Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for travellers wanting complete exclusivity and privacy in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, it offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. Clifton’s beaches are within walking distance, while the best local attractions are 10 minutes by car. Originally a private residence, the historic Cape Edwardian-style mansion features 13 rooms and suites, two ultra-modern villas, the tranquil Ellerman House Spa, an extensive wine cellar and indigenous gardens. Modern cuisine that reflects the best of local and seasonal flavours, excellent wine pairings, generous-hearted hospitality and tailor-made excursions add up to a world-class guest experience that remains authentically South African.
Ellerman House consists of 13 bedrooms and 2 three bedroom villas. Each room is individually decorated, offering all the luxuries of five star accommodations. The 11 guest rooms and two suites vary in size and are individually decorated and impeccably furnished in a sophisticated style. Original paintings and sculptures add to the luxurious, home-from-home ambience.
The Ellerman House Villa One, above the spa, is a multi-storey, three bedroom villa (with the option of additional two bedrooms on spa level) complete with private lounge, entertainment room, dining room, kitchen, library, study, elevator, private deck and pool.
Villa Two, built above the Ellerman House Wine Gallery is a multi-storey, spacious, ultra-modern three-bedroom villa and includes a private deck and pool and open plan living with dining room and kitchen.
A Few of our Favourite Things.
Fine art is the soul of Ellerman House and the collection that line the walls is what sets it apart from other boutique hotels in South Africa. The art works span over two centuries, from the works of the famous Thomas Bowler showcasing Cape Town in the 1800s to contemporary works from artists such as Lionel Smith and William Kentridge. You are also invited to join their art guide, Talita, for a private tour through the Ellerman House art collection, starting with the oldest works and ending in the Contemporary Art Gallery, created in 2009.
If guests are interested in viewing galleries in Cape Town, Talita will accompany you for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Talita is an artist and curator herself, so guests will gain behind-the-scenes access and knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries.
Wine is taken very seriously at Ellerman House and the hotel’s 7500-strong collection of South African wines represents both established and emerging labels from the Western Cape’s world-renowned wine regions. Many of the wines in the collection are rare wines or special releases augmented by sought-after vintages bought on auction. Wines from the cellar are only made available on the hotel’s wine list once they have been optimally aged and are deemed ready for enjoyment at peak maturity.
Integrating outstanding contemporary architecture with breathtaking sculptural elements and cutting-edge design, the new Ellerman House Wine Gallery is not only a showcase for this extensive, award-winning wine collection but offers guests a unique, interactive journey into the world of wine.
It aims to bring to life South Africa’s 350-year old heritage of winemaking, providing an environment for tasting and learning about local wines as intriguing and inspiring as the wine itself. Sophisticated storage is provided in state-of-the-art wine racks and separate, temperature-controlled maturation cellars for white and red wines. The gallery incorporates an interactive multi-media wine library and brandy tasting lounge. There is also a Champagne cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Pérignon. Guests have access to a wine App for iPad that provides detailed information about the wine estates and tasting notes for each of the wines featured on the hotel’s wine list.
The Ellerman House Spa is a natural extension of the property’s commitment to quality and personalised service. Situated on the ground floor, below Villa One, it is approached through a garden with tranquil water features, lush indigenous plants and ocean views.
A small, highly experienced team of therapists offers a carefully considered menu of skin care therapy and body treatments created for relaxation, rejuvenation and self-improvement. Everything is designed to soothe the senses while the body and mind are coaxed into balance.
As you enjoy views of the Atlantic, Chef Veronica delights with her vibrant recipes, highlighted by Cape Malay spices and Farmers’ Market organic fruit and vegetables. The menu items change daily, but stay focused on modern European-style dishes.
Chef Veronica employs a ‘farm-to-fork’ philosophy that emphasises using only the freshest local ingredients. A master of the unexpected, her creativity pushes the boundaries of taste, while remaining true to the heart of gourmet cuisine.
You are also welcome to make special requests beyond the daily à la carte options, and a 24-hour guest pantry is stocked with homemade fare.
Benguela Diamonds Safari.
Ellerman House, in partnership with Benguela Diamonds, also offers an exclusive opportunity to embark on a ‘diamond safari’ to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa – a unique place of origin for diamonds worthy of the most exquisite jewellery settings.
Follow the journey of an ocean diamond from its humble origin beneath the surface of the sea to its transformation into a symbol of love and object of beauty. This exciting new experience, exclusive to you as a guest of Ellerman House, is particularly attractive to couples planning an engagement or celebrating an anniversary or milestone in their lives.
Just Some of the Inclusions.
- Return transfers from Cape Town International Airport and Cape Town locations • Fully inclusive breakfast • Laundry packed in tissue paper • Beverages (excluding wines & Champagne), inclusive of spirits and beer • Fully stocked in-room bar with our selection of luxury brands • Guest pantry (24 hour) with wide selection of snacks and in-between meal options • Daily sunset cocktails & canapés • Access to Ellerman House Spa & Fitness Centre • Uncapped Wireless Internet access • 24-hour monitored security • Private and secure parking available • Individual attention from Senior Managers who personally supervise Guest Services
Cape Town, more affectionately known as the Mother City to locals or visitors who have fallen in love with this truly remarkable and special city, has topped the lists of destinations for things as varied as best food and wine, most scenic routes, most memorable coastal roadtrips, top cultural experiences, favourite expat city, finest beaches, greatest iconic landmarks – the list goes on! Once you have experienced this city for just a few hours, you will soon see why people become so easily enamoured by it!
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, this exceptionally scenic city is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Because of these very reasons it also means it is the perfect location from which to delve in to the world of wellness or feast on our top epicurean experiences. Intrigued to know what your city and wellness experience may comprise of? Click here and wonder no more!
Our Epicurean Highlights.
- City Winery Experience
• Urban Foraging
• Gin Distilling
• Private Chef’s Table With Chef
• Celebrity Chef Cooking Lesson
- Seaside Sunset Massage
• Private Yoga Classes (indoor and outdoor venues)
• African Treatments
• Alternative Healing Treatments
• Life Coaching
- A Hike in the City Mountains
• Secret Sunset Spots
• Experiencing the City Views from the Ocean
• Walking the City Streets & Finding Hidden Gems
• The Cosmopolitan Melting Pot of People