Hunter’s Country House
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
At a Glance
Beautiful gardens for children to play
2-bedroomed suite perfect for families
Cubs corner for the youngest members of your family
Enjoy a delicious picnic after a morning hike
Enjoy a sunrise tour in search of the beautiful Knysna Turaco
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Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
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Offering home comforts in country house style, Hunter's Country House offers guests a relaxing stop on a tour of the garden route, close to Plettenburg Bay, it has 21 suites and cottages and excellent facilities for families.
Hunter's Country House is an exclusive family-owned retreat, set in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route of the Western Cape. Situated 10km west of South Africa’s premier resort town of Plettenburg Bay with its endless golden beaches, and just 20km east of the lagoon town of Knysna, the hotel is surrounded by rich indigenous forests and framed by the majestic mountains of the Tsitsikamma Forest. The gracious, original homestead with its white walls and thatched roof is reminiscent of the traditional country architecture of the region and the 21 suites and cottages are spread out around the extensive gardens as well as in the main house. Each is individually decorated and designed with comfort and privacy in mind.
Set in the magnificent gardens with a spectacular view of the Outeniqua Mountains, the Summer House provides an attractive alternative to the more formal dining rooms offering innovative, informal meals for families and couples with a focus on fresh wholesome cuisine. There is also a fantastic wine cellar.
Hunter’s is a good choice for families and offers a variety of activities for children, overseen by a team of professionals in childcare and there are extensive gardens for children to play in.
Hunter's Country House offers 21 cottages and suites. Each Garden Cottage is approximately 45 square metres in size, has a fireplace, air conditioning, minibar, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, en suite bathroom with separate bath and shower and a garden patio with table and chairs for bird and butterfly spotting.
Hunter's offers fantastic facilities for children. 'Cubs’ Corner' is a dedicated children’s recreation area with paddling pool, jungle gym, shaded sandpit, video / TV / games room and dining room where younger children are minded by trained staff. There is also plenty for them to do in the local area such as visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, children's area, dining rooms, conservatory, the Summer House and an extensive wine cellar. You can also enjoy Aromatherapy, massages and other treatments in the privacy of your own room if you are feeling like indulging in a bit of pampering.
Aside from swimming, bird watching, walking and spa treatments in and around the hotel, there is plenty to see and do in the local area. Other activities include boat cruises, treetop canopy tours, horse riding, whale watching (July to November) and visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
A lovely friendly welcoming property set in pretty gardens; it has a home from home feel with the main house and cottages around the garden. The property has thatched roofs, homely decor and real country feel to it. The main house has a large rather opulant dining room and bar area where people congregate in the evenings for drinks. I would say the property appeals to the older couples and families as there is a great children's area with kids pool and play area and the rooms work well for families.
The Plettenberg Area has so much going on to do and see that Hunter's provides a good base to spend 4 nights or longer!
Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.
Black Water Tubing - Green Route
Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Black Water Tubing - Red Route
For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail
This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail
This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.
Horse Riding in the Cape
Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.
Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.
Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.
Paddle Up Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Sea Kayaking at Hermanus
An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Location & directions
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
The Country House is situated between the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the scenic Garden Route of the Western Cape.
How to get there
Port Elizabeth or George are the closest airports to Hunter's Country House. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1hour 40minues. The Country House is approximately an hour from George and two and a half hours from Port Elizabeth, necessitating either car rental or road transfer, both readily available. Alternatively, charter flights to the nearby Plettenberg Bay Airport are available.
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