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  • Grand garden and Roman-style pool in a tranquil leafy suburb
  • Extensive guest services to facilitate exploring the area
  • Wheelchair friendly rooms and owners with experience working with the disabled

Forest Hall Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Port Elizabeth


-33.9747, 25.5782


Upon laying eyes on Forest Hall, guests will immediately be enchanted by its modern English opulence and impressive self-assurance. A gigantic Roman-style swimming pool is the centrepiece of the expansive garden, which is dominated by majestic trees on a well-tended lawn.

With Lindt chocolates and complimentary sherry, biscuits and bottled water waiting in the rooms, guests will be made to feel particularly welcome on arrival. 

After a strong background working with the disabled, owners James and Hilary Bolton decided to convert one cottage into three wheelchair-friendly rooms and have received high acclaim for their efforts.

The rooms are attractive inside and out, with vines covering the patios and the interiors fitted with opulent furnishings and decorative artwork. Guests can stroll straight out of their rooms to enjoy the park-like atmosphere of the gardens, do some bird-watching or lie under the umbrellas around the pool. Kids and young-hearted adults will love bouncing around on the trampoline.

In addition to sleeping two adults in a choice of King-size or twin beds, the six very spacious Luxury Rooms can accommodate a third adult or two children on a single bed or sleeper couch. The full en-suite bathrooms have a classical feel but are extremely modern, containing freestanding baths, glass showers and square basins.

Similar to the Luxury Rooms, guests can sit comfortably on the patios of the Standard Rooms, admiring the trees and swimming pool. On sunny days, guests can satisfy the urge to plunge into the pool before perhaps heading to the en-suite shower.

With crisp percale linen, electric blankets, heaters, ceiling fans, heated towel rails, tea and coffee stations, hair dryers and safes, you can expect nothing less than supreme comfort during your stay.

Wireless internet, DStv and a DVD player are available when you need them. The rooms can also handle self-catering, thanks to a fridge, microwave, toaster, cutlery and crockery. For bed-and-breakfast guests, the morning meal is a mouth-watering continental and full English affair, while dinners can be served on request.

Forest Hall’s high standard of hospitality is further underlined by the excellent range of services offered to guests. Shuttle transfers, car hire, day tours, boat trips and restaurant and spa bookings can all be arranged. There are some good mountain-biking trails nearby, while the Walmer Golf Course is just across the road. Guests will not be surprised to learn that Forest Hall therefore has mountain bikes and golf clubs for hire.

For those with itchy feet, the many attractions nearby, ranging from outdoor adventures to cultural and historical tours, game viewing, beaches and entertainment venues, will keep you very busy throughout your stay.

Rates & Summary

6 Luxury Rooms

2 adults sleep in King-size/twin beds
3rd adult or 2 children can sleep on single bed/sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

4 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views


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Choice of Bed and Breakfast or Self Catering
Continental and Full English breakfast included for B&B
Dinners on request


Children of all ages are welcome.
Additional beds, along with cots and feeding chairs, can be arranged.

Why Stay Here?

Forest Hall Guest House offers luxury accommodation in an original Old English country house located in the tranquil garden suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Guests will be awed by the huge park-like gardens and grand Roman-style swimming pool at the luxurious Forest Hall. Offering self-catering and bed-and-breakfast options, the guesthouse makes a special effort to cater to the needs of every guest and has made three rooms wheelchair-friendly.


  • Grand garden and Roman-style pool in a tranquil leafy suburb
  • Extensive guest services to facilitate exploring the area
  • Wheelchair friendly rooms and owners with experience working with the disabled

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Trampoline in a secured garden
  • Tours of the surrounding areas can be arranged

Nearby: golf course, mountain biking, hiking, beaches, boat trips, wellness spas, shopping, Nelson Mandela Bay soccer stadium.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • No lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bring your own firewood
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Limited alcohol license
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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