Hog Hollow Country Lodge
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hog Hollow Country Lodge Plettenberg Bay
Awsome - Amazing - Don't miss it
Could not have been any better.
There is a story that I read whilst there that the husband and wife who run Hog Hollow have 5 star hotel experience in London (and the other is a builder) - and it could not have been better service wise, and the rooms were just well though out and well decorated.
The rooms are stunning, and even the photos don't do them justice - the linen, the turn down service as well as the welcome letters in the room are warm friendly and the staff are amazing. They are large and overlook the scenery - we spend hours just sitting around reading - fortunately no TV, nor phone, but these are all available in the main house/reception.
The breakfast is huge as well as sensational - with cooked items made whilst you wait. The dinner is amazing, and is optional - the food was just divine, and good value for a 4 course dinner - my wife does not eat meat and dietary requirements were catered for without a problem.
We had our meals on the communal table which was great to meet a lot of other travellers and to hear where they had stayed, where to stop etc. The cook did a fantastic job and each night was different - but amazing.
The staff make a mental note of who you are so that if you order a drink or anything - you just ask, and at the end it goes onto your bill, no annoying chits, or singing off - a truly amazing experience.
Did not try the pool unfortunately, but looks good in the photo's - we also found out that each morning that our car was washed free of charge!...
Probably the best place we stayed in over a month a way - would go back to South Africa just to stay in this hotel!
My boyfriend's favourite accommodation on our trip was Whalesong Lodge (De Kelders) but mine was Hog Hollow. I just loved it. It's nestled in the forest, unbelievably helpful and friendly staff, great food, lovely rooms with lots of nice homely touches e.g. biscuits cooked by chef, CD player, big balcony overlooking forest with a hammock....
I loved eating with all the other guests in the evenings.
Fantastic proximity for walking, bungee jumping (!), sea kayaking, trips to Plett or Tsitsikamma. This is a fantastic area so allow plenty of time to do stuff but also to lounge around on the sofas or on the huge deck admiring the views.
Stunning rooms and service
This is a fantastic find! Firstly, the location is good, just outside Plettenberg Bay, in a small rural area containing some nice attractions (monkey sanctuary, elephant rescue, few shops, close to the Boukrans bungee jump etc.).
Secondly, the accomodation is unique. Suites overlook the forest, and you can hardly see anyone else's room from your private deck (complete with hammock!) Superb bathrooms with fully glazed french doors out onto your deck. Nice sitting area in the rooms, with wood provided for your open fire if you need it in the evenings. No air conditioning, but the rooms seem to stay comfortable without it. It was close to 35c when we arrived but the evenings soon cool down, and we were comfortable at night. Nice touches like a story book and chocs come as part of the turn down service.
Excellent swimming pool with a panoramic view over the forest, good sunloungers with sunshades, minibar at the pool, sauna - all very quiet and relaxing.
Free internet for those who can't stay away from the real (?) world....
Dining arrangements are also unique - set menu with a few alternative choices which were well balanced. We expected it to be expensive as there are no alternatives within walking distance, but a four course meal for 190 rand (approx £15 at current rates) was a nice surprise, but there again dining out is always good value in South Africa. We were asked if we wanted to sit alone or join the other guests at a large table (must seat 30 or so!) so we joined with everyone else and had a great time with some nice people. Food is first class, wine is good value and the atmosphere is very informal and relaxing. One thing is that you have to choose your meal early in the day (limited suppliers?) but it really isn't a problem....just do it before you've filled yourself at breakfast!
Breakfast is served outside (weather permitting), everthing cooked to order and delicious.
Don't worry, you won't sleep much past breakfast time, as the monkeys bounch across your roof in the morning on their way to gaze at the food on show! Seriously, we were happy to see them, but the staff keep them at bay as they need to be kept in the wild, and you do them no favours by feeding them.
Thanks to Bobo and the team for a brilliant stay.
