the best the city has to offer.

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Penthouse at 21 Nettleton

Presedential Penthouse

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults
Penthouse at 21 Nettleton

Presedential Penthouse

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults