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 and Satellite TV is offered in the common area.
Six , 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, 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.
The Fitzpatrick Library houses a collection of historical memorabilia and books documenting the history of the area, especially that of the early settlers. The library was built in 1959 in honour of the colourful Sir Percy Fitzpatrick. It also serves as headquarters for various satellite libraries in the communities of the Sundays River Valley and forms an integral part in the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities.
Off the R336 (signposted from Sunland) is the Fitzpatrick Lookout, left to the National Monument Council as a heritage for all by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick?s daughter and son-in-law. Apart from his fame as author of ?Jock of the Bushveld? he was regarded as something of a valley pioneer and was not only responsible for encouraging British settlers to the area but was also largely responsible for the start of the Sundays River Irrigation scheme. The Lookout is worth a visit for the views over the Sundays River and to explore the gravesites here, that include Sir Percy and other members of the Fitzpatrick Family.
The Moth memorial is situated at the entrance to the Addo Country Estate and the historic old Commando Kraal. Dedicated to the fallen in both World Wars and to the soldiers in the subsequent SA border wars it bears the International Moth emblem and the Armistice. It was erected by the Moths of the Commando Shell Hole in Addo.
Enon Mission Station
This Morovian Mission settlement was founded in1816 and the original church with it?s yellow wood rafters, teak window frames and brass hanging lamps, built by the Enon villagers in 1821, is still in daily use. The first oranges to be exported from the Sundays River Valley came from some 100 trees planted by the villagers. This village, as well as the traditional rural village, Bersheba, on the way to Enon, capture the atmosphere of a bygone era and are well worth a visit.
Sundays River Citrus Company
From its humble beginnings in 1924, the Sundays River Citrus Company (Pty) Ltd (SRCC), previously known as the Sundays River Citrus Co-operative, has grown to become the largest packer and marketer of citrus in southern Africa. From the 20,000 cartons packed in its first year, SRCC and its grower shareholders have managed to increase their production to the record of 8,5 million cartons that was packed and exported during the 2006 season (12% of this total represents South African citrus crop!).
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