Ellerman House

Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From $1700 in low season
From $3800 in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a classic house room on a bed and breakfast basis and private transfers.

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At a Glance

  • Incredible views over Bantry Bay

  • Exquisite meals as well as a 24hour fully stocked snack room

  • Fantastic spa and infinity pool

  • Beautiful gardens and manicured lawns

  • Nothing less than luxury at every turn

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Year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C.

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Insider's View

Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly along with your afternoon tea on the veranda - the views are to die for!

Visit the kitchen for a pre-dinner chat with the chef and hear all about the delicious treats in store for the evening.

Spend a day just relaxing on the lawns by the pool, the most stunning location to do just that in the whole of Cape Town.

Ellerman House is home to probably the best villa in cape town. The private deck and pool are breathtaking.

Hungry guests can visit the guest larder and fill their pockets with everything from fudge to marshmallows – perfect for midnight feasts!

Ellerman has 7500 bottles of south African wine in the cellar – just about enough for a good party!

Design your own mini-bar – and it will be placed in your room before you arrive

The private art collection is absolutely stunning and has some totally unique pieces. Talk to the in-house art dealer for advise on where to find similar pieces.

Every afternoon there is wine tasting offered at 3.30pm

The art on display at Ellerman House is all South African bar one British born artist - very impressive!

South African whisky, brandy and gin are complimentary in each room and well worth enjoying whilst sat on your balcony overlooking Bantry Bay.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Ellerman House

Description

Ellerman House is situated in Bantry Bay, one of the smartest areas of Cape Town, with sweeping views of Cape Town and out to sea. The hotel has 11 elegant suites, two which overlook the wonderful garden. It is one of the most opulent hotels in Cape Town.

Ellerman House is a historical landmark situated on quite the most spectacular site on Kloof Road in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay. It is within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beach, 10 minutes from the center of Cape Town and the bustling Waterfront and a mere 45 minutes from the heart of the winelands. It is the perfect springboard from which to discover the cape’s many and varied attractions: sun drenched beaches, world class restaurants, majestic Table Mountain, spectacular scenic drives and golf courses.

All eleven rooms are individually decorated and there is an incredible collection of the owners artwork on the walls of the hotel. There are the nine luxurious rooms and also two more spacious suites which have adjoining sitting rooms.

Ellerman House Spa and Gym offers the latest equipment in an unrivalled setting of beauty and splendour. Reserved solely for guests of Ellerman House or Villa, privacy and exclusivity are completely guaranteed. Whether you want to indulge in a day of pampering in ultra-modern surroundings, or enjoy a revitalising workout, the Ellerman House Spa & Gym will invigorate your senses.

Ellerman House will be the first to recommend superb restaurants in the area and the must see's and do's of the city. The service at Ellerman House is impeccable.

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Accommodation

Ellerman House has nine luxurious rooms and two spacious suites with adjoining lounges. Each room is lavish, en-suite and houses original South African art.

The rooms all have flat-screen satellite TV, under-floor heating, air conditioning, internet connectivity and a complimentary room bar as well as delicious home-made treats. All but two have magnificent views over the glittering Atlantic Ocean and world famous Robben Island. Each room is slightly different in either its lay-out or interior decor, yet all combine a classic style with modern touches.

Childcare

Only children over the age of 14 are welcome to stay at Ellerman House.

Facilities

The hotel has a stunning infinity swimming pool, with sea views and the Ellerman House Spa and Gym offers the latest equipment in an unrivalled setting of beauty and splendour. Reserved solely for guests of Ellerman House or Villa, privacy and exclusivity are completely guaranteed. Choose from a wide range of relaxing and beautifying treatments in luxurious surroundings. There is also a private art gallery featuring the best of South Africa contemporary art.

The fabulous concierge service is on hand to tailor an activity itinerary to suit each individual guest. They will suggest options and assist with booking your preferred activity.

Activities

Ellerman House has the scope of Cape Town on its doorstep and the experienced Concierge Service is a fantastic aid in deciding which of the many activities and excursions to enjoy. From the beaches with water sports options to golf or hiking up Table mountain, museums, top restaurants and the winelands to explore - there will be something for all guests to enjoy.

Reviews

5

Amber Hopkins (Staff)

Perched on the hillside in popular Bantry Bay overlooking the ocean, Ellerman House is certainly a unique and special property. As soon as you arrive you're greeted by friendly and helpful staff who make you feel as though you're returning to your home, emphasised by there being no check-in desk and a key tray in the main hall where guests happily leave their room keys during the day. Lovers of Fine Art will be fascinated by the abundance of South African art displayed on the walls at Ellerman House, ranging from classical pieces through to contemporary in their private gallery in the gardens. Complimentary South African whisky, gin and brandy in guests' rooms make for a really lovely touch, and would highly recommend enjoying from your balcony overlooking their manicured garden and sea. If wine is more your cup of tea, their extensive wine gallery where tastings can be organized comes highly recommended, and for foodies they have a pantry offering an array complimentary sweet and savory treats to guests through out the day which makes you feel like a child in a sweet shop! A very enjoyable and memorable stay.

