Two men have been turned away from Villa Vita Nouva, a four star guesthouse in Vredenburg, because they are a gay couple, reports the Cape Times.
According to the newspaper, Morne Stickling and his partner, Johan de Klerk, booked accommodation at the Western Cape guesthouse via e-mail.
But when the couple sent Villa Vita Nouva a final e-mail confirming a king size bed and their arrival time and asking “I hope you are a gay-friendly guesthouse?”, they were surprised by the response.
Marion Botha, the house’s owner replied that, “We are certainly not gay-friendly, this is a Christian household. We have never had a gay couple staying in the house and we prefer to keep it that way. We hereby cancel this order and exercise our right of admission.”
The guesthouse’s website states that it is situated “in a quiet cul-de-sac on the hill in Vredenburg overlooking Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon.” It reads further, “Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.”
Stickling and de Klerk said that they have lodged a complaint with the tourism grading board and were considering taking legal action against Villa Vita Nouva.