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

What an introduction to an undiscovered gem! Loved the ambience from the moment we stepped through the front door. Excellent service, Excellent food, really good and friendly staff. Will recommend this stately home to all our friends. Thank you!
Charmaine & Daffy de Freitas, Nov 2013, Port Elizabeth
Thanks for a lovely stay, will come again.
Len and Hilda Teasdale, Kenilworth, Cape Town, September 2011
This is a very Interesting place. We were happy to find it and enjoyed the friendly staff. Thanks to all of that.
Jurgen and Lydia Schulte, Germany, November 2011