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Birkenhead House

Western Cape, South Africa

Birkenhead House: Exterior

Birkenhead House: Exterior

Birkenhead House: Exterior Birkenhead House: Wine Cellar Birkenhead House: Dining Room Birkenhead House: Honeymoon Suite (Room One) Birkenhead House: Guest Bathroom Birkenhead House: Infinity-edge Plunge Pool
Birkenhead House: Room Two Birkenhead House: Dining Room Birkenhead House: Tiered Swimming Pool Birkenhead House: Room Five Birkenhead House: Room Four Birkenhead House: Outside massage therapy


Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, the truly wonderful Birkenhead House offers a sophisticated, intimate 'house party-style' atmosphere and attentive, friendly staff. It also boasts an incredible bird’s-eye-view of one of the world's most famous whale-watching locations, Walker Bay, which is home to Southern Right Whales from May to December – watch them from the hotel's lovely clifftop, infinity-edge plunge pool, the expansive terrace, most of the eleven luxurious guest bedrooms and through the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows in the splendid lounge. The world-class cuisine served in the stylish dining room is sublime – combining Cape seafood, the freshest ingredients and African, French, Italian and Asian flavours – while guests who enjoy pampering will relish the thought of a relaxing treatment in one of the two treatment rooms. Beyond the hotel, nature-lovers will relish the local reserves, coastal walks and fabulous swathes of beach, while for gourmands, there are four amazing vineyards nearby, whose award-winning wines include one of the world's top ten Chardonnays.

  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:An excellent all-inclusive boutique hotel
  • Feature:Enjoys a sophisticated 'house party-style' atmosphere
  • Rooms:11 suites
  • Location:Western Cape , South Africa
  • Nearest airport:Cape Town Airport
Birkenhead House
Location and transfer

1 hour, 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport by car transfer.

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Each of the opulently appointed guest rooms and suites are uniquely designed and vary in size, offering different perspectives of Walker Bay or the surrounding mountains. All come with a mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, bathroom amenities, personal safe, satellite or cable flat-screen television, DVD/CD Player, telephone, iPod/iPhone docking station and wi-fi internet access. Guest rooms are serviced three times a day and maids are on call 24 hours a day.

Room One - Honeymoon Suite:+
  • Room View: Sea views
  • Facilities: King-size Louis Farouk antique beds, an 18th century French gold chair, yellow silk French antique couch original artworks, digital television, DVD player and mini-bar. En suite bathroom with a Victorian bath and a walk-in shower.
Room Two - Luxury Room:+
  • Room View: Expansive sea views
  • Facilities: Yellow silk antique tub chairs, Ralph Lauren-inspired glass cupboards and a double bed with striped padded headboard, two balconies with table and chairs, freestanding Victorian bath and walk-in shower, digital television, DVD player and a mini-bar.
Room Three - Luxury Room:+
  • Room View: Sea views
  • Facilities: There's a French queen-size four-poster bed boasting crisp, white linens, a digital television, DVD player, original paintings and a mini-bar. The large bathroom’s centrepiece is a magnificent freestanding Victorian bath, complemented by a walk-in shower and two free-standing vanities.
Room Four - Standard Room:+
  • Room View: Sea views
  • Facilities: Queen-size bed with gold-framed headboard and crisp, white linen, a Shagreen TV cabinet with digital television, DVD player and a mini-bar,hand-carved antique chair, leather desk and original paintings. The bathroom boasts a shower and a freestanding Victorian bath.
Room Five - Superior Room:+
  • Room View: Partial sea views
  • Facilities: Located in the middle of Birkenhead House, this guest room offers partial sea views. What makes it so special is that it opens onto a patio and pool area, furnished with a daybed and table and chairs. The interior features a bedroom with an opulent king-size four-poster bed, antique furniture and original paintings as well as a digital television, DVD player and a mini-bar. The bathroom boasts an impressive marble sunken bath.
Room Six - Superior Room:+
  • Room View: Ocean and mountain views
  • Facilities: This room boasts a lavish king-size bed with a large dark-wood headboard, a two-seater silk 'love' couch, digital television, a DVD player, mini-bar and a freestanding Victorian bath in the bathroom.
Room Seven - Twin Bedded Luxury Room:+
  • Room View: Sea and mountain views
  • Facilities: From its elevated vantage point, this room affords excellent sea views which can be enjoyed from the balcony, furnished with a cane table and chairs. inside, the bedroom features a French gold antique chair, a television, DVD player, mini-bar and twin 3/4 beds, while the bathroom features a freestanding Victorian bath with a balcony opening out to reveal glorious mountain views.
Room Eight - Superior Room:+
  • Room View: Mountain and sea views
  • Facilities: Enjoy ocean and mountain views from the front or large back balcony, respectively. Indoors, luxury abounds with a king-size English antique four-poster bed, silk-covered chairs, a television, DVD player and a mini-bar. in the bathroom, you'll find a freestanding Victorian bath, a chaise lounge and a walk-in shower.
Room Nine - Luxury Room:+
  • Room View: Sea and mountain views
  • Facilities: King-size freestanding bed with leather headboard, white tongue-in-groove wooden ceiling, a two-seater silk 'love' couch, a leather desk, television, DVD player and a mini-bar. The gorgeous bathroom features a Victorian freestanding bath, an antique chair, double sinks and a walk-in shower. The room features three balconies which, between them, offer wonderful views of the surrounding coastline, mountains and sea.
Room Ten - Standard Room:+
  • Room View: Sea views
  • Facilities: A lavishly appointed room, complete with raised king-size bed with steps, Venetian-style headboard,a Victorian chair, antique oak half moon tables and original paintings as well as a television, DVD player and a mini-bar. The small balcony offers fabulous views of the ocean, while the contemporary bathroom features an egg-shaped bath with two sinks and a walk-in shower.
Room Eleven - Mountain View Standard Room:+
  • Room View: Mountain views
  • Facilities: This lovely room features a hand-painted king-size four-poster bed, a mirrored desk, bedside table, black lacquer wardrobes and television cabinet, antique Chinese vases, original paintings and antique tub chairs in yellow silk. There's a digital television, DVD player and a mini-bar. The impressive, large bathroom features a freestanding Victorian bath in the middle of the room, twin sinks, antique chairs and a walk-in shower as well as a small balcony with a table and chairs which offers views of the glorious mountains behind Birkenhead House.

