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

Everything was clean and well cared for. Dining room and breakfast room very inviting and pleasant. Excellent food (loved the prawn salad) wide variety at breakfast. Jessica and Oswald had a perfect blend of always being ready to help, but giving us our space. Such a lovely, warm and beautiful place to stay. Sorry to have to leave.
Mrs Patricia Pope, United States, April 2012
Thanks for a special evening, dinner was delicious and the service was so friendly and warm - will recommend The Cock House to all our family and friends!
Jane and Colin Chapman, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2011
Very pleasant and efficient accommodation. Food very good. Everyone was good, Pam, Jessica to mention. Keep it up!
Malcolm Jack, South Africa, January 2012