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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Bathurst is a charming and historic little town, qualities that are exemplified by the Historic Pig and Whistle Inn. I had a very pleasant and all-too-brief one-night stay here in June 2016; my room was spacious and comfortable (with a wonderful old-style bathtub,) the food was excellent, and the service friendly and helpful. I also throughly enjoyed chatting with some...

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi Donald, it was wonderful to host you at South Africa's oldest pub. Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to a return visit. Perhaps next year's Bathurst Show?

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Just like staying in an English country pub in the heart of South Africa, The Pig and Whsitle is full of charm and character. Staff are very friendly as are the locals, The four poster bed and old fashioned decor feels like you're stepping back in time. Very comfortable couple of nights in the quirky little town of Bathurst, would...

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi Cactus73, thank you for your wonderful review. We have over our ownership to ensure that the Pig and Whistle is as authentic as possible, without sacrificing the modern amenities we all love to enjoy. We look forward to your return visit, perhaps the Grahamstown festival ?

Port Elizabeth
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This place has so much charm and a very "homely" vibe. We had a lovely stay in a very neat, clean and spacious room. The restaurant's food was great and very good value for money. The staff were extremely attentive and cheery. Natalie is a wonderful host and making guests feel welcome seems like second nature to her.

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi Tessa thank you so much for your "full house" score. We also love it when you pick out a staff member for compliments. Natalie will be delighted when we feed this back to her. We look forward to your return visit. Perhaps for the Bathurst Country Affair?

Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed in one of the on suite rooms, and it not only had a shower but a magnificent bath tub. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the building is full of history as it is the oldest pub in South Africa. We spent a Monday night here and it happened to be steak night! R120 for two fillet...

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Carla, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and Steak night. We are even more delighted that you picked out Natalie for personal feedback. She is one of our gems and will be over-the-moon when we tell her about your feedback. We look forward to your return visit

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

We kept coming back to this well run friendly place to eat during our two weeks in the area. Service was swift and outstanding from the manager down to each waiter. We even showed up on Valentine's eve not realizing they had a special event, and even though we didnt have a booking they catered for us even making a...

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi There, We are delighted to receive a 5 out of 5 , thank you so much! Lucille and I really do try hard to ensure a homely experience in this wonderful old treasure. Our Valentines Dinner did generate some really good feedback and we were relieved to be able to meet your vegetarian requirements. When you are next in...

Bathurst
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Great pub & very interesting town excellent experience Staff and the accommodation at the pig & whistle was great with a relaxed feel Along with the pig & whistle Bathurst was full of quirky shops & restaurants / Bars Would recommend a visit

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Hi Glenn, thank you so much for your kind words. Our staff will be delighted with the feedback. We are very proud of our historic village, we look forward to your return visit

Bathurst
Reviewed 12 January 2016

What a great way to start 2016! It was a truly quaint and great experience, one we did not expect. The service was fantastic and the people were very friendly. I will recommend the Pig and Whistle to anyone.

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your 'full-house' review. Our staff will be delighted at the service feedback, they have to pull out all the stops in the busy holiday season. We look forward to your return visit.

Bathurst
Reviewed 7 January 2016

My daughter and I were en route to Cape Town and had a most enjoyable "night over" stay, the staff were very friendly and the Hotel very welcoming and homely. We would recommend this "detour" to Cape Town to all our friends.

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your welcome positive review, it is indeed great feedback to pass on to our staff, especially when they keep their cool in the busy in season period. We like to try and keep the Inn as home-from- home as possible. We look forward to your return visit.

Bathurst
Reviewed 7 January 2016

The room I stayed in, room 4, was nice and clean when we got there. The bed was very comfortable but the room was just too unbearably hot which made it difficult to sleep even with the fan. Overall it was great though.

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Siobhan, you stayed in Bathurst during an almost nationwide heat-wave when temperatures in large parts of the country were 40 degrees plus ! Great for beachgoers and the Sunshine Coast certainly lived up to its promise this season. Normally our guests stay in Bathurst to escape the windier coastal areas however this season the breeze...

Edenvale, South Africa
Reviewed 5 January 2016

We overnighted at the Pig & Whistle en route to Cape Town and had a most enjoyable evening. The history of the Inn is impressive and the locals most welcome and accommodating. The only negative is that there is no safe off street parking, we parked in front of the hotel and all was fine.

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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind feedback Marina, We appreciate the feedback regarding the parking. We do have limited off-street parking available by arrangement, however the parking in front of the Inn is well lit, on a national road which is busy almost all night and monitored by CCTV. We share your view that our locals in the quaint village of...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Pool
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
David Bristow's latest Book "Been there Done That" (Struik March 2011) rates the Pig and Whistle as a unique place to Stay, Eat, Drink. It appears as number 33 of his top 50!! The Pig & Whistle Inn has 10 beautifully restored rooms with magnificent antiques. There are 4 en-suite rooms and the 6 traditional original rooms with communal bathrooms. All rooms have recently been equipped with new beds and Percale linen. The first owner, Thomas Hartley, built this house in 1821, a three story dwelling with 2 bedrooms on the top floor. The original rooms are rooms 5 and 6 in this Old Settler Inn. We are now rated number one in Bathurst on Trip Adviser. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn

Address: 268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa (Formerly The Bathurst Inn Pig & Whistle)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Bathurst
Price Range: R436 - R635 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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