Garden Route, South Africa
Elegant and graceful, Hacklewood Hill is an ode to the Victorian history of Port Elizabeth. High tea is served in a chandelier-adorned restaurant, a croquet lawn extends beyond the tiled verandah, and the period furniture really transport you back in time. From stained glass doors to polished wooden floors, this late 19th-century country house is a tranquil retreat from the city.
There’s something wonderfully inviting about the décor, especially the sitting rooms with their original fireplaces. Each of the eight rooms has been individually decorated and we like the balance between kitsch, cute and contemporary. It’s the sort of place where lunch is served on silverware, coffee comes in fine china mugs, and you can easily laze away an afternoon in the rolling gardens.
There’s lots of history to discover in Port Elizabeth and this country house suits the city’s prevailing atmosphere. It’s situated in the leafy suburb of Walmer, very close to both the airport and heritage trail. After an adventure along the Garden Route, we’ve found Hacklewood Hill to be the secluded city spot to unwind and bask in creature comforts.
Don’t miss out on the vintage wine cellar and definitely spend one evening in the award-winning restaurant, sipping from crystal goblets and absorbing the stately Victorian grandeur. Sometimes it looks and feels like an old English country house, but there are plenty of unique touches that provide the distinguishing South African experience.
- Two Victorian sitting rooms with cosy fireplaces
- Superb breakfast in the stately Victorian restaurant
- Swimming pool, spacious gardens and cute veranda
Open all year round, children of all ages are welcome.
This lodge can be booked as a single safari or as part of a tailor-made vacation with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £75 / $105 / €85