180 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay, 8005
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5 star luxury boutique hotel & villas. Part of Relais & Châteaux.
Curating the most exceptional experience in beautiful Cape Town.
History & Story
This grand old home (originally known as Florida House) has been collecting stories for over a century. Built in 1906, it has seen its fair share of owners and transformations. Most notably its namesake, Sir John Ellerman, who did not build the property, but took ownership and was the longest resident of the property – second only to its current owners, The Harris Family. In 1992 Ellerman House opened as a 7-bedroom luxury hotel. Now operating for over a quarter century as a world-leading boutique luxury hotel, Ellerman House has continued to reinvent and innovate without losing sight of its origins. Since its inception, four bedrooms, two ultra-modern villas, a spa, a wine gallery and a contemporary art gallery have been added to the property. These are only the tangible additions.
Situated in Bantry Bay (a sought after suburb of Cape Town), with its uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House occupies an exclusive coastal location that remains a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s centre and the city’s numerous attractions. A collection of South African art considered to be the most important collection in the country due to its diversity of important artworks and unique cuisine offering that celebrates local flavours, yet embraces techniques from around the globe. A one of a kind wine gallery that honours the country’s most delicious export, wine and a garden that rejoices in indigenous flora. Unparalleled service standards, food philosophies and authentic South African experiences are constantly evolving at the hands of the Ellerman House team.
Re-opened mid-June 2017 after refurbishment: bathrooms upgraded; new bar area; new terrace.
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Main Strengths, Special Touch
Showcasing the very best of South Africa, from heartfelt hospitality to the immense art and wine collections to lush gardens, stylish interiors and incredible views.
Set above Bantry Bay with breathtaking ocean views, Ellerman House is an enchanting property in the heart of Cape Town, where the slopes of Lion’s Head meet the Atlantic Ocean.
Key sites/activities in the area
Whether in search of an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a family-friendly excursion, the vibrant and diverse city has it all. The Ellerman House concierge has put together a number of action-packed outing ideas, with itineraries that include everything from paddle-boarding and picnics to Table Mountain visits, hikes and helicopter flips. Take a fascinating tour of the city’s cultural hotspots curated by the concierge team, including their recommendations of the best local craft and curio stores.
Journeying to Antarctica – one of the most remote and enigmatic landscapes on the planet – is a truly unparalleled adventure. Our longstanding partnership with White Desert whisks guests from Cape Town to Earth’s southernmost continent on a private jet for a highly exclusive, one-of-a-kind, luxury travel experience.
Daily complimentary wine tastings accompany the start of sunset every day at Ellerman House, allowing guests to sample a variety of interesting and unique bottles from an outstanding selection of South African wines during their stay.
The Ellerman House art collection takes visitors on a journey that explores the social and cultural shift in South Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to present day. The art in this collection expresses the true character of the land, the people and the unique South African heritage.
Villa One is perfect for multigenerational families and accommodate children of all ages.
Villa Two welcome children 8 years and older and The Ellerman House rooms and suites welcome children 12 years and older.
• Number of suites: 2
• Number of Luxury rooms: 11
• Number of luxury private-use villas: 2
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 13 rooms and 2 private use villas.
Restaurants & Bars
The culinary experience at Ellerman House is an expression of deep love for South Africa. The country’s colourful history and rich cultural heritage provide inspiration for Head Chef Kieran Whyte and his team, who bring local flavours to life with contemporary flair.
Every plate is a showcase of passion, bursting with colour and creativity and assembled with extraordinary attention to detail. The use of fresh seasonal produce grown in and around the city is complemented by indigenous ingredients, a splash of imagination and a sprinkle of global influence, which together create the most exceptional fine dining experience in Cape Town.
Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard is famed for its incredible year-round sunsets and BAR ROC is the best place from which to experience them. This striking, contemporary space takes full advantage of its extraordinary position, with plush indoor seating at the wide stacking windows as well as an open-air terrace for long, balmy evenings. It is the ideal spot to gather with friends over a cold cocktail to watch the sun slip into the sea.
A small, highly experienced team of therapists offers a carefully considered menu of skin care therapy and body treatments designed for relaxation, rejuvenation and self-improvement. Everything is designed to soothe the senses while the body and mind are coaxed into balance. The spa features a serene relaxation area complete with a sauna, steam room and sensation shower.
Gym facilities include Technogym Excite equipment, free weights and benches, a treadmill, stationary bicycle, rowing machine, elliptical trainer, medicine balls and exercise mats. Guests are also welcome to make use of the sauna and change rooms provided for their convenience.
The heated lap pool is a favourite spot for enjoying the hotel’s incredible Atlantic Ocean view.
Corporate & Celebration Events
The Wine Gallery is the perfect venue to host exclusive events, including specialised wine events, lunch, dinner or cocktail event, for up to 36 guests.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
2021: Condé Nast Traveller, Reader’s Choice Awards for Top Hotels in Africa (USA)
2021: The Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards
2020: Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Gold List
2020: Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Choice Award for Top Hotels in Africa (USA)
2019: Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Gold List
2019: Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Choice Award for Top Hotels in Africa (USA)
2019: The Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards
2018: Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Choice Award for Top Hotels in Africa (USA)
2017: The Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards
2017: World Travel Awards for Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa
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