Traveller Review – Birkenhead House

Our very own director John Holley has just returned from a magical stay at Birkenhead House. Here’s what he had to say:

What did you think of Birkenhead House? 

“Birkenhead House is without doubt one of the most incredible boutique hotels I have ever visited. Whilst the setting is absolutely spectacular, in the end it was the attention to detail and genuinely friendly and attentive staff who blew us away.”

If you could describe your trip in one word what would it be? 

“Spectacular / picturesque / breath-taking.”


What activities did you get up to on your stay?

“The wine tasting in the Hemel & Aarde Valley is some of the best in South Africa, especially if you enjoy your Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Newton Johnson, Hamilton Russel and Creation Wine Farms are all equally impressive and a must visit!

I equally cannot recommend the jog from Birkenhead House along the sea side cliffs towards Hermanus town highly enough. In my mind this along with the Robberg Peninsula and Chapmans Peak runs is most likely one of the most scenic sea side runs in South Africa.”

What was your favourite thing about the hotel?

“The wine list and food was fantastic but it was the care and general energy shown by every staff member that we came in touch with that will be our lasting memory.”


Did you have some delicious wine and food?

“Being in the Hemel & Aarde Valley we tasted some phenomenal wines, perfectly complimented by the fresh and delicious seafood!”

What was your most unforgettable moment?

“An exquisite sunset on the Birkenhead House deck with a glass of Champagne in hand is a moment which any traveller will never forget!”

What was the most surprising thing about your trip? 

“The temperature of the Atlantic Sea took our breath away! Luckily it was a blissful summers day so we negotiated our way through an exhilarating swim.”

Parting words for future travellers? 

“The best boutique luxury hotel in Hermanus is a must visit for so many reasons. Do not make the same mistake we did! Give yourself at least 2 to 3 days to soak up as much time as possible in this special place.”

What would you like to say to the staff at Birkenhead?

“Undoubtedly the best staff I have ever had the pleasure of being hosted by! Thank you once again!”

For more on Birkenhead House and what you can get up to to there, click here. 

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