Hermanus, South Africa

Birkenhead House is a luxury hotel located in the seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is a scenic, 90 minute drive from Cape Town city centre and from Cape Town airport.

Birkenhead House is located next to Voelklip beach in Hermanus which is a short drive from the centre of Hermanus. We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the centre of Hermanus for our guests.

Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience.

watch surfers carving through the waves and, for several months each year, witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just meters from the shore.

The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence.

While Birkenhead House is a five star hotel with all the services and amenities that you would expect, the hotel is characterised by a laid back and easy-going atmosphere.

Whether you are seeking a rejuvenating retreat or an adventure filled beach holiday, Birkenhead House is the ideal destination.

The all-inclusive rate means that guests never need to leave the comfort of Birkenhead House, where all meals and drinks are included.

For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers activities aplenty including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting.

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes specializing in cool-climate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.

Hermanus, South Africa
90-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to Birkenhead House in the picturesque seaside town of Hermanus on South Africa’s Cape Coast. With its superb unspoiled surroundings and natural beauty, Birkenhead House is also the perfect location for spectacular sightings of the Southern Right Whale.
11 en suite bedrooms
Main lounge
Spa with individual treatment rooms
All meals are included
Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and dietary requirements
Complimentary WiFi
Digital televisions and DVD players
Shuttle service to the center of Hermanus

Aside from being the best place to view whales on the planet, Hermanus is renowned for its wild beauty, artisanal food producers and its proximity to the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route.
The town was originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but the name was shortened because it was too long for the postal service.
There is plenty to do in Hermanus for the whole family including surfing, fishing, quad-biking, mussel-picking, kite-surfing, golf, tennis, hiking, cycling and horse riding, as well as the more convivial pursuit of wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
The town’s fascinating history as a fishing village can be traced by visiting the Old Harbour Museum, where old fishing boats and reconstructed fishermen’s shacks are on display.
And for the more adventurous, explore the rich flora and fauna of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve with numerous hiking and mountain biking trails.
Room 1
First level room • 180-degree sea view • King bed • Air-conditioning • 3 balconies • 38 sqm
Fresh and bright with dazzling ocean views from its two balconies, this is a delightfully stylish room. A king-size Louis Farouk antique bed is the signature feature of the room , complemented by an 18th century French gold chair, yellow silk French antique sofa and original artwork.
Room 2
First level room • 180-degree sea view • Twin beds or King bed • Air-conditioning • 2 balconies • 25 sqm Room & 26 sqm Bathroom
Be energised by the bright colours that enlighten this room. From the multicoloured headboard to the bright red chairs, it’s the epitome of glamour! Room 2 flows seamlessly from bathroom to walk-in closet to bedroom to balcony and provides uninterrupted ocean viewing on the upper level.
Room 3
First level room • Sea view • Twin beds or King bed • Air-conditioning • 1 balcony • 39 sqm
Take pleasure in ocean views from the private balcony or curl up in front of the TV on the luxurious king-size, French four-poster bed. A splendid shagreen desk and various original paintings add character to this stylish, sophisticated suite. What’s more, the large bathroom’s centrepiece is a magnificent freestanding Victorian bath, complemented by an elegant shower and two freestanding vanities.
Room 4
Ground floor • Sea view • Twin beds or King bed • Air-conditioning • 1 balcony • 35m
This room has a refined style, with natural tones and classic décor. Step onto the balcony and marvel at the beautiful sea view, and indulge in the plush king-size bed framed by a timeless gold-framed headboard. This magnificent room features a hand-carved antique chair, leather desk and original paintings. The bathroom is decorated with a shell mirror, single vanity table, shower and freestanding Victorian bath.
Room 5
Ground floor • Private plunge pool • King bed • Air-conditioning • Private Patio • 36 sqm
Situated in the middle of the House, this room opens onto a patio and pool area, furnished with a daybed and table and chairs. Opulent furnishings include an extravagant king-size four-poster bed with hand-carved antique Indian buttresses; an antique English bureau; antique gilded French chair and original artwork. In the bathroom, shagreen-lined cupboards with double vanities surround the deep bath and ample shower.
Room 6
First level room • Sea view • King bed • Air-conditioning • Wrap around balcony • 46 sqm Room
This beautiful blue and green-toned room boasts a lavish king-size bed with dark wooden headboard; 2-seater silken love couch; zebra skin mirror. Wrap-around balconies with cane chairs offer unparalleled views of ocean and mountains. Wallow in the freestanding Victorian bath adorned with two freestanding vanities.
Room 7
First level floor • Sea View • Twin beds or King bed • Air-conditioning • 2 balconies • 44 sqm
This room offers wonderful sea views from its balcony, which is furnished with cane tables and chairs. Inside you’ll find magnificent décor, including a French gold antique chair and shagreen desk as well as two 3⁄4 beds (which can also be made up into an extra king) with padded headboards. The bathroom opens onto a mountain-facing balcony and is fitted with two shell mirrors, double marble-topped vanities and a marvelous freestanding Victorian bath.
Room 8
First level room • Sea view • King bed • Air-conditioning • 2 balconies • 48 sqm
From this room you enjoy the best of both worlds: two balconies, at the front and back, allowing you to enjoy ocean and mountain views respectively. Indoors, luxury abounds with a king-size English antique four-poster bed and two red suede high back arm chairs. In the spacious bathroom there is an inviting freestanding bath with twin vanities, chaise lounge and a luxurious shower.
Room 9
First level room • Partial sea view • King bed • Air-conditioning • 3 balconies • 40 sqm
Doze off in the king-size bed with leather headboard or enjoy the open ceilings with a white tongue-in-groove finish, two-seater silken love couch and leather desk. Bathe in style – a step-down bathroom features freestanding bath, elegant shower, antique Edwardian chair and two freestanding vanities. The room has incredible outside vistas, and comes equipped with three furnished balconies to enjoy sea and rugged mountain views.
Room 10
First level room • King bed • Air-conditioning • 2 balconies • 44 sqm
This lavishly appointed room has a built-up king-size bed with marble steps, Venetian headboard, Victorian chair, antique oak half moon tables, and original paintings. There is a separate dressing room. A cosy balcony with table and two chairs offers the room an inflow of natural light and fresh sea air. The bathroom is extravagantly finished with stone floor, stone freestanding egg-shaped bath, two separate stone vanities and an open shower.
Room 11
First level room • Mountain view • King bed • Air-conditioning • 2 balconies • 35 sqm
This room’s balconies offer majestic mountain views. The focus of the room is the hand-painted king-size four-poster bed, complemented by mirrored desk and bedside table. Adding to the grandeur are black lacquered cupboards, antique Chinese vases, original paintings & antique tub chairs in yellow silk. The bathroom impresses with its freestanding bath, double vanities and walk-in shower.
Different rates for using
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 9+ bedrooms


$480 $432/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


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