May 2, 2021
Ellerman House Review

Cape Town, South Africa

Set on a draw-dropping cliffside overlooking the Atlantic ocean, this Edwardian mansion is nothing more than an art tilled masterpiece.

9 / 10


Located within walking distance from Cape Town’s famous Clifton’s four sheltered beaches, Ellerman House is somewhat shrouded in secrecy which leaves the ability to seduce, only to the weariest or jaded luxury travellers.

At first glance, the Ellerman House looks more like a private residence than a hotel, with its original Cape Edwardian-style mansion and two ultra-contemporary villas sharing one-and-a-half acres of prime real estate in the beautiful Bantry Bay. This small, upscale neighbourhood is sheltered from the prevailing Southeaster that blows in the summer months. With its panoramic views spanning from the famous Table Mountain National Park to Cape Town's Atlantic coastal beaches, Ellerman House is in one of the city's finest locations. Sheltered in the mountains, the hotel staff will arrange complimentary transfer to the city centre, the V&A Waterfront, restaurant or beach located within a 10-minute radius (subject to availability).

Architecture & Design

Every inch of the Ellerman House has been designed with purpose, making the wide variety of areas feel like they are encapsulated with their own behaviour. The design of the home is unrivalled, with perfect floorplan where guests can sit around the pool, bar, etc, whether you want to enjoy in privacy or mingle to your heart's content. The impressive bar has been built around granite rocks and overlooks the ocean, making it a perfect spot for sunset.

The extensive collection of South African art is displayed on every wall throughout the property, covering bedrooms, gardens, lounges, and hallways. The purpose-built art gallery at Ellerman House rivals even Cape Town's best art museums, and can be explored with the hotel’s very own guide Talita Sarts or self-guided with the hotels iPad.

Service and Facilities

For wine lovers, Ellerman House hosts a 7500-strong wine cellar, holding only the private of wines, rare or special releases augmented by sought-after vintages bought on auction.

With only 13 rooms, you can feel like in a private house and not in a hotel. Standards are on par with internationally acclaimed five-star resorts, which is confirmed by the many awards received. Staff have an almost supernatural talent to be unseen until they are needed. All areas are accessible, even normally no-go areas such as the kitchen, where one can find freshly baked snacks, savouries, sunset cocktails, and canapés.


From the plush carpets to the traditional African decor, each of the 13 rooms has been designed to revolve around a certain piece of art. All but two rooms (Numbers 5 and 6) share the spellbinding view of the ocean, which is certainly worth the upgrade.

Two exclusive villas located in secrecy offer superb and spacious entertainment areas. The private entrances, private pools, cinema rooms, lifts and the contemporary design is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece.

Food & Drink

At Ellerman House, you are never tied to a specific menu, the chef will always go the extra culinary mile if you desire something different. Breakfast is an experience of fresh fruit, pastries, yogurts followed by a varied breakfast menu (the truffle-infused mushrooms topped with a poached egg is highly recommended). Weather permitting, lunch is served on the terrace. An à la carte menu that changes daily make dinner an entirely bespoke dining experience in the art-lined dining room.

The restaurant is not open to the public which leaves guests with a guaranteed feeling of exclusivity. The pantry is open 24 hours though, offering a vast variety of treats, snacks, and drinks.

For reservation enquires please contact:

Grant Dullage

Cape Town, South Africa
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