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Welcome to Granny Mouse House, Hogsback’s premier owner run Guesthouse tucked away high up in the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape.

The winding road from Alice takes one steeply up the pass and quickly back in time to a place which still echoes the thoughts and tales of JRR Tolkein.

We cater for adult guests, in a sophisticated yet relaxed country atmosphere.

Bed & Breakfast accommodation is offered in 3 double en-suite rooms, all with private pool and garden facing patios. For couples requiring more privacy, 2 fully equipped and serviced Self-Catering units are available, tucked away in the large landscaped garden.

We enjoy the accolade of being the first catered establishment in Hogsback to have attained 4 Star Superior accreditations from both AA and TGCSA.

Located just outside the village centre, Granny Mouse House is the ideal base from which to explore what Hogsback has to offer. Go for a hike to one of the numerous waterfalls in the area or lose yourself in the labyrinth at The Edge. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely stroll through Ingrid’s beautiful and well established garden, taking in the peace and tranquillity which makes Hogsback such a magical and mystical place.

We invite you to come and experience our little piece of paradise. Ingrid will gladly share with you her wealth of knowledge, depth of conversation and passion for life. Arrive as a guest and leave as a friend, taking with you only wonderful memories and yearning to return one day soon.

History

Granny Mouse House, although renamed in 1998, is one of the oldest of Hogsback houses, originally built from wattle-and-daub as a private holiday home. It was later extended in all directions in an architecturally ‘interesting’ manner, and became the private residence of a rather feisty old lady, probably not too unlike the present owner.

ERF number 1, now known as Granny Mouse House, was the first piece of ground subdivided off the original Summerton farm and still borders the remnants of it.

The Summerton brothers, both market gardeners from England, settled in Hogsback in the 1820’s, and both married local Black women. Many of the nut trees, orchard varieties and berries still growing in abundance on the mountain bear witness to their trade.

The house, purchased with the intention of providing a retirement haven for the current owner may well not have lasted until that date, such was the state of disrepair. But fate conspired as it sometimes does, to allow for earlier occupation and restoration.
‘Coming, ready or not’ was the battle cry of said ex-Capetonian now new owner of Granny Mouse House. The Guesthouse has been converted over time into its present form with distinctly more love than money. No matter. It is what it is. Quaint ‘Sophisticated Squonk’ might aptly describe it and our Guests all love it.

Part of the family currently residing at Granny Mouse House are 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks as well as a Tabby cat. Well-mannered and friendly too young and old, these three 4-legged children of the owner keep the huge property secure.

Accommodation & Rates

The 3 Guest bedrooms, each individually furnished, are all en-suite with individual private patios, pool and garden facing.

In all of them you will find tea and coffee stations, a small bar fridge, a heater and complimentary toiletries. For those cold winter nights, we have electric blankets to keep you warm.

Each room features a selection of original artwork and all of the rooms are strictly non-smoking.

There are no TV’s in the rooms as guests are encouraged to watch at dawn and dusk for the endemic Cape Parrots, quite likely to become extinct in our lifetime. Alternatively, guests can smell the roses or listen to the frogs singing, or find the hidden garden creatures. That, amongst other healthy and robust pursuits is what makes the Hogsback experience so special.

Sports fans are catered for at the Pubs which have large screen TVs installed and they will sell you cold beer and love to shout along with you, regardless of whom you support.

Please note, we do not accept children under 12 years of age at our establishment.

Payment & Terms and Conditions

  • A 50% deposit (non-refundable) is required on confirmation of the booking.
  • Balance payment is due upon arrival.
  • Credit card facilities ARE available (VISA & MASTER CARD only)
  • Standard industry cancellation fees apply. Should cancellations become necessary, request for refunds will be evaluated on their own merits.

Room 1

Queen bedded, furnished with Cape antiques, en-suite with shower and private pool and garden facing (covered) patio

Complimentary tea, coffee, biscotti. Fresh milk stocked in bar fridge, unlimited Spring water supplied daily. Rooms 1 and 2 are adjacent, both under open thatch.

