Guests of Ellerman House, a luxury boutique hotel in Cape Town's Bantry Bay, have the exclusive privilege of viewing the hotel’s art collection. Pieces in this collection range from works by South African masters like Irma Stern, to the contemporary brilliance of William Kentridge.

Did you know?

Ellerman House is just a five-minute walk to beautiful Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.

Ellerman House is as famous for its South African art collection as it is for its panoramic ocean views. Enjoying this 5-star boutique hotel’s art is a privilege reserved for its guests, who can relax and dine in the company of South African masters like Pierneef and Irma Stern.

The hotel now has 500 pieces by South African masters in a collection that was put together by the hotel’s owner, financier Paul Harris. A collection of portrait work by the likes of Maurice van Essche, Alexis Preller, Anton van Wouw and Pieter Wenning adorns the hotel’s entrance hall. There are landscapes by Frans Oerder and Erik Laubscher, as well as works by Preller, Gregoire Boonzaaier and Cecil Higgs interspersed throughout the living rooms of the hotel.

The inner halls are adorned with works by Thomas Bowler and Thomas Bains, and each room has a selection of original art for you to enjoy during your stay. The hotel also has a number of resistance works by, amongst others, George Pemba, Gerard Sekoto and Ephraim Ngatane.

Outside, green lawns and ocean views are enhanced by a collection of sculptures by artists such as Angus Taylor and Dylan Lewis.

The custom-built Ellerman Contemporary Gallery complements the collection of these South African masters by showing works by contemporary artists such as Anton Kannemeyer, Mary Sibande, Beezy Bailey and William Kentridge.

Given the calibre of the hotel's art, the United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper grouped Ellerman House alongside such legendary art hotels as the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore, Gramercy Park in New York, St James's Club & Hotel in London, the Cullen in Melbourne and La Colombe d'Or in Provence.

Guests of the hotel can access the art collection throughout their stay. Guided tours of the collection are available, but guests can also browse the art library and spend time appreciating the works on their own.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Ellerman House
Tel: +27 (0)21 430 3200

How to get here

Ellerman House is situated on Kloof Road in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. They offer chauffeur-driven airport transfers in air-conditioned courtesy cars.

Around the area

The hotels concierge team will help you plan the perfect stay in Cape Town, offering dozens of activities to choose from, ranging from museum tours to surfing.

Where to stay

Ellerman House has 9 luxurious rooms and 2 spacious suites with adjoining lounges. Ellerman Villa is an exclusive, self-contained home designed to accommodate groups of friends or family.

What to eat

The talented chefs at Ellerman House produce sophisticated fine dining cuisine.

What's happening

Ellerman House hosts an annual charity art auction. For this night only, its contemporary art collection is open to the public.

Best buys

Ellerman House doesn’t sell art, but can put you in touch with some of South Africa’s leading galleries and studios.

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