The pastel, Edwardian Ellerman House is a Relais & Chateaux property set like a jewel in the sparkling necklace of BantryBay, a suburb built into a slope with panoramic views of the southern Atlantic. High windows and balustraded verandas look out over the ocean, where whales breach and massive waves crash onto the rocky shoreline.
Everything at Ellerman House draws on South Africa, including the restaurant menu that recently featured items like springbok carpaccio. Even the gardens were replanted with indigenous plants and grasses.
But what makes Ellerman a must-stay-before-you-die is its South African art collection, with mid-19th-century Cape illustrations, 20th-century masters like Irma Stern and Gerard Sekoto, contemporary artists such as William Kentridge and relative newcomers like Mbongeni Buthelezi, a Johannesburg artist who fashions his sculptures from melted plastic bottles and thick plastic sheeting.
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