The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn Bathurst Hotel Eastern Cape

The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

Hotel at 268 Kowie Road, Bathurst, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

About The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

This National Monument is situated in the quaint little English style village of Bathurst in the heart of settler country in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Bathurst has a peaceful and rural atmosphere; it is a very beautiful country village with an abundance of wildlife and bird life. On the gentle sloping green hills and along all the avenues are magnificent trees such as wild fig, coral, milkwoods, sweet thorn and natural bush. The village is home to eight National Monuments, they are the Pig n Whistle Inn, the Methodist Church, St Johns Anglican Church, Bleak House, the Primary School, Toposcope Monument, the powder magazine and Bradshaw’s Mill.

This Olde World Inn was established in January 1832, and became known as “Hartley’s Inn”. Several prominent settlers stayed at the Inn including Lord Charles Somerset. In World War II, the Inn was frequented by the air force men who were stationed at 43 Air School, close to Port Alfred. They nicknamed the pub “The Pig n Whistle” as traditionally this had been the name of the inns that served the air force in England.


Beautifully restored rooms with magnificent antiques, en-suite rooms, there are also traditional old fashioned rooms with communal bathrooms. The first owner, Thomas Hartley, built his house in 1821, a three storey dwelling with two bedrooms on the top floor. These original rooms are rooms five and six in this old settler inn.

Breakfast and Dining

The inn offers an a la carte menu, meals available from 07h30 everyday of the week. Bookings are advisable for evening meals. Try our succulent steaks, melt in the mouth calamari or our very own special Pot Pies.

The Pub

There is so much history in this old pub one can spend hours in silence or listen to all the stories from our locals. The old stone walls breathe with history and memorabilia. Join the locals in this pub to watch your favourite sport or just enjoy a cold one.


Sit on our famous “stoep” and enjoy our friendly service or visit our well stocked antique shop in the inn. Relax and enjoy our peaceful garden along with the bunnies and lovely children’s playground.


Tours of the area can be arranged. The Pig and Whistle Inn is close by to the National Monuments in the Bathurst area and also to Waters Meet Nature Reserve. Places to visit in the area include Bathurst Agricultural Museum, Horseshoe bend, The Big Pineapple, Beaches in Port Alfred, Nature and game reserves, Grahamstown, Salem, Valley of the Ancient Voices.

Activities in the area include hiking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sky diving, dam and river fishing and horse riding.

Come and enjoy our peaceful and tranquil village with us.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (alarm system)

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -33.50366666666667
Longitude: 26.824294443777777

Closest airport(s)
East London Airport - 110km
Port Elizabeth Airport - 120km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome, a cot is available on request.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Listed on
December 2009 - 2 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived and were especially thankful for the special arrangements made for our busy 18-month-old son. The en-suite...

Mark C, East London Travellers' Rating

Very Good

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