Birkenhead House

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Hermanus, South Africa

Perched high on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. This is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside luxury.

Privately owned and decorated in an elegant yet dramatic signature style, the small boutique hotel has just 11 luxurious studio suites each of which are individually furnished and highly bespoke. Expect an intriguing mix of colour, silks, marble and travertine, Persians and Cape Cod shutters, with oversized mirrors, raised beds and unique artwork. Certain suites have full sea views, others offer partial views while others face the towering Overberg mountains from their private balconies. The en-suite bathrooms are an experience on their own, with lavish amenities, double vanities, large showers and free standing baths.

Once a private home, the building wraps around the split level pool in a quadrangular fashion, creating unusual interior spaces, while the reception, lounge and dining area overlook a second pool, the beach below and the vast Indian Ocean. A fully equipped gym and spa is available, as well as whale watching tours, Great White Shark cage diving and tours to the nearby renowned coastal wineries of Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson.

Lightfoot Travel Loves…

“Once you step foot into Birkenhead House are are greeted by a team of staff dressed all in flowing white, you really do feel as though you have gone to heaven.”

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Garden Route into a greater South Africa and African holiday. Take a look at Ultimate South Africa as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Birkenhead House Information

Location & Getting There

Perched high on the Hermanus cliffs, set against the towering Kleinrivier mountain range, Birkenhead House is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport.


The small boutique hotel has 11 luxurious studio suites. Each room is exquisitely furnished with gorgeous antique furniture and original artworks. They feature luxurious queen and king size beds, a large bathroom with a magnificent free-standing Victorian bath, a walk-in shower and two free-standing vanities. Other amenities include a digital TV, DVD library and mini-bar.


- Spa
- Gym
- Dining: 1 bar


Guests can enjoy whale watching from the cliff top as well as on a boat or helicopter. Other activities include sea kayaking, wine tours, horseback riding, quad biking, golf, cycling and even shark cage diving.


Children 16 years and over are welcome.

Birkenhead House Price Guide

4 out of 5

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