Hunter's Country House

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

The hotel

This grand estate on the Garden Route feels more like a charming English cottage in a secret garden – albeit one with a more balmy temperature fit for dips in its garden pool and al fresco dining on the lawns. A beautiful boutique retreat, Hunter’s Country House hides in the forests and hills between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – two of the route’s most popular pit stops – with some of its nearest neighbours being the residents of Knysna Elephant Park. For children and teenagers, there’s their very own private recreational area, Cub's Corner, with everything necessary to keep them more than happy whilst parents enjoy some quality time together. A wine cellar houses some of the Cape’s finest Estate wines and there are three baronial dining rooms and an estate restaurants where guests can sample gastronomic cuisine by candlelight. Suites are very well equipped indeed and all individually decorated with antique furnishings, fire places, private patios, some with their own pools and panoramic views of the forest. Local activities include wine tasting, whale and dolphin spotting and forest picnics (make sure you order a hamper from the hotel before you set off!) For sun, sea and sand, there are countless beautiful beaches all within easy driving distance.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Children’s Playground
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Situated in a lush garden and forest setting along the magnificent Garden Route of the Western Cape, this ‘Home in Africa’ is picturesquely framed by the magnificent Tsitsikamma Mountains. Just 10kms and a 10-minute drive from the beautiful resort town of Plettenberg Bay. Transfer time from Port Elizabeth: 3 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

18 guest suites and cottages. All individually designed with private patios, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, WiFi access, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes. Terrace Rooms are situated close to the main building, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Orchard Suites are located around the main pool area and include a fireplace and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Garden and Pool Suites are also available.

3 intimate baronial dining rooms and ZINZI restaurant (international cuisine). Conservatory (where breakfast is served). Wine cellar, Swimming pool, garden terraces, sun lounge. Main lounge with library. Private children’s recreational area with shallow swimming pool, a TV and video games room, jungle gym and thatch-covered sandpit. Teenagers recreation room with TV games, pool table, darts, library. Scenic walks and private forest trails. Complimentary WIFI hotspots in all public areas.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful countryside hotel

Aug 9, 2020 misselaneyous London, United Kingdom

We had a wonderful stay here in a family room (the children were close enough but not too close!) with its own terrace where we saw monkeys and other wildlife. The gardens are beautiful and the thatched cottages are spaced apart so everyone gets some privacy. The main restaurant was rather formal, but we especially loved Zinzi where we also went… Read more
We had a wonderful stay here in a family room (the children were close enough but not too close!) with its own terrace where we saw monkeys and other wildlife. The gardens are beautiful and the thatched cottages are spaced apart so everyone gets some privacy. The main restaurant was rather formal, but we especially loved Zinzi where we also went with the children (aged 4 & 1). There is a lovely area for children to enjoy with toys, ride on cars, sandpit, jungle gym etc which made for two happy campers. The pool area was beautiful, the gardens relaxed and i really enjoyed your divine 7am yoga classes Thank you from us all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hidden gem Glad we found it .

Apr 12, 2020 Colette L Brighton

We stayed for two nights in this incredible hotel near Plettenberg. The gardens are incredible and there are thatched cottages dotted around the grounds enabling each to have privacy. The food was delicious and the staff very helpful. Had a good trip to the elephant park at the end of the road. Had some good walks around the amazing grounds and… Read more
We stayed for two nights in this incredible hotel near Plettenberg. The gardens are incredible and there are thatched cottages dotted around the grounds enabling each to have privacy. The food was delicious and the staff very helpful. Had a good trip to the elephant park at the end of the road. Had some good walks around the amazing grounds and then relaxed by the pool. Thank you Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding hospitality, helped us when we needed it

Apr 4, 2020 polartravel Bremen, Germany

As other reviewers have mentioned before, Hunters Country House is a tranquil and wonderfully located hotel between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. We had several dinners at Zinzi Restaurant which is located on the same grounds. We are writing this review because a few weeks ago - on our way back from Zinzi to Knysna - we got into riots on the N2 and… Read more
As other reviewers have mentioned before, Hunters Country House is a tranquil and wonderfully located hotel between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. We had several dinners at Zinzi Restaurant which is located on the same grounds. We are writing this review because a few weeks ago - on our way back from Zinzi to Knysna - we got into riots on the N2 and were attacked by a group of people. The car was damaged and my wife was severely injured. We returned to Zinzi and asked for help - the managers of Tzsala Treetop and Hunters Lodge went out of their way to accommodate us for the night (with no charge), provided first aid, and helped arranging a new rental car. We rarely before experienced such outstanding hospitality and were more than grateful for the assistance they offered. We highly recommend Hunters Country House, their management and staff. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating SUPERB EXPERIENCE

Apr 2, 2020 John C Dublin, Ireland

stayed for 2 nights on garden route trip with Ilios--absolutely SUPERB. exudes quality and class.Great facilites -pools/grounds/dining etc Food was delicious and rooms /individual cottages are reall excellent. You could really enjoy a few days here!!Everythig gets 5 out of 5 and certainly RECOMMEND without reservation.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Tranquil hotel with great grounds

Mar 3, 2020 AyrPair Glasgow, United Kingdom

We spent 3 nights here while travelling on the Garden Route. At first we thought that it might be too far out of Plettenberg Bay but it turned out to be closer than we though and it was great to return to the peace and quiet of the countryside. The hotel grounds are really well kept and provided space to take some nice walks.We stayed in room 31… Read more
We spent 3 nights here while travelling on the Garden Route. At first we thought that it might be too far out of Plettenberg Bay but it turned out to be closer than we though and it was great to return to the peace and quiet of the countryside. The hotel grounds are really well kept and provided space to take some nice walks.We stayed in room 31 which was lovely but next door to a staff area so occasionally we heard noise. If returning we would choose a room further from the main building. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the whole place made you feel relaxed. There were plenty of places to sit, our favourite being the summer room which had beautiful furniture. We ate dinner here twice but the menu doesn't change which makes choice a bit limited. It was a nice touch when they provided a little bag with water and cookies when you were leaving. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Read less