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Birkenhead House

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

Perched on a cliff top in Hermanus, Birkenhead House provides a haven of luxury for those traveling along the Garden Route. Only an hour and a half from Cape Town, this boutique hotel offers 11 beautiful rooms.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy breakfast whilst watching whales play below

  • Walk along the coastal path into Hermanus

  • A seriously stylish and chic hotel

  • Delicious food, wine and views

  • Decorated in creams and whites you can't help but feel relaxed

Adventure, Culture, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast while watching the whales crashing into the waves.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Follow the candles that light up the staircase to your room and fall asleep to the sound of the sea.

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

The two smaller rooms at the front of the hotel have the only unobstructed views of the ocean. These are definitely the ones to opt for despite their relative cosines.

Dominic Atterton

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Enjoy a massage in Birkenhead’s extensive spa for a bit of pampering!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Perfect for honeymooners and couples, Birkenhead does not allow children

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

For those wishing for even more seclusion, Birkenhead Villa is just perfect

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

A round up of the day’s news is provided each morning

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Borrow a bodyboard to play in the waves by the whales

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Birkenhead House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


Situated in Hermanus, Birkenhead House accommodates guests in the utmost luxury and is the perfect destination for those seeking the epitome of stylish seaside living. Decorated to reflect the beauty of its coastal setting, it is adorned with rare maritime antiques and sumptuous fabrics. No expense has been spared in making this the ultimate coastal retreat.

Each of the 11 opulently appointed suites is thoughtfully and beautifully designed and you will find the service impeccable. Enjoy magnificent ocean views from any of the balconies. Rooms feature king and queen size beds, gorgeous antique furniture and original artworks. Unwind in the spacious bathrooms with a Victorian bath tub, a walk in shower and two vanities. Other amenities include digital TV, DVD and minibar.

The terrace, with pool, offers unrestricted sea views along the bay towards Hermanus itself and is the perfect spot for your evening sundowner. Hermanus is also well-known as being one of the best places on the Western Cape for whale watching in season, from July to November. It is often possible to sit on the terrace and watch the whales in the sea in front of Birkenhead House.


Birkenhead House offers 11 rooms. Each room has been individually decorated with gorgeous antique furniture and original artworks, they feature luxurious queen and king size beds (some of which are antique four posters). The large bathroom’s centerpiece is a magnificent freestanding Victorian bath, complemented by a walk-in shower and two freestanding vanities. Other amenities include digital TV, DVD and mini-bar.

Double Suite

Each luxuriously furnished suite has large king or queen sized beds, air conditioning, digital TV, DVD player, WiFi and complimentary mini-bar.


Children over the age of 16 years are welcome at Birkenhead House. Attractions they will enjoy in the local area include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.


Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, spa, gym and internet access. The restaurant at the hotel serves a delicate mixture of modern African Cuisine and traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences.


Whale watching from the coast and swimming are complimentary at the hotel. Other activities in the local area include mountain trails and walks, birdwatching, deep sea fishing, visits to local wine farms and townships, play a round of golf or cycling. For those who crave a more adrenalin-filled experience, shark cage diving is available, as well as quad biking, riding, sea kayaking and scuba diving.

Location & Directions

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

Birkenhead House & Villa are situated in Hermanus in South Africa, approximately 120km (75 miles) from Cape Town. Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, overlooking Walker Bay, is the magnificent Birkenhead House with expansive vistas of the Overberg Mountains.

When to go

Hermanus enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Birkenhead House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route

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