The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn Bathurst Hotel Eastern Cape
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  • Property TypeHotel
  • Guests20
  • Rooms/Units10
  • Wir SprechenDeutsch

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  • Listed on since December 2009

The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn is a Bathurst hotel providing accommodation in 10 guest rooms for tourists visiting the Sunshine Coast region.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • 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
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Xhosa

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Double and Twin Rooms

The en-suite rooms are furnished with antiques and percale linen. Each room can accomodate an extra single bed for a child or third adult. Features: Double beds, En-suite, Shower over bath, Upstairs, Garden views, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 3
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 3 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Historic Rooms

These are the original rooms of this historic inn. They have double or twin beds with percale linen and have been in use since the 1830's. Features: Twin beds, Double beds, Shared bathroom, Upstairs, Separate toilet, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, City views

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Superior Double Rooms

Our Superior en-suite room has a double bed and the other en-suites have twin beds.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

Very pleasant stay , food was particularly nice. Would recommend

September 2019

Chris T. (U.K.)

Verified reviewvery good

Had a wonderful relaxing time and visited all the watering holes a friendly place with lots of history. the food was fantastic and very good value. love the place, wife and i will be back -soon

September 2017


Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome, a cot is available on request.

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

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

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

Payment methods accepted by the propertyDiners, Visa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since December 2009

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