On six acres of rolling gardens overlooking the Liesbeek River in the southern suburb of Newlands, this comfortable hotel was built around the 18th-century weekend home of Lady Anne Barnard. The views of the back of Table Mountain are spectacular, but for a better rate ask for a courtyard-facing room. Children's programs are offered in December and January. The hotel is 15 minutes by car from the city but within walking distance of the Newlands sports arenas and the shops of Cavendish Square. On-site Myoga restaurant serves innovative and deconstructionist cuisine and is very well regarded. The Square restaurant and the Garden Lounge and Patio in the original courtyard are popular with locals for family-style fare. Be sure to ask for a recently updated room as others are old-fashioned.