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  • A charming taste of well-heeled country living on a magnificent estate
  • Luxurious rooms, some with private pools, in lush gardens
  • Well located for exploring the Garden Route

Hunter's Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

11km from Plettenberg Bay

 

-34.0525, 23.2754

About

An enchanting luxury experience awaits visitors who choose Hunter’s Country House as their preferred accommodation on the picturesque Garden Route. The lodge was built in 1980, and its thatched roofs and immaculate flower-filled gardens give guests a distinct feeling of arriving ‘home’. Featuring earthy colours and antique furniture, along with the highest quality furnishings and soul-soothing artwork, the house and its chalets are indulgently opulent while never straying from the main goal of creating an endearing country-style atmosphere.

Accommodation consists of 19 luxurious chalets, privately tucked away in the gardens. Care has been taken to give each chalet its own unique appeal, but amenities such as hairdryers, safes, fully stocked minibars, tea and coffee facilities and air conditioning ensure that comfort is standard.

Each suite has at least one fireplace to snuggle up to during the Western Cape winters, while in summer guests can breathe in the fragrance of the gardens from furnished patios with loungers. Further magic is created by twinkling chandeliers and the softest fabrics. Complimentary Charlotte Rhys amenities in the full en-suite bathrooms allow for plenty of pampering, after which you can wrap yourself in a fluffy dressing gown and slippers. 

The five garden suites and seven slightly more spacious superior garden suites set along the charming garden paths and provide plenty of romanticism for couples. Families can be accommodated in one of four spacious rooms where both bedrooms offer ample comfort. Each full en-suite bathroom has the addition of a bidet.

Upping the levels of luxury, the two deluxe pool suites are generously-sized and have a separate lounge area with large flatscreen television, as well as their own private pool. Guests can order meals to be enjoyed in the dining area or head through the French doors to relax on the stone patio or sundeck. Bedrooms are large and luxurious with spacious dressing rooms, and the en-suite bathroom has twin basins, a heated towel rail and outdoor shower.

The Master Suite is ideal for guests who want the ultimate in luxury and privacy. This massive suite has striking features such as a split-level dining room, lounge with home entertainment system and a large outside entertainment area with thatched gazebo leading onto a swimming pool. The bedroom, with its majestic four-poster bed, is warmed by an antique fireplace, while the bathroom has a cavernous sunken bath and extra-large shower.

All guests have use of the lodge’s facilities, which include a swimming pool, guest lounge and library. In-room pampering treatments are available for those who want to treat themselves. Breakfasts at the guest house are served in the glass conservatory, while lunch can be taken in the gardens/boma area.

The outdoor boma is a perfect spot to sip on a glass of fine wine from the cellar before you head for dinner to one of the three unique dining options available on the Estate: Sage, the main dining room at Hunter’s Country House, Tsala Treetop Lodge main dining room, or the African-inspired Zinzi Restaurant with its custom made furniture, incredible architecture and stylish interiors. Each offers an idyllic setting to enjoy a beautifully presented meal of the highest calibre.

Children are welcome at the lodge and those younger than eight will have hours of fun in the Cubs Corner play area, under the capable care of a babysitter. Older children can head to the Teen Scene area to enjoy darts, pool and DVDs. 

Surrounding attractions are plentiful and include everything from up-close wildlife encounters, to sea based activities, golf, shopping and family-friendly adventures.

Rates & Summary


7 Garden Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sitting area with fireplace
Patio with garden views

5 Superior Garden Suites

More spacious than garden suites
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Sitting area with fireplace
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

4 Family Suites

Sleeps 4 in two Queen rooms
Both bedrooms with en-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Patio with garden views

2 Deluxe Pool Suites

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, outdoor shower and twin basins
Lounge and dining area
Fireplace
Patio opening onto pool deck and gardens 

Master Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge and dining room
Two fireplaces
Butler’s kitchen
Private swimming pool
Outside entertainment area
Can be connected to one Garden Suite

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunches and dinners available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
The hotel has a playground and kids entertainment areas.
A babysitting service is available.

Why Stay Here?

Surrounding by forests in a secluded location outside Plettenberg Bay, the family-owned Hunter’s Country House is an exclusive retreat offering accommodation in 19 magnificent individually-decorated suites. Guests at Hunter’s Country House can enjoy enchanting accommodation in supremely luxurious chalets surrounded by magnificent gardens. Several of the rooms have their own private pools. Providing a charming taste of well-heeled country living, the lodge has been internationally acclaimed for its superb cuisine, impeccable service and outstanding facilities.

Summary

  • A charming taste of well-heeled country living on a magnificent estate
  • Luxurious rooms, some with private pools, in lush gardens
  • Well located for exploring the Garden Route

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Games room
  • In-room beauty treatments
  • Curio shop
  • Private chapel
  • Wine cellar
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sundowner cruises, fishing charters, sailing, bungee jumping, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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Garden Route

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About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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