7 Best Garden Film and Photoshoot Locations in Cape Town

Top Film and Photoshoot Locations Agency in Cape Town

Shoot My House is the top Filming and Still Shoots company in Cape Town. We manage many of the best garden film and photoshoot locations in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

The glorious rains we experience in the winter of 2019 and the subsequent rise in dam and water table levels have meant that our beautiful gardens can once again flourish. Merriam Webster defines a garden as a plot of land where herbs, fruits, flowers or vegetables are cultivated. But, to my mind, a great garden is more than that. It feeds the soul. It provides sanctuary, refuge from the harshness of the outside world. It is A place for harnessing nature’s energy and refueling before launching out again into the fray!

Gardens in Cape Town that Reflect Homeowners Personalities

We have put together a little compilation of some of our favourite gardens. They are as different from each other as it's possible to be. Each one speaks to the homeowner’s personality and is an extension of what is important and beautiful to them. Often left to their own devices and largely ignored or undervalued, gardens can, and often are, nothing more than a patch of lawn with a few shrubs planted around the border with precious little thought to what a garden can say about the people who live at that address. Not so with these beautiful gardens.

Forest Zen: Magnificent Tiered Garden Perfect for Still Photo Shoots

Forest Zen uses the plot specifics to dictate the layout of the garden. With a beautiful little stream running right through the middle of the property the owner has cleverly used a series of wooden walkways and platforms to create useable spaces above the water and to link both sides of the garden. The result is a garden that is peaceful, calming and that is an extension of the owner’s philosophy. Forest Zen is currently available for still shoots.

Forest Zen in Newlands Cape Town. Beautiful Garden Photoshoot Location
Forest Zen Newlands Cape Town. Notice the stream running through the beautiful garden.

Dawn 777: Garden Styled to Enhance Constantia Mountain Views

Dawn 777’s garden overlooks the majestic Constantiaberg mountains and the awesomeness of that would be marred by large trees on the periphery, so they have opted for indigenous vegetation that hugs the earth and have created wooden walkways through the indigenous garden. The garden is further adorned with magnificent sculptures. Directly in front of the house is an area of the finest greenest lawn you ever saw which caters to playing kids and outdoor functions. A boxed vegetable garden to the side of the house is presided over by a large-scale sculpture. Dawn 777 is a popular stills and film location in Constantia, Cape Town.

Dawn 777 in Constantia in Cape Town is one of Shoot My House prime garden film and photoshoot locations in Cape Town
Dawn 777 Cape Town with its finest green lawn. Notice the magnificent sculptures and wooden walkways.

Midnight in The Garden: Traditional Style Rose Garden in Somerset West

Midnight In The Garden in Somerset West is available for still shoots
Midnight in the Garden in Somerset West is available for Still Shoots.

Midnight in The Garden in Somerset West is a part of a larger farm. The owner's love of all things roses is very apparent within this garden. A more traditional style garden with a huge lawn running up to the manor house, beds of roses adorn both sides of the lawn and a magnificent dedicated walled-in rose garden presides over the back garden. They have used large trees including cypresses to demarcate the garden areas from the rest of the farm with its acres of vineyards beyond. Book Midnight in The Garden wine estate in Somerset West today and take advantage of its magnificent garden for your still shoot.

Angels View: Garden and House with Italian Feel a Stellenbosch Favorite

Angels View has a distinct Italian feel to the house and the garden with its water features including ponds and its Cyrus trees. Again, a love of roses is clearly visible in this garden which utilizes garden “rooms” to create interest and secret areas. Terraces have also been used to create interest. Lavender, roses, masses of plantings of Agapanthus abound. Beautiful arched walkways with gravel pathways add to the romanticism of this garden. There is a riot of colour in this garden of many flowers. Angels View in Stellenbosch near Cape Town is a real gem and available for both film and photoshoots.

Angels View in Stellenbosch. Beautiful Garden film and photoshoot location.
Angels View Stellenbosch. Gravel paths add to the romanticism of this garden.

Heatherfield: Masterfully Shaped and Structured Town Garden in Tamboerskloof

To complement the very traditional home which dominates the property at Heatherfield, and because of the relatively small size of the garden, the owners have opted for a garden that has a lot of structure and utilizes hedging and shaped bushes to create interest and define areas as separate from each other. In amongst this structure are plantings of more unstructured elements like free climbing creepers. Rather than colour the garden design has concentrated on shape and structure in this beautifully considered town garden. Heatherfield is a classic property in Tamboerskloof Cape Town that is available for still shoots.

Heatherfield in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town with its structured and shaped garden avalable for still shoots.
Heatherfield in Tamboerskloof with its structured and shaped that compliments the traditional property

Toulouse: Beautiful Italian and French Style Farm Garden Overlooking Stellenbosch Valley

Toulouse, by contrast, is a large farm garden. A gentle nod to Italian and French style is apparent in this garden. The garden looks down into the Stellenbosch valley in all its magnificence and again the design takes this overwhelming view into account.

