NEAR HERMANUS, WESTERN CAPE – PRESTIGE
Perched high on the cliffs overlooking this whale watchers’ paradise and accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living. Only an hour and a half from Cape Town, Birkenhead House is named after a British troop ship that sank in Walker Bay in 1852, where 450 men lost their lives but all the women and children survived. It is said that the expression “women and children first” originated from this incident.
Decorated to reflect the beauty of its coastal setting, it is adorned with rare maritime antiques. No expense has been spared in making this the ultimate coastal retreat. The ambiance is cool, soothing and incredibly stylish. Interiors are an exquisite, eclectic blend with innovative and stunning touches throughout the spacious rooms, mixing antiques with contemporary pieces. At Birkenhead House world-class cuisine is a matter of course. Lavish meals and seafood delicacies are served up daily, and room service are happy to oblige with sumptuous breakfasts in bed.
With magnificent views into Walker Bay, guests can see the majestic Southern Right Whales that enter the sheltered waters between June and November to calve. Hermanus’ two best swimming beaches are also just a stone’s throw away. Enjoy spectacular mountain trails and breathtaking cliff path walks or visit the vineyards of Hamilton Russell, the most southerly of South Africa’s vineyards. It’s superb wines graced the table when Her Majesty the Queen dined with Nelson Mandela on the occasion of her visit to South Africa.
Situated just across the road is Birkenhead Villa, a 6-bedroom property that reflects the same levels of luxury, service and attention to detail as the House but with its own style and ambience. The Villa can be sold as one complete unit or as individual rooms.
Tel: 01778 382 764