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Scotswood Retreat

Scotswood Retreat is a sober living home in the historic Manor House of Weltevreden, one of the oldest homes in Lakeside, Cape Town, just 5 mins from the very popular Muizenberg Beach.

A Nurturing Sober Environment

Scotswood provides a welcome retreat for individuals who would like to live in a safe, comfortable, recovering, nurturing and sober environment. We offer a holistic therapeutic approach which aims to encourage guests who have completed a primary/secondary phase of rehabilitation or have been free from their addiction 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.

Our Ethos

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 – Scotswood Retreat is a unique sober house in Cape Town which has an holistic care philosophy and addresses the mind, body and spirit with access to amenities that promote overall health and well-being.

Build your Foundation for Sober Living at Scotswood Retreat in Cape Town

Guests can stay in residence in our sober living home from 30 days for as long as they need before venturing out into the world. We also offer an 8 week out-patient program of 2 group sessions a week, with one private session.

Many organized sober activities and groups are available to guests whilst they are in residence, ranging from early morning meditation, yoga, art classes, music in our dedicated music room, inspirational shares, support groups, and more…..

Out-Patient Program

We also have an out-patient program designed for clients who, for personal or practical reasons, cannot be admitted into a full Primary Care facility. It is also excellent for those who want to reaffirm what they learnt in Primary care.

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Testimonials :

“I cannot recommend Scotswood highly enough, the patients are no longer referred to as such, but guests. It has been an excellent re-integration into society, but as we all know Cape Town society and London are somewhat different pressure wise”

Mother of Guest

“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”

Ryan F

“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 R

“Scotswood retreat held such a great space for me to heal and grow in my recovery. I’m so grateful to Louisa, Ruby and the incredible RA’s she’s hand selected. Louisa’s attention to detail and understanding of what’s needed in the process of recovery shines through in all that Scotswood has to offer. To be in THIS safe space as I started the process of integrating back into society is ‘Hands down’ one of the most important decisions I’ve made in my recovery. Relapse and coming out of the dark pit of addiction calls for a secure and homely environment, Louisa and her team have created this on all levels, not a stone left unturned. I would highly recommend Scotswood to anyone who is serious about there recovery.”


“Following a 3 month stay in a primary treatment facility for my Eating Disorder, I was not ready to return to the UK and needed a place to stay to continue to work on my recovery in all of my addictions and to bridge the gap between residential care and ‘normal’ life. Scotswood not only provided this safe space, but a truly healing environment in a beautiful setting and home. I feel supremely grateful and privileged to have been able to continue working on the issues underlying my addictions in an environment that helped me to be so much more in addition to accountable and sober. My treatment centre saved my life. Scotswood enabled me to LIVE.”


“I always feel home at Scotswood and I treasure the moments I spend there. It is a place where I can learn, grow, laugh, cry , share, listen, get inspired, relax, think …. and most of all eat well!!!!I have full trust in you, in your program, your work, your slice of Paradise you have create at Scotswood, as the people staying there are the pure image of the care and attention you are putting in each life you meet.”

Wife of Guest

“I felt safe and supported from the minute that I walked into Scotswood.  The love and fellowship that I have found here as well as the staff’s expertise in dealing with addiction has equipped me with the tools to live in recovery.  I have never felt more alive and free in my entire life thanks to this wonderful journey that had been set in motion starting with getting clean.  My eternal gratitude to Scotswood Retreat.”

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