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Hermanus is renowned as the best place for land based whale watching in the world (ideal July-December) and Birkenhead House is privileged to enjoy the best vantage point in Hermanus – standing proud on the clifftop above Voelklip beach. From the main deck at Birkenhead House you’ll see pods of dolphins splashing playfully past the front deck as well as Southern Right and Humpback Whales. There is a telescope in the main sitting room as well as numerous sets of binoculars for our guests to get a good look at these fascinating and calming creatures.

This property’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of classic beach house style and quirky opulence. While Birkenhead House is a five-star hotel with all the services and amenities that you would expect, the hotel is characterized by its laid back and easy-going atmosphere. Whether you are seeking a rejuvenating retreat or an adventure filled holiday, Birkenhead House is the ideal destination situated a 90-minute scenic drive from Cape Town. All of our elegant suites are steps from the sea facing infinity pool running down the center of Birkenhead House.

Take a leisurely stroll along the cliff edge where you can try your luck at spotting a pod of dolphins or a Southern Right Whale. Experience firsthand on how to pick mussels from the ocean rocks below Birkenhead House and forage for edible Fynbos species. As a guest of Birkenhead House, you can also enjoy Surfing, wine tasting and a Chefs “Master Class” on how to prepare seafood picked from the Birkenhead shoreline.