- Upmarket hotel on private estate
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Pool and extensive grounds
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.
- Peaceful property in idyllic surroundings
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Variety of accommodation options
- Numerous activities on site and locally
- Beautiful Gardens
- Family Friendly Accommodation
- Central Garden Route Location
- Fab for families.
- Located in Plettenberg Bay
- Beach location
- Sea Views
- Chic accommodation
- Across the road from a blue flag beach
- Well presented property
- Excellent choice for visiting Plettenberg Bay
- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities
- Smart mid-range guesthouse
- Modern interiors
- Well located for beach
- Excellent family apartment
- Well located in the Plettenberg Bay area
- Stunning valley views
- Rooms are well appointed and spacious
- Good number and range of activities available
- High quality forest lodge
- Beautiful forest location
- Swimming Pool
- Base for Garden Route
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