Oasis in the trees
We stayed for 2 nights (which truly was not enough time) at the beginning of October as part of our honeymoon. If you are looking for some relaxing, private & unique accommodations, this is perfect! We had an individual cottage with large bath, living area and private balcony with unobstructed view of the trees. It even had it's own fireplace so that you could light a nice wood fire in your room. The bathroom was unique with glass shower and glass partition that could open to the balcony with no drapes! Everything was extremely clean and well kept.
Breakfast was plentiful with a variety of hot and cold. It was one of the best breakfasts we had on our trip with fresh hot croissants, fresh squeezed OJ, fruit, yogurts, parfaits etc etc. And the selection was different on the two mornings we were there allowing some variety. breakfast is served on the outdoor terrace over looking the pool and greenery. We opted to have dinner there for both nights and well worth the 190 ZAR. We had the opportunity to eat with the other guests and share stories. Private dinners can be arranged as well. Staff were extremely helpful and added to our pleasant stay. They assisted with bookings and we really didn't have to worry about anything. We had been deprived of internet on our safari and it was nice that they had complimentary web access for their guests.
As for activities, if you enjoy the outdoors they were plentiful! Hikes to the monkey retreat, 20 minutes to the suspension bridge, bungee jumping etc. We decided to go skydiving in Plettenberg and it was one of our best decisions! The view was absolutely spectacular! We also tried abseiling, but not as exciting after skydiving. However, do note that it is about 10 minutes away from downtown Plett Bay - but I would have preferred to stay here anyways than in the main area. We had a car and it was easy to get to.
Great place for couples or for family. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling in the area.
The Amazing Hog Hollow
The Hog Hollow is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. We were lucky enough to stay here for 3 nights (honeymoon trip) and had the most fantastic stay you could wish for.
Hog Hollow is about 20KMs out of Plettenberg Bay in a beautiful forest overlooking some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever have the fortune to see and about a 3 minute drive from their shop Curiosity which has some beatiful South African art, rugs, ornaments and other objects.
The main house is really welcoming with comfy seating areas, lots of books/magizines a bar and 2 communal tables which you sit around for meals. Breakfasts are huge and yummy with so much choice and the dinners are just amazing - we had dinner every night we stayed at the Hog Hollow and each of the 4 courses was just delicious - highly recommend you stay in for dinner as you could not find a better meal anywhere else! The communal seating is great fun and you have the opportunity to meet some lovely people and hear about all their travels.
The rooms were really lovely - huge comfy beds, lovely seating areas, large bathrooms and a verandah/balcony area which had a hammock for chilling out and enjoying the afternoons watching the monkeys outside jump from tree to tree. The rooms also had CD players, fridges and fires for cold winter nights. The chocoloates and bedtime stories which are left on your pillow at nights are a beautiful touch.
The staff are another amazing element to Hog Hollow. All staff in S.Africa are friendly but the Hog Hollow staff seem go one step further. They are a great team and you can sense the fact that they love their work and love where they work. Some of the staff have been there 14 years so they are almost part of the furniture!
To finish - you really deserve to experience the Hog Hollow and everything it has to offer - I promise you will not be dissapointed!!
We stayed here for two nights as part of our honeymoon and I cannot say enough good things about the place. The room or should i say little house was brilliant with amazing views. I could rave on about the staff for ever, they were just brilliant, both helpful and friendly but in a totally genuine way, made us feel like we were staying with friends and the whole place was ours to enjoy. I couldn't reccommend this place enough, and I say all this even though it rained the whole time we were there!!!!! Oh and not to forget the food....YumYumYum
Fantastic place - easily as good as it's website and fabulous food too
We were lucky enough to get the last room here for Easter Sunday and Monday, despite booking 7 months in advance. This place is described as 'special' in the Travelbag brochure, and how right they are.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel really welcome. It is totally relaxing and you have to sit and look at those views - they are breathtaking. All of the staff are friendly and they are keen to discuss options of where to go and will happily book you on local trips. They also support local people and businesses which were well worth visiting.
