Lairds Lodge

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

The hotel

An artfully designed escape that’s earned its place on the Garden Route map, Lairds Lodge Country Estate isn’t just well-located – it’s lavish, leisurely, and inspired by the local scene. On a 24 acre estate between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, this Cape Dutch-style homestead’s authentic in its very fabric. Purists won’t be disappointed when they dine either, with local Cape wines often pairing a repertoire of regional game and seafood. Adding a homely feel, you can dine at the sociable communal tables in the dining room, or in the intimacy of the atmospheric brick-walled wine cellar. Its boutique-style guestrooms and lounges give a contemporary twist on classic styling, with overstuffed cushions, shade-less bulbs, and a palette of putty, grey, and hessian; but you won’t spend much time indoors, with the daybeds around the pool, beautiful gardens, and neighbouring Knysna Elephant Park beckoning.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, approximately 10 minutes from Plettenburg Bay.

Hotel information

All rooms have private terraces with seating areas and access to the garden and pools, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, WiFi access and complimentary robes. Standard Rooms with 1 king-sized bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Luxury Rooms with mini-bar fridge and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Onsite restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, which is served in the traditional dining room. Casual brandy lounge. Courtyard for pre-dinner drinks. Swimming pool. Complimentary WiFi available in public areas and rooms.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Jun 14, 2019 Dream55530419572

Very nice, off the beaten path but very near everything in Plettenberg Baai. Excellent staff and food. Stunning grounds and rooms, very much up to date and clean. The bar is exceptional for their gin and warm feeling.
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May 14, 2019 ZipitCharlie

We stayed here for one night in May 2019 as part of a Garden Route journey from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. It is a lovely place to stay and all in our party (4#) wished we had planned to stay longer there. We will be sure to visit again when we are next in the area. Great staff, great location and delicious food!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An excellent place to stay - Staff, accommodation and food were all exceptional

May 9, 2019 249junef Belfast, United Kingdom

Upon arrival we were met by 3 of the staff who introduced themselves, took our cases from the car and carried them to our accommodation. The accommodation was beautifully furnished and spacious with a sitting area, bathroom and bedroom. Dinner was served at 7.30pm each evening with drinks at 7pm which was an excellent way of meeting other… Read more
Upon arrival we were met by 3 of the staff who introduced themselves, took our cases from the car and carried them to our accommodation. The accommodation was beautifully furnished and spacious with a sitting area, bathroom and bedroom. Dinner was served at 7.30pm each evening with drinks at 7pm which was an excellent way of meeting other guests. The food was delicious, we ate their each evening of our stay, not through necessity but through choice. The breakfasts were also delicious with plenty of choice; with a chef's special each morning. Each morning some of the staff would go around each table asking if they could assist them with maps or places to visit, their local knowledge was invaluable. The pool area was really tranquil with plenty of places to sit in the sun and in the shade. There were also areas to sit around the main building itself; these were also furnished to a very high standard. Our only regret is we didn't book for longer than 4 nights; it would have been great to stay for a few days longer just enjoying the peace and tranquility. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone; there was a mixture of couples and families staying. One morning at breakfast time all the staff came to one family and presented one of the children with a Birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. That is one example of the personal touch all staff adopted throughout our stay. We will definitely book again when we go back to the Plettenberg area, it was incredible. Read less
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Apr 13, 2019 Tamcf Parsonstown, Ireland

Stayed in Lairds Lodge for 3 days. We had a lovely welcome when we arrived and an immediate offer of coffee before we were shown to our room. We had a room across from the main house. It was lovely. Big bathroom, nice sitting area and a beautiful bedroom. We opted to eat in Lairds Lodge on our first night. You preorder from the menu ( if you don’t… Read more
Stayed in Lairds Lodge for 3 days. We had a lovely welcome when we arrived and an immediate offer of coffee before we were shown to our room. We had a room across from the main house. It was lovely. Big bathroom, nice sitting area and a beautiful bedroom. We opted to eat in Lairds Lodge on our first night. You preorder from the menu ( if you don’t like the main course you can ask for something different- it was never a problem). Everyone goes to the bar for a pre-dinner drink, which is lovely. All the other guests were very nice and it is interesting to hear their travel tales. Dinner was wonderful, so much so we opted to dine in the following two nights also. All the staff are wonderful and friendly and seem to work together very well. Breakfasts were to a very high standard, plenty of choices. Staff very helpful with suggesting activities on the day. Lairds Lodge is just across the road from Knysna Elephant Park which is definitely worth a visit. It was great to relax by the pool and gardens too. We really felt pampered and well looked after in Lairds Lodge. Would highly recommend. Read less
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Apr 3, 2019 donhLongfieldKent longfield kent

An idyllic location in a forested area. Excellent breakfasts. Very good dinner with the option of single or communal dining.The owner is a fount of local knowledge supported by staff who could not do enough to please. Beware of the monkey`s!