General

Birkenhead House and Villa

Perched high on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House and deluxe adjacent Villa, overlook the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living.

Birkenhead House is located in the picturesque seaside town of Hermanus. Take in nature’s splendour with breathtaking nature walks, pristine beaches and spectacular sightings of the Southern Right Whale.

Only an hour and a half from Cape Town, Birkenhead House & Villa are superbly located in unspoilt natural surroundings. The luxury retreats offer everything the discerning sojourner could wish for: from uninterrupted views and diverse activities to the very finest in international cuisine, and richly appointed accommodation enhanced by rich fabrics and antiques.

Discover why Hermanus is world-renowned as South Africa’s premier whale watching destination when you embark on an unforgettable voyage around Dyer Island. Nature lovers can lose themselves in the beauty of the lush mountain trails and walks, study indigenous birdlife, or experience the adventure of deep-sea fishing.

Inquisitive travelers can venture out on tours to Stanford, local wine farms and townships, while others can relax with a round of golf, yoga or a leisurely bike ride. For those who crave a more adrenalin-filled experience, shark cage diving is available with the legendary Brian McFarlane, as well as quad biking riding, sea kayaking and scuba diving. [All with associated fees]

At Birkenhead House & Villa, world-class cuisine is a matter of course. In true fusion fashion, the food at Birkenhead House & Villa is a delicate mixture of modern African Cuisine, traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences. On offer are homemade breads, ice creams and sorbets, as well as tempura strawberries (seasonal) and fresh local fishes ranging from Marlin, Red Roman & Kabeljou to crayfish and mussels. Soups are a treat and you can enjoy flavours ranging from vanilla butternut to roasted red pepper tomato.

Lavish meals and seafood delicacies are served at Birkenhead House in your choice of setting: the patio overlooking the ocean; the courtyard next to our dual level pool; the glass fronted dining area; or room service will happily oblige you with a sumptuous meal in the privacy of your suite. Birkenhead Villa boasts a separate kitchen with a dedicated chef on hand to meet your culinary wishes.

In all food preparation only the freshest ingredients are used, dishes are cooked to perfection and exquisitely presented. Menus and meals can be designed to meet our guests’ individual palates and dietary requirements. Our award-winning chefs have international exposure and all menus are planned on a daily basis.

Indulge your senses at the Birkenhead House & Villa Spa. With a medley of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments, there’s no more relaxing way to round off a leisurely day. For those looking to stay in great shape, we offer a fully equipped gym.

Lavender Room:

Lavender has proven calming, soothing, and sedative effects, inspiring the name for our spacious grand treatment room. The Lavender Room is elegantly appointed with a fully equipped bathroom to enhance the spa experience. The tantilising aroma of Lavender, tranquil background music and therapeutic sound of the water feature combine to restore balance and soothe the senses.

Cinnamon Room:

Cinnamon is well known for its warming qualities, which is why we have named our second treatment room after this magnificent spice. Our Cinnamon Room is a beautifully furnished compact space (sans shower), with soothing ambient music and a wonderful odour of the sweet cinnamon spice that boosts relaxation of the mind.

The Birkenhead House & Villa properties are adjacent to each other on the magnificent seaside cliffs above Hermanus’ most prominent beaches. Sophisticatedly appointed studio suites offer expansive vistas of Walker Bay or the towering Overberg mountains, all augmented by the unrestrained opulence of our beautiful furnishings and comforts.

Enjoy magnificent ocean views from any of the balconies. The main décor feature, a king-size Louis Farouk antique bed, is complemented by an 18th century French gold chair, a yellow silk French antique couch and original artworks. Unwind in the spatial bathrooms with a Victorian bath tub, a walk in shower and 2 vanities. If you choose to stay in, stretch out in front of the Shagreen TV cabinet with digital TV, DVD and mini bar.