General

Woodall Country House and Spa has been awarded one of only 40 Diamond Awards in South Africa, in the prestigious 2009 Diners Club International Wine list of the Year competition. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the wine list of this award-winning country house has been recognised amongst South Africa’s top restaurant wine lists. It is also the first year an overall score of above 90% was attained, notwithstanding more stringent judging criteria, and a marked increase in the number of restaurants participating this year.

Addo Guest House Accommodation

Nestled in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, on the doorstep of Addo Elephant Park, and close to Shamwari and Schotia Reserves, Woodall Country House lies tucked away on a peaceful citrus farm where miles of citrus trees bear fruit all winter and scent the air with blossoms in the springtime. Only 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape region of Addo, this gem awaits your discovery. Revealing a rich and diverse piece of malaria – free Africa, Woodall guest house offers five star luxury and standards of service, leaving you unwilling to leave and eager to return, whether for an occasion of leisure or business. Honeymooners are specially pampered in an environment of peace and privacy. Experience game at close quarters and magnificent scenery at Addo Elephant Park from Woodall’s luxury, open game viewing vehicle. Game viewing tours are guided by highly qualified guides whose passion for the area is inherent and infectious. Escape the African heat in the full size pool, fringed with palms and a waterfall or take a quiet moment to sit peacefully on the expansive sundowner deck and view rare South African waterfowl. Snacks are served daily at sunset. Other facilities include a lounge with satellite TV and fireplace, small library of books, CD library, curios, internet and fax facilities. Five Star Eastern Cape Guest House Accommodation

Accolades

Winner of the Ultimate in African Cuisine:

  • Amarula Best Retreats in Africa 2008
  • Diners Club Diamond Wine List Award 2009
  • Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Golden Tusk Award – Sundays River Valley Tourism 2008
  • Voted one of South Africa’s Top Three Accommodation Establishments – Welcome Awards 2006
  • Outstanding 100
  • Best 100 Spas in Africa
  • The Good Cooks & their Country Houses
  • Portfolio Retreats Collection
  • Exclusive Getaways
  • TGSCA – 5 Star Country House

Woodall offers luxury Boutique Hotel accommodation in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Opening onto beautiful rose or indigenous gardens, alive with the calling of birds, each room boasts swirling ceiling fans, air conditioning, heating, private verandas, en suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower. All have private outdoor showers for an enlivening experience not to be missed and mosquito nets. Other features include mini-bars, mini hi-fi’s, electronic safes, telephones, internet access points, hairdryers, tea / coffee facilities, crisp percale linen, bath robes and electric blankets for chilly winter nights. Twin or King bedded rooms available, we also have two family units.

African Lodge in Luxury Country Cottages

“Havens of Tranquility” Luxurious rooms and cottages are private and spacious with an understated elegance and a classical feel. Each room is individually designed and decorated with an air of bygone romance.

Suites

“The Luxury of Space” Luxurious suites with a contemporary feel are airy and furnished using natural materials and raw silks. Light and spacious, completely private, each suite offers understated refinement: spacious bedrooms, separate sitting, dressing areas, expansive bathrooms complete with double outdoor showers.

Cuisine

Recipient of the Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Stylish regional cuisine is served in the distinctive thatched waterside dining room with views of resident herons, cormorants and other South African waterbirds. The gourmet food is inspired by the flavours of local ingredients and freshly picked vegetables and herbs from our own garden. No effort or expense is spared to provide a fine dining experience bursting forth with South African flavours and textures: Karoo venison, freshly caught East Coast fish, homemade stocks, fresh breads and local cheeses. Complementing the menu is the private underground cellar, boasting a unique and comprehensive cross section of fine South African wines. Finish off the evening with after dinner cigars under the stars. Breakfasts are farm-style with gourmet eggs and bacon, homemade breads, pastries, muffins, jams and preserves. Picnic baskets specially packed. Simple, stylish lunches can be enjoyed on the deck, at the pool, or on your private patio.

The Spa

The Spa, a sanctuary for relaxation, personal rejuvenation and serious pampering flows onto a full size pool, fringed with palms and a waterfall. Facilities include a massage and therapy room, steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy bath and spacious double showers. The gym, which is fully equipped, offers cardiovascular and strength training facilities. The spa also caters for younger guests with a special “Prince and Princess Kids Spa Menu”. full range of facial and body treatments that leave you feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated are available. All Skincare treatments make use of the extraordinary Dermalogica products with treatments specifically designed to address personal skin needs. Individual skin types are fully analysed, cleansed and exfoliated, followed by massage and application of mask, serum and moisturizer. Our Skincare Treatments will leave you with perfectly hydrated, relaxed and radiant skin. A wide range of massage therapies are on offer. These include Swedish, Aromatherapy, Foot Massages, and Hot Stone Massages which will melt the tension from each and every muscle. During these treatments you will feel lighter. Your spirit will be lifted and tension released as you dissolve into a dreamy state. Body exfoliations with Aromatherapy and Mineral Salts that will lift dead skin cells and Hydrotherapy and Sea Mud Packs, which will detoxify, refresh and relax your body, are recommended. Our Jet Lag treatments will alleviate the negative symptoms of jet lag so you can have the full benefits of your stay. Also enjoy our luxury Manicures and Pedicure treatments for perfectly groomed hands and feet. Various packages are available to suit your needs. Recharge in our tranquil setting and leave feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated. Once you have experienced a wonderful Spa experience, even more awaits you. The rest of our team will treat you to private game drives, stylish lunches and regional gourmet cuisine to round off your stay with us.

