Trying to come up with superlatives to describe Ellerman House is like taking a picture of the very best view you’ve ever seen and realising how it just never does the landscape justice (at least when I take photos) and the descriptions I give for Ellerman House will wain in comparison to experiencing it first hand.
Ellerman House is truly exceptional, with breath-taking ocean views from their perfectly manicured gardens, a contemporary art gallery showcasing some of the very best of South African art not to mention the magnificent wine cellar with its' spectacular centrepiece – “The Corkscrew”. These are just a few of the points that make Ellerman House so unique and allow them to lead the way in luxury hospitality in South Africa.
Consistently voted within the top hotels in Africa and recently number 25 in the world, Ellerman House is synonymous with exclusivity and prestige. It’s prime location on the Atlantic Seaboard, with uninterrupted views of the ocean and their close proximity to some of the top surrounding attractions in Cape Town; such as the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and blue flag beaches is the first feather in the cap.
Next there are the beautifully landscaped terraced gardens, where guests can take a dip in the wonderful swimming pool adorned with a fabulous Dylan Louis sculpture of a cheetah, enjoy a world-class, freshly made cocktail whilst soaking up some of Cape Town’s fine weather, or in whale season, watch the majestic mammals socialise in the crystal blue waters below.
The gardens set the precedent for the rest of Ellerman House, not just by being perfectly manicured but also by being in themselves a work of art. Throughout the property and gardens there is a large emphasis placed on art. A wide range of paintings and sculptures take the limelight, not only are guests able to take a walking tour around the historical building with information about every piece, there’s also an exclusive contemporary art gallery on the premises, exclesiively for the enjoyment of hotel guests as with the entire property, even the on-site spa is solely accessible to guests of Ellerman House.
Nothing about Ellerman House is ‘standard’ or expected. No two rooms are the same; individually styled guest rooms provide flair and character of their own. But it’s not just these that deliver panache; the communal areas such as the lounges or dining areas each contain their own individuality.
With only 13 guest rooms, there is no chance of being overlooked or forgotten here. Ellerman House provides only the best and most personal hospitality service and always ensure that no stone goes unturned. Of course, establishments say this often without following through with it, but our short time at Ellerman House proved this to be absolutely true. Guests soon realise that there is no detail too small or request too large here, and that each and every guest is made to feel as though they are the only and most important guest in-house which we loved.
Food and wine often play as a deciding factor for travellers, not just when it comes to choosing a hotel, but also the holiday destination itself. Cape Town is becoming more and more a known ‘foodie’ city and was recently voted “The Best Foodie City in the World” by Conde Naste Traveller this year. It is needless to say that Veronica Hibbert (Executive Chef at Ellerman House) and her team excel at creating new and innovative and intricate dishes, balanced with fistfuls of flavour, paired with exceptional local wines, individually recommended to guests by Manny, the in-house Sommelier which inspires conversation and ensures that guests will remember their experience here for years to come. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which included dishes such as…….?
And then there’s the wine! Guests are able to experience wine in an exclusive and one-of-a-kind environment in the wine gallery, where an extensive collection is displayed as a piece of art “The Corkscrew”, a unique and beautifully crafted piece that displays 1500 bottles in a way seen nowhere else in the world. Within the Wine Gallery, guests can undertake private wine, brandy, Champagne and local sparkling wine tastings. There is even a champagne cellar, where the walls are lined with chalk directly from the Champagne region in France, and bottles of Dom Pérignon are kept for their special “Dom Pérignon Experience” where guests can enjoy a remarkable Champagne and food pairing experience.
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