Location: Cape Town
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Once the stately home of distinguished shipping magnates Sir John and Lady Ellerman, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay residential area, with glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. When it comes to location, Ellerman House is just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront, 20 minutes from Cape Town International , and a whole host of local restaurants and sites to see. Ellerman House enjoys breathtaking panoramic views over the Atlantic coastline and Robben Island.


Relax at Ellerman House

Relax at Ellerman House

About Ellerman House

Today, Ellerman House is privately owned by Paul Harris, a retired CEO of First Rand Bank. Paul is an avid art collector and Ellerman stands as a showcase of South Africa’s finest boutique accommodation, cuisine, wine, and leisure activities. With shaded verandas, tiered gardens, beautiful interiors, and a celebrated art collection, guests from all over the world visit this unique property to soak up the combination of luxury and quintessential service for which Ellerman is so reputed.

Luxury Accommodation

Relax in the supreme luxury of one of the eleven rooms, two suites, or hire the private villa on an exclusive or separate basis. Ellerman House boasts two lounges, a library, two dining rooms, a spa, a main pool, gym, whisky bar, and an expansive private outdoor space, offering a genuine level of privacy and luxury to guests.

Dining at Ellerman House

Dining at Ellerman House

Art Collection 

Ellerman House has its own fine art collection with a grand assortment of works that has been assembled over three decades, and features a uniquely South African twist. The originals span over a century, from the 1910 Volschenk of an undeveloped Camps Bay, to contemporary works from Vusi Khumalo.  Originally Cape paintings were the focus, the scope expanding with the collection, which now encompasses an intriguing cross-section of genres representing a hundred years of South African culture. December 2009 marked the birth of Ellerman House Contemporary, a modern art gallery created to delight guests with South African artists an ever-evolving collection that is rotated every season and guests staying at Ellerman House are invited to take the Ellerman House Art Tour.

Take a break at Ellerman House

Take a break at Ellerman House

Private Wine Cellar

The Ellerman House wine cellar holds over 7,500 unique South African wines, sourced from throughout the Cape of Good Hope. Private wine tastings and recommended dinner pairings can be arranged by the sommelier, Manuel Cabello. The selection is designed to encourage verticals of various vintages, from various producers, whereby guests sample and compare different vintages of the same wine.  By using the innovative ‘Verre de Vin’ preservation system in their state-of-the-art cellar, where they pour these exceptional wines at the perfect temperature and never compromise the serving quality. Fittingly, the wine list at Ellerman House has been honored with the Diners Club Wine List’s Diamond Award; the highest wine list accolade available in South Africa.

Ellerman House room

Luxury Facilities

  • Spa
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Guest pantry
  • Bar
  • Complementary transfers


Highly trained and experienced Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert presents a concert of flavour pairings that are inspired through organic and “farm to fork” cuisine. You will be delighted by her original recipes which are often fused with local influences such as the Cape Malay spices. Should you prefer to request your own dishes, Veronica will be delighted to serve you accordingly.

Greatest Africa was founded in the Greater Cape Area of South Africa, and offers private wine tours in the exquisite Cape Region. Our exclusive tours are guided by boutique wine producer Richard Hilton, of Richard Hilton Vineyards, who is also the founder and MD of Greatest Africa.

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