Facilities:

  • Beauty Salon
  • Therapy / Massage Room
  • Couples room
  • Mobile therapy beds for in-room treatments
  • Hydrotherapy bath with double outdoor showers
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Gymnasium
  • Spa boutique
  • Outdoor treatments available
  • Outdoor Swimming pool
  • Various relaxation areas throughout the Country House

Signature Treatments

Citrus Therapy, Jet Lag Package

Treatments & Therapies

Aromatherapy, body scrubs, body wraps, facial treatments, hand and foot treatments, heat treatments, hydro therapy, hot stone treatments, jet lag treatments, lymph drainage, Swedish massage, reflexology,foot massage, waxing, manicures, pedicures, purifying back treatments, in room massage treatments, full and half day packages.

Spa Cuisine

Spa Cuisine that is low in kilojoules, can be enjoyed overlooking the water sanctuary. Fresh fruit juices and herbal teas are available throughout the day. Dinners are gourmet six course set menus featuring local cuisine. Light lunches and champagne breakfasts available. Room service. Provisions for various dietary requirements are available on request.

Services

Consultation, health care, skin care, baby-sitting, corporate programmes, gift vouchers, transfers Admission Day visitors welcome. Special Day packages are available. Non-residents have access to the gymnasium if a Day Package is booked

Addo Safaris and Game Viewing

Woodall Country House Safaris and Tours

Woodall’s luxury open topped land cruiser departs daily on a number of excursions: Our highly experienced and qualified game rangers, with an intimate knowledge of the Addo area, include a bird and tree expert with a MSc Degree in plant sciences; a local historian whose knowledge and experience of the local area is unsurpassed; a wildlife and agricultural conservationist. These rangers offer personalised tours with emphasis being placed on individual interests and comfort. The following highly recommended Safaris and Drives are offered:

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo is the best place to get up close and personal with the biggest land mammal – the Park is home to the densest population of elephant in the world. Other mammals include lion, hyena, Cape buffalo, and black rhino, as well as zebra, jackal, warthog, suricate and numerous species of antelope. Over 150 bird species have been recorded in Addo and there are around 600 different plant species. Addo is also home to the endangered dung beetle. Whether you experience the park from the comfort of your own vehicle or on a game drive with an experienced guide, the chances are you will have close encounters with the elephant. To make the most of the park be sure to bring binoculars, camera, walking shoes. Wildlife reference books and road maps of the Park are available from the reception at Woodall.

Schotia Private Game Reserve:

“Tooth & Claw” Safari: (45 minute drive from Woodall). Schotia is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape, and offers one of the best chances to see lions in the wild. The Tooth & Claw is a guided drive in open topped vehicles. It begins in the late afternoon, and returns after nightfall (late afternoon and evening game viewing is often the most rewarding time of day for game viewing as this is when animals are at their most active). This is especially the case with lion, which are generally nocturnal hunters. Schotia is also home to white rhino, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, jackal, crocodile, and a large variety of antelope. The drive is followed by a traditional meal is served under the stars in a thatched open air lapa.

Amakhala Game Reserve (± 1 hour drive from Woodall)

Amakhala means “Aloe’, the prolific indigenous plant found in this diverse area of the Eastern Cape. Feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Africa as you become part of a Big 5 Safari Adventure on Amakhala Game Reserve. Guided by experienced rangers on open Land Rovers Amakhala offers a product aimed at providing visitors with an experience of the diverse wildlife and landscape including: The Big 5, Black Wildebeest, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and numerous other antelope. The excursion commences from Reed Valley with a welcome drink and a game drive through the reserve enjoying spectacular views before descending into the Bushman’s River Valley. This is followed by lunch – authentic African cuisine with a mouth watering buffet served in the true African way before departing on a tranquil 45-minute river cruise. After the river cruise enjoy a further game drive through other parts of the reserve making your way back to Reed Valley.

Pumba Private Game Reserve (± 1 hour drive from Woodall)

Pumba Day Safaris offer sightings of the Big 5, against a backdrop of thornveld, grassland, thicket and forest vegetation. Apart from white lion, giraffe, leopard, 22 species of antelope; this is a bird lovers’ paradise with 200 plus bird species. Woodall Country House Spa