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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May 14, 2019 PeterN186 Leidschendam, The Netherlands

Just returned home from a wonderfull stay in South Africa. The best accommodation we visites was definitely hunters country house. Amazing rooms, brilliant diners and superb service. Loved it. Even my daughters (2 and 4) were impressed when they found a bedtime story on their pillow. Perfect stay!
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May 7, 2019 284r_digerd Aachen, Germany

Perfect service, comfortable rooms and beds. Great food. Plettenberg Bay and tsitsikama easy to reach. We had a great time enjoyed great food in the restaurant in a very cosy atmosphere. After dinner took a drink at the tent. Did the famous robberg trail and visited tsitsikama. Unforgettable time. We will come back
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May 6, 2019 marliza George, south Africa

We loved everything about Hunter's Country House. The welcome, the professional and friendly staff, the gardens, the setting and the buildings. The interiors are warm and homely with lots of character and all the necessary luxuries to make you feel spoiled. We loved the privacy of our suite, the fireplace and the beautiful furnishings. … Read more
We loved everything about Hunter's Country House. The welcome, the professional and friendly staff, the gardens, the setting and the buildings. The interiors are warm and homely with lots of character and all the necessary luxuries to make you feel spoiled. We loved the privacy of our suite, the fireplace and the beautiful furnishings. Breakfast was superb. The attention to detail added to the whole experience. Homemade room biscuits, a complimentary bottle of bubbly on our anniversary and all other small but thoughtful touches made our stay unforgettable. We cannot wait to return. Read less
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Apr 30, 2019 615deanem Hoekwil, South Africa

We both stayed here for 3 nights. It’s very well located for all the activities that this town has to offer. Guesthouses are amazing. The service is top notch and would definitively recommend this for anyone. The Zinzi Restaurant is amazing and we went here two of the three nights.
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Apr 12, 2019 mikemiddler1 Aberdeen, United Kingdom

One of the nicest places I have stayed in. Beautiful cottages, very clean and tidy with underfloor heating. Great breakfast with plenty of choice of food. Gardens are beautiful and well kept and staff are excellent. My grandsons who were with me also liked it as there was a daily visit of the playful monkeys