scotswood sober house cape town

“Scotswood Retreat - a happy & safe place of Serenity & Empowerment”

sober living house in Cape Town
sober house in Cape Town

Scotswood Retreat is a sober living house in the heart of Constantia, Cape Town, which provides a welcome retreat for individuals who would like to live in a safe, comfortable, recovering, nurturing and sober environment.

Scotswood Retreat offers a holistic therapeutic approach which aims to encourage guests who have completed a primary/secondary phase of rehabilitation and/ or have been clean & sober for 45 days to take ever increasing responsibility over their day to day lives, freedom of movement, financial responsibility and decision making – while still having the security of community living and guidance or coaching where necessary.

The steps from treatment into the real world are never easy and it’s normal to be fearful. We are committed to you being able to be vulnerable without the fear, to feeling like you are in a supportive and safe home where guests in early recovery from substance dependence and alcoholism addictions can successfully make the transition back into everyday life.

Our ethos is based on the 12 Step Model and aims to help people find a more spiritual and enjoyable way of living free from the bondage of active addiction – it embodies the holistic care philosophy of Scotswood Retreat and therefore addresses the mind, body and spirit with access to amenities that promote overall health and well-being.

Guests can stay from between 30 days to 24 weeks.

Many organized sober activities and groups are available to guests whilst they are in residence, ranging from planting and working in our vegetable garden, yoga, pilates, art classes, inspirational talks, support groups, and more…..

About the House and facilities

Scotswood Retreat is a large comfortable Victorian farmhouse set on a six acre private estate in Constantia, with lots of lovely pathways and secret hide-aways for meditation or alone time.

The rooms are comfortable with feather duvets, there’s large living area with log fireplace (with DSTV & WiFi) and french doors leading onto the enclosed garden and private swimming pool for the sunny summer afternoons.

An open plan dining room with classic Victorian stove leads onto the heart of the house – a large fully equipped kitchen – great for communal cooking and socialising.

There are two separate bedroom areas (3 rooms and 2 rooms) accommodating men & women. The bathrooms are shared.

We have 8 available beds:

  • 2 private (small rooms)
  • 2 singles in the Green room
  • 2 singles in the Blue Room
  • 2 singles in the Yellow Room

“Scotswood Retreat is a home providing recovering addicts with a safe, comfortable & supportive environment which works towards successful re-integration into normal daily life”

The residents are involved in the running of the house including the cooking and cleaning and therefore learn how to live and work as part of a community.

Scotswood Retreat offers you….

  • safe, secure and serene environment
  • lockers available for the storing of valuables and medication
  • professional staff
  • addiction counseling if required
  • registered recovery assistant
  • relapse prevention group Wednesday evenings – voluntary
  • evening meal (Sunday – Friday)
  • house professionally serviced 3 times per week
  • use of the gorgeous grounds
  • croquet lawn
  • private pool
  • vegetable garden ( being established)
  • shopping centre, restaurants, coffee shops within 4kms
  • safe parking for 9 cars
  • WiFi
  • DSTV
  • yoga
  • in house massages

Guest admission requirements

  • completed primary care in a registered facility and / or a minimum of 45 days clean and sober- or less (only at our discretion )
  • referred by said facility or by medical professional ie. psychologist or psychiatrist
  • over 18 years of age
  • a minimum booking of a month
  • at least one meeting per week with a health care professional
  • attend at least 3 fellowship meetings per week
  • step work with sponsor
  • willing to adhere to the requirements of the house

Meet the team

Julia Finnis-Bedford – Owner & Founder

Julia has been touched by addiction her whole life with family members who are addicts and was inspired to start Scotswood Retreat to solve the problems she had experienced in the past with trying to get her family into an affordable, supportive, warm home-from-home facility that would look after her loved ones when she simply couldn’t anymore (or didn’t know how to). Julia has had many years running her own businesses and is excited and inspired to be part of a project that gives back….

Lee Randles – Recovery Assistant

Lee, who is 3 years clean and sober is philosophical, empathetic, wise and engaging. He is committed to helping others and being in service. Lee is extremely strong in his recovery and his dedication to this and the 12 step program he works, serves to inspire the people he meets.

Inshaaf Wallie – Recovery Assistant

sober house in Cape Town

Inshaaf is bubbly, positive, and inspirational RA. She has been clean for 3 years and works the NA program religiously. She is strong in the 12 steps, and attends regular meetings as well as holds service positions – setting an excellent example to our guests.Our guests will love Inshaaf as she has, despite her past, a lovely positive disposition – she is a shining example of what hard work through the recovery program can achieve. She brings light & laughter to our guests.

