winchester mansions sea point in the 1970s

This #ThrowbackThursday, we’re showcasing the legendary Sea Point hotel, the Winchester Mansions – the photo above taken in the 1970s.

Originally built in 1922, Winchester Mansions shared space with a row of residential establishments that faced the sea directly, mostly in the architectural splendour of the Victorian style. When the block of apartments was purchased by Mrs. Harvey in 1958, it was converted into a hotel that was run by Francon Investments (Pty) Ltd, owned by the late Mrs. Harvey’s family, the Wainfords. The hotel has undergone numerous renovations while maintaining its history and charismatic charm.

The four-star hotel, now known as The Winchester, boasts 51 loft-style rooms and 25 suites, all elegantly and tastefully decorated, offering spectacular sea and mountain views. Guests can enjoy amenities such as a health and wellness spa, a heated pool, and a sundeck. Its tranquil courtyard and outdoor restaurant area, once a turning circle for vehicles in the 1920s, has been transformed into a beautiful green space adorned with climbing bougainvillea and a fountain. Adding a unique twist in terms of design, the hotel features green hallway carpets that double as a putting area.

The Winchester’s rich heritage is reflected in its iconic Cape Dutch architecture, telling a story of luxury and sophistication from a romantic bygone era. Over its 63-year lifespan, the hotel has experienced several renovations, the most recent being a comprehensive refurbishment costing approximately R90 million. This renovation aims to revitalise the grand old hotel, preparing it for its renewed place as one of Cape Town’s most desirable destination addresses, while still maintaining its historic charm.

Today, under the management of Newmark Hotels, The Winchester continues to be a symbol of elegance and a testament to the enduring appeal of Cape Town’s architectural heritage.

[Photo credit: BLQ]

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