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

Very impressed!
Bantu Holomisa, Dept of Environment & Tourism, May 1996
This is a lovely and cosy place. People are all warm-hearted and available to help. Thank you for your hospitality!
Anbin shi & Qing’an Zhou, Beijing, China, Sep 2012
Well firstly, we have never had the privilege of experiencing the amazing service we received. A huge thank you to Jessica for all her help, to Oswald who went the extra mile. What an amazing evening. To Pam for her excellent service in the dining area. The food was superb and the accommodation absolutely amazing.
Kim Landsberg, South Africa, September 2011