Superior Accommodation

One of Grahamstown's best-loved landmarks, The Cock House offers you country home comfort and elegant dining in South Africa’s Festival City.

Named after the Hon. William Cock, an enterprising 1820 British Settler who created Port Alfred harbour, the house was built in 1826 by another settler, Benjamin Norden. Dr John Atherstone lived here as did, more recently, the famous South African author, André Brink.

   

Since opening in 1991, many guests have returned to the convivial atmosphere of The Cock House, including our most famous guest of all, former President Nelson Mandela, on three occasions.  

The 'Before and After’ photo album, together with a fascinating history of previous owners over the last two centuries, brings the story of The Cock House alive. The Visitors’ book contains a veritable Who’s Who of famous signatures!

Linking the Garden Route and the Wild Coast, a two to three night stay is recommended to explore the vibrant university city of Grahamstown, Frontier Country, the Sunshine Coast and the surrounding malaria-free game reserves such as the Addo Elephant National Park.

 

 

Best wishes to an institution whose staff is highly professional.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa, June 1999
Absolutely wonderful stay. Thank you to all the staff, in particular Jessica and Oswald for repeatedly going the extra mile to make our stay great!
Mrs Michele Holland, , April 2012
It is our second time in Grahamstown and The Cock House. It is really cozy and nice. Genuine hosipitality. We will be back.
Chronnis Yiannis, Athens, Greece, September 2011