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February 13, 2013

Hopefield Country House & Guest Farm

Situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, close to Port Elizabeth and a stones throw from the world famous Addo Elephant National Park, you’ll find a haven of comfort and luxury. Offering superior service with unashamed flair, Hopefield Country House is the ideal spot for a quiet weekend away or as your home base when you explore the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape.

Experiencing Africa is easy in Addo. You can ride or walk with elephants at Addo Elephant Back Safaris – have close encounters with members of the BIG 5 in the Addo Elephant National Park – visit some of the Eastern Cape’s wonderful private game reserves or even experience canoe trips or ferry rides on the beautiful Sundays River – and this is but the tip of the iceberg!

Various safaris and other excursions can be arranged to suit most budgets – from the magnificent Addo Elephant to the humble Dung Beatle the Greater Addo Area abounds with nature’s splendour. Horse riding, hiking trails and 4X4 routes are situated in close proximity and expert guides can be arranged to personalize your excursions. Your schedule can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be!

Spend a relaxing day sunbathing by the swimming pool or take a leisurely stroll through the citrus orchards on the farm. Wander around in our garden where surprises lurk behind every corner. Various species of bird make their home here and fascinating hours can be spent watching their behaviour. The rose garden boasts more than 50 rose varieties, continuously providing an array of colour from spring to autumn.

Scrumptious breakfasts and mouth-watering dinners will ensure that your stay at Hopefield Country House remains a highlight of your holiday or business trip.

For those guests lucky enough to be staying over at the time of one of our frequent classical music soirees Hopefield Country House offers an opportunity to hear beautiful music performed in a magical setting by some of the best local and nationally acclaimed artists.


Slightly elevated above the green orchards of the citrus farm, Hopefield Country House offers unobtrusive views of the natural beauty of the Sundays River Valley.

The homestead offers spacious areas in which to relax whilst listening to the sounds of everyday country living or the relaxing sounds of classical music.You might even want to borrow a must-read novel from the library to enjoy during your stay. Wi-Fi internet access is available through-out.

Seven,individually decorated, en suite bedrooms will envelope you in luxury. Crisp percale linen on our king, queen or twin single beds will ensure a peaceful nights sleep. Bedrooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, Satellite TV, personal safe, barfridge, CD player and radio, coffee and tea facilities as well as all bathroom amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable and care-free. A limited laundry service is also offered. Rooms have private entrances that lead onto spacious verandas with wonderful views of our gardens and swimming pool.


Breakfast at Hopefield is a hearty affair. A buffet choice of fresh seasonal fruit, cold meats, cheeses, muesli & cereals together with freshly baked pastries and breads complement our traditional cooked breakfast. In season freshly squeezed orange juice from our orchards will crisply start your day. Add a steaming cup of filter coffee or tea and you are ready for your adventures in Addo.

After an active day, nothing beats sitting down to a leisurely dinner with stimulating conversation, great food and lovely South African wine, reflecting on the excitement of the day. At Hopefield we take care to use fresh local ingredients to create a dining experience that leaves you satisfied and relaxed. Being a reflection of rural hospitality our approach to food is unpretentious and passionate. Our three course set menu changes daily and we can cater for most dietary preferences and / or food allergies if we have some advance notice.

Hopefield Country House has a fully licensed bar with a variety of cold drinks, alcoholic beverages and estate wines.


We loved the place. In fact, I am writing this when I am still there. Otherwise I would write that I would want to come back. The hosts are perfect, giving good tips and advise. The dinner and breakfast are superb and they even shared me their bread secret. We will come back in the future. — Pieter Vercammen, Belgium

We stayed for two nights in a generously sized room, tastefully decorated and air-conditioned. The linen was superb (down duvet if I’m not mistaken) and the bed was very comfortable. But the best part by far was the superior service and the wonderful food. A really highly recommended place to unwind where you are treated like guests, not clients. — André Luus, Cape Town South Africa

We had such a splendid stay with Kobus and Gerhard during the celebrations of my best friend’s wedding(Alison Davies). The rooms are beautifully decorated with attention to detail and a elegant touch. We had a delightful brekafast the following morning and it is such a pity that we could only spend 1 night in this delightful and enchanted venue. Kobus and Gerhard most certainly have a very special and unique touch to everything they do. Thank you for a short but memorable stay. — Michelle Bothma, Port Elizabeth

Perfectly situated to explore the whole Addo area and when you get back, enjoy your evening with a G&T at the bar…. Before Gerhard is preparing your dinner. AND just if you start thinking what a beautiful day it was, the stunning food will put the cherry on top;-))) Thank you very much for great times, so far….. — Axel, Robertson

We had a wonderful time at Hopefield Country House and Guest Farm. Kobus and Gerhard are most attentive hosts with great senses of humour. The food is delicious and we cannot see why anyone would choose to go elsewhere for dinner when you can have Gerhard as your chef, the choice of great wines and soothing classical music playing in the background. On our first night we even had the delight of our two hosts playing Brahms duets on two grand pianos. The rooms were very comfortable and airy with good bathrooms. The gardens were most attractive too and it was such a shame that the weather was not that good for lying around by the pool. We would thoroughly recommend this guest house as the place to stay at a very reasonable price when visiting Addo and or Port Elizabeth. — Sheila Glyn-Owen and Richard Spicer, United Kingdom


From Port Elizabeth:

N2 – Port Elizabeth – Grahamstown Left – R335 – Markmann / Addo +/- 40km to Addo Left – R336 – Kirkwood (1.5 km after Addo) 6km – Hopefield brown Guest House sign Left gravel rd – cross railway line +/- 150 m Right Hopefield Country House

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