I think that often in this crazy life that we live, we forget to stop and smell the flowers. And so, although I did not have the time to disappear out of town for a whole weekend, one night away seemed to be the answer to my need for a little getaway. After looking at their website, my boyfriend and I decided that the 4-star Forest Hall guest house in Walmer would be perfect for a romantic night. With not too much to pack and a mere 10 minute drive from home, we arrived at 5.30pm.
Entering the premises of Forest Hall, one is immediately struck by the luscious greenery, so much a part of this area. Tall trees and beautiful green grass, coupled with the 1930’s renovated farmhouse, transport one into a bygone era. Warmly welcomed by James Bolton on arrival, it soon became obvious to us why Forest Hall is so successful. The care and passion put into this guest house is unbelievable! Small details that other guest house owners might feel go unnoticed are apparent; the Boltons have thought of absolutely EVERYTHING to make Forest Hall perfect!
James showed us around, giving us a little bit of the fascinating history of this old home. Stables that used to be down one side of the house have been converted into stunning guest rooms, with the original wooden sleeper beams still visible in the doorways. Our room was decorated in what I would call a rustic, farmhouse style, with earthy tones and antique furniture, a large, comfy king-size bed and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. Off this spacious bedroom was the most gorgeous bathroom with a large, glass shower, stand-alone bath and candelabra on the walls – truly magnificent! The bedrooms all open onto the beautiful garden, our room also facing the swimming pool.
We went out for the evening and were so grateful for the heated blankets on our return, as it was raining and the weather was rather chilly. In the morning James served us a breakfast fit for royalty, with bacon, eggs, pork sausages, toast, muffins, yoghurt, coffee and fruit juice. After consuming far more than we would under normal circumstances – it was so delicious! - we unfortunately had to rush off, as my boyfriend wanted to go fishing. I could have stayed and relaxed all day at Forest Hall with its tranquil atmosphere.
I would like to thank James and Hilary for having had us to stay and congratulate them on their newly received UA (Universal Accessibility) grading, a fantastic achievement that takes a great deal of hard work to realise. Forest Hall is the first establishment in Port Elizabeth to receive this categorisation.
Word of mouth is a well-proven method of promotion – I shall be singing the praises of Forest Hall to all I meet for a long time to come.