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  • Spacious, elegant rooms and off-street parking for a comfortable stay
  • Owner-managed with highly acclaimed service and value
  • Very central, with activities in walking distance

Lemon Tree Lane

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Port Elizabeth


-33.9603, 25.5915


Contrary to popular belief, Port Elizabeth was not named after Queen Elizabeth, but came from Englishman Sir Rufane Donkin, who named the town after his wife Elizabeth in 1820. Whatever the origin of the name, Donkin and the queen would feel perfectly at home in the English-styled Lemon Tree Lane guesthouse.

Owner-managed since 1994, the guesthouse has established itself as one of the top bed and breakfasts in the Friendly City, providing luxurious accommodation and excellent service to the hundreds of guests who have passed through its doors.

Each of the spacious accommodation units is opulently decorated in a colonial style, featuring grand King-size beds (can be converted to twins) and furnished with plush couches and authentic antiques.

The five luxury units open onto the courtyard and the well-manicured gardens. While two of these units are doubles, the other three can accommodate an extra adult or child on a sleeper couch, while a handy kitchenette has a microwave, toaster and kettle for peckish guests.

The Villa Up and Down rooms are located in the main house, with the upstairs room featuring a balcony suitable for a sundowner while surveying the garden. These rooms also have small kitchenettes.

The Executive Suite is the largest and most luxurious of the accommodation offerings and works equally well as a honeymoon room. It has scenic views of the garden and swimming pool.

All rooms have an en-suite bath and shower, and amenities include telephones, fax facilities, satellite television, hair dryers, air-conditioning and heating, safes, wireless internet, honesty bars and luxury toiletries, catering to guests’ every need.

Contributing further to a stress-free stay, the property has secure off-street parking behind remote-controlled gates.

Varied and elegantly presented cooked breakfasts, along with the guesthouse’s special Lemon Tree Health Breakfast, are served every morning in the dining room or out on the verandah overlooking the pool. 

The leafy suburb of Mill Park, where the guest house is situated, is quiet yet very centrally situated. Attractions such as a golf club, bowling club, shopping centre, cricket grounds and a number of fine restaurants are all within walking distance. The airport, beachfront and CBD are a mere 10 minutes’ drive away, so you will be conveniently situated no matter the purpose of your visit.

Rates & Summary

5 Luxury Units

3 units sleep 3 in King-size/twin beds and sleeper couch
Small kitchenette
2 units sleep 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

2 Villa Units

One downstairs and one upstairs
Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Executive Suite

Largest room
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
View of garden and swimming pool


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Health and Full English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Lemon Tree Lane is an elegant English-style luxury guesthouse located in the garden suburb of Mill Park, Port Elizabeth, conveniently close to the attractions of the seaside city. Having been owner-managed since 1994, the guesthouse has established a winning recipe of service, value-for-money luxury and convenience, which accounts for the multiple prestigious awards it has won.


  • Spacious, elegant rooms and off-street parking for a comfortable stay
  • Owner-managed with highly acclaimed service and value
  • Very central, with activities in walking distance

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 the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: beaches, surfing, scuba diving, nature reserves, golf course, lawn bowls, St George’s Cricket Grounds, arts and culture, historical attractions, entertainment and shopping.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming 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)
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




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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