Welcome to Ellerman House


Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, distinguished shipping magnates and investors, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay residential area. This elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is known for having one of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. Just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island.

Now privately owned, Ellerman House stands as an iconic showcase of South Africa’s finest lodging, cuisine, wine, and leisure. With shaded verandas, tiered gardens, beautiful interiors, and a celebrated art collection, guests from all over the world love the combination of luxury and service this serene getaway offers. Ellerman House has eleven rooms, two suites, and two private villas. Attention to detail ensures that no two rooms alike. The property boasts two lounges, a library, two dining rooms, a spa, a main pool, gym, whisky bar, and expansive outdoor space. The property is not open to the public, offering a genuine level of privacy and luxury to guests.


Rooms & Suites at Ellerman House


Ellerman House is made up of the main house and two spectacular villas. Within the main house there are various room categories ranging from the Classic House Room to our breathtaking Suites. Our two spectacular private Villas are ideal for exclusive use by families or groups of friends.

Ocean View Room: Sun-filled and inviting, these bijou rooms feature our best ocean views. Guests love to sip coffee whilst gazing out of the large bay windows at the spectacular coastline below. Touches of leather, wood and linen set the mood, while a sleek TV console and an eye-catching assortment of art provide character. Nearby, two comfortable armchairs sit in a mini-lounge area. The Superior House Rooms are en suite and include satellite TV, air conditioning, wireless internet, heated floors, and a complimentary minibar. The average room size is 323 square feet. (Photo top left)

Deluxe Spa Room: Snugly adjacent to the Ellerman House Spa, the Deluxe Spa rooms have a front row seat to the serene infinity pool, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. These charming rooms feature double sliding wooden doors that open to a shared pool and deck, where guests sip drinks and relax on loungers while taking in a smorgasbord of Capetonian coastline. The rooms are bathed in tranquility with a blend of natural colors and textures, warm beech-wood paneling and heavenly scents drifting in from the nearby spa. The Deluxe Spa Rooms are en suite and include satellite TV, air conditioning, wireless internet, heated floors, and a complimentary minibar. The average room size is 398 square feet. (Photo top right)

Deluxe House Room: Taking a cue from their breathtaking ocean backdrop, these spacious, sun-drenched bedrooms are a traveler’s paradise. Two sets of double doors open up to an exquisite private balcony, where a lush assortment of native South African plants add to the seaside aroma. The sightlines beckon guests to enjoy sun-soaked afternoons, al fresco dinners, or evening drinks to cap the day’s adventure. A blend of ocean colors, textured finishes, and contemporary touches saturate the rooms. The Deluxe House rooms are all en suite, and include satellite TV, air conditioning, wireless internet, heated floors, and a complimentary minibar. The average room size is 474 square feet. (Photo bottom left)

Ellerman House Suites: The Ellerman House Suites are the epitome of elegance and comfort, with large rooms styled in a beautiful layering of colours, fabrics and textures. Dramatic sightlines set the mood from large sitting rooms that overlook an oceanfront balcony, accessible by French doors. Guests can entertain friends in the elegant dining area, relax in the lounge, or savour breathtaking views of the Atlantic on the private wraparound balcony. Throughout the rooms, prized paintings and sculptures by South African artists add to the stylish bravado.The Ellerman House Suites are en suite and include satellite TV, air conditioning, wireless internet, heated floors, and a complimentary minibar. The average room size is 1103 square feet. (Photo of suite's lounge bottom right)


Location of Ellerman House


Just a 10-minute drive to the V&A Waterfront, and a 5-minute walk to beautiful Clifton & Camps Bay beaches, Ellerman House is situated in the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay. Directly facing the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island, the property has one of the most spectacular views in South Africa and is in close proximity to all popular tourist attractions.


Art Gallery At Ellerman House


Art is the soul of Ellerman House, and our collection sets us apart from other fine hotels in South Africa. This grand assortment of works has been assembled over three decades, and features a uniquely South African twist. The originals span over a century, from the 1910 Volschenk of an undeveloped Camps Bay, to contemporary works from Vusi Khumalo. December 2009 marked the birth of Ellerman House Contemporary, a modern art gallery created to delight guests with the South African artists we love. Ever-evolving, the collection is rotated every season. Our guests are warmly invited to take the Ellerman House Art Tour.


Library, Spa, Gym & Pool at Ellerman House


The Ellerman House Library offers guests a collection of fiction and nonfiction titles, plus magazines from around the world. Our guests love to sit and read books in the morning, or enjoy an after-dinner drink by the fireplace. For convenience, a nearby computer and printer are connected to the network and available for complimentary guest use.

Situated on the lower level of the Ellerman House Villa, the Ellerman House Spa is an opportunity to experience true relaxation and well-being while rejuvenating body and mind. The facility includes two single treatment rooms and one double treatment room, plus a sensation shower, sauna, and steam room. Our therapists draw on healing and beauty techniques from around the globe. Guests choose from massages including traditional Japanese body work, LaStone therapy, Bellabaci, aromatherapy, Swedish, deep tissue, Reiki and lymph drainage. The signature two-hour Ellerman House Ritual includes a body scrub and cleanse, body wrap, massage and rehydration treatment. To make it a truly holistic experience, the Spa Team can arrange for the kitchen to balance food intake with our relaxation treatments, adding a healthy routine to your stay.

Secluded in the lush gardens near the swimming pool, the Ellerman House fitness facilities offer a fully equipped gym for guests wanting to maintain fitness during their stay. With its state-of-the-art equipment, sauna and change rooms, guests can enjoy an energizing workout while taking in a signature view of the Atlantic. Our ‘Technogym Excite’ equipment includes free weights and benches, treadmill, stationary bicycle, elliptical trainer, medicine balls and exercise mats. As always, our staff are available to familiarize guests with the facility and offer assistance when needed.

Located on the lower terrace of the hotel, our lap pool is solar heated to a temperature between 19 and 24 degrees Celsius. This pool is perfect for guests who enjoy a swim as part of their workout, while enjoying great views across the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively soak up the rays and relax beside the pool in our loungers with a good book.


Food & Wine at Ellerman House


Under the guidance of Chef Veronica, the cuisine at Ellerman House works in concert with our art and fine wine, creating an experience notable to even the most well-versed travellers. As guests 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.

The Pantry is your guilty pleasure. Fresh, homemade treats are prepared daily, making it perfect for a light snack between meals, or for grabbing supplies before heading out for the day. Cakes are baked fresh every morning and guests can help themselves to a range of teas, coffees and drinks during the day or night.

The Ellerman House Wine Gallery is a unique space to showcase South African wines and it has turned into something that has never been seen or done before anywhere in the world. The result is the collaborative genius of a dynamic and diverse team of highly creative South Africans, led by architect Michael Dennett, sculptor Angus Taylor, blacksmith and sculptor Conrad Hicks, industrial designer Brian Steinhobel, and designers Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Southern Guild and Source. Here, tasting the finest wines from the Cape’s local vineyards or sipping a 20-year old brandy is elevated to an experience that touches all the senses. The Wine Gallery includes a brandy tasting lounge, red and white wine maturation cellars for vintage and rare bottles, and a champagne cellar, stocking rare and special vintages of Dom Perignon.


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