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Single: R 792.50 | Double: R 1 355.00

  • Rates valid till 15 December 2017
  • Single supplement of R 115.00
  • Full English breakfast personally cooked to order, by owner!
  • Bed-only rate may be requested
  • Strictly non-smoking
  • No children under 12


Room 2

Twin-bedded (3 quarter beds) furnished with Cape Antiques, en-suite with shower and bath and private pool and garden facing (covered) patio

Complimentary tea, coffee, biscotti etc. Fresh milk stocked in bar fridge, unlimited Spring water supplied daily. Rooms 1 and 2 are adjacent, both under open thatch.

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Single: R 792.50 | Double: R 1 355.00

  • Rates valid till 15 December 2017
  • Single supplement of R 115.00
  • Full English breakfast personally cooked to order, by owner!
  • Bed-only rate may be requested
  • Strictly non-smoking
  • No children under 12


Room 3

Queen bedded garden room en-suite with bath ( with shower attachment) and private garden facing ( covered) patio

This room has a separate entrance, semi-detached from the main house and is furnished in a more modern soft french-white theme. It is under ceiling, recommended for those who may suffer from allergies. Complimentary tea, coffee, biscotti etc. Fresh milk stocked in bar fridge.

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Single: R 792.50 | Double: R 1 355.00

  • Rates valid till 15 December 2017
  • Single supplement of R 115.00
  • Bed-only rate may be requested
  • Full English breakfast personally cooked to order, by owner!
  • Strictly non-smoking
  • No children under 12


Rondavel Cottage

Our thatched rondavel unit, situated near the pool, is aimed at the budget-conscious couple. Quaint and cosy, with a double bed

it has a private patio and braai facilities, en-suite with gas-powered shower. Back-up cadac gas cooker supplied to augment basic cooking facilities ( 2 plate oven/stove) Fully equipped and serviced. Fresh Spring water supplied daily.


Guests who book into the self-catering units are considered desiring of being left alone. Apart from servicing of units, which is always done in a discreet manner and at a convenient time, this wish is respected at all times.

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Single: R 497.50 | Double: R 765.00

  • Rates valid till 15 December 2017
  • No children under 12



Orchard Unit

Our Orchard unit is more upmarket, en-suite with gas-powered shower in a large modern bathroom

Full modern kitchen with gas oven / stove as well as a microwave. Lounge area with TV ( OVHD) and hi-fi. Private patio and braai facilities in a walled courtyard Orchard / garden featuring a pair of mature walnut trees. This unit is under ceiling and suitable for longer stays. Fresh Spring water supplied daily.


Guests who book into the self-catering units are considered desiring of being left alone. Apart from servicing of units, which is always done in a discreet manner and at a convenient time, this wish is respected at all times.

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Single: R 587.50 | Double: R 945.00

  • Rates valid till 15 December 2017
  • No children under 12



About Hogsback

The Village of Hogsback is tucked away high up in the Amatola Mountains of the Eastern Cape Province, about 1300 m above sea-level. It is easily accessible by road from East London to the east (about 1 ½ hours) Port Elizabeth to the south-west (approximately 3 ½ hours) and Queenstown to the north (about 2 hours).

Hogsback developed around the establishment of Lovedale College in the early 1800’s. To the missionaries of Tyume valley and the town of Alice, the area on top of the mountain was attractive in the summer months as a cool refuge from the sweltering heat below. They would hitch up their ox-wagons and remove their entire households to the forested mountains for a period of rest and quiet respite. The journey would take 5 days from Alice to Hogsback. These days it is easily and quickly reached by car, but the purpose for the journey remains the same.

The 33kms from the King Williams Town road take one steeply up the Pass and quickly back in time, to a place which still echoes with the thoughts and tales of JRR Tolkien. And whose dusty streets are still reminiscent of a time when the pace of life was slower…

Do not expect to find much in the way of infrastructure. The streets of Hogsback are gravelled, or at least, once were. There is a little, basic Village grocery shop, a bottle-store, a postal agency, and a Pub. A few independent eateries have sprung up in recent times, making it possible now to eat out, should one choose to do so.

Despite the allocation of electricity, cell/mobile phone reception, telephone lines and municipal water supply to the area not too long ago, some or all of these services fail on a regular basis. The many back-up systems required to create independence are beyond the reach of most of the good folk attempting to provide for the requirements of travellers. Municipal delivery of anything which would usually be considered the right of a tax-payer is something we constantly and stridently continue to lobby for.

All that you will experience is harmless and could be quite an adventure if you are prepared to view it as such! In short, what we have here is a modern-day pioneering territory.

