Chartfield Guest HouseAddress: 30 Gatesville Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town view map
Watch whales cavorting in the bay from the balcony! Chartfield Guesthouse evokes the spirit of a time when everything was done with a little more style and a lot more attention to detail.
It's a haven created to whisk you away from the cares of the world the moment you step inside this grand old house, which has been standing for over 120 years. It overlooks the picturesque Kalk Bay harbour.
Now lovingly restored, Chartfield Guesthouse is nestled in this quaint seaside village where the pace and charm is reminiscent of a bygone era while every modern convenience is provided for.
Shireen and Florian and their 2 daughters, Franziska and Sophia, symbolise the dynamic blend of styles, which you will find in the guesthouse.
Florian is Swiss but grew up in Germany and Shireen is South African of Indian descent. They have brought a unique style to their business which perfectly combines their very diverse cultures. This combination of classic and contemporary style is a true representation of modern South African society.
Florian has been successfully involved in the restaurant and hospitality industry both in Cape Town and Germany. He has recently sold his catering company which was based at the Cape town Ritz Hotel and decided to combine his extensive experience to operating his new venture.
Shireen is a qualified History and English teacher who has been assisting Florian in the operating of his restaurants both in administrative work and the overall daily operations.
They chose Kalk Bay for their business due to its uniqueness.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Certified by Fair Trade in Tourism of South Africa.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable tourism development.
This is done through awareness raising, research and advocacy, capacity building and by facilitating the world’s first tourism Fair Trade certification programme.
FTTSA awards the use of special label to qualifying businesses as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment.
By electing to stay at or use the services of an FTTSA-certified establishment, tourists are assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.