Ellerman House in Bantry Bay is a mere 10-minute drive to the city centre and only 30 minutes to the Cape Winelands. Situated in a residential area, the Relais & Chateaux property is far enough from the buzzing city centre to provide guests with peace and quiet, but close enough to pop over the mountain for an impromptu lunch or dinner. We offer guests a variety of tours at Ellerman House and we have listed them below. Note that all tours are bespoke and the destinations mentioned are a guideline to what guests can expect when going on these tours.

 

Ellerman House Tours

The Cape Peninsula tours take guests on a tour around the beautiful Cape Point and the surrounding areas. The tour starts off at Ellerman House and guests are taken on the Victoria Coastal Road through Hout Bay. The world famous Chapman’s Peak, or Chappies as the locals have named it, are next up on the route. This beautiful road is lined with viewpoints and dolphins and whales can often be seen playing around in the bay. After Chapman’s Peak, guests are taken to Cape Point Nature Reserve and it is recommended that you walk up to the lighthouse and experience the breathtaking view. The tour continues through Simons Town and ends with a lunch at Constantia, Kirstenbosch Gardens or Kalk Bay.

 

The City Orientation Tour will take guests on a tour through Cape Town highlighting the most popular sights like the colourful Bo Kaap and Company Gardens. If guests would like to take the full day tour, a visit to Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens or Longstreet can be included. Any of these destinations are a perfect setting for lunch or an early dinner.

 

If you have a passion for South African wine, or just wine in general, then the Cape Winelands Tour is the tour for you. Guests can choose between the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl wine regions when taking the half day tour, while the full day tour can take guests to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek or Paarl. The full day tour is perfect for those who would like a lunch or early dinner on one of the farms or in the town. The tour guide will be able to advise you on which farms to visit based on your favourite cultivar or region. The tours include a walk through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl.

 

Ellerman House Signature Tours

Signature tours are combined with friends of Ellerman House who have ade experiences on each wine farm or art gallery exclusive to guests of Ellerman House.

 

Guests are taken on a tour of the famous Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands where they will experience wine tastings and tours on the farms. The experience starts at Antonji Rupert in Franschhoek with a private tasting and a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. The Motor Museum is a private collection and includes a vast compendium of motor vehicles from the first Model T to the latest marvel in motoring design. Rust en Vrede is the second farm on the list and includes a private tasting of their finest red wines along with lunch. The tour ends with a visit to Waterford Estate where guests will be taken on a tour of the vineyards followed by a wine tasting. After the tour in the vineyards, guests will be met with a unique wine and chocolate tasting before they head back to Ellerman House.

 

Constantia is one of the oldest wine regions in the Cape and guests are invited to experience the wines from this region with Ellerman House. The tour begins at Eagle’s Nest where guests will be taken on a private tour to the highest point on the farm. And enjoy a wine tasting while taking in the beautiful surroundings. On the next farm, Constantia glen, guests will learn more abou the viticulture practice and the history of the farm while making their way to the tasting room for a wine and cheese pairing. Lunch, paired with wine is served on the beautiful Buitenverwachting farm. The last farm on the tour is Klein Constantia and dates back to 1685. Vin de Constance, one of the world’s best natural sweet wine, is produced here and guests will learn about the farm’s unique history and taste the very special wine.

 

Guests are taken on a private art tour to the winelands in Stellenbosch and Franshhoek. The tour starts at Grande Provance in Franschhoek where all the visual art forms are featured in the gallery. Grande Provance specialises in sculptures, making the sculpture garden a special attraction. Second on the list is La Motte where the museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience. The farm also features a large museum dedicated the South African Master, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. Some of his works can also be seen in the lounge at Ellerman House. Delaire graff is next on the list and a very special location for contemporary art lovers. The collection features some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Lionel Smit, Dylan Lewis and Deborah Bell. The last stop on the Art in the Winelands Experience is Tokara. The farm is the embodiment of the owner’s philosophy that good wine, good art and good food make a good life. The collection of local artists is a highlight on the property.

 

Guests are invited to join Ellerman House’s private art guide to experience the very best art galleries in and around Cape Town. Guests can create their own itinerary from the following galleries in the Cape Town area.

Everard Read showcases the finest works from abroad and around the sub-continent; the gallery plays a very important role in showcasing Capetonian artists. Zeitz Mocaa Pavillion is the largest contemporary art museum in Africa. The focus of this gallery is preserving, researching and exhibiting contemporary art from Africa. Stevenson gallery is a contemporary gallery in Woodstock and often host solo and group exhibitions. Whatiftheworld gallery is situated in a decommissioned synagogue in Woodstock and showcase established artists and nurture young African based artists. The Salon 91 Contemporary Art Collection specialises in affordable and accessible contemporary South African art, design and illustration. Other galleries on the list include the Barnard Gallery, Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery and Rose Korber Art.