Birkenhead House

Garden Route

Perched on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay in South Africa. 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 studio suites each of which are individually furnished and highly bespoke. Expect an intriguing mix of colour, silks, marble and travertine, Persian 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.

Once a private home, Birkenhead House wraps around the split-level pool creating unusual interior spaces, while the reception, lounge and dining area overlook a second pool, the beach below and the vast Indian Ocean. There’s also a fully equipped gym and spa.

Birkenhead House Information

Location & Getting There

Perched high on the Hermanus cliffs, set against the towering Kleinrivier mountain range, Birkenhead House in South Africa 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.


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 aged 16 years and over are welcome at Birkenhead House.

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Why we recommend Birkenhead House

"This luxury boutique hotel in South Africa boasts a rugged cliff-top position between two popular beaches. The views from Birkenhead House overlook the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, which is the home to over 2,000 Southern Right and Humpback whales during the annual Whale Festival. Away from these incredible views, the rooms here are exceptionally stylish and luxurious with a mix of colour, silks and marble, oversized mirrors, raised beds and unique artwork. A wonderful stay."

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