This was our first visit to Hogsback (April 2012), so we went online to find places to stay. Although the photographs of the Arminel Hotel didn't do it justice, on arrival, we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the place. During our stay, we visited other places in Hogsback, but must say that we were more than happy that we'd chosen the Arminel, and when we were encouraged to extend our stay there by the offer of a midweek special, what more could we have asked for. Our dietary requirements were well met, and the food was lovely (accommodation and food good value for money). On rainy days, we sat reading beside a log fire in the lounge. Also worth visiting is the Arboretum at Hogsback Park. If hiking is on your itinerary, speak with the hotel staff before embarking on the walks, as we'd had a couple of rainy days which made the trails slippery, and in some places, dangerous, although the walk was supposed to be an easy walk. The self-catering units are nicely situated, in a very pretty part of the property. Snacks, pies, refreshments and general supplies can be obtained from a nice little store called the Woodford (if I've got the name right). St Patrick-on-the-Hill is also well worth visiting (try to be there for a Sunday service if you can) - remember to take your camera. We will certainly miss Hogsback and the Arminel.
Noel & Virginia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spend your days walking through some of the Eastern Cape's most beautiful indigenous forests, and your nights beside a crackling fire after a delectable meal in our cosy restaurant. The Arminel Hotel is an idyllic natural setting nestled in the famous Hogsback mountains. ... more less
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