Although situated just off the main N2 road between Plettenberg and Knysna, the location is beautifully quiet. We stayed three nights in one of the cottages on the estate. One of the factors that influenced our decision to stay here was the fact that there were three restaurants on site according to our information; one at Hunter’s, one at Tsala (the other accommodation on the same estate, and Zinzi’s – a restaurant situated between Hunter’s and Tsala. However, it became clear that our information was out of date, for there is now only one restaurant – Zinzi’s – but I have to say it was absolutely superb. We really enjoyed dining there – and we thought the prices were very reasonable. Breakfasts, which were also very good, were served in the conservatory in Hunter’s.
The cottage itself was quite a pleasant place to stay in the midst of very well maintained grounds. It was marred only by a strange smell – a cross between incense and mothballs. The lighting could have been a bit better, but this didn’t detract from our enjoyment. Although we were warned to keep the windows closed when we went out because of a potential threat of monkeys entering, it was in fact a baboon that wandered in when we were actually in the place. He helped himself to the fruit bowl, and wandered back out again! One slightly surprising aspect was the provision of an old fashioned CRT TV – but we don’t normally sit and watch TV in hotels unless to catch up on news. The bathroom was nicely fitted out with quality fittings and very spacious.
The terrace outside the patio doors was a very pleasant environment to enjoy a drink. We seldom used the bar in the main building – it was eerily quiet – it felt as if we were the only people staying; we never saw any other guests in the place except at breakfast.
We found the staff to be attentive and helpful, although there were some minor failings in restocking consumables in our cottage (eg tea bags). The swimming pool area was really nice.
The rooms themselves do not have wifi – you have to go to the main building to receive it – and even then it had only a very limited range and strength, something I found a bit frustrating. No separate terminal is available to guests, an omission I found surprising in a hotel at this level.
Overall we enjoyed our stay very much, but next time we would look at Tsala’s; we had a quick look at it and it too seemed a very pleasant place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fragrant and colorful, Hunter's luxuriant gardens create an idyllic setting for this opulent retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. Hunter's Country House combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hunter`s Country House Hotel Harkerville
- Hunters Country Hotel
- Hunter's Country House South Africa/Harkerville