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Laird’s Lodge

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- Upmarket hotel on private estate
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Pool and extensive grounds

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Lairds Lodge is an upmarket country hotel tranquilly located in the picturesque Garden Route area of South Africa’s Western Cape. Ideally positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, this privately run colonial retreat boasts friendly, personalised service in a stunning location. The lodge offers 17 ensuite bedrooms, a lovely outdoor pool and 24 acres of landscaped gardens and verdant woodland, with beautiful views of the distant mountains.

The lodge’s communal spaces comprise a main lounge, elegantly decorated with antique furniture, plush sofas and a wood burning fire, and the ‘Brandy lounge’, a popular venue for pre-dinner drinks, which has a separate TV area. There is also a small library. Breakfasts and afternoon teas are served outside on one of the sunny terraces, and guests enjoy four course dinners either alfresco or in the traditional dining room, with a menu specialising in game and seafood. Outdoors is a pleasant pool with loungers, surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens.

Various activities are available locally. A few minutes’ drive east of the lodge, Plettenberg Bay offers numerous eateries, markets, and coffee shops. Visitors can embark on boat trips for whale and dolphin watching, and visit the pristine sands and scenic walking trails of Robberg Nature Reserve, home to an impressive seal colony. A short drive west is Knysna, famed for its oysters and a must for foodies. Boat excursions are available across beautiful Knysna Lagoon to the wonderful beaches at Bollard Bay and Brenton on Sea. Wine buffs are spoilt for choice in this area, with tastings and lunches on offer at award winning wine estates, whilst animal lovers can encounter baby elephants at Knysna Elephant Park.

Accommodation at the lodge comprises 17 tastefully decorated bedrooms, all with air conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and a private veranda with lovely garden views. Rooms range from standard double rooms, to more generous deluxe rooms with king or twin beds, whilst seven luxury rooms are the largest in size.

Children are extremely welcome at the lodge, and a babysitting service can be arranged.

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  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa,
    We have just returned from South Africa and wanted to pass on our huge thanks for helping to organise such a fantastic holiday. The entire trip was amazing - accommodation was first class. The safari was incredible!
    We'll be sure to get in touch when we're next planning an adventure!
    Best wishes, Ed & Jane

    MissingRoy P reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 17 April 2023

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.

    MissingCarly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022

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