Current owner Richard Anker-Simmons is based in Johannesburg and Hoedspruit but pays frequent visits to Grahamstown.  Born in England, he emigrated to South Africa in 1968.  After a few years in printing and publishing, he moved to the Northern Province (now Limpopo) to become a cattle rancher.  His farm was proclaimed a Natural Heritage site in the late 1980's and later became part of a game conservancy.

Richard also acquired the building adjacent to The Cock House.  This has been converted into four spacious and comfortable two bedroom self-catering apartments.  Richard transformed the facade of this building by erecting a modern day version of the beautiful Victorian balcony which graces the front of The Cock House.

Richard's experienced and dedicated team, all from the local community and many from the early days of this enterprise, promise you a warm welcome to this much loved Grahamstown landmark.

Assistant Manager Oswald Kate with Front of Houses Pamela (on left) and Thonekaand

Assistant Manager Oswald Kate with Front of Houses Pamela Matiwana (on left) and Thoneka Bongo

The best of everything and absolutely beautiful. All the aesthetic comfort and practical needs of a traveller are understood. Little things that make a huge difference to us. Thank you! Best place I ever overnighted in!
Julie Clarke, South Africa, November 2011
Thank you again for your excellent service and great hospitality. You were all especially kind to my daughter after her wisdom tooth operation. We will be back for 'O' week for student number 2.
Kim and Cam Skerrit, KZN, South Africa, November 2011
Really enjoyed our stay, Staff are very friendly. Excellent Service
Botes family, Jan 2013, Stellenbosch