- Large resort with extensive facilities
- Heart of Garden Route
- Four restaurants, pools, tennis courts, golf
- Tranquil setting with beautiful views
Fancourt is a renowned golf resort in the town of George, in the heart of the Garden Route, on South Africa’s Western Cape. This extensive property sits amidst 613 hectares of country estate, framed by the stunning Outeniqua Mountains. The hotel and manor house offer 133 rooms and suites along with several restaurants, four swimming pools, a spa, tennis courts, and three world class golf courses. Fancourt will appeal to higher budget travellers seeking exclusive accommodation along with comprehensive onsite facilities.
Communal areas include four eateries, each with a smart/casual dress code. Henry Whites is a sophisticated, fine dining restaurant, whilst La Cantina offers generous breakfast buffets and Mediterranean cuisine in an informal setting. Monet’s café bistro serves light meals and refreshments with a choice of indoor and alfresco seating. The Club lounge and bar overlooks the golf course, serving hearty American style cuisine. There are four swimming pools onsite, including a large outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi, a children’s pool, and an indoor heated pool. An award winning spa boasts a sauna, steam room, roman baths and a Jacuzzi. Also onsite are four tennis courts, including two floodlit, a gym, and three 18-hole golf courses. The Manor House has its own outdoor pool, along with a bar, library, and tea lounge.
Activities include golf, tennis, and catch and release fishing, with complimentary tackle and rods provided. Fancourt’s network of trails and nearby Witfontein Nature Reserve offer excellent hiking and running, with mountain bike hire available for exploring further afield. The iconic Garden Route boasts glorious coastal and mountain scenery, along with winelands tours, canoeing, whale watching, and horse riding. Also nearby are the popular seaside towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay which offer an array of markets, shops and eateries.
The accommodation comprises 115 rooms and suites in the main hotel and 18 suites in the Manor House. Rooms comprise a king or twin beds, and a smart ensuite bathroom. The generous suites include one or two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a relaxing lounge, plus a spacious dining area in the larger two bed units. The Manor House offers 17 double or twin bed suites, and one extensive two bed unit, all complete with butler service. All rooms and suites come with satellite TV, a minibar, hot drink facilities, air conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Each has a balcony or terrace with tranquil views of the golf course, the gardens, or the distant mountains.
Children of all ages are warmly welcome at Fancourt. Interconnecting rooms are available, and the two bed suites offer generous living space, ideal for families. The resort operates a daily kids club, with activities including arts and crafts, games, nature walks, a jungle gym, and a baby pool. For older children there is a dedicated teen lounge with gaming facilities, table tennis, pool, and football (pls note that this lounge is unsupervised).
- Family owned private reserve
- Extensive grounds, two pools, spa, tennis
- Range of accommodation options
- Guided walks, fishing, canoeing, horseriding
- Historic property with stunning views
- Garden Route location
- Onsite restaurant, pub and pool
- Spacious, contemporary hilltop suites
- Close to Knysna centre
- Trips to Featherbed Private Nature Reserve
- Knysna Heads cruises and lagoon swimming
- Unique hotel set in former power plant
- High quality of accommodation
- Good base for exploring Knysna and beyond
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019