A History of Eythrope

The first bungalows on Penang Hill were built at the beginning of the nineteenth century more than two centuries ago.  All were simple wood, bamboo and atap buildings providing only a basic shelter for travellers keen to experience the unique environment on top of the Hill. Water was drawn from the Hill’s natural springs and wells, and of course, there was no electricity, fans or air conditioning; after sunset there were only oil lamps and candles for lighting. For more than a century that was the Penang Hill experience.

The funicular railway opened the door to a new era of comfort, in modern housing. Eythrope and its near neighbours ‘Nook’ and ‘Through’ were the first of the modern residences to appear on the Hill in the late 1920’s and were soon followed by many more properties, each built to a unique design. Today, there are around fifty properties at various altitudes on the Hill.

During the Second World War, Eythrope and several of the other bungalows along Summit Road were used by the Japanese authorities for relaxation and the entertainment of high ranking officers and VIP guests, including German U-boat commanders who had made the perilous voyage from Europe to Penang for the precious tin, rubber, quinine and opium needed for their war effort.

Immediately after the liberation of Penang by Allied forces in 1945, Eythrope was taken over by the military authorities, until its original owner, Edward Bulford returned to reclaim it. Bulford sold Eythrope in 1951 to the current owners, and it has remained as a treasured retreat within the same family ever since.

The rebirth of Eythrope began in 2021 and took 20 months to complete.


The Eythrope Vision and Promise



Unique: Eythrope is surrounded by Penang Hill’s rich natural and cultural heritage, offering a level of comfort and indulgence to match its surroundings and history.

Memories: A stay at Eythrope offers guests a delightful experience, brimming with charm and the certainty of taking home treasured memories.


Our Deck

One of Eythrope’s stand-out features, is our huge timber deck, offering a 180 degree of stunning views. There is ample lounge and dining seating for you to choose your favourite spot to unwind and chill. Certainly a must place to be, whether early in the morning to watch the sunrise over the mainland, for meeting and chatting during the day, watching the town lights come on at dusk or star gazing and enjoying the lights of Georgetown by night.

Dining Room

The dining room is airy, spacious and light with muted tones and textures. It is surrounded by large wall alcoves and opens out into the expansive deck area.

We have specially curated the space to accommodate parties of up to 12 persons seated together.  Alternatively, it can be adapted for smaller parties as needed. 

Our dining area is linked via an archway to the lounge.


With light streaming in through the windows onto original timber flooring, the space invites you to relax by the bay window or settle into a cosy armchair or comfortable sofa under our elegant hand crafted sustainable moso bamboo haiku fan.


Our spacious modern kitchen is fully equipped to deliver a full range of delicious meals and tasty snacks thanks to the array of high specification equipment installed.

At the heart of our kitchen is a large Lebenstill Kollektion electric oven with a 5 ring gas hob, complimented by a Fotile 2 ring electrical hob, as well as a microwave oven on standby for any snacks and drinks needed in a hurry.

To keep your food and drinks in pristine condition, we have installed a four door LG refrigerator offering more than 600 litres of storage space, a Tuscani Bello Vino Deries Wine Cellar/Chiller that can store 42 full sized bottles in ideal conditions, and a Coway water dispenser delivering high quality filtered water.

Our fully fitted kitchen is geared up for our chefs to prepare specially curated meals for you, your family and friends.



51, Summit Road,

11300 Penang Hill, Penang.

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