ADDO’S MOUNTAINTOP RETREAT: The historic and charming Zuurberg Mountain Village is a great weekend getaway

BY GRAEME LUND - AUGUST 4, 2014

Wonderful clear mountain air, hearty country cuisine, well-appointed spacious rooms, decadent spa treatments and a sense of timelessness are the essence of the 150 year-old Zuurberg Mountain Village.

On a clear day, the coast can be seen from the hotel gardens along with spectacular 360? views overlooking the Addo Elephant National Park. This coupled with the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era makes the Zuurberg Mountain Village a truly unique mountain top retreat.

The Hotel dates back to 1861 and was on the old wagon trail to the interior. They may choose to unwind and relax for a few days in one of the Zuurberg Village’s Edwardian-styled cottages set in beautiful gardens.

Each cottage is tastefully-furnished with black-wood floors, under-floor heating, a full en-suite bathroom. The two private patios and an outside shower allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular mountain and valley views.

Having nothing to do is unheard of, on the hotel grounds is a swimming pool, tennis courts and an amazing kiddies’ play area. Game drives into the Addo Park depart directly from Zuurberg. Elephant Back Safaris, horse riding, hiking, and mountain biking are also popularly pursued by the guests. The extensive gardens are beautiful and alive with a variety of birdlife.

For the less adventurous and more relaxed, the Spa facility is now available offering a selection of specialized treatments which will leave you feeling rejuvenated and stress free.

Apart from the Zuurberg’s famous traditional Sunday Lunches, breakfasts, terrace lunches and dinners are also available. The dining area features a hand-crafted 1820 Settler counter, inviting fireplaces and French doors leading onto the vast veranda that overlooks the pool and valley below.

The large burning fireplaces, high ceilings, antique furnishings along with the modern conveniences makes Zuurberg Mountain Village a great choice for couples, families and anyone looking for a great weekend getaway within immediate reach of Port Elizabeth.

The rates are reasonable, the food is outstanding and the service is excellent.

Zuurberg Mountain Village is also an ideal spot to celebrate a wedding or other special occasion and the conference facilities are perfect.

To book your stay, call 042 233 8300 or visit www.addo.co.za today. Zuurberg offers great senior citizens rates all year round.