The owner of Ellerman House, Paul Harris, has a deep passion for art and art collecting, and there are original South African pieces throughout Ellerman House, even in guests’ rooms. The main house is filled with works by South African masters, while the adjoining full gallery is a mix of classic and contemporary pieces—the history of art in this country is fantastic. The gallery is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week—a supremely peaceful place to wander in and sit at any time. It holds the air of contemplative study and meditation, and it is nigh impossible to not feel relaxed here.
Nestled cozily into Cape Town’s residential Bantry Bay, Ellerman House combines the barefoot ease of home with the flawlessly anticipatory service one expects from a top-tier hotel. Lounge by the heated pool—or curl up in a cushy chair on the broad swathe of soft grass—and soak in the view of the sun setting over the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
Ellerman House boasts 13 spacious rooms and two suites with lounges, while the Ellerman Villas next door are proper homes, complete with separate staff and ideal for families. Every room in both the House and the Villa is distinctively decorated, and each features original South African art in keeping with the theme and colour scheme of that particular room. Soft and cozy furnishings, flat-screen televisions, and private complimentary bars are just a few of the features that make these rooms so delightful. But it is the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic, and world-famous Robben Island, that take top billing any day.
In the guests-only dining room, international chefs prepare scrumptious meals tailored to your tastes. The sommelier pairs each dish with one of the cellar’s 7,500 South African wines. If guests find themselves still peckish later in the evening, a fully-stocked pantry is available for midnight snacks—just like at home!
Ellerman House and Villa are happy to host children age 14 and up. Families may wish to rent the exclusive Ellerman Villa adjacent to the property, which boasts a private pool, chef, butler and full staff.
As a Cape Town hotel, the question at Ellerman House is never “what is there to do today?” Instead it’s “how will we choose?”
Museums abound for culture buffs, and a visit to the famous Robben Island is a must for anyone intrigued by history. For adventure junkies, there’s no better way to spend the day than helicopter flightseeing, surfing, or hiking Table Mountain. Oenophiles will find joy not only in Ellerman House’s extensive wine cellar, but also in a tasting tour of the surrounding winelands. And of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to shopping in this vibrant city.
And for those you who simply wish to relax, Ellerman House has a full spa, large pool, library and extensive art gallery. You may never wish to leave.