In true 'fusion' fashion, the fabulous cuisine at Birkenhead House is a delicate mixture of modern African dishes, traditional French techniques and strong Asian and Italian influences. The ambience here is like that of an informal house party, and all meals and drinks (local beverages and house wines) are included in the rates, with an outstanding selection of world cuisine served daily.

Restaurant Overview:+
  • Cuisine: The main restaurant serves superb, lavish International cuisine, using only the freshest ingredients, created by award-winning Chefs
  • Setting: Guests are able to dine in the main, glass-fronted restaurant or in their suite, if they wish, while breakfast is usually served on the terrace next to the infinity-edge plunge pool. Lunch is served in the courtyard next to the split-level pool.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes
Beach Facilities

From May to December you may be able to spot Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay – and there are some wonderful vantage points to do this from at Birkenhead House. Alternatively, a half-hour drive east will bring you to Gansbaai, where you can experience a boat-based, guided whale-watching trip, which will also take you out to Dyer Island to see the Cape Fur Seal and African Penguin colonies, passing through ‘Shark Alley’ on the way. If you’re lucky, you might see a Great White Shark, too. Close encounters with Southern Right Whales are virtually guaranteed from July to December. For those who prefer dry land, there are some wonderful coastal walks to enjoy, directly from Birkenhead House (an 8km walk will take you into the centre of Hermanus), while there are also three fabulous beaches within walking distance; two directly below Birkenhead House and the Blue Flag-awarded, Grotto Beach which is a ten-minute walk away along the cliff path. It is possible to horse-ride along the beach, while directly in front of Birkenhead House, it is also possible to surf. The area around Birkenhead House is also famed for its terrific, award-winning wines, so do visit some of the nearby vineyards to sample them.


NAUI training certification courses are available, ranging from day snorkelling trips to instructor courses. Boat dives, shore-entry dives, night dives, deep-dives, gear rentals, air fills, underwater photography opportunities, crayfish chartering or boat charters are all available.

Health & Fitness

Much like the rest of Birkenhead House, the spa treatment area is super stylish. There are just two treatment rooms, offering beauty treatments and oceanside massages overlooking the bay. Treatments are beautifully simple, with techniques inspired by nature and practices from across the globe, while luxury Dermologica products are used to promote health, vitality and wellbeing.

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