Once an elegant family home in the heart of Bishopscourt, Arambrook opened its doors as an exclusive Boutique Hotel in October 2018. Sara Bind, a Cape Town based interior designer, is the creative vision behind the redesign of Arambrook. With bright pops of contemporary colour, hard-wood flooring, classic white walls and an impressive collection of contemporary South African art perfectly placed throughout the hotel, Arambrook’s tasteful design works harmoniously to create a restful retreat for discerning travellers.
The impressive double volume entrance hall with crystal chandelier welcomes you to Arambrook. Make your way to the open-plan kitchen kitted with the finest SMEG appliances. Notice the floor to ceiling, seamless glass sliding doors creating unobstructed views of the garden and mountains and dark accented fireplaces to contrast against the light walls.
With over 25 years of industry experience, Sara’s vision was to add contemporary European luxury and elegance to the property while maintaining its homey character. You’ll find luxurious touches in each space you enter – from the Kawai grand piano in the living room to one-off furniture dotted throughout the hotel.
“The architect and I opened up the rooms to invite more flow and light into the interiors. The contemporary black steel and glass doors were introduced to create a more dynamic style and ensure that the property’s gardens could be admired from within the hotel. I had good proportions to work with, the building has lovely, generous spaces and no expense was spared in the construction of it,” says Sara.
Owned by the Zelezniak family, each suite at Arambrook has been named after a member of the family. The spacious rooms feature exposed beams, high ceilings and open up onto private terraces for guests to marvel at the hotel’s immaculate gardens.
Room Ari, the presidential suite, is the largest room with sweeping views over the gardens and mountain beyond. The room boasts a walk-in dressing room, a master bathroom and a private terrace for complete exclusivity.
Sara made a point to ensure that no two rooms are the same – each suite has been decorated to compliment the lighting and atmosphere of the space. The ensuite bathrooms with luxurious free-standing baths, decorative tiling and high-end finishes further appeals to the luxury traveler.
“We fitted the rooms with superior thread count linen and warm colours, creating a cosy haven for guests to retreat to after a day of sight-seeing around the city,” says Sara.
Driven by Sara’s vision, the majority of the furniture was custom-made to ensure an utterly unique interior at Arambrook that compliments every inch of the spacious home. Most of the furniture at Arambrook is custom made and Sara has created an interior that is totally unique.
“I love the authentic retro swivel chairs sourced from 2nd hand sites, restored and covered in duck egg velvet. The timber frame retro style chairs are a favourite of mine,” says Sara.
Arambrook boasts an impressive collection of South African art by Sasha Hartslief. Inspired by the classical masters, Hartlief’s work explores atmospheric light and adds a unique feel to each space that they occupy throughout the hotel.
The pieces are seamlessly curated to complement the interiors of the hotel. Sara used luxurious
velvets to pick up on the colours of Sasha’s work. Hartlief’s larger paintings have been placed throughout the hallways of the property for everyone to admire, while her smaller works hang in clusters in the Business Centre.