The rooms are spread out in separate buildings so you have lots of privacy. We had a family loft suite on two floors, with a massive bathroom upstairs and balcony complete with hammock downstairs overlooking the valley. There are no telephones or televisions, but a computer linked to the internet is available in one of the lounges and all rooms have CD players with an assortment of CDs. There was a selection of games in the main building for wet days too. The grounds were immaculate and spectacularly beautiful. The pool and deck area was large and a sauna is available.
There are many lovely touches - towels tied with raffia with messages that make great bookmarks. Chocolates on the pillows at bedtime. An efficient same day laundry service. Cars washed daily.
As for the food, we can honestly say it was the best we have had in years! The only slight downside for us is that you eat communally, however you could have asked for a separate table if you felt strongly (we didn't ask for one and met some very nice people).
This is the perfect place for a peaceful getaway, yet is also close to many nice attractions and if we are lucky enough to return we would stay her for longer!
One of the highlights ...
what a place.......we spent 2 nights here as part of our honeymoon ..what an amazing special place...Its so good I nearly want to keep it secert so people dont know about it..
Our room a little detached house down its own wooden walkway with a lovely bedroom with a fireplace, a covered verandah with a picture window and a big squashy leather sofa and a deck with a hammock so you could lie back and enjoy the stunnning views. The rooms were decorated with fascinating local scultures and paintings.
The food was unbelievable....I couldnt rate it hightly enough..The breakfasts were fantastic...I still rem the stack of egg, potatoe and tomatoe....yummmmmm... on the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool
We were concerned about the communal dining initially but it was fantastic...we got to meet other lovely couples on honeymoon and it was special... pre dinner drinks on the terrace over looking the forrest.....
The staff were superb. very helpful and always interested...service was 10/10.
All I can say is ..its not to be missed and there is no way you will be disappointed......
I am so envious of anyone going there...
Wonderful - not to be missed
Hog Hollow is a fantastic find and highly recommended. It has a great location next to the national park and near stunning beaches, beautiful forest views. The main lodge is beautifully designed and furnished with a large terrace for dining on when the weather is fine. Our little cottage was lovely, a terrace with hammock, sitting room with log fire, bedroom wiht hot water bottles placed there each night - and a different bedtime story on the pillow each night - something I have never seen in other hotels. The staff could not do enough to help and were very knowledgable on the local area. The food was very good and everyone dines together at a long table, we met different people each night and it was very informal and pleasant. From the hotel you can walk through the forest - accompanied by the hotel dog! Only downside was that when we arrived they were completing renovation works and the swimming pool was closed and they were finishing decorating the interior of the main lodge and building some extra cottages. We were there only hte 2nd week of the season. We did complain as we had not been informed in advance and were given a free night accommodation and dinner (although had to chase this up when got home). This was a one off and the staff were very apologetic so please don't let that put you off, you can't fail to have a blissful time at Hog Hollow.
A very special place
We spent three wonderful days at Hog Hollow last October. Our room was amazing. We had a little detached house down its own wooden walkway with a lovely bedroom with a fireplace, a covered verandah with a picture window and a big squashy leather sofa and a deck with a hammock so you could lie back and enjoy the stunnning views. The rooms were decorated with fascinating local scultures and paintings.
The food was excellent. Imaginative breakfasts on the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool, pre dinner drinks round a firepit followed by dinners round a big communal table which we really enjoyed as we got to talk to lovely people from all over the world.
The staff were superb. It was so good to see young, local, black Africans in management positions. Every day after breakfast they asked what we had planned - and helped with maps, booked boat trips, provided picnics - whatever you wanted. There are some lovely walks, whale watching trips and craft centres to visit nearby and excellent beaches.
It was the little extras that made it really special. One night was quiet chilly and we returned to our room to find the fire lit and hot water bottles in our bed. And every night there was a different bed time story waiting for us on our pillows.
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