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Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travellers wanting complete exclusivity in Cape Town

Ellerman House is a landmark in the exclusive Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay and it offers the best of South Africa in service and style. The villas and the House have the most stunning panoramic views over the ocean and the bay is sheltered too.

With easy access to central Cape Town and many highlights and sites worth visiting in Cape Town and surrounds, Ellerman House and their two villas are beautiful properties in which to be based in with year-round sunsets, spectacular views and refined service and hospitality and one feels most privileged to stay here.  

For the ultimate in privacy and indulgence in South Africa, the two three-bedroom private villas are incredible. The style of both villas is contemporary modern with clean lines and space that draws one into the expansive views.  These are perfect for a family or a small group of friends and each has its own lounge, dining room, study and fully-equipped kitchen as well as an entertainment area with deck and pool – pure heaven!

Although the villas stand independently from Ellerman House, the service does not falter from the highest standard, with a private chef and hospitality team included when booking the villas to tend to your every need.

Apart from the two villas, the esteemed and grandeur Ellerman House only has 13 rooms and is also in itself an art gallery with the finest collection of South African art.

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Where are the Ellerman Villas Located?

Ellerman House and their two private villas are located on Kloof Road in Bantry Bay just 10 minutes drive from central Cape Town and around 45 minutes from the international airport.   It is within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beach, 10 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and 35-45 minutes from the start of the winelands, a highlight and must for any visitors to the Cape.  There is much to see and do in Cape Town and surrounds, sun-drenched beaches and the best restaurants in Africa, to scenic drives, golf courses, gardens, markets and of course the one highlight that dominates the whole of Cape Town – Table Mountain.

What sort of accommodation is available at the two Ellerman House Villas?

There are two villas that are that are modern and glamorous and with the slopes of Lions Head behind and with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean in front, the villas exclude an alluring beach lifestyle.  Each villa is privately staffed, and its privacy allows one to relax and unwind and to have the retreat all you yourself and your family, whilst also having the option to enjoy the spa and art of the house if you want.

Ellerman Villa One

Villa one is huge, so space for all is guaranteed!  There are three bedrooms, but this can be increased to five bedrooms, pending on the demographics and multigenerational requirements of your family party. This is fabulous for families and all ages of children are welcome. The villa staff will become a second family to you making sure that all your wishes come true and every need catered for with highly personalised service – including your own chef and hospitality team.

Villa One with its three levels has a sublime private infinity pool with endless ocean views and enough room for play. On the first level are indigenous gardens and flowing water offering a welcome to its guests with breathtaking ocean views. The Ellerman House Spa, and Deluxe Spa Rooms are located on this floor, directly below the villa.

On level two lies the minimalist décor of the lounge, study, dining room and living/entertainment areas. All of these open up on the balcony with private infinity pool and the contemporary kitchen has both a scullery and fully stocked cold room and of course your private chef and hospitality team to look after you.  The top floor is where you find the three bedrooms, all en-suite with the master and second bedroom having views of the ocean, whilst the third bedroom has views of the Twelve Apostles range of mountains. For those that need it, there is an elevator. The villa has access to Ellerman’s spa and the wine gallery.

Ellerman Villa Two

Designed again for the discerning traveller, and with a private entrance, again one has complete privacy in this three bedroom villa and space.  Only children aged over 14 years are accommodated in this private and exclusive abode. Again, there is a private chef and staff to organise your activities and assist you during your stay.  The chef creates fabulous menus for you working with seasonal menus and excellent local produce.

Built on multiple levels, there are spacious leisure areas and an infinity swimming pool with special views and three ensuite bedrooms, each with a view of the ocean and with an open-plan dressing room too.   On the first level guests can enjoy a private cinema and there is also access to the Ellerman Spa and Wine Gallery.

On the second level one finds the lounge, open plan dining room with a dazzling glass walled foyer and open planned kitchen. All are decorated in soft, soothing sea tones. There is a terrace outside set with tables and chairs where one can have breakfast and lunch overlooking the sea. There is also a bar on the terrace so one doesn’t have to wander far to obtain a drink!

When is the best time to visit the Ellerman Villas?

There is no ‘best time’ to visit. South Africa’s seasons find midwinter in June / July and midsummer occurring in December / January. The country is very much one that can be visited all year round, with appropriate clothing.

