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  • Award winning spa and in-house tour operator to ensure comfort and entertainment
  • Elegant and luxurious rooms with a country feel
  • Easy access to the Addo Elephant Park

Woodall Country House & Spa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from Addo

 

-33.5, 25.6805

About

It is safe to say that guests will be left wanting for nothing when staying at the immaculate Woodall Country House & Spa in the lush Sundays River Valley. The proof is in the pudding, with the establishment having garnered numerous awards from many of South Africa’s top tourism and dining critics.

The establishment was developed from the original farmhouse built in the early 1900s and the charming ambience and character of yesteryear still permeate the atmosphere of this Addo accommodation. Old-world attention to detail blends seamlessly with contemporary African luxury and style as reflected in the raw, earthy Eastern Cape architecture. This award-winning Addo elephant park accommodation caters for the discerning traveller by offering five-star luxury and standards of service, reflected in attention to detail and spacious accommodation.

An extension of a farmhouse built in the early 1900s, the guesthouse is nestled under tall trees on a beautiful, tranquil site fringed by a natural wetland area teeming with birds. The accommodation has been decorated with country flair permeated by stylish African touches, and each room is a haven of comfort fitted with climate control, wireless internet, mini-stereos, bar fridges, telephones and electronic safes.

Featuring elegant top-quality furnishings, the rooms also have the luxuries of percale linen and fluffy bathrobes, while the full en-suite bathrooms provide plenty of pampering amenities. Spacious verandahs look out onto the gardens, while standing under the jets of a private outdoor cascade shower is a particularly invigorating experience.

The five individually decorated luxury rooms and cottages are elegant and timeless, sleeping guests in a choice of King-size or twin beds, while the three opulent suites have spacious sitting areas, a walk-in dressing room and the indulgence of double showers and private plunge pools.

In addition to the full en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower of the main room, the family suite’s second bedroom has an en-suite double shower. Guests here can enjoy the luxury of their own private swimming pool surrounded by loungers.

The guesthouse has received high acclaim for its cuisine, which is elegantly prepared by chefs using the very best local products. Mouth-watering dishes include ostrich, Karoo lamb, venison and fresh Eastern Cape seafood, accompanied by citrus, herbs and vegetables grown on the property. This is complemented by an extensive array of South African wines from the award-winning cellar.

Guests can enjoy this sumptuous fare on the deck overlooking the wetland, where sundowner canapés, cocktails and after-dinner drinks and cigars can also be enjoyed. The kitchen is extremely flexible, being able to arrange packed breakfasts and picnic baskets, as well as healthy cuisine for guests staying to experience a calming spa getaway.

Another award-winning feature, the spa offers an incredible array of treatments and facilities, including couples therapy rooms, in-room treatments, a hydrotherapy bath, sauna, steam shower, chromotherapy shower and various tranquil relaxation areas throughout the house. The spa even takes the kids into account, offering mom/daughter and father/son packages and glittery treatments. Guests also have free use of the well-equipped gym.

Woodall is just as capable of catering to guests with a sense of adventure, with the in-house tour company able to take guests on Addo Elephant National Park and private game reserve safaris, river cruises, horse trails, beaches, township tours and fishing experiences, complete with drinks and snacks.

Rates & Summary


5 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower, outdoor shower
Private verandah

3 Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower, outdoor shower
Plunge pool
Private verandah

Family Suite

Queen bedroom with en-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Second bedroom with en-suite double shower
Private pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Farmhouse breakfast included
Lunch, dinner, packed breakfasts and picnic baskets available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome

Why Stay Here?

Situated on a working citrus farm in the Sundays River Valley, on the doorstep of the Addo Elephant National Park, Woodall Country House & Spa is a tranquil getaway that offers country-style luxury. Accommodation is provided in elegant luxury rooms and suites fitted with all the modern conveniences. Woodall Country House has won multiple awards for its exceptional service, premium luxury, fantastic cuisine and beautiful natural setting. The spa is regarded as one of the best in South Africa, while the in-house tour company can arrange trips to the myriad surrounding attractions.

Summary

  • Award winning spa and in-house tour operator to ensure comfort and entertainment
  • Elegant and luxurious rooms with a country feel
  • Easy access to the Addo Elephant Park

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel road leading to the country house is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Gym
  • Health Spa
  • In house tour company

Nearby: Addo Elephant National Park, elephant-back safaris, cheetah breeding project, hiking, horse riding, river cruises, beaches, fishing, township tour.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

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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