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

Absolutely great to be back. Service and eye for detail impeccable. Food is excellent.
Ms Nicky Vaders, Germany, January 2012
All were outstanding - Oswald the most helpful and versatile, from our tv to the drinks! Jessica was also super. It has been ages since we stayed in Grahamstown but have often driven through - we had forgotten what a beautiful and friendly city it is - thanks to all!
Mr and Mrs Adams, South Africa, January 2012
Food was excellent and Jess was very friendly and professional.
Jeannie Smuts, South Africa, September 2011