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Fine art is the soul of Ellerman House and the collections that line the walls is what sets them apart from other boutique hotels in South Africa. The works span over two centuries, from the works of the famous Thomas Bowler showcasing Cape Town in the 1800s to contemporary works from artists such as Lionel Smith and William Kentridge. Ellerman House invites guests to join their art guide, Talita, for a private tour through the Ellerman House art collection starting with the oldest works and ending in the Contemporary Art Gallery, created in 2009.

If guests are interested in viewing galleries in Cape Town, our Art Guide will accompany them for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Talita is an artist and curator herself, so guests will gain behind-the-scenes access and knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries.  Whilst staying at Ellerman House, they offer a few tours – each tailor made to the guests’ interest in art, design and antiques.


  • Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
  • Grande Provence
  • La Motte
  • Delaire Graff
  • Tokara

The gallery at GRANDE PROVENCE has established itself as a leading location for contemporary art. The gallery features all the visual art forms. The exhibition usually changes every 6 weeks. At The Shop a diverse variety of high quality South African art and craft can be seen in the context of an interior environment. The Shop offers opportunity to purchase works by artists and craft people. Grande Provence specialises in sculpture, making the sculpture garden and indoor sculptures a special attraction.

Still in the Franschhoek Valley and only a short distance away, we visit LA MOTTE. The museum there offers a stimulating cultural- historical experience with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family and Cape Dutch architecture. The large gallery is dedicated to the life of one of South Arica’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (as seen in the Ellerman House lounge). The work of several leading contemporary artists can also be seen at La Motte.

*Guests can choose to add a winelands tea to their La Motte visit.

The next stop is DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE nestled between the majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Lionel Smit, Dylan Lewis and Deborah Bell.

The last vineyard, TOKARA, is the embodiment of GT Ferreira’s philosophy that good wine, good food and good art go together to make a good life. Some of the finest artworks by contemporary artists such as the wood carving by Egon Tanya and Marco Cianfanelli’s laser cut sculpture ‘Mine Vine’ which stands at the winery entrance area is a must-see experience. Works by diverse artists such as: Conrad Botes, Brett Murray and William Kentridge form part of the visual experience at Tokara.

Guests will also be taken to the magnificent DYLAN LEWIS SCULPTURE GARDEN where they will be taken on a tour through his studio and workshop. The gardens are a beautifully landscaped area, surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains and include larger-than-life sculptures of the artist

Price:     ZAR9, 300.00 for 2 guests, full day and includes a driver and private art guide

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