Large areas of grass are cut into with lush and almost overgrown flower beds bursting with colour and texture. Large rounded hedging creates interest and whimsy in this abundant garden. The vegetation seems to be bursting out of everywhere in this magical garden. Repetition is used to great effect in order to hold all the various aspects of the garden together in a cohesive whole. Toulouse is a delightful home on Waterford estate.

Toulouse in Stellenbosch is available as photoshoot and film location
Garden at Toulouse looking down into the Stellenbosch Valley. Notice the rounded hedging that creates interest in this magnificent garden.

Southern Belle: Colourful Suburban Garden in Constantia creates Movement and Interest

A more suburban garden is that of Southern Belle in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The home is a traditional Cape Dutch building, so it is only fitting that a large oak tree has pride of place in front of the verandah. The owner has created a lovely garden room using a red brick wall with a round keyhole within it. This clever detail tricks the mind into imagining a mirror in the garden where there is none. The wide beds of this garden are planted full of repeated colourful shrubs and flowers that flower at different times of the year. Playing with varying heights and Texture creates movement and interest in this tranquil refuge. Southern Belle is an awesome family home often used for film and photoshoots in Cape Town.

Southern Belle is an awesome family home often used for film and photoshoots in Cape Town
Southern Belle is a wonderful suburban garden in Cape Town.

Muse. A artist loft in Woodstock, Cape Town

Muse - An artist loft in Woodstock

Muse Location, is a magnificent art filled Loft in a trendy up and coming area of Cape town. This location offers a great vantage point from which to take in the magnificent views that stretch across the city toward the harbour on the one side and toward Table Mountain behind you. Sitting proud atop what used to be a textile factory in the meat packing district of Woodstock and what is now a trendy and creative space housing businesses as well as residential spaces, Muse Location is in her element.

Woodstock came to be in the decade post 1900, and was always a "grey area" that remained unconquered by the group areas act. A certain Bohemianism has remained here, together with a wonderful mix of cultures now from traditional Muslim families to hipsters, creatives to cafe owners and a hundred plus, main road furniture and decor stores.

Massive Steel framed windows frame the space between interior and exterior, allowing beautiful natural light to flood the space. With a square meterage of around 250m2 ,the industrial architecture design  mixed with an eclectic decor style makes for an interesting and exciting apartment. The large open plan space with polished black screed floors is separated into various areas using unusual, one of a kind items of furniture. Many of these items are created by the owners themselves, or adapted to be functional within this environment. The owner, an avid fine art collector, has found a space here where his growing art collection can truly sing and where his wonderful and unusual furniture finds can be repurposed in a suburb where conformity is frowned upon and creativity celebrated.

An absolute passion for art is apparent in this gorgeous space, with a myriad of fantastic art works begging for your attention. In every nook and around every corner you will spot visual treats.

Both stills and film shoots are welcome at Muse.

Muse is also open to short stay accommodation bookings.



Top 10 Photoshoot Locations in Cape Town

Photoshoot Locations Cape Town and Surrounding Areas : Picking Our Top Stars

It’s the end of the financial year and a brilliant time to look back at the year that’s just passed and see who our top stars have been.

We like to think of it as our very own Oscars.

So, let’s roll out the red carpet for these beauties:

Modern Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the MODERN Category – the astounding DAWN 777 – with a backdrop of the Constantiaberg mountain range. This magnificent home is a triumph of glass, cement and wood. Managing to retain its warmth despite the expansive dimensions is the real genius of this home that is first and foremost a family home and then an immensely popular photoshoot location.



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Brands: VW, Shell, Philips, Lie to Me (feature film), ICE (Feature) Cape Original Trading.

Mediterranean Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the MEDITERANNEAN Category – Hacienda, the Spanish style (hence the name) home has done a booming trade. The combination of the terracotta tiles, the wonderful entrance and sweeping staircase and wonderful kitchen with ceramic detail has inspired many a production designer, art director and director.

Brands: Next, MrP, Otto, Alder, Heatons, Viagra,

Series: Origin

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All Round Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the ALL ROUNDER CATEGORY Schoenstatt -  A wonderful property in Constantia this is 4.5 hectares of beauty and tranquility. The facilities include the magnificent Herbert Baker building conference Centre with wood paneled interiors, pressed ceilings and large imposing staircase. In the garden Centre building are 2 halls as well as various apartments, corridors and office areas.

A heritage barn has been of immense fascination for many shoots with its beautiful wooden doors and unique features

The grounds are vast and offer space for whole feature film basecamps.

Series and Features: Origin, The Ulysses Grant story, 438 Days

Brands: Lotto

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Villa Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the VILLA Category – South Fork is the clear winner with teams flocking to shoot within the beautiful grounds and grand house. The exterior looks quite Tuscan in style with immense proportions and with a sweeping view of the Helderburg valley. The interior has extraordinary areas including a very popular wood paneled office, a large cellar and games room area, formal sitting room, huge bedrooms, a formal structured garden and a wonderful entrance area fantastic for car commercials.

