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Birkenhead House

Cnr of 7th 11th Street Voelklip, Overstrand 7200 South Africa
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Perched on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Street parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
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Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Wine / champagne
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
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Gift shop
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Allergy-free room
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Eula A. wrote a review 05 Feb
Aurora, Colorado41 contributions19 helpful votes
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Google review summary 4.8 212 reviews 5 ★ 4 ★ 3 ★ 2 ★ 1 ★ Reviews on other travel sites Reviews Search reviews Eula Adams 5/5 2 minutes ago on Google This was our fourth stay at Birkenhead House. This is an amazing place to put the finishing touch on an African vacation. The staff from Elliot who greets you on arrival to Corrine and Sandile in the front reception to Arnold, Gift. Chris, Miriam and Atheni and Rita in food Service they a so friendly and ready to serve. I should also mention the team that tales care of the rooms and maintenance team that takes care of every thing else. We also had facials and massages while at Birkenhead House. Zanelle(sp) gave me one of the best sports massages I've ever had. The food is outstanding and the rooms and overall property are stunning. The beach is immaculate and views are amazing. I can't wait to return for another visit all the way from Denver,Colorado USA
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Redstorm54 wrote a review Dec 2023
Long Island City, New York23 contributions15 helpful votes
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The minute you arrive the front of the hotel looks so unassuming. However, once you enter the hotel is stunning. We had a room on the second floor (7) that had a terrace where you can see the ocean and pool area. The decor in the main dining living area is so special and beautiful. It feels like an intimate B&B. It was a little chilly so there was a fire going at night and in the early morning. The food was delicious and they were very accommodating for any special requests. We had massages two days in a row and had to be one of the best massages we have ever had. All of the food and alcohol is included. T op shelf alcohol and great wines. It was a slice of heaven. The ocean was so relaxing. A place of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 08 Jan 2024
Thank you for this fabulous review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Birkenhead House. It is wonderful to read about your highlights - your massages at the spa and your dining experience. We hope to welcome you back for another memorable experience soon! Laura (Marketing Team)
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gigirrubin wrote a review Dec 2023
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This was the greatest hotel I have ever stayed at. From the moment we were picked up in Cape Town by our driver from the hotel - Simon, we knew we would be very well taken care of. We were picked up in a brand new BMW and quite comfortable for our 2 hour drive. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by name by all of the staff. We were greeted with their specialty watermelon gin drink (so delicious!) and rose. Rita gave us a tour of the property and made sure we had everything we needed. Upon settling in, we sent laundry out - it was returned beautifully within 24 hours - tied with ribbon. Our room was very large - with a beautiful wrap around terrace that viewed the mountains, the inner courtyard and pool #1, and the ocean. The food at Birkenhead House is incredible - they will acomodate everything you wish for. The meals were started by incredible warm freshly made bread, butter, olive oil, etc. The lunch menu remains constant with daily specials, and dinner each night is presented on personalized menus. It was such an added touch that by our second meal they knew our water preferences. I loved coming back to the room each night to a little note card about what to expect in the coming day. We took daily cliff path walks into the town - and would send a quick text if we wished to be picked up. Nothing was too much of an ask, and everything was done with a smile and with pleasure. This was our second stop on our honeymoon and I truly wish we could have stayed longer. I can't wait for the day we return to this little slice of heaven on earth - I truly cannot say enough good things.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 08 Jan 2024
Good day , Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful review. It is wonderful to read the details of your experience with us at Birkenhead House, and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the special touches. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for another memorable experience soon. Laura (Marketing Team)
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bertshowbert wrote a review Dec 2023
Atlanta, Georgia292 contributions152 helpful votes
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One of the most fantastic boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed in. I felt taken care of in any way as soon as I entered the Inn. The food was outstanding. The staff was flawless. Shane the manager was friendly and clearly has this place running at the highest level. The beach in front of the hotel was filled with locals on nice days. And the path into town and into other beaches was fantastic. I can’t say enough good things.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dipali C wrote a review Nov 2023
London, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
This might literally be the best hotel I have ever stayed in - hospitality has blown my mind - EVERYTHING is included from the moment you walk in through the door, the team couldn't be more generous with their attention. The cocktails were amazing, and abundant - the staff were so attentive that I simply had to put down an empty glass for someone to appear as if by magic and offer another, The food is divine - better than most fancy restaurants I have eaten it. The atmosphere is a cross between a cosy home and an elegant hotel with the team paying attention to your every need. Anything we asked for was met with a resounding yes and the staff went above and beyond to help us - including getting me sea-sickness tablets before my whale-watching boat trip, which they helped organise. They even valeted my car while it was in their care! Craig, Chris, Corrine and the whole team were fabulous. Also the location is stunning set upon a cliff top offering an uninterrupted view across the ocean, perfect for whale watching - of which we saw many. There is a wonderful cliff top walk into town - and dont-worry, you dont have to walk back if you dont want to, because they send someone to pick you up!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 14 Dec 2023
