Back in 1685 Simon Van der Stel founded Constantia’s first wine farm , Groot Constantia, thus putting Constantia onto the map as a rich and diverse destination just 15 kilometres from the city centre of Cape Town. This area developed into the Constantia Wine Valley which is now home to 8 award-winning wine estates, Groot Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Eagles Nest, Constantia Glen and Silvermist Vineyards. Embassy Hill, one of the iconic properties making up the portfolio of The Forum Company shares this legacy and landscape and is nestled beneath the Table Mountain National Park with commanding vistas of the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain ranges.
Embassy Hill was originally the residential home of the distinguished Hamilton Russel family and patriarch James Hamilton Russel built the house, then known as Cecila Ridge , in 1952. The name Cecilia Ridge is derived from the Cecilia forest which can be found on the South slopes of Table Mountain. In 1967 this family homestead was sold to the Netherlands Embassy where it functioned as the residence of their ambassadors until 2009.
The Forum Company acquired the property in 2011 and relaunched it as Embassy Hill. Bernard Arnault, French business magnate ( CEO of LVMH ) is quoted as saying “In the luxury business, you have to build on heritage” and this is exactly our philosophy.
Renovations and improvements have been carried out with great sensitivity towards the heritage and history of the property and area ,resulting in a five-star graded conference and event venue, set among manicured gardens and light-filled courtyards, is multi-faceted, catering to a variety of occasions and up to 160 guests.