Running along the Western Cape coast, with a ridge of quartzite mountains on the one side and an azure sea on the other, the Garden Route is one of the most visited areas in South Africa. From pristine white beaches, lakes and forests to navigable rivers and wild flowers in their millions, the scenery is diverse but certainly consistent in its beauty. Add to that temperatures that seldom drop below 20˚C (68˚F) and high annual rainfall (usually at night), and it’s easy to understand why even the earliest inhabitants described this as a land of milk and honey.
Set on a 24-acre estate between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Lairds Lodge Country Estate combines unassuming grace with hearty country living. Fifteen individually decorated rooms boast spectacular mountain views and wide open spaces. Each room features a lovely ensuite bathroom and comfortable bed draped in percale linen.
Freshly prepared menus can be enjoyed al fresco, in the traditional dining room, with its reed ceilings, or in the rustic and charming wine room. A secluded swimming pool is tucked into the beautifully landscaped gardens, while a comfortable lounge with a small library and wood burning fireplace offers the ideal place to while away a few hours. Lairds Lodge is conveniently situated near pristine beaches, scenic hiking trails and natural attractions such as the Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve and the Tsitsikamma National Park.
What we love about Lairds Lodge Country Estate
- Instead of venturing out for dinner, enjoy one of the lodge’s famous four-course evening meals, featuring such delicacies as marinated kudu fillet with pinotage and muscatel sauce.
- Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens and down to the tranquil lake situated in a quiet woodland.
- Watch out for the troop of vervet monkeys that chases each other through the trees and over the roofs in the early mornings.