From its stunning clifftop position in the town of Hermanus, Birkenhead House enjoys exhilarating ocean views and close proximity to the beach. Breezy beach house style is mixed with contemporary artwork and opulent furnishings to create an elegant and inviting environment. Eleven suites with either sea or mountain views offer the height of comfort and luxury: balconies, underfloor heating and huge bathtubs allow guests to make the most of their stay, whatever the weather. Spa, pool and gym offer the chance for indulgence, relaxation or exercise. Cliff and beach walks are an invigorating way to take the air but numerous sporting and leisure activities are available in the area, from golf to shark-cage diving. Whale watching, for which Hermanus is famed, can be done from the hotel from June to November, with September the height of the season. After a sundowner overlooking the ocean, the freshest seafood and most delicious international cuisine can be enjoyed. From morning coffee and cake to hot chocolate beside the fire, there is always something delectable on offer.

Rooms, Villas & Tents

Room1: Front House Upstairs

Fresh and bright with dazzling ocean views from its two balconies, this is a delightfully stylish suite. A king-size Louis Farouk antique bed takes pride of place, complemented by an 18th century French gold chair, yellow silk French antique couch and original artwork. Relax amidst this splendor or unwind in the spacious bathroom with its huge bath tub, walk in shower and two vanities.

Room 2: Front House Upstairs

Fresh and bright with dazzling ocean views from its two balconies, this is a delightfully stylish suite. A king-size Louis Farouk antique bed takes pride of place, complemented by an 18th century French gold chair, yellow silk French antique couch and original artwork. Relax amidst this splendor or unwind in the spacious bathroom with its huge bath tub, walk in shower and two vanities.

Room 3: Front House Upstairs

Take pleasure in ocean views from the private balcony or curl up in front of the TV on the luxurious queen-size, French four-poster bed. A splendid shagreen desk and various original paintings add character. The large bathroom’s centrepiece is a magnificent freestanding Victorian bath, complemented by walk-in shower and two freestanding vanities.

Room 4: Front House Downstairs

Step onto the balcony and marvel at the beautiful sea view. Luxuriate in the plush queen-size bed with 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: Middle House Downstairs

In the middle of the House, offering partial sea views, this suite opens onto a patio and pool area, furnished with daybed and table and chairs. Opulent furnishings include an extravagant king-size four-poster bed with hand-carved antique Indian buttresses; antique English bureau; antique gilded French chair and original artwork. In the bathroom, shagreen-lined cupboards with double vanities surround the marble sunken bath and shower.

Room 6: Middle House Upstairs

This beautiful blue and green-toned room boasts lavish king-size bed with dark wooden headboard; 2-seater silken love couch; zebra skin mirror and footstool. Three 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: Middle House Upstairs

This room offers wonderful sea views from its balcony, which is furnished with cane table and chairs. Inside you’ll find magnificent décor, including a French gold antique chair and shagreen desk as well as two ¾ beds with padded headboards. The bathroom opens onto a mountain-facing balcony and is fitted with two shell mirrors, double marble-topped vanities and marvellous freestanding Victorian bath.

Room 8: Middle House Upstairs

Two balconies, at the front and back, enjoy ocean and mountain views respectively. Indoors, luxury abounds with a king-size English antique four-poster bed and two lime green silk high-back chairs. In the spacious bathroom there is an inviting freestanding bath with twin vanities, chaise longue and an open shower.

Room 9: Back House Upstairs

Doze off in the king-size bed with leather headboard or enjoy the open ceilings with white tongue-in-groove finish, two-seater silken love couch and leather desk. Bathe in style – a step-down bathroom features freestanding bath, walk-in shower, antique Edwardian chair and two freestanding vanities. The suite has three balconies with outdoor furniture to enjoy sea and mountain views.

Room 10: Back House Upstairs

This lavishly appointed room has a built-up king-size bed with marble steps, Venetian headboard, Victorian chair, antique oak half moon tables, pink leather chair and original paintings. There is a separate dressing room and a TV cabinet in leather and wood. A cosy balcony with table and two chairs offers wonderful ocean views. The bathroom is extravagantly finished with stone floor, stone freestanding egg-shaped bath, two separate stone vanities and walk in shower.

Room 11: Back House Upstairs

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 and a mirrored TV cabinet. The bathroom impresses with its freestanding bath, double vanities and walk-in shower.

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