Savour a highly-civilized walk on the wild side from a castle on the beach. A holiday with everything; Craighross Castle sleeps 12, a pristine wilderness beach, and what's more, access nearby to one of the most acclaimed Private Club's in the world, Pezula Club and Residence, where you may enjoy golf, tennis,horse-riding, world-class dining and a spa. Return to your castle and enjoy outdoor dining on your beach shared with amazing birds and other creatures. Click here for a Virtual Tour
The historic, privately owned Noetzie Castles are world famous. Located just 20 minutes from Knysna, their stunning oceanfront location and extraordinar...y 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.
The stone castle offers fine modern living with 6 bedroom, 6 bathrooms, and a nanny suite. It features an impressive master bedroom on the top floor with a lounge area, coal-effect gas fire, well-appointed ensuite bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and patio with glorious sea views.
On the ground floor there are two ensuite bedrooms with kingsize beds and superb ocean views, two further twin/king rooms (both with ensuite facilities) and a large children’s bedroom - playroom with 2 sets of 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.
What to do near by:
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. Also superb golf courses, right next door at World Class Pezula and at Plettenberg Bay. Goose Valley, Simola & Knysna are all within easy reach.
The town of Knysna, a convenient flight from Cape Town, lies along the banks of a vast estuary which enters the Indian Ocean through two giant sandstone heads. This cosmopolitan town with its upmarket boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, is also home to a number of endangered species including the only forest elephant in South Africa and the unique Knysna seahorse. Humpback and Southern Right whales frolic along the coastal waters from May to December, while dolphins are year-round residents. Known for its temperate Mediterranean climate, Knysna and the surrounding area is an eco wonderland for nature lovers and a playground for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.
Just 10 minutes from the centre of Knysna, 20 minutes from Plettenberg Bay and less than 45 minutes drive from Storms River, this is the ideal base from which to explore the scenic wonderland of the Western Cape. The area between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay is nature's playground. In addition to scenic drives, boat trips on the Knysna lagoon and beautiful forest and coastal walks, there are several superb wildlife reserves and sanctuaries - perfect for children and adults alike. These include: Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Buffalo Hills & Plettenberg Game Reserves, Tenikwa Wild Cat Park, Noah's Park Wolf Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Try a day trip to the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, the magnificent Cango Caves....and more.
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, and of course, world class dining, practically on your door step, at Pezula.
This has to be for the vacation of a lifetime - a luxurious house in a fantastic secluded location on a spectacular beach, with fascinating activities available, and set in one of South Africa's most famous tourist areas.
Additional amenities include: games, cooking utensils provided, cycling, satellite TV or cable TV, washer/dryer (private), boating, surfing, mountain biking, maid service available, cd player, beach access, view, TV(s), iron and board, deep sea fishing, golf nearby, theme park, river, swimming, coffee maker, walking, hiking, scuba/snorkel, fishing, horseback riding, coffeemaker.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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