About The Royal Portfolio


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The Royal Portfolio will transport you to some of South Africa's most stunning destinations. Essentially, the Royal Portfolio comprises three properties in three extraordinary locations:

The property in Hermanus is made up of Birkenhead House and Birkenhead Villa. Birkenhead Villa is basically a child and family friendly version of Birkenhead House which is next door.

At Royal Malewane, you'll also find Africa House which is the mind bogglingly beautiful exclusive use Villa which you can enjoy with your own Game Ranger and Private Chef.

Staying at all three properties will allow you to explore the floral kingdom of the Garden Route, sample the local produce in the Cape winelands and envelop yourself in the majesty of nature on a safari in the Thornybush Game Reserve.

At Royal Malewane and Birkenhead House, it is Full Board, which means that all your food and local wines, beers and soft drinks are included in the room rate - we love this way of travel, because from the moment you arrive, you can simply kick back and indulge without worrying about running up an extortionate bill. And of course your in-room mini bar is totally complimentary.

This is not the case however at La Residence where the rate is for bed and breakfast only (Half Board). They do this because there are so many fabulous restaurants in and around Franschhoek, that they find guests don't want to eat in all the time. You'll find that your in-room mini bar is still complimentary though!

A Very Brief History

In 1992 Phil and Liz Biden bought and built a holiday home on the land that is now Birkenhead House - this was their final acquisition of the three properties. After the huge success of developing their other two holiday homes, La Residence and Royal Malewane, into exclusive holiday destinations, they decided to follow suit with Birkenhead House. They've owned and managed these three magnificent hotels ever since. Liz is a master at sourcing eclectic and eccentric pieces of furniture and art from around the globe.

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