Those of us who have lasted long enough to still be offering services to the travelling Public, despite these frustrations, are necessarily possessed of a sense of humour rare in such concentration elsewhere.

Off the beaten track and tucked away, it is also a place of utter relaxation, peace and tranquillity. Very few other places will so quickly impart the sense of being in harmony with nature.

  • The Indigenous forests inspire reverence; you may find yourself whispering.
  • The mountain vistas are awesome; you may find yourself speechless.
  • The waterfalls are humbling; you may find yourself communing with your Maker.
  • The thin air and stillness will ensure you as many nights’ good sleep as you make allowance for.
  • It is a place which, once visited, may induce you to return again and again.
  • It is a difficult place to leave.

During Spring sudden thunderstorms often occur and are of quite terrifying magnitude. This is also the Azalea season, when the Village becomes a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, attracting gardening enthusiasts from around the world.

Summer is often heralded by the most elegant and gentle of swirling mists which, once experienced, will remain in your consciousness forever. Autumn brings out the wondrous colours of deciduous trees seldom seen elsewhere in this country and the cooler temperatures make hiking at this time a pleasure. Winter snows and frosts create the opportunity to enjoy cosy log fires, warming foods and good red wines.

You may find the following websites about Hogsback of particular interest:

www.hogsback.co.za
www.hogsbackinfo.co.za
www.hogsback.com

Guest Comments about Granny Mouse House

Thank you for your hospitality, Ingrid. This place is a gem! We loved our stay with you.

Annette & Richard From Cape Town - 09 October 2016

Thank you, Ingrid, for the opportunity to stay with you and enjoy your beautiful garden and home. There are no words to describe this piece of paradise. Not forgetting Simba and Jessie.

Eileen & Ernst Vogelsanger, Switzerland - 27 & 28 October 2016

We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend – thank you Ingrid for your warm hospitality and a championship garden plus comfy warm accommodation.

Sue & Neville Gordon, Port Alfre - 23 & 24 September 2016

Comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and amazing places to see, I thoroughly enjoyed the classical music!

Charleen & Donald Butt, Durban North - 7 July 2016

Tranquillity is very rare – this is a lovely place to relax and find yourself. Great hospitality – THANK YOU.

Rex Glanville, USA - 1 & 2 April 2016

The perfect place to go hobbit hunting. Thanks Ingrid!

Leah Barret - 12 March 2016

Peaceful and friendly place. A loving and cosy atmosphere – THANK YOU so much. By the way. Great great breakfast.

Gerd & Elke Fink, Port Alfred - 28 & 29 February 2016

What a wonderful place. Really relaxing and just what was needed. Thanx for everything we will be back.

Neill Weder, Fish Hoek - 4 & 5 January 2016

See you again next year – enough said! ☺

Andrea Engelhardt, Germany - January 2016

Unbelievable stay. 8 nights supported by nature, two beautiful dogs, great service and Ingrid our impeccable host. Thank you for what you did for us!! Soon !!

Simone & Greg, Johannesburg - 4 January 2016

Many thanks for a wonderful Hogsback Honeymoon stay. We will be back in another 4 years. ☺

Kayla & Juan du Plessis, Malaysia - December 2015

A very comfortable and homely stay. Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

Tim Desilers, Brisbane - 19 & 20 October 2015

A very enjoyable stay! Beautiful Garden!

Cynthia Glendinning, Port Elizabeth - 11 & 12 October 2015

A total delight – thanks Ingrid! Looking forward to next time already – wonderful hospitality.

Peter & Tara Newton, Port Elizabeth - 23 August 2015

Fabulous Stay, quaint and charming! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Be well!

Richard & Linda Mayr, Boskruin - 31 July 2015

Fabulous spot! Loved all the interesting chats with our host! Thank you for the warm welcome.

Philip & Alison, La Lucia - 17 May 2015

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In addition to the incredible discounts on offer, we will spoil you with our full English Breakfast, made to order. The standard hot breakfast selection of eggs, bacon, tomato, sausage, and fried mushroom is augmented by a pot of French Press coffee or a selection of tea’s, a fresh fruit basket, homemade Muesli with yoghurt, stewed fruit and wholesome muffins.

Contact Us

Phone: +27 83 261 1144

Office: +27 45 962 1259

Email: info@grannymousehouse.co.za

Nutwoods Drive, Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 5721

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