  • Spring - September to November – as the rains ease off the Southern Right Whales come into the bays for courting, mating and calving.
  • Summer - November/December to March – this is the driest time to venture to the Cape. The harvesting time is February to March, just before autumn
  • Autumn /Winter – April to August – there are generally warm to cool days and cold nights. Cape Town can be very miserable with rainy weather for several days at a time. However, the whale watching season starts in June and goes through until November when the whales come right into the shore. The fynbos flowers after winter rains during August and September. Cape Town average temperatures April 12.23 through to August 7/18’. Average rainfall highest in May/ June and July, though this varies from year to year.

What should I pack and bring with me?

Smart casual clothing is requested at Ellerman, but you are on holiday and the villa is private just for you, so you can wear what you like! If you visit certain high end restaurants – bookings in advance are ALWAYS recommended, then gentlemen may be required to wear a light jacket. However, out and about in Cape Town – wear comfortable clothing, in layers especially during the winter months and good footwear. If hiking activities are included, then bring light weight hiking boots/ shoes with a good grip on the sole.

What Activities are available from the villas?

So many to list! The in-house concierge and your staff in the villa will organise and variety of tailor made excursions for you in and around Cape Town and even a bit further afield.   It is absolutely recommended to organise these before you travel so that vehicle and tickets/ entry fees/sports equipment etc are available in advance. Activities and excursions are very popular all year round in the Cape so can get booked up many months in advance. Once you have enjoyed your unique experience, you would return to the villas to relax and reflect on the adventures you had had and can look forward to those to come the following day. We recommend staying at Ellerman Villas for at least a week as you really do need a full day at least just in your villa alone!

  • Ellerman Villas are within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beach, and ten minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town and the Waterfront
  • The Cape's many and varied attractions include: the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Private sightseeing – Cape Peninsular and Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach for the endangered Cape Penguin
  • Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a guided tour of these world-renowned gardens devoted to indigenous South African flora
  • Take a drive to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl for wine tasting or venture further afield to Hemel-en-Aarde wineries including Newton Johnson and Constantia Glen
  • Visit the Norval Foundation’s fynbos garden and enjoy a special fynbos-inspired lunch at Skotnes Restaurant followed by a private tour of the art museum
  • Meet Nic Bladen, celebrated contemporary botanical artist, who will demonstrate his unique casting technique at his studio in Kommetjie
  • Do a Cape Malay cooking course or just enjoy a traditional homestyle Cape Malay lunch in one of the BoKaap colourful homes. Experience true South African hospitality, and also visit Atlas Trading, Cape Town’s iconic spice shop and learn about the different flavours on offer while selecting the spices for a Cape Malay tasting menu dinner. Yusuf will take you on a walking tour through the streets of Bo-Kaap and introduce you to pillars of the community ranging from respected elders to local hero’s
  • We can arrange a shopping day for the best crafts made in South Africa
  • Take a spin in a WW2 side car around the winelands and Chapmans Peak, or go horse riding through the winelands
  • Go fly fishing for trout in the winelands or on the coast
  • Hike up Table Mountain with a botany expert
  • Take an art tour including the Zeitz Mocca and Norval Art Gallery
  • Culture and Giving Back – we encourage you to visit projects in the townships. This is always a highlight of any visit to the Cape and South Africa and very uplifting too
  • There are many innovative experiences, and these are tailor made around you and your family, for example arranging kayaks to paddle boards and diving opportunities too (though the ocean is cold here!)

Does Ellerman Villas cater for families with young children?

Yes, Villa One accommodates children of any age whilst villa Two accepts children over 14 years. 

Why is Responsible Tourism so important at Ellerman?

The Ellerman House and villas are passionate about sharing the very best of South Africa with their guests, with warm hospitality and experiences.  They are also dedicated to supporting their local community, which starts at home with the upliftment and forward training of their staff and then onto their commitment to the Click Foundation.

The goal and intention are based on education and online literacy in under privileged schools. Alongside this they also focus on the environment and sustainability such as programmes to protect the planet, such as waste management/ recycling and single-use plastic reduction. Water saving is vitally important in the Cape, so they focus on indigenous water-wise gardens and boreholes and of course try to buy locally whenever possible.


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