While the ornamental marble and cast iron fireplaces, stately oak dressers and wardrobes, grandiose light fixtures and delicately furnished rooms may pervade the air with luxury and elegance, Parker Cottage is very much a harmonious blend of simplicity, environmentally friendly accommodation and down to earth hospitality. Tucked away in quiet Carstens Street in the historical residential neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof, this Cape Town bed and breakfast is an exclusive 4-star establishment offering all the grace and opulence of a world class guest house, while still maintaining its reputation as an environmentally friendly and socially aware bed and breakfast.
Parker Cottage Guest House
Displaying an active concern for the environment with ambitious plans to transform the quaint 1895 cottage and show that while it may be easier to build a new structure with energy efficient designs, historical buildings already possess several environmentally conscious elements and can be acclimated to protect the environment. However, while their dedication to the environment plays a tremendous role in their lives, Phil and Liz have taken their humanitarian concerns one step further with their involvement in several social upliftment projects.
Their support of The Haven Night Shelter is one of their most well-known social upliftment projects. The Haven Night Shelter is a welfare organisation was established in 1978 and is dedicated to providing temporary physical care, social welfare, family re-unification and temporary shelter services to the Western Cape’s destitute population. During their stay at Parker Cottage, each guest is entrusted with a ‘passport’ (small plastic pieces which allow individuals free entry to one of the night shelters). This way guests are given the opportunity to become involved and make a difference in the local community by giving the ‘passport’ to someone in need.
Another project close to their heart is the involvement in a primary school in the economically depressed Bo-Kaap where Phil offers support lessons which complement the existing curriculum and are aimed at increasing the literacy of grade 7 learners from a multitude of African countries. Parker Cottage’s engagement in local schools also extends to Ntaba Maria Primary School in the Eastern Cape where Phil taught for several years. Parker Cottage are actively involved with this flagship school by offering two anonymous scholarships to learners who display exceptional promise but are prevented from developing their potential as a result of limited financial resources.
Having founded several social initiatives, Parker Cottage’s involvement in the local community is not limited to the mere financial aid of social development projects. Their involvement ranges from endorsing local welfare organisations to managing social upliftment projects and supporting disadvantaged entrepreneurs by purchasing their produce and making use of their services. The influence and genuine philanthropic concern of this Cape Town guest house for the people of South Africa and environment as a whole is felt throughout the country.
Night lights of Cape Town