Louisa Baronetti – House Manager

Louisa is also in recovery – very often the most important trait in this field – as it brings complete understanding of the challenges recovering addicts and alcoholics face on a daily basis, as well as a truly passionate drive to not only guide the guests at Scotswood Retreat to successfully live an addiction-free life, but to live that life herself through example. Louisa manages Scotswood Retreat and facilitates all running operations of the house and lives on the property. Louisa is caring and compassionate, she is also truly passionate about Scotswood Retreat fulfilling all the things that she thought were missing in trying to find somewhere to stay during her own recovery.


Ruby Weber – Relapse Prevention Counsellor

Ruby Weber has worked in the addictions field for over fifteen years. She is a highly educated lady with an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Post Grad Diploma in Education and is currently studying an MPhil degree in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Cape Town. What’s most important though, is that Ruby has a decade and a half’s practical experience in counselling people with both chemical and process addictions, and her work in the addictions field has encompassed both clinical and operational positions. She has held the position of Clinical Director at In-patient treatment facilities, both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, along with working in a secondary care facility as an Addictions Counsellor for the past two and a half years. Ruby’s counselling style is pragmatic yet compassionate, and we are extremely fortunate to have her on board!



Our mission is to provide a serene, beautiful sober living home environment for our guests – it is comfortable, warm and safe – with added touches which we believe make it special.

Local rates:

Shared room R14,900 per 30 days

Private Room R16,900 per 30 days


International rates:

Shared Room: R17,800 per 30 days

Private Room: R20,250 per 30 days


Rates include daily Recovery Assistant, evening meals 6 nights a week, weekly Relapse Prevention, weekly Goals group, morning Serenity, safe parking and much more.

All fees are payable in advance, within 1 week of arrival. A minimum of 2 weeks written notice period is required for all departures regardless of length of stay.

Our feeling is that every addict and alcoholic in recovery deserves to live in a nice house. After all, it is their home!

Attractions In The City Of Cape Town

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest and most popular city, famous for its diverse cultures, natural beauty and cuisine. It attracts travellers from all over the world and has been voted as one of the best cities to visit numerous times by leading websites.

Scotswood Retreat, our lovely safe, secure and serene sober living home is ideally situated in the Constantia Wineland Valley, at the foot of the Table Mountain Range. A central point from which to experience Cape Town in all its majesty, including Cape Point, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Constantia Valley Wine Farms, the famous beaches of Boulders, world class golf courses, the azure waters of Camps Bay.

For the more adventurous, Great White shark cage diving, paragliding, beach horse rides on the famous Long Beach and more.

Fellowship meetings, from NA/AA and other process addiction meetings are all within a 9km radius. Local upmarket Constantia Village Shopping Centre is a mere 2 Km’s away. Banking, travel agents, gyms, yoga & Pilates studios within walking distance.

All options of medical professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, CBT & DBT practitioners as well as addiction councillors also within a 9km radius of our beautiful home.

A mere fifteen minute drive will take you to the centre of the city and the V&A Waterfront. Take the gourmet meander, travel along a cultural passage, or explore the great outdoors around South Africa’s Mother City.


“I have really loved my time here over the last 3 months. I feel you have created an ethos of care, safety and peace – which is exactly what I needed during this stage of my life and my recovery. I will forever be grateful for all your help – you have no idea how much it has meant to me.” Lee – Sept 2016

“Scotswood Retreat was the biggest blessing I could have asked for in my early days of recovery. I can definitely say that going to Scotswood was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself. Being surrounded by such caring and loving people with such amazing energy has left me with a ton of positivity in my life. Everyone at Scotswood was always there for me, the group sessions are informative and therapeutic which eased me through the tough times.

Waking up in such a beautiful place every morning with so much warmth and serenity around you makes you feel at home very quickly. The only downside I had with Scotswood is that I had to leave! Scotswood gave me a wealth of knowledge about myself and my recovery, the ability to get in touch with my spirituality and most importantly I left with the positivity and courage to live my life to the fullest, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Ps. I mean every word of it. Thank you to everyone at Scotswood, you guys helped me through so much! Couldn’t have asked for anything better. My experience with you guys was perfect.” Ryan Victor Frewen – Sept 2016


“We are committed to abstinence, avoidance of relapse and a daily dedication to recovery”