South Africa’s Ellerman House Completes an Estate-Wide Refurbishment

The renovation updates the famed hotel's guest rooms and common areas...

Ranked as one of Robb Report’s Top 100 Hotels in 2014, Ellerman House in Cape Town, South Africa, recently underwent an estate-wide refurbishment to add even more style and sophistication to its 11 rooms, two suites, and two villas. Formerly the home of English businessman Sir John Ellerman, the mansion now functions as a secluded oceanfront getaway. The hotel’s seemingly never-ending list of amenities include panoramic views of the Atlantic coastline, a solar-heated pool, a spa and a fully equipped gym, a contemporary art gallery and an extensive wine gallery, a bar and restaurant, a library, and more.

The refurbished interiors of most guest rooms now match the blue and green hues of the sea and flora near Cape Town; chandeliers and desert-themed artwork add depth and color. Large private terraces equipped with lounge chairs provide an ideal vantage place for sunbathing or admiring the crystal-clear water below.

The Lounge—featuring antique decorations, a grand piano, vintage chairs, and Sahara-themed artwork—was painted a light green to match the colors of Ellerman House’s summer garden. The Library now features a bright-yellow couch, African-themed wallpaper, and a collection by local artist Pippa Skotnes. The lounge area in the bar was updated with new upholstery and a gorgeous coffee table so guests can spend chilly winter evenings admiring the Atlantic beyond. With the extensive refurbishment now complete, Ellerman House is poised to reassert its role as one of South Africa’s finest hotels. (ellerman.co.za)

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