Ellerman House sits in a unique position to offer the guests the very best of South Africa. From generous hospitality and refined service to exceptional experiences and the most representative South African art collection in existence. Every day, aiming- to fulfill the purpose, the Motto is - "We love what we do. We believe in changing people's lives and find their own value in their experience. Allow the Ellerman House family to curate your visit to the beautiful city. Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Ellerman House encapsulates the grandeur of a bygone era while embracing all modern life’s creature comforts. With only 13 individually-styled bedrooms, attention to detail and personalized service reigns supreme.
The Ellerman House Experience - Showcasing the very best of South Africa, from bespoke experiences and spirit-stirring art to exhilarating your taste buds with local flavors and soul-soothing wellness in the spa. Situated in the heart of Bantry Bay, one of Cape Town’s most exclusive suburbs, Ellerman House, Member of Relais & Chateaux, is an elegant mansion just ten minutes away from the city center and within walking distance of Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Whether you choose the luxurious atmosphere of Ellerman House or the modern art gallery style of its two three-bedroom villas, you will fall under the spell of an address that lets you enjoy all the pleasures of Cape Town. Enjoy dining on gourmet cuisine, tasting fine vintage wines, and surveying the impressive private art collection; plus, the ocean view is spectacular!
With 13 rooms and suites, two ultra-modern villas, and a tranquil spa, Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travelers wanting complete exclusivity and privacy in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, the hotel offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views and easy access to beaches and local attractions. Highlights include the owner’s extensive South African art collection and the Ellerman House Wine Gallery, offering an interactive wine experience amid a vast collection of South African vintage wines. Modern, locally inspired cuisine, generous-hearted hospitality, and a tailor-made concierge service enhance a world-class guest experience that remains authentically South African.
Elegant Rooms - Ellerman House sets the benchmark in service excellence, luxury, and refined living in Cape Town while giving visitors the feeling of a welcoming home space. In fact, you may never want to leave. Having 13 individually-styled rooms, each with their own personality. No matter which room you choose, you are promised a perfect night's rest.
Contemporary South African Cuisine - Extraordinary attention to detail defines the dining experience at Ellerman House. Integral to the philosophy of sharing the best of South Africa is the cuisine, which showcases the rich local food heritage with international flair. Every plate is bursting with flavor, beauty, and creativity. Talented Executive Chef Rudolph Blaauw is guided by Culinary Director Peter Tempelhoff, a celebrated member of Relais & Châteaux’s World Culinary Council and a chef with over 20 years of experience in Michelin-starred Relais & Châteaux restaurants across the culinary capitals of the world.
Restaurant - The Ultimate Dining Experience. - The cuisine at Ellerman House works in symphony with the art and fine wine, creating an extraordinary experience for even the most discerning traveler. Vibrant recipes that reflect the best local and seasonal flavors will delight taste buds and astound the senses. The restaurant at Ellerman House is so much more than a hotel dining room. “It’s a fully-fledged restaurant experience in an exclusive, family-owned hotel setting,” explains Rudolph Blaauw, Executive Chef.
The Wine List - Award-winning in every drop, with a decade of Diners Club Diamond status awards under its belt. 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. Many of these fine wines are also available by the glass without compromising quality, thanks to the Le Verre de Vin preservation system. The wine list's depth allows guests to try verticals of vintages whereby the same wine can be sampled over various releases.
Wine Gallery - 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 brings 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.
Art - A South African art collection like no other - The Ellerman House art collection takes visitors on a journey that explores the huge social and cultural shift in South Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. This collection expresses the land's true character, the people, and the unique South African heritage. South Africa has a special story to tell, a fundamental essence distinguishing it from all others. This art collection weaves this incredible story expertly, guiding guests through a century of vivid expression and soulful moments. ''Private art guide'' - One of the in-house art guides can guide you through the extensive art collection. If you are interested in viewing galleries in Cape Town, they will accompany you for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Some of them are artists and curators themselves, and guests will gain behind-the-scenes access and knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries.
Spa - Gently coaxing the mind and body into balance. Spa Experience - Body treatments designed for relaxation. 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. Facilities - With three single treatment rooms and one double room designed for couples, the spa specializes in cutting-edge massage techniques and anti-aging beauty rituals drawing on the wisdom and restorative, healing techniques of different cultures worldwide. Besides, there is a sensation shower, sauna, and steam room for hydrotherapy. ''Specialised techniques'' - Specialised massage techniques on offer include traditional Japanese bodywork, LaStone therapy, Bellabaci, aromatherapy, lymph drainage, Chinese stretch, and deep-tissue massage. The spa stocks a choice of excellent skincare ranges, including Environ and!QMS products for facials, pedicures, manicures, body wraps, bronzing, and scrubs.
Gardens - An Indigenous Paradise - The Cape Floral Kingdom - The world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town served as inspiration behind the gardens at Ellerman House. The botanists shared their advice and plants to help transform the garden into an indigenous oasis. The gardens showcase incredibly rare species from the Cape Floral Kingdom and iconic South African species from all over the country. Various plants, synonymous with other South African regions, like statuesque aloes (typical of the Eastern Cape) and succulents from the Karoo, compliment the impressive architectural features and blend seamlessly into the garden.
Terraced lawns - On the sea-facing side of the property, a series of terraced lawns, edged with aromatic Cape fynbos, provide spectacular ocean views. Sheltered from the prevailing Southeaster wind that blows in summer, the gardens and swimming pool are idyllic spaces in which to relax and enjoy all that the hotel has to offer. Pincushions, proteas, ericas, reed-like restios, scented pelargonium, salvias, and buchus are typical of this part of the garden. In front of the restaurant’s terrace, a vibrant lion’s tail and strelitzias make a colorful show and attract various birds. The major benefit of having indigenous species is that they are well suited to the Cape’s hot, dry summers and are therefore extremely water-wise. The gardens are at their prettiest in spring when many of the species are in flower, while in summer, late-flowering proteas create a dramatic display against the ocean's backdrop.
Outdoor Art - A unique aspect of Ellerman House is its vast collection of South African art displayed throughout the property. The collection encompasses an intriguing cross-section of genres representing 100 years of its culture and socio-political history. The gardens play an important role in providing outdoor gallery space for sculptures that form part of the contemporary collection.