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The Cock House

10 Market Street, Grahamstown 6139 South Africa
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#17 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Grahamstown
One of Grahamstown's best-loved landmarks, The Cock House offers you country home comfort and elegant dining in South Africa’s Festival City. Built in 1826, this charming Victorian home has been lovingly restored and is a declared National Monument. Accommodation consists of nine double en-suite rooms and four spacious two-bedroom apartments with kitchens, lounges and dining areas. The warm and welcoming main house features a cosy pub, a lounge/library and Norden's Restaurant. Norden's is renowned for its innovative menu offering delicious South African cuisine, complemented by an excellent wine selection. Since opening in 1991, many guests have returned to the convivial atmosphere of The Cock House, including President Nelson Mandela on three occasions. Linking the Garden Route and the Wild Coast, a two to three night stay is recommended to enjoy Frontier Country, the Sunshine Coast and nearby game reserves such as Addo Elephant National Park.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Room service
Seating area
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Lina wrote a review Jan 2021
Nairobi Region, Kenya30 contributions13 helpful votes
Don’t let the outside or the location hold you back... once inside and seated, this is truly a hidden culinary gem of Grahamstown! A lovely welcome and service, and clearly dishes cooked with love and care.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Neil M wrote a review Mar 2020
Santa Rosa, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
I was so sad that my trip to South Africa was cancelled due to the CoronaVirus. The Cock House waived their cancellation policy and granted me a full refund. This is excellent customer service! I will definitely be staying here when I rebook my trip for later this year.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Rexenmaggie wrote a review Feb 2019
Santiago, Chile55 contributions21 helpful votes
Beautiful old historic house. We had 2 rooms in the old part, huge rooms, comfortable beds. Decided to have dinner at their restaurant, it was a good choice. Fish of the day was very tasty. Comfortable hotel with very friendly staff.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Loved the old rooms above the lounge.
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Response from 476chantals, Public Relations Manager at The Cock House
Responded 28 May 2019
Thank you so much for your wonderful review Rexenmaggie :)
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Eurika2014 wrote a review Jan 2019
Groblersdal, South Africa14 contributions
Great place to stay with a small yet great menu. Hosts are very accommodating and even laid a special table for my birthday. In cold weather, you arrive to find a warm and inviting room. Crisp and clean percale linen assists to make you sleep like a baby.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from 476chantals, Public Relations Manager at The Cock House
Responded 28 May 2019
Thank you so much for your great review Eurika2014
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ShinyBriony wrote a review Nov 2018
Cape Town, South Africa371 contributions40 helpful votes
While Makhanda is looking very disheveled due to terrible municipal mismanagement (which will, hopefully, be fixed soon), The Cock House retains its air of grace and history and rooms 1 to 5 (we stayed in 2) are spacious and comfortable and open onto the pretty garden (and the jasmine was flowering, making everything wonderfully fragrant!) The staff were lovely and I especially need to mention Chris, the gardener, who was incredibly helpful, carrying our luggage and guiding us out of the parking area. He’s a gem. The Cock House is under new management so, hopefully, it will continue to be a top spot and get even better! Best of luck to Yvonne and her team.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from 476chantals, Guest Relations Manager at The Cock House
Responded 12 Nov 2018
Thank you for your review ShinyBriony :)
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US$69 - US$93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaEastern CapeGrahamstown
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cock House
Which popular attractions are close to The Cock House?
Nearby attractions include Cathedral of St Michael and St George (1.2 km), 1820 Settlers National Monument (2.1 km), and St Patrick's Catholic Church (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cock House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Cock House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Cock House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cock House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cock House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Haricot's Deli & Bistro, Major Fraser's Craft Bar & Eatery, and The Rat & Parrot.
Is The Cock House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Grahamstown.