Perched conveniently on Muizenberg’s main road, Casa Labia is idyllically positioned between turquoise ocean and fynbos-covered mountain. An air of expectancy is generated as one enters Casa Labia via an ornate Italian water feature at the base of the house, and sustained upon entering the grand reception area with expansive glass doors leading out onto a charming Italian-style courtyard.
Upon re-entering the house via the garden or the restaurant, one’s eye is immediately met with prominent tints of rose, blue and gold which offset the gleam of crystal chandeliers, gilded ironwork, highly polished floors and ornately coffered ceilings, all setting the scene of the spectacular ground floor. A tour of the reception room, ballroom and dining room reveal exquisite interiors with beautiful hand-crafted furniture, chandeliers, mirrors, ceiling panels and wall fabrics all imported from Venice in the 1920’s. The ground floor also plays host to Casa Labia’s extensive and priceless art collection featuring the work of several English and Italian masters as well as contemporary works by South African artists such as Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto and John Muafangejo.
The main staircase leads to the South African Print Gallery.