Ellerman House


Ellerman House is the place to stay in Cape Town.   This boutique hotel is a newly refurbished 1906 home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   The property houses 11 hotel rooms, 2 suites and 2 private villas.Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.59.51 AM

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The villas

 

 

are

 

 

 

simply

 

 

 

incredible.

 

 

i.e, for the rock stars of the world.

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The buildings, gardens and wine cellar display over 1,000 art pieces.

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A few are tremendously inspiring such as this bronze of an actual vineyard plant.

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The wine cellar has a “terroir wall” Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 11.15.36 AMshowing the cross sections of the soil below 100 of the local wineries.Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 12.07.57 PM

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Certain wines are stored in a 20 x 50 corkscrew shaped wine rack.

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Others wait in a very cool cellar dug into the African cliffs.

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The wines served by the hotel are top rate and supported by a very knowledgeable staff.

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Speaking of staff.  Service at the Ellerman was the best we experienced in Africa.

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Frankly, I do not recall ever being treated better by any staff, anywhere.

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One of the many examples of exceptional service was when Penny fell ill the day before running in the Two Oceans Marathon.   Somehow the staff heard about how Penny felt and the kitchen ordered a staff member to go retrieve a live chicken from the market so the chef could make “fresh” chicken broth for Penny.   Fresh broth and an packet of electrolytes via room delivery to the Spa Suite had to help Pen finish the race the next day.

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Penny also got a kick of how the laundry – including pajamas – came back every day in a box,

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folded and wrapped in paper.

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A capture of one of the memorable scenes from our room.

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One of life’s “do-overs”.