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24 June2019

by Greg Cooke

A Sublime Seaside Experience

There’s something very special about a holiday by the sea. The sounds of crashing waves, the distant call of a seagull, and the crisp champagne air evoke a childish nostalgia.

Hermanus, situated just a two hour drive up the East Coast from Cape Town, has a spectacularly dramatic coastline alluring visitors from near and far. There is nowhere better to experience the magic of Hermanus that at Birkenhead House.

Sitting cliff-side directly above two popular beaches in Hermanus, Birkenhead House offers the utmost privacy for guests. Direct access to the cliff-paths which stretch the entire length of Walker Bay means guests can explore the numerous nooks and crannies of this pristine coastline.

Hermanus is well-known as the best land based whale watching destination in the world, and rightly so with over 2000 whales and calves entering the bay annually during whale season. Did you know that there are three different species of whales found in Walker Bay? As well as a host of other fascinating marine life.

The surrounding areas offer other incredible experiences such as hiking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, kayaking along the coast, and wine tasting in the famous Hemel en Aarde Valley.

Stepping inside Birkenhead House, guests are welcomed by contemporary décor that is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence. Each of the 11 rooms is unique and has been designed and decorated by Liz Biden.

The spacious rooms have magnificent views of either the ocean or distant mountains, enjoy their own opulent bathrooms and generous private balconies.

Two beautiful pools, one situated on the seafront terrace, the other in the central courtyard, offer guests tranquil spaces to cool off in the warmer summer months.

For those wintry days, guests can nestle next to the crackling fire of the cozy lounge with a glass of delicious red wine.

The all-inclusive rate means that guests never need to leave the comfort of Birkenhead House, where all meals and drinks are included. Dining at Birkenhead House is an immersive experience and one that can be tailored to suit the requirements and desires of all preferences and palates.

While the focus is on fresh, ethically sourced coastal cuisine, perfectly paired with wine from the nearby Hemel en Aarde Valley, the expert team of chefs can cater to all requests.

With whale season peaking between July and September, winter and spring in South Africa are incredible times of the year to visit this legendary coastal town.

For reservations and enquiries please contact our expert reservations team on or +27 (0) 21 671 5502

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