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Hog Hollow Country House, Plettenberg Bay

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Plettenberg Bay
South Africa 6600
Tel: 27 44 534 8879's insider take:

What started out as a backpacker's retreat with a single room has morphed into 16 suites set on the edge of an indigenous forest, just outside Plettenberg Bay. The suites—split between several houses—have decks with hammocks overlooking the lush greenery as well as fireplaces to keep out the chill on winter nights. Hog Hollow lacks TV, AC, and the razzmatazz of Pezula and the Plettenberg. But what it does have is a distinctly African feel, with excellent artwork and artifacts, as well as a staff composed entirely of locals trained on-site. You're likely to make friends with the other guests during the four-course dinners, which are served at a communal table and might include phyllo pastry filled with artichokes, roasted tomatoes, and asparagus, or roasted duck stuffed with dried fruit.

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