Authentic old-school charm: Experience true PE hospitality at Ingleton Lodge

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 16, 2015

Simple yet stylish and infused with some old-school charm” were the first thoughts that came to my mind during a recent stay at Ingleton Lodge.

Located just off Cape Road in Mill Park, Ingleton Lodge is not only among the oldest and most charming lodges in the Bay; it is also surrounded by Port Elizabeth’s various holiday attractions, shopping centres and is ten minutes’ drive from the beachfront.

The lodge was originally a home and has been beautifully restored, which is most evident in its Oregon floors and pressed ceilings, to offer guests warm hospitality in a quiet setting.

Having somewhat misjudged my timing and arrived a bit late, I managed to meet up with Ingleton’s owner, Mary Rathbone, who proceeded to show me around the lodge.

There are twenty one rooms on offer with single, double or family options. I immediately took a liking to my Indonesian Suite, which was conveniently situated adjacent to a large pool and had a spacious veranda with wooden benches.

Although the setting of my suite was inspired by the Asian nation from which it derived it’s name, it also had a strong South African flavour with a beautiful wooden table, television cabinet, framed mirror and night stands.

Added comfort came in the form of a king-size bed, TV with DSTV, an en-suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet, a tea/coffee station, a mini-fridge and air-conditioning.

After unpacking, I took a leisurely walk through the property and found Ingleton Lodge to be bigger than I initially perceived as it is built on two properties which are connected by a grass walk-way. I also found, next to the reception area, a well-stocked bar with a flat-screen TV and pool table.

I turned in early and, in testament to the comfort of my room, slept deep and long.

The following morning, I woke refreshed and made my way to the dining area and indulged in a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken sausage, toast and a glass of juice.

Sadly, my stay had come to an end, but not before I had determined that Ingleton exhibits the perfect mix of comfort, old-school charm and authentic PE hospitality.

To book your next stay, visit Ingleton Lodge at 137 Cape Road in Mill Park, Port Elizabeth, or call 041 373 6395. For more info, visit their website at www.ingleton.co.za.