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Rose Gemmell (Staff)

Ellerman House is one of the most luxurious hotel options in Cape Town and has the most amazing ocean views out to Robben Island. I absolutely loved the private art collection which is one of the finest collections in South Africa and includes the last official portrait taken of Nelson Mandela of which there are only two original copies.

The larder was also a lovely little touch where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks should they feel at all peckish throughout the day.

Ellerman House has a real home away from home feel, in winter there are roaring fires in every room and comfortable sofas to curl up on. In summer, all the veranda doors are wide open and you can spend the day relaxing by the pool overlooking Camps Bay.

5

Anna Hearn (Staff)

Quite possibly the most stunning vista in the whole of Camps Bay, Ellerman House oozes Edwardian style from the moment you arrive. Descend the wood-panelled staircase into a beautiful drawing room with original artworks on the walls, and a fully restored grand piano (on which the menus for the day are displayed in highly polished silver frames). A library can be found next door, but it is the outside space which really sets Ellerman apart. Cascading lawns, fringed with flowerbeds specifically planted with Cape flowers, draw the eye to the incredible view of the ocean. Palm trees dot the lawn, sculptures peer from between thickly flowered bushes, and behind all this the house towers, cream colored and elegant. Ellerman also has an art gallery collected over many years and showcasing some of the very best of South African art well worth taking a wander through. The rooms are, as you would expect, sumptuously furnished and beautifully appointed. Ellerman is splendidly charming, a house full of character, just perfect for those wishing for a bit of English country house style in the glorious Riviera setting of Bantry Bay.

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

A fantastic location down on Bantry Bay gives Elerman house a really special feel. As we sat having lunch on the terrace taking in the large lawn and glittering waters of the swimming pool beyond you could see why it has one of the highest rates for returning guests in cape town. The rooms are very true to the colonial and traditional feel of the hotel. However the spa located across the lawn in a separate building also housing the awesome private villa is very much more modern with light wood and huge windows bathing it in light. The hotel is also involved heavenly in contemporary art and has an impressive gallery on site that is open for guests to tour with a resident expert.

A grown up hotel that offers the chance to feel completely relaxed in your own private garden paradise with a large pool surrounded by loungers you could happily spend a week relaxing then heading into Cape Town for a dinner or drink in the evenings. The perfect combination!

5

Sarah Clegg (Staff)

This is quite possibly the most luxurious and spoiling place to stay in Cape Town. Beautiful terraced lawns and an incredible swimming pool. Fantastic attentive service, delicious food and great views over Bantry Bay and out to Robben Island.

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Best for ambience & design - With glorious views over Bantry Bay, this beautiful boutique hotel is the former home of shipping magnate Sir John Ellerman. Famed for its extensive South African art collection and 9,000-bottle wine cellar, it has just nine elegant rooms and two suites. There is a heated pool in the terraced grounds, a spa and a contemporary-art gallery that doubles as a private cinema. The separate, three-bedroom Ellerman Villa has a private chef and butler service; a second villa, which will house a state-of-the-art wine cellar and wine library, is currently being constructed. The concierge team will arrange anything, including tables at the city's best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with iPads for guests' use.

X-factor 'This is one of my favorite places in the world,' says Gold List contributor Peter Browne. 'It is exceptionally beautiful and undeniably sumptuous, with valuable paintings by the most respected South African artists, but it somehow never feels remotely intimidating or grand.'

5

Louisa Verney (Staff)

This is quite possibly, THE place to stay in Cape Town. With stunning views overlooking Bantry Bay, if you can stay here... do! The service is so discreet but perfectly done that no guest need goes unmissed. With its elegant sunbeds surrounding the large pool this is exactly where I'd want to be on a sunny afternoon in Cape Town, as I sip on a cold gin and tonic. The food looked amazing and as a Relais and Chateau, you would expect it to be! Every room is decorated individually with such care in a classic but contemporary way. If you are lucky enough to go, you must spend some time in the new art gallery. It changes regularly and supports local artists.

Experiences

  • 24hrs to the White Desert and back

    This incredible experience is a 24 hour round trip which takes you to the stunning icebergs of the Antarctic and back to Cape Town. This unique opportunity to explore the white desert truly is the 'greatest day' to share with family or friends

  • Bay Harbour Market - Hout Bay

    Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewelry and authentic South African food.

  • Benguela Diamond Safari with Ellerman House

    Embark on a truly once in a lifetime experience, ideal for a proposal or just a romantic gesture. This 'diamond safari' allows you to follow a diamonds journey, from its source under the ocean to being set in a stunning piece and an everlasting memory

  • Bike and Saddle Cycling Tours

    What better way to experience the varied landscapes of the Cape Peninsula than by bike? Bike and Saddle has six routes ranging from a three hour tour around Cape Town, to a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, there is something to suit everyone.

  • Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain

    Table Mountain, at 1086 meters above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.

  • Cape Peninsula - Family

    This guided day out is perfect for the whole family with treasure hunts in Kirstenbosch Gardens, fishing in Kalk Bay, stand up paddle boarding with penguins and game viewing in the Cape peninsula reserve.

  • Classic Car Hire in Cape Town

    Hire a classic car for the day and cruise the beautiful winding coastal roads of the cape.

  • Dinner at La Colombe

    La Colombe has relocated to the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek. Enjoy sweeping views of the Constantia Valley and Hout Bay, and feast on head chef Scot Kirton's creations. Commonly called the best restaurant in Constantia.

  • Dinner at The Greenhouse

    Peter Tempelhoff, executive chef at The Greenhouse, stays on the cutting-edge of South African cuisine with ever-changing seasonal menus, showcasing contemporary cooking techniques and culinary styles.

  • Explore Long Street and Kloof Street

    Explore the City Bowl area of Cape Town along the streets of Long and Kloof. Kloof Street runs downhill from the lower slopes of Table Mountain to merge with Long Street and descend to the Waterfront area.

  • Family Private Cape Adventure

    Explore the Cape with a professional guide and private custom-built Adventure Utility Vehicle fully equipped with surfboards, stand up paddle boards, hiking packs and more for a day that combines adventure and sightseeing!

  • First Thursdays - Cape Town

    On the first Thursday of every month explore the art galleries of Cape Town until late. Museums and cultural attractions open their doors and allow visitors to spend the evening discovering the rich culture of the city.

  • Footsteps and township private tour

    Discover the tumultuous history of South Africa with a guided walking tour around Cape Town, and meet some of the residents, with a chance to learn about how they come together to create a strong community in the city's townships.

  • Full Day Cape Point Tour

    Your driver will collect you and drive you down the West coast of the Cape Peninsula. He will introduce you to the geography and cultural history, culminating at the Cape itself. You will drive back via Boulders Beach to see the penguins.

  • Full Day Cape Town and Table Mountain

    A full-day tour visiting Table Mountain for unforgettable views, returning to the city through the Malay Quarter, and incorporating a two-hour walking tour stopping at many of the city’s most important landmarks.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Great White Shark Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Harley Davidson in Cape Town

    Is there a cooler way to explore the Cape and wider South Africa than hiring a Harley-Davidson and winding your way along the coastal roads or through the mountainous Winelands?

  • High Tea at The Mount Nelson

    Afternoon tea at The Mount Nelson hotel is a must do whilst staying in Cape Town. The Mount Nelson Hotel serves tea from 14.30 onwards, book for a vast variety of sandwiches, pastries, and loose-leaf teas.

  • Hike or Climb Table Mountain

    Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.

  • Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach

    For a unique day out in Cape Town, take a horseback ride along the five-mile long, picturesque Noordhoek Beach. Noordhoek is the longest beach in Cape Town and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Chapman's Peak.

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, and thought by many to be the most beautiful garden in Africa. Don't miss out on a visit to this magical treasure of Cape Town.

  • Paragliding over Cape Town

    For the adrenaline junky, paragliding over Cape Town is the ultimate way to witness incredible views of the city. Take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill and let your instructor do the flying while you sit back and simply take it all in.

  • Penguins at Boulders Beach

    There are few places on earth where you can enjoy an experience quite like this. Get up close to the breeding colony of penguins, share their little sandy beach and even paddle into the sea to swim with them.

  • Robben Island Trip

    A short ferry ride from the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbor.

  • Seal Island

    Seal Island, is a small island, around 200 meters in length and a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay. The island has become a breeding colony for around 6000 Cape Fur Seals and several operators offer daily trips to the island.

  • Shopping on the V&A Waterfront

    The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.

  • The Garden at Babylonstoren

    Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.

  • Uthando

    Uthando South Africa is an award winning, international and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified organization which raises funds for community development projects in Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Visit the dramatic Capes

    The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.

  • Walk in the Company's Garden

    Set in the City Bowl area of Cape Town, a walk around the Company's Garden is an introduction to the very origins of the city itself. Originally established in 1647, the Dutch East India Company used this garden to re-supply its ships passing the Cape.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

  • Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route

    South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.

Vacation Ideas

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Location & directions

Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House boasts spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean, in Cape Town's elite suburb of Bantry Bay, just 10 minutes from the center and Clifton beaches. Most of Cape Town's prime sightseeing attractions are in close proximity to Ellerman House. Robben Island can be seen from the terrace; the Cape's winelands are approximately thirty minutes away; and South Africa's finest beaches (Clifton and Camps Bay ) are around the corner.

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