My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful country manor at the beginning of our Garden Route drive. Had we know how beautiful this place would be, and what a lovely town Port Elizabeth is, we would have stayed more than the one night.
Upon arrival, the gates opened up to the beautiful grounds. We were met by a very accommodating young lady, who saw that our bags were taken to our room. We went upstairs, and opened our door to one of the most elegant rooms I had ever seen. I felt transported to a different time. They did not miss a trick in the design of this room. It was filled with beautiful antique furniture, but had more modern amenities, such as a small (stocked and complimentary) fridge, and a Nespresso coffee maker. The bed was beautiful and comfortable. At bedtime, they did a turn down with slippers and chocolates. The bathroom was incredible and huge, with a huge tub that inluded bath salts, a separate shower, and everything you can think of to make your stay comfortable. There was a multitue of cabinetry, including a lovely vanity. Our suite opened up to a balcony which overlooked the lush garden.
We had dinner in the beautifully appointed dining room, where the food was delicious, and the service was attentive without being hovering. The dining room is small and intimate, and we had some wonderful dinner conversation with two other guests.
After a peaceful night's sleep, we awoke to a full breakfast buffet, which also included a menu with delicious choices. I had a wonderful eggs Benedict.
I would have loved to check out all the other suites, but the downstairs rooms were just beautiful, with antiques everywhere.
I cannot say enough about the ambiance and service of Hacklewood Country House. If we ever visit South Africa again, we will definitely have a return visit to this charming Victorian home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1898, and nestled in a lush English garden setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Hacklewood Hill is one of the few remaining Victorian Manor Houses in the city, and as such retains much of the elegance and grace it would have boasted when its first inhabitants – a young doctor and his family – once lived here. Guests are greeted with intricately stained glass doors, gleaming wooden floors and the gentle sheen of wooden banisters lovingly buffed and polished for more than a century. Wandering around the house’s two reception rooms, your eye naturally gravitates from one fascinating period piece to another. A black and white checkerboard tiled veranda overlooks a sparkling swimming pool, perfect for leisurely dips on hot summer days – while the well-established garden beckons for a quiet stroll or perhaps even a civilised game of croquet on the lawn. The more energetic can opt for a gentlemanly game of tennis or just choose a secluded spot in the garden to enjoy the abundant birdlife which calls the grounds of Hacklewood home. The manor house’s eight luxury en suite rooms which are equally as enticing, especially as each so perfectly captures the essence of the Victorian Age. Each is individually decorated in palettes ranging from pastel blues and rose bedecked pinks to more masculine browns and reds. As a result, each room has its own unique character and returning guests will enjoy experiencing them all, and will, no doubt, be loath to pick a favourite at the end. In order to truly experience Hacklewood Hill at the height of its stately Victorian glory, guests need to make a point of opting for at least one dinner at the house’s five star restaurant. The dining room’s magnificent chandelier lights, to full perfection the cut glass, crystal goblets, starched linen and full silver service on the tables below, while superbly trained waiters serve a splendid array of cordon bleu dishes that emanate from the kitchen. Little wonder that the restaurant has garnered itself a slew of fine dining awards and has become a firm favourite on the Port Elizabeth dining scene – not only for its exquisite dinners, but also full English breakfasts, High Tea's and light lunches. For a thoroughly enjoyable trip back to a time when days were long and unhurried, furnishings were beautiful and handmade, and every meal was an occasion to use only the best china and silverware, guests need look no further than Hacklewood Hill Country House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacklewood Hill Country House Hotel Port Elizabeth
- Hacklewood Hill Country Hotel