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Lairds Lodge Country Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 Harkerville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed for two nights with ours sons. It is a lovely place.The garden has Monet touches;resembles Givenchy pictures. The food is very good and certainly is one of the reasons to stay in this lodge. The staff is also special and they are very kind. We have good remembrances from the ones that attended us on the dinner and breakfast.

The lodge is not far from N2 and is a good place to know the region.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed here for 2 overnights on our holiday along the Garden Route. Although Laird's Lodge is not on the coast, it is located a little inland, about 5 miles from Plettenberg Bay, which makes the latter easily accessible if you have a car. And what other way are you going to do the Garden Route...?
LL has a Cape Dutch style architecture, making it pretty. Its gardens and pool are beautiful, and not overmanicured, in our opinion, adding to the charm.
The bedrooms are large and have every amenity. The en suite bathroom has a separate private WC area too.
We ate from the a la carte menu the first evening, and the cuisine was wonderful. We had fish dishes and they were both prepared immaculately. The service from the attendant staff was terrific too.
The second morning at breakfast we found ourselves falling into conversation with a couple from Bloemfontein, who turned out to own a well known boutique hotel in their vicinity, and which has a top class reputation in RSA. They themselves endorsed LL as one of the best of its kind in the country, which was good enough for us!
We ate in Plettenberg Bay the second evening, and a review for this we'll submit soon.
We'd heartily recommend LL for its style, friendliness, informality, luxury and cuisine. Top marks here.
One to go back to.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a very good hotel with all the comforts you could want with an excellent staff who seem genuinely interested in helping you get the best out of your time there. On our second night, we were the only guests staying and perhaps felt a little rushed at dinner as we were keeping a lot of staff hanging about. They did nothing to contribute to this feeling except not offering per dinner drinks but taking us straight to our table. The lodge is a little way out of Plet which makes dining in almost mandatory unless you have a willing nominated driver who int going to drink. An excellent place to stay with lovely gardens.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We only booked to stay at Lairds for two nights, and we were very sorry to have to leave. The accomodation and communal rooms are lovely, having a real English country house feel about it, with big cmfy sofas and big open fireplaces ( it got very chilly one of the days) The staff are extremely friendly and professional and their service could not be faulted. Breakfast was great and plenty of variety. We only dined one night at the lodge, wishing we'd dined both nights, as we could not fault the food and presentation. We recommend the shared table for dinner as its always nice to get to know other people, but you can have a private table as well.
My only moan (and its a tiny one) is that on arrival we were offered a glass of bubbles and some cake ( which was probably the best chocolate cake i've ever had) but on check out, I noticed we had been billed for the cake...something i'd thought was a welcome offering. But as I say, only something very very minor. We will definately include this lodge in any future travels along the Garden Route.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights in January with our children 4 and 8, I really dont know where to begin about how special this lodge is. The decor is really stylish, unique and fun, the food is out of this world, the breakfast was simply amazing, I am still tasting the lemon muffins! But it is the staff that really make this place special, nothing was ever too much trouble - a few small examples, it was cold at night whilst we were there and my little girl wanted a hot water bottle, one promptly arrived in a cute little dog case and then just arrived for the next 4 nights at the same time without being asked, we went out on a day trip one day and found they had washed our car! Really small things but very thoughtful. One of the sisters who owns the hotel takes the time every morning to speak with every guest at breakfast and make suggestions for day trips etc - I could write on and on about this lodge, seriously do not hesitate in booking here - you will have a really memorable experience - as we did. The only downside was we spent the rest of our holiday missing Lairds Lodge as no where else was as good!

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is a fantastic place... The ambience, the staff, the dinner (and breakfast) was truly outstanding. If I had a gripe.. and it's only a minor one, it would be that when it rains... it's like a snare drum beating on your roof (room 10 on 3-Jan). But, some ear plugs and all was kind of ok!
I will most definitely return. 5*

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This place I will remember when I am old. Simply first class. The most amazing place to enjoy with people. The staff are great and the food is worth staying there alone for. It's so easy to interact with other guests, it makes yep the experience unforgettable. I will for sure be back.

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Address: N2 National Road | 8kms from Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay > Harkerville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Harkerville
Price Range: $141 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lairds Lodge Country Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The gracious Cape Dutch homestead offers distant mountain views, wide open spaces, a secluded pool and gentle walks on the 24-acre estate. The individually decorated rooms convey a feeling of tranquil elegance and include neutral colors, percale linen and specialized toiletries. Perfectly positioned to explore the Garden Route, from the Wilderness to the Tsitsikamma forests. Superb breakfasts and convivial gourmet dinners, specializing in seafood and game dishes, are served in the Colonial dining room or cozy wine room. ... more   less 
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