Under two hours from Cape Town, Birkenhead House offers both the drama of the world's best land-based whale watching and the luxury of an exquisite seaside hotel. Its location in Hermanus on the cliffs that overlook the beaches of Walker Bay makes Birkenhead House the ideal base from which to explore this scenic area.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. Hermanus offers access to golf courses, horseback excursions, fishing, bird watching and hikes along the coast or the fynbos-covered mountains. The pièce de résistance of the area is of course whale watching, which runs from July to November, peaking in September, and with a selection of award-winning beaches right on your doorstep, you can enjoy as much time on the beach as your heart desires.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #25 of Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Africa


  • Dramatic cliff-side setting in Hermanus overlooking Walker Bay
  • Opulent & luxurious retreat 
  • Our best whale coast honeymoon spot
  • Relaxed, beachouse feel along with a fantastic team looking after you
  • Breathtaking views for the sea-facing suites
  • All suites individually designed and decorated by the owner, Liz Biden

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Birkenhead House is surrounded by rolling lawns that are ideal for picnics and lazy afternoons. You can enjoy sundowner drinks from the terrace overlooking a number of beautiful beaches or laze in the clear swimming pool while savouring the unspoiled views.

There are two treatment rooms and a comprehensive spa menu featuring massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments to choose from.

For those keen to have a more vigorous workout, the hotel also offers a fully equipped gym.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


Birkenhead House offers world-class cuisine and you can look forward to delicious dishes prepared by the in-house gourmet chef.

The food is a subtle mixture of modern African Cuisine, fresh Cape seafood and traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences, and is served overlooking the ocean, next to the dual-level pool, in the hotel's glass-fronted dining area or in the privacy of your suite.

Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and requirements.

Standard Room

There is a splendid selection of suites at Birkenhead House. All 11 rooms - including the Honeymoon Suite - are spacious and offer spectacular sea views.

Most rooms have their own balcony and one room even has its own private pool and patio area. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and provide all the comforts you would need during your stay.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    Wi-fi available in room
    Mini bar
    En-suite bath and shower


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Quad-biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Beach activities
  • Beach within walking distance
  • Whale watching
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $325 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $355 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $390 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $360 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $270 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $360 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $390 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Superior Room,Luxury Room,Deluxe Superior Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • It was fantastic. It always seems to me that hotels which keep the same staff year after year are doing something right. It's like visiting friends when we return to our favourite haunts!

    Lindsay Southgate, February 2012
  • Birkenhead House was a delight; incredible service, gorgeous views, wonderful food/wine, and we were treated like stars. Really nothing was too much for them, and this is possibly the most wonderful little hotel we've ever stayed in.

    Kate Painchaud, October 2009
  • Thr staff were beyond superior! Their friendliness and helpfulness were just awesome. I would return just to stay at those two places! Accommodations at both were equally as deluxe.

    Bela De Pontes, April 2008

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"Boasting amazing views over Hermanus combined with service excellence and its firm reputation as a food lover's paradise, Birkenhead House will inspire you to stay forever!"



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It was fantastic. It always seems to me that hotels which keep the same staff year after year are doing something right. It's like visiting friends when we return to our favourite haunts!

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