Hunter´s Country House


The name Ian Hunter is inseparably connected to South Africa’s top range gastronomy, the Hunter’s Country House being the first hotel founded by him. Located at the heart of the Tsitsikamma Mountains on the Garden Route, the lodge is a perfect, luxurious hideaway for guests seeking a beautiful country retreat surrounded by pristine nature.


The sensational Tsala Treetop Lodge was constructed on the same estate some years later and can be combined with the Hunter’s Country House at your request. read more » Both sister hotels are members of the exquisite chain Relais & Chateaux.


The thatched roof lodge designed in the style of a stately country house is set among a beautifully landscaped park. The main building and the adjoining cottages harmonise just as perfectly with another as with the natural surrounding.


Dark beams of precious wood, selected antique furniture and the hearty hospitality all radiate a luxuriously comfortable ambience infused with a relaxed country lifestyle.


Stroll the well-kept gardens and let the peaceful environment wash away your worries. Listen to the birds’ song, the wind in the trees and enjoy the estate’s serene flair.


The Hunter’s Country House’s cuisine spoils you with culinary highlights, the restaurant ranking among the Garden Route’s best. The interior is comfortable and welcoming should you choose not to dine outside in the garden.


Traditional thatched-roof chalets, spread out among the grounds, accommodate the hotel’s suites. A special feature is the antiques store “Jill’s” where finest furniture and other treasures of the past are for sale.


A boutique souvenir shop and a highly inviting swimming pool round off the hotel’s extensive range of facilities.


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While the total number of suites does not exceed 23 to ensure a serene tranquillity, guests to the Hunter’s Country House can choose between two exclusive accommodation categories.


The Premier Suite read more » comprises 50 square metres of lavishly decorated lodgings. The bed- and living room haven been harmonically combined to an airy and comfortable interior.


The suites centre is the fireplace which is the first choice spot to enjoy a glass of good wine by on the cold winter evenings. The room’s facilities are well-appointed and comfortable ensuring an extremely pleasurable stay. A separate bathroom, air-conditioning, satellite TV and telephone complete the amenities at your disposal.


Just like the Premier Suites, the Classic Suites are each accommodated in particular chalets sporting a thatched roof. The Classic Suites offer substantially more space (90 m2) and a separated bedroom and living area.


Each Classic Suite surprises its visitors with a private swimming pool in the adjoining garden and a terrace perfect for relaxing and tanning oneself. An outdoor shower promises an uncommon experience and a welcome break from the summer’s heat.


No matter what your choice in room category may be: the Hunter’s Country house is not going to disappoint you. Combine your stay at the estate with a few nights lodging at the exceptional Tsala Treetop Lodge, the Hunter’s sister hotel. Guest’s staying for four nights or more benefit from the two hotels’ special offers.


Talk to us about your ideas of the perfect holiday on the Garden Route in South Africa. Our team intimately knows both hotels and it will be a pleasure to provide advice to you.


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The beautiful hotel grounds tempt the guests to loose touch with the modern world and while away some quite hours in peace, albeit, the Garden Route offers a sheer unbelievable range of activities to be read more » explored at some point.


Regional attractions and adventurous sports call for you attention. Mountain biking, horse riding and rock climbing may be some of the options which appeal to those seeking to explore the pristine nature in a sportive fashion.


Test you skill on one of the many challenging eighteen-hole golf courses which are easily placed among the world’s most scenic courses. Needless to say that the ocean is one large playground for water sports enthusiast.


Sailing, diving, water skiing and deep-sea fishing are all available at your request. Venture inland and take a tumbling wild water rafting trip down the Storm River.


The mouth of the untamed Storm River is protected as part of the scenic Tsitsikamma National Park near Plettenberg Bay. At the spectacular estuary the river’s deep gorge meets the wide expanse of the Indian Ocean.


Spanning the mouth of the river is South Africa’s longest suspension bridge not recommendable to those suffering easily from motion sickness. Explore the depths of the Storm River’s gorge on a boat heading upstream.


Just an hour’s ride and about 30 kilometres to the north of Oudtshoorn are the well worth seeing Cango Caves.


The Cango Caves form the entrance to largest and most complex system of stalactite caves to be found anywhere in the world. Visit the renowned dripstone called Cleopatra’s Needle. The formation reaches 9 metres and is estimated to be over 150 000 years old.


A constant 18° C can be expected in the caves all year round and you are advised to bring some extra clothing in summer. Throughout the system a total of 416 steps have to be mastered requiring a modes level of fitness.


The semi-desert “Little Karoo” constitutes a worthwhile visit (first picture in the gallery above). A special attraction is South Africa’s most well-known ostrich farm “Outshorn” where the adventurous can try their hands at riding one of the strong birds.


After a long day spent exploring the region, come back to the Hunter’s Country House and treat yourself to one last highlight: A relaxing wellness treatment on the comfort of your private terrace overlooking the treetops. A soothing full-body treatment will restore your energy for the next exciting day.


An alternative promising equal relief is a visit to the hotel’s small but excellent spa where you can let experience hands gently knead the tension out of your back. « show less