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World War II defence station to become a Cape Town boutique hotel

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On the slopes of Table Mountain, above Llandudno, the Apostle Battery was a World War II defence station. While it was built as a deterrent against invaders, it has been reimagined and will soon over the next few years be revamped into a boutique hotel.

The project is a collaboration between Newmark Hotels & Reserves and Ilios Travel, and the development will include luxury accommodation, a restaurant, a spa and a museum.

According to Newmark’s Mike Vroom, there will be two military-styled mountain lodges where guests will experience ‘a rustic watchtower sleepover high in the mountains’.

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The lodges will feature a total of 21 contemporary suites built of lightweight canvas and light gauge steel; they’ll evoke the spirit of the original battery structure. Each will have its own plunge pool with views over Llandudno and the Atlantic.

The historic buildings, constructed between 1939 and 1945, will be incorporated into the design of the lodges. Along with the three-gun batteries, buildings at the site include a guardroom, workshop, quartermaster sergeant’s room, mess halls, soldiers’ dormitories, a radio room, generator room, storeroom and ammunition room.

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A 100-seater public restaurant, The Officers Mess, is envisioned, along with the smaller Cannon Bar, where tapas will be served.

The site will also house The Battery Museum which Vroom describes as ‘an interactive military museum showcasing historical artefacts sourced from the site’.

Completion is pegged at 2025.

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