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Forest Hall Guest House
Ranked #1 of 225 Port Elizabeth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Longmont, Colorado
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12 reviews
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

A beautiful, spacious home close to the airport. You feel like a special guest in a friend's home. The owners' son greeted us, recommended an excellent restaurant for dinner and had a very early breakfast waiting for us before we departed. The rooms were very large, clean and well furnished. We definitely would return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Robert R
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you so much for your review and pleased you enjoyed your stay at Forest Hall
We hope to see you back here one day in the future again
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We are back at this charming, peaceful guest house for a few days. It suits us perfectly as my husband goes to an office and I am able to spend the days working in the private, spacious, thoughtfully furnished room. When I need a break I stroll in the parklike garden, lie at the pool or play with the dogs. The tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolates and sherry in the rooms are lovely too!

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Jane H
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
It is always great having you stay at Forest Hall. So pleased you enjoy the garden and the added extras we place in the rooms .It is wonderful to be able to walk/run in our neighbourhood which is so beautiful and still so very safe .
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We are really thankful that we discovered this delightful retreat, “home from home“, a peaceful oasis in a bustling city. Hidden behind the massive gate is a charming garden with beautiful trees and some really outstanding rooms. These have been furnished with loving care, very comfortable beds and include an incredible number of details that make life easier for travellers, the least being endless rows of hangers and shelves in the huge wardrobe (we opted for a Luxury King Room which included a complete ultra modern kitchen). Bathrooms are equipped with all amenities and the verandah invites guests to relax in the fresh air Breakfasts are delicious (we appreciated the coffee creamer which we sought in vain in most other establishments during the course of our trip). James Bolton is an excellent host, always eager to assist.

Room Tip: Luxury king room
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for posting your review on your stay at Forest Hall .You were great guests and it was wonderful meeting you .We trust that we will see you back at Forest Hall someday in the future with some of the groups you tour with. It is good to hear feedback that guests do appreciate all the added extras we place in the rooms in order to make your stay easier and feel like home.
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We booked Forest Hall as our first night in PE following a long journey from the UK - we wanted somewhere close to PE and the airport so we could aclimatise before setting off for the Eastern cape. Forest Hall is perfectly situated for both the city and the airport (just a 10 minute drive from either) and we were warmly welcomed by James on arrival, he was very helpful with suggestions and information. Our only disappointment was that we had booked a luxury room and due to a resident having to prolong her stay due to a family crisis our originally booked room had not been vacated - so we were put into a standard room instead. As we didnt get to see the original room we booked it is difficult to compare what we missed, but the standard room was compact, although tastefully furnished and comforatble - with a good sized bathroom, offering both shower and bath. James did provide a bottle of wine as compensation for the downgrade, we would both have preferred the luxury room but given the circumstances we felt that it was inappropriate to make a fuss. I would definately return again and the breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank diamondsusie
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you for your review and being so accommodating to stay in the standard room as opposed to the luxury room booked .
This did enable another guest to continue staying in the luxury room which was of huge assistance to them as her mom had passed away the day before and needed to prolong her stay at Forest Hall due to this crisis .By doing this kind deed they did not have to vacate their room at this very difificult time. They really appreciated your understanding and we thank you for being so accommodating
We trust you enjoyed the rest of your trip inSA
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights and couldn't have been happier. Rooms nice and quiet, lovely grounds and breakfast is great. A tour company had forgotten to pick us up,but Manager Yvonne soon sorted them out and got us on the tour for which we were grateful. James and Hilary (owners) certainly made us welcome and gave us a lift into town and to the airport.
Will certainly recommend to all.

Room Tip: I think all the bungalows are equal
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Hi Sandie
Thanks so much for your favourable review on Forest Hall .We really enjoyed having you to stay and pleased that Yvonne was able to sort out your safari problems.
We trust you enjoyed the rest of your time spent in South Africa
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Forest Hall for only one night due to the extremely convenient location to the PE airport and based on their wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. The property is a gracious old family home set in a beautifully tended garden. All the rooms are tastefully decorated with many little bonus features like robes, sherry, TV, and heated blankets (which we needed in the abnormally COLD winter we experienced while in Africa!) The bathrooms are extremely well appointed with lovely stone showers and giant soaking baths.
James and Hilary are wonderful, welcoming hosts! James personally showed us our room, offered suggestions for where to eat dinner, and gave us ideas for activities we could enjoy during our one evening in PE. Going above and beyond--Hilary even got up at like 5am the next morning to make us a special hot breakfast before we had to rush off to our early flight to Durban--it was so nice of her as she could have just as easily packed us a cold breakfast (which is what most places do if you cannot eat during their normal breakfast hours!).
We loved our one night stay at his conveniently situated, elegant and professionally run guest house. We would highly recommend Forest Hall to anyone visiting Port Elizabeth-we only wish our stay could have been longer than just one night!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
It was wonderful meeting you .Very pleased you enjoyed your very short stay with us at Forest Hall .Maybe you could spend a litle longer with us in Port Elizabeth next time you visit SA .
Thanks for your fabulous review
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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

James (owner/operator) and his family were very friendly and helpful.The beds were comfortable and the electric blankets were great as we had a few nights of cold weather. James had good kowdledge and advise for tours and sight seeing. We had a great stay and would go back if we get to SOuth Africa again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank SLVincent
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foresthall, Owner at Forest Hall Guest House, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thanks so much for your review.Much appreciated and pleased you enjoyed your time at Forest Hall
Hope to see you one day back in South Africa
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Property: Forest Hall Guest House
Address: 84 River Road | Walmer, Port Elizabeth 6070, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 225 B&Bs / Inns in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Forest Hall Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forest Hall Guest House is an affordable 4 star luxury guest house,set in an award winning 1'5 acre park-like treed garden with a Romanesque swimming pool with pool deck with loungers/umbrellas in the centrally positioned lush garden suburb of Walmer,Port Elizabeth.Tennis court and trampoline and second swimming pool.Conveniently close to PE airport,golf courses,pristine beaches,shopping malls,fantastic restaurants and all tourist attractions.Come relax & enjoy this unique farm-like setting in the city with birdsong,peace and tranquility.Ideal B&B/self catering accommodation for business,families,groups and tourists.All home comforts.Free Wifi.Delicious English breakfasts.Just 45 minutes drive to malaria free Addo Elephant Park and other Big 5 Game Parks.Shuttle service on request ... more   less 
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