A boutique hotel in the peaceful suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Hacklewood Hill is perfect for a pre- or post-safari stopover or longer stay. Among the property’s attractions is fantastic food in a fine-dining setting!
Hacklewood Hill is privately owned and run. Formerly the home of a young doctor and his family, today it’s one of a very small number of Victorian manor houses still standing in Port Elizabeth and an elegant option for a stopover or longer stay. Its combination of luxury and homely charm never fails to win over our clients! Accommodation is booked on a B&B basis, including Wi-Fi.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The house can be accessed via just 3 kilometres’ road transfer from Port Elizabeth’s international airport. It’s situated in the leafy and serene suburb of Walmer.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT HACKLEWOOD HILL COUNTRY HOUSE:
There are just eight luxurious guest rooms. Traditional in style, all are equipped with a range of modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The rooms are individually decorated, with design inspiration ranging from birds (Flamingo, Loerie, Sunbird) to heritage and history (Huguenot, Madiba). Every room has a double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a separate seating area, ample storage furniture, and well-appointed en-suite facilities typically comprising flush toilet, washbasin, shower, and bathtub. Amenities consist of air conditioning, a television with satellite channels, a tea-and-coffee station, an electronic mini-safe, and a hairdryer. A few further nice touches include fine linens, complimentary robes and slippers, and heated towel rails. If you appreciate a little outdoor space with your accommodation, we recommend the ground-floor Court Room, as this has a private patio leading out into the house’s gardens and tennis court!
The communal areas at Hacklewood Hill are just as sumptuous as the guest rooms. Guests can relax in exquisitely presented lounge spaces, which feature brocade sofas and chairs, coffee tables strewn with reading material, Persian rugs, and tasteful wall art, all under twinkling chandeliers. The restaurant – Hacklewood Restaurant – boasts beautifully laden tables for full English breakfasts, light lunches, and high teas. Moreover, the eatery is well complemented by its wine cellar, where guests can browse an impressive selection of reds, whites, and champagnes. And no stay here would be complete without time spent in the gorgeous country gardens, taking a gentle stroll, enjoying a game or two of tennis, and relaxing in the saltwater swimming pool!
ACTIVITIES AT HACKLEWOOD HILL COUNTRY HOUSE:
Many of our clients opt to stay for just one night at Hacklewood Hill, on their way to or from their safari. However, travellers choosing to spend more time here can enjoy all sorts of local attractions. Here are some examples:
History- Port Elizabeth has plenty to interest history buffs, not least the Donkin Heritage Trail, Market Square, Fort Frederick, and the PE Museum at Bayworld, which features both cultural and natural artefacts.
Art- The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum showcases South African, British, and even Oriental art, as well as international printmaking. We also recommend the Ron Belling Art Gallery, which is considered one of the finest galleries in SA!
Shopping- The Bridge Shopping and Entertainment Centre, Baywest Mall, a medley of markets, and, close to Hacklewood, Walmer Park Shopping Centre – if it’s retail therapy you’re after, you can get your fill here!
Dining- …and there’s no shortage of restaurants and bars. For more information about dining in Port Elizabeth, or anything else to do with staying at Hacklewood Hill Country House, please get in touch with a member of our team.