Series and Features: Deep State, Doctor Who

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Contemporary Family Home Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the CONTEMPORARY FAMILY HOME category – Family Tree has done a roaring trade. What do people love about this property? Its easily accessible, the owner is very accommodating and open to shoots. The open plan lightness of the house makes it easily adaptable and easy to shoot in. screed floors are light. The kitchen dining living areas are all open plan and the aspect to the garden really workable. The kids playroom is a lovely big room that has been redressed as an office, lounge, doctors’ room – so very adaptable.

Brands: Shoprite, Skin renewal, HP, My Kids, Kiri – Laughing Cow, Eli Lily, Citroen

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Farm House Family Home Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the FARM HOUSE FAMILY HOME Category – Glen Dirk is our out and out star.

What do directors and production designers love about this home? The kitchen, the living area with French doors to the garden, large living room, there is just something about this house that keeps people coming back for more. Set on a beautiful farm – one of the original Wynberg farms the house has a magic about it that has to be experienced.

Brands: Hectic, TATA, City of Cape Town water, Chocapics, Avito, Samsung, Garden Furniture

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Beach House Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the BEACH HOUSE Category – Natural Beauty is the West Coast champion. Designed by an unstoppable husband and wife team this home is calming, with clean lines, beautiful views and has a tranquility that photo shoot teams adore. What a winner!!!

Brands: H&M, Kid, Garden furniture, Zolando, Solar, Ernstings, Myself.

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  1. In the FARM Category – Legacy / Wiesenhof Farm is our most successful stills farm location this year. With multiple dams and log cabins, boat house and so many options for photography teams this location really ticks all the boxes for stills photography. Whole campaigns over several days have been shot on this wonderfully adaptable location.


Brands: Boden, Mini Boden, Scheisser, Metamension Aragon, Nayomi, Supernova Exact, Outdoor Furniture, Baur, Aldi Sud, CWN

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Contemporary/Modern Family Home Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the CONTEMPORARY / MODERN Posh Family HomeOak Apple is the clear forerunner. This property is loved as a Photoshoot location as well as a TV Commercial location. It’s not difficult to see why. Large and light double and triple volume living areas look onto a tranquil and fragrant garden. Tastefully furnished rooms inspire and delight and are perfect as is to shoot. This is exactly what photo shoot teams are looking for.

Brands: Purina, Tomy, Muller, Amazon

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Accomodation/Modern Beach Home Photoshoot Locations

  1. In the ACCOMMODATION / MODERN BEACH HOME Category – Ice House is our glittering star. What a property this is. Carved out of the Llundudno slopes and utilizing the massive boulders on the property within the build of the house – Ice house clings to the mountain slopes and proudly stares out to sea. Full of extraordinary art and each area cleverly designed to maximize the views, and the various site-specific aspects this property is to die for.

Brands: Resident Evil, Good Omens, Ani Beach Wear


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Preparing Your Home for a Photo Shoot

We're in the business of beautiful spaces.Whether its gardens, homes, restaurants or offices - the photographs are one of the most important tools that we have to sell your property to Directors, producers, art directors etc who see beautiful things all day everyday.

that is why it is so important, and why we recommend that you have professional photos taken Of your home. Shoot my House has a stable of photographers that we can call on to take these photos once you have signed with us so talk to us about it and we can talk you through the cost and you'll see how fast you see a return on that investment.

There is a lot that you can do to ensure that the shots of your home are everything that they could be .

1.Sounds obvious but Clean, clean, clean! Now that you will have a professional photographer it does not mean that you do not have to clean your home. Dirt shows up in pictures! Especially now that you will have high quality photos.Make sure to get those nooks and crannies, dust the mantle, scrub at the discolored spots and if you need to, clean your carpets! Despite what some people may think a professional photographer cannot photoshop untidiness and disgarded clothing, laundry etc out of the photo.

2.Declutter. When you think you have decluttered…declutter some more. That cute ceramic collection may mean the world to you, but it will not help in photos of your home. You will want your home to convey a model-home feel. Photos translate well with the least amount of things possible in the shot.

3. Make sure the house looks great from the outside. Freshen up your pot plants, rake up leaves, clean windows, windowsills, make sure the lawn is neatly cut and clear of "landmines".

Lastly, always remember the little things! Is the toilet seat up? Put it down. Is the toilet paper down to one last sheet? Replace it. Pay attention to blinds, curtains, bedspreads, shower curtains and baseboards. All of these things can add up to create a vision of your home that you do not want. Put your best foot (and home) forward and watch how fast we make it famous!

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Welcome to the Shoot My House Blog

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.06.52 AMThis year Shoot My House is 8 years old. Its been an exciting journey so far and now we are ready to take it to the next level. The company began because of a love both of film as well as a love of architecture and interiors and also a love of dealing with people and creating creative solutions. These are our passions.

In this blog we would like to show you exciting new properties, give you the inside scoop on new interior and design trends, introduce you to new and upcoming artists and let you know about exciting new events happening in this phenomenal city we live in.

we hope you will enjoy visiting us here as much as we will enjoy bringing you this exciting content.

Remember if you have a magnificent home, garden, farm, guest house, shop, restaurant or any other exciting space get in touch with us and we can talk about how we can make that space work for you and provide a lucrative return on your investment.

contact us at red@shootmyhouse.tv or production@shootmyhouse.tv to find out more.