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Don't Get Too Comfortable At The Ellerman House's Art Gallery

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  Site Where: 80 KLOOF RD BANTRY BAY , CAPETOWN, South Africa, 8005
February 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The art gallery at the Ellerman House contains one of the best collections of contemporary South African art in the whole world. As a result, it's become a favorite among art collectors who go just to admire the hotel's private collection as well as take trips to other galleries in Cape Town.

But it's not just the art that's special here. The gallery itself, which is located in a cellar underneath the pool, is a fairly interesting space too. Because Ellerman House sits on a hill, the cozy gallery manages to both feel like an underground hideout while also offer some stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. And though you wouldn't exactly want to spend the duration of your stay holed up in the vault (it's only one room big), it certainly makes for a peaceful retreat.

Or, in the case of one recent guest, a great spot for napping.

According to one staff member, on a recent evening, a guest wandered downstairs for some late-night art browsing (the gallery remains open 24 hours), got comfortable in one of the ocean view-facing chairs (above), and nodded off. When housekeeping came to check on the room the next morning, he was fast asleep in the chair with an open book on the floor.

Sounds more like art drowsing to us. Hopefully he managed to stay up long enough to catch the morning light. With a view like that, the sunrises here must be pretty awesome.

[Photo: Ellerman House]

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