Be king of the castle
At Craighross you can let your imagination soar as you rule over a mystical kingdom in one of the worlds most beautiful and unspoiled beach locations.
The historic, privately owned Noetzie Castles are world famous. Located just 20 minutes from Knysna, their stunning oceanfront location and extraordinary design have made them a favourite retreat for the rich and famous including Nelson Mandela and his family. The stunning sandy beach, rocky outcrops harbouring wild oysters, the meandering Noetzie River and the backdrop of fynbos-covered cliffs are part of a prime nature conservation area.
Dolphins, sharks and whales (in season) are regular visitors, as are several species of sea birds and raptors. By night, the minimal light pollution makes stargazing an unforgettable experience.
Being right on the beach, you'll wake up to nothing but the roar of the Indian Ocean and the call of the oystercatchers. Here you can forget the stresses of everyday life in an environment of peace and seclusion.
Have a right royal time
The extensive and spacious accommodation offered at Craighross Castle is enhanced by modern facilities. Sleeping up to 12 people, plus a separate room with its own entrance (ideal for visitors bringing their own maid or nanny), it's perfect for large families or groups of friends. It features an impressive master bedroom on the top floor with a lounge area, coal-effect gas fire, and well-appointed en -suite bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and patio with glorious sea views.
On the ground floor there are two ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds and superb ocean views, two further twin/king rooms (both with en-suite facilities) and a large children's bedroom/playroom with twin beds and its own bathroom.
At the heart of the castle is a light and airy lounge/dining room with fireplace, opening out to a unique walled patio. Overlooking the beach, it's a romantic setting for al fresco meals and sundowners. Off the lounge, there's a separate family room with Satellite TV, DVD player & iPod docking station.
The spacious, well equipped kitchen and adjoining utility room features a hob & oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle and ample crockery, cutlery, cooking pots and utensils. A breakfast bar and wide serving hatch (with doors) link the kitchen to the dining room.
Sports & leisure
Safe paddling, swimming & kayaking in the pristine Noetzie River. Surfing and fishing on Noetzie Beach. Hiking, cycling, quad biking, scuba diving, horse riding & dolphin/whale watching are close by, as are extreme sports such as paragliding, bungy-jumping and treetop zip-line forest canopy tours. The superb golf courses at Plettenberg Bay, Goose Valley, Pezula, Simola & Knysna are all within easy reach.
The area between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay is natureâ??s playground. In addition to scenic drives, boat trips on the Knysna lagoon & beautiful forest and coastal walks, there are several superb wildlife reserves and sanctuaries - perfect for children & adults alike. These include: Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Buffalo Hills & Plettenberg Game Reserves, Tenikwa Wild Cat Park, Noahâ??s Park Wolf Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. A day trip to the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, the magnificent Cango Caves or the Tsitsikamma National Park will prove unforgettable.
Shopping & dining out
There are excellent supermarkets, boutiques and craft markets, plus superb choice of cafes, pubs and gourmet restaurants, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Access & parking
NOTE: Due to the castle's secluded location, a 4x4 vehicle is advisable. An allotted parking space is provided above the entrance to the beach. Local conservation rules restrict vehicular access to the beach to four journeys per day.
Knysna town centre 10km
Plettenberg Bay 20km
George Airport 60 km
Port Elizabeth 255km
Cape Town 510km
At a glance -
Sleeps 12 maximum in 6 ensuite bedrooms
5 double, 1 twin + maidâ??s or nanny's quarters
Mains electricity, gas, telephone, rainwater tank and ADSL internet.
Daily maid service - Monday to Friday (weekends on request).Maid service Monday to FridayAdditional maid service - available on request
Additional services - available on request
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