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About The Cock House

Built in 1826, this charming Victorian home has been lovingly restored and is a declared National Monument. Accommodation consists of nine double en-suite rooms and four spacious two-bedroom apartments with kitchens, lounges and dining areas.

The warm and welcoming main house features a cosy pub, a lounge/library and Norden's Restaurant. Norden's is renowned for its innovative menu offering delicious South African cuisine, complemented by an excellent wine selection. Norden's Restaurant and the pub close on a Sunday afternoon after the lunch service. (No dinners on Sunday evenings unless by prior arrangement).

Since opening in 1991, many guests have returned to the convivial atmosphere of The Cock House, including President Nelson Mandela on three occasions. We are centrally located to explore the historic Grahamstown, South Africa's festival city and home to Rhodes University and many prominent schools.

Linking the Garden Route and the Wild Coast, a two to three night stay is recommended to enjoy Frontier Country, the Sunshine Coast and nearby game reserves such as Addo Elephant National Park.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 36
  • Check-in: 12:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 12 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
  • Air conditioning
  • Apartements
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast in room
  • Central location
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Iron and board
  • Lunch
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Shower
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

The Cock House Rooms

Reviews for The Cock House

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Lisa McGregor
05 November 2019

We had planned to spend our stay experiencing the whole Cockhouse deal - pre-dinner drinks in the pub, dinner in their acclaimed dining room, Norden's restaurant, followed by coffee in the lounge and then to bed in an upstairs room in the main house. Upon arrival we were offered an outside room and informed that we would not be able to eat in the dining room as it had been booked for a function, but could have our dinner in the pub at 5.30pm! Breakfast too was a disappointing affair - with most things from coffee to butter having to have to be specially requested and the stewed fruit only...
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Michael Mina
26 December 2018

Host and hostess very hospitable.Facilities clean, comfortable and extremely adequate.

Kennedy Maxwell
20 November 2017

Unit 4 was comfortable. The patio to Unit 4 is delightful. There is considerable maintenance required.

Samantha Southey, South Africa
05 April 2016

Superb!  Comfortable, amazing breakfasts and friendly staff.  A special thank you to Jacque for making us feel so welcome.  Robert & Samantha Southey

Pamela Reynolds, South Africa
04 April 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.   The staff were very friendly,helpful and obliging.   We have no hesitation in recommending the Cock House.

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The Cock House is 1.5km from the centre of Grahamstown , the nearest airport 127km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling