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House Duffet
Retreat, Cape Town, Western Cape

Hugh Alexander McQUEEN: Architect

Client:Mr FW Duffet

Cumming-George 1933

THE SITE of this house is on the west side of Main Road from Cape Town to Muizenberg. The lands extend from the road which forms the east boundary to a vlei.

Placed in the N.E. corner the garden falls gently down to the vlei level across which the vineyard lands of the Peninsula range to the foot of the mountains.

The "shape" of the plan was evolved after considering the fall of the ground and also economy. The aspect also demanded a "single" room plan in which all the rooms commanded a view of the magnificent scenery of the Peninsula.

The entrance opens on to a small porch that occupies the space below the stairs, and is open to the hall, a few steps leading up to the latter. The hall divides the dining and living rooms, and leads on to the wide open stoep.

On the left is the stair to the first floor entirely occupied by the bedrooms. The living room, in the south side of the hall, has glass doors onto the open stoep; the southern wall is occupied by a large window. At the other end is the fireplace and to one side is a short flight of steps which leads on to the main staircase. This room has a beamed ceiling.

The dining room is placed in the north side of the hall, beyond which and on the west side is a small breakfast room. The kitchen occupies the remaining space.

First floor: four bedrooms, bathroom, etc., and ample cupboard space.

Open stoep along the west frontage. Paved with black and white cement slabs. Piers of brick whitened, with jarrah beams over. The whole building roofed with shingles. Walls plastered with a medium rough finish and colour washed. Oak flooring to living and dining rooms. Hall floored with black and white cement slabs.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 102-104