Ellerman House

Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From £2100 in low season
From £3900 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

  • Set on the cliffs overlooking Bantry Bay, Ellerman House boasts breath-taking views that you’ll never tire of, you can easily get distracted day-dreaming the time away mesmerized by the rolling waves of the Atlantic. 

  • Being in one of the most exclusive suburbs of Cape Town, this elegant Edwardian house offers 13 rooms and suites and oozes luxury at every turn – guests can’t help but fall under its spell. 

  • Set in picturesque gardens with perfectly manicured lawns the sea-facing adults-only pool is nestled on the lower terrace of the hotel - a stunning spot to totally unwind. 

  • The wine-gallery at Ellerman House – the hotel’s cellar, retains a collection of 7,500 bottles of vintage South-African wines and offers an experiential journey into the wonderful world of wine.

  • Whether you just want to relish the gourmet cuisine or peruse the notable collection of art, Ellerman House doesn’t disappoint and all within walking distance of Clifton’s infamous beaches.

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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 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Ellerman House


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 centre 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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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.


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


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.


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.



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 organised comes highly recommended, and for foodies they have a pantry offering an array complimentary sweet and savoury treats to guests through out the day which makes you feel like a child in a sweet shop! A very enjoyable and memorable stay.


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.


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 coloured 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.


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!


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.



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 favourite 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.'


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.



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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 centre 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.

How to get there

11-hours 50-minute British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town International Airport. The airport is a 35-minute drive from the hotel. Meet and greet at airport by Ellerman House representative - Private, chauffeur-driven airport transfers in air-conditioned courtesy cars.

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