Why visit Ellerman House?

Ellerman House offers the most exclusive address in the Mother City, set on the mountainside in the affluent Bantry Bay suburb. This mansion overlooks the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, with Robben island beckoning in the distance. With only 13 uniquely styled antique Rooms and 2 ultra-modern Villas, this elegant escape is for the most discerning of travellers.

If you want all the privacy in the world but still want to be a stone's throw from Cape Town's premier attractions, Ellerman House is for you. It's a stroll away from the pristine Clifton beach, frequented by the beautiful and famous. The shopping mecca Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and city centre are also a 10-minute drive away, with the Cape Winelands 45 minutes away.

But Ellerman House is a destination on its own, and we can guarantee that you'll want to spend plenty of time at your home base. It's an indulgence of the senses and appreciation of the finer things in life. They've made it their mission to make you feel like royalty, from collecting you in a custom-made BMW 7 series at the airport down to the secret pantry where you can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Another attraction is the one-of-a-kind carbon fibre wine cellar, where you can even blend your bottle of wine. And then there's the in-house South African art collection to ooh and aah over, and the onsite spa with a wide variety of treatments. But even just exploring the gardens or staring out at the glimmering Atlantic Ocean, spotting a whale breaching or dolphin splashing on the horizon, if you're lucky, is enough to keep you entertained.

Dating back to 1906, Ellerman House retains much of its original charm, but it comes with every modern convenience your heart could desire. And located in Cape Town with everything from mountains, vineyards, penguins, beaches, art, culture – it has everything you could need rolled into one destination.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've taken the liberty to answer everything you may need to know about Ellerman House.

  • Ellerman House is located in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is South Africa's oldest city and is continually voted a favourite holiday destination by travellers. With a wide range of varying landscapes, such as beaches, ocean, mountains, vineyards, and much more, there's plenty to explore in what is fondly called the Mother City.

  • Ellerman House in Cape Town is great all year round. However, it's really best in summer if you want to explore the nearby beaches. The popular summer season in Cape Town is from December to April, when the weather is warm and with little to no rain. If you want to skip the wind (it picks up in summer) and crowds, aim to visit in February and May when both calm down a bit. From June to October, it's winter, and you can expect lots of rain. The famous whale season is between August and October.

  • Other than the local attractions you can explore, here are some of the onsite experiences you can look forward to experiencing:

    The knowledgeable concierge team can make almost anything happen and curate the perfect stay for you according to your preferences and our expert recommendations.

    Art Gallery 
    The in-house art gallery and art guides will take you through our unrivalled South African art collection. 

    Wine Cellar
    South Africa is world-renowned for its wine, and Ellerman house was curated their very own collection for you to enjoy. 

    Ellerman House's cuisine features local flavours mixed with international inspirations, and there's a hidden pantry of 'naughty corner' where you can go for a sweet bite at any hour of the day. 

    The onsite spa has plenty of treatments for you to choose from. 

    The gardens are an attraction in their own right, so take time to appreciate it and soak in the tranquillity. 

    Bar ROC
    This contemporary bar is the perfect watering hole to gather and share stories after a busy day exploring the city. 

  • Wellness Facilities 
    The onsite spa on the lower level has three single treatment rooms and a double treatment room. The spa also has a sensation shower, steam room, and sauna for you to enjoy. If you want to break a sweat, the onsite gym, or Technogym Excite, has everything from benches, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, ellipticals, medicine balls, mats, and more.

    Indulgence Facilities 
    The secret pantry or 'naughty corner' is open around the clock and fully stashed with homemade treats and light snacks for you to nibble on whenever that craving strikes. Or you can indulge in some retail therapy by browsing The Collection, a range of proudly South African designed and crafted products in our reception area.

    Relaxation Facilities 
    The pool is a comfortable 19-24 degrees for your ultimate enjoyment and is set in the lush gardens. Or you can explore the extensive Ellerman House Library for some reading material around the pool or by the fireplace.

  • Ellerman House is very centrally located and is a quick 10-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre and the popular Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. It's within walking distance or a short drive from many of the city's best beaches, and if you want to spend your day in the vineyards, the Cape Winelands is a 45-minute drive away.