Thank you for this wonderful review, it is lovely to read about the details that stood out! We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us at Birkenhead House and hope to welcome you back to our sanctuary by the sea in the not too distant future! Laura (Marketing Team)
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Ailsa F wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom306 contributions25 helpful votes
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A perfect location, right by the beach with stunning views and easy walks in all directions. It was exciting watching the whales from the hotel’s terrace. Couple that with fantastic hospitality, food and wine and you have one of the best hotels we know, brilliant, beautiful Birkenhead. Thank you to all the staff for taking such good care of us on our third visit to this little seaside slice of heaven, we love it. BTW the spa treatments are wonderful , magic massages and fabulous facials, enjoy.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 07 Sept 2023
Dear Ailsa, We were delighted to spend time with you again and appreciate your ongoing loyalty to Birkenhead House. It is wonderful to hear that our Chef’s carefully crafted dishes and our team's high level of service were a highlight. Thank you for the wonderful review, and we hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future! Laura (Marketing Team)
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MaryKay s wrote a review Aug 2023
Los Angeles, California, United States45 contributions37 helpful votes
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We were so impressed by this hotel and the staff! This was at the beginning of our Africa vacation and set an extremely high standard. From the moment we walked in the hotel and looked out to see a mother and baby whale directly out from the hotel to the time we left was just superb service, warm friendly and professional. Shelton, the chef, made one of my husband’s best meal he ever had; Danae (forgive my spelling), one of the assistant managers was so interesting and interested and always involved in making sure everything ran perfectly. And it did. It was our anniversary and we had a special dinner by the fire and candles, chocolate and champagne waiting for us when we returned to our room. We would love to come back a little later for better whale spotting but loved the cliffside walk. We covered 8 miles both days. We did see a whale breaching which is something I have never seen before. I wish I had noted everyone’s name who took such great care of us but Arnold, Robin (masseuse), Shane and Craig are some I did note. The young lady in the gift shop was delightful. I would recommend a room with a view. The laundry service was so special, wrapped in a lace sheet upon return. We were spoiled and pampered and would love to return! next time maybe a 3rd night. But I don’t think it is ever enough time where I would want to depart.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 25 Aug 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful review of Birkenhead House. It is wonderful to read the details of your experience with us, and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the special touches. We are happy to hear that what truly set your experience apart was our passionate and expert team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back another memorable experience in the not too distant future! Laura (Marketing Team)
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Marshmellogirl wrote a review Mar 2023
Glazer21 contributions12 helpful votes
We loved our 3 night stay at Birkenhead House. The hotel itself is stunning and very well maintained. Our bedroom and bathroom large and well furnished with every amenity The food and staff are exceptional and even though we had unseasonable weather we were able to enjoy the cliff walk into Hermanus and rest in the lounge needed after back to back safaris! Highly recommend a stay and we would love to come back in whale season.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Mar 2023
Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Birkenhead House, and we hope to welcome you back in the not-too-distant future. Whale season is not to be missed! Laura (Marketing Team)
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Paul G wrote a review Feb 2023
Albany, New York21 contributions21 helpful votes
The property is in a nice location outside of hermanus. The food was excellent. The location is on a beach but the property is on a hill above the beach. However the beach is accessible by path. The staff were terrific. At night you hear the waves crashing on the beach. I would recommend. The place is a bit expensive but would still recommend
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Mar 2023
Thank you for this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that what truly set your experience at Birkenhead House apart was our passionate and expert team and the world-class culinary offering. We hope to welcome you back soon for another memorable visit. Laura (Marketing Team)
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David M wrote a review Feb 2023
Devon, United Kingdom142 contributions60 helpful votes
Eagerly anticipated return from 7 years previous from when we honeymooned here. There is not enough good things to say about this place. Above everything - every single member of the team is the definition of extraordinary hospitality and customer service. Whilst there for the three days - it was fascinating to hear of so many returning guest, just proves how truly amazing it is. Already looking forward to our next visit. THANK YOU!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 27 Feb 2023
Thank you for this wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that your most recent visit was just as unforgettable as the last and that our passionate and expert team truly set your experience apart. We hope to welcome you back again soon for another memorable experience. Laura (Marketing Team)
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R 12,831 - R 18,425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
birkenhead house & villa hotel hermanus, birkenhead house and villa
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictOverstrandHermanus
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Birkenhead House
Which popular attractions are close to Birkenhead House?
Nearby attractions include Hermanus Cliff Path (5.0 km), Fernkloof Nature Reserve (1.7 km), and Grotto Beach (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Birkenhead House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Birkenhead House?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Birkenhead House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Birkenhead House?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Birkenhead House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Gallery Cafe & Deli, Char'd Grill & Wine Bar, and Cafè 1904 Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Birkenhead House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Birkenhead House have airport transportation?
Yes, Birkenhead House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Birkenhead House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Birkenhead House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Birkenhead House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.