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“Beautiful Dutch Farmhouse perfect to explore Plettenberg”

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Lairds Lodge Country Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 Harkerville B&B and Inns
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Perth
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“Beautiful Dutch Farmhouse perfect to explore Plettenberg”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

What a gorgeous boutique hotel, set close to Plettenberg and Storms River. We stayed in a suite which accommodated our family of 2 plus 2 (aged 5 and 23 months) perfectly. The rooms are beautifully appointed in contemporary African wares. The food here is amazing and staff most friendly. Expansive, manicured gardens. Lovely spots on the terrace or reading rooms to relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine. We will definitely return if back in SA. The lodge would be a perfect, cosy winter retreat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This was our second trip to Lairds and our experience was just as good as the first time.

The rooms and the grounds are fabulous. The lodge (read Country House) is beautiful. The weather when we visited was awful, but the lodge was always warm and welcoming with candles, lamps and log fires burning.

The food is amazing and we liked the fact you could now choose the number of courses to have. Whilst each element of every course is prepared with care and attention, four courses for four nights in a row would have been just too much!

Thanks to Sue who helped us plan our days and the whole team who looked after us and sang Happy Birthday to my stepson on the eve of his 15th birthday. This was the second time we'd heard you all sing and it is so beautiful. Thanks also for the packed breakfast as we had to leave so early the following day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Sheffield, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed here for two nights on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. Our room was spacious and luxurious with its own outside seating area. The grounds and pool area were exceptional. The staff were truly welcoming and could not do enough for us. In the morning we received superb guidance from the reception staff to help us get the best from our stay in the area. The food was excellent with a large choice at breakfast and "gourmet" evening meal. A nice touch was that in the evening we had the choice of dining alone or at a larger group table. We chose the latter option and had two interesting evening meals.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cawdor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you want something special along the Garden Route we can certainly recommend Laird's Lodge. The reception you get from the staff will give you the feeling that this is going to be a great place to stay. You can go out for meals, however, try them here and you will not be disappointed with the meal and convivial company if you desire to sit with other guests. We only had 2 nights there but could have stayed longer if time had permitted.

Room Tip: We had a garden room and welcomed the peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is top quality accommodation, with friendly hosts and helpful staff. Although Plettenberg is readily accessible for restaurants, we dined at the lodge on each evening of our three night stay and didn't regret it. I have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights at Lairds Lodge and having read the reviews we had very high expectations and it didn't disappoint. On a arrival we were offered refreshments, the staff and service was outstanding and attending to your every need wanting to make sure you get the most from your experience. The rooms are beautiful, spacious and luxurious and the food equally as impressive. We highly recommend dining on the big table, we were lucky enough to meet some special people and made the evenings memorable. The hot water bottle touch in the beds is lovely and adds a real homely touch to your stay.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Just outside Plettenberg, down a sandy lane (turn left for Hunter's Lodge and Tsala Treetops) is this country house of a hotel. Excellent reception and shown to our large room a few minutes walk from the main building overlooking one of the many gardens with a large pine, and each morning a passing troop of Vervet monkeys (playing games in the trees and on the flat roof of the building). The staff were incredibly helpful at judging your interests (and lack of) and making suggestions on places to visit. Great breakfast. The only two reservations - the room was a little musty (it had been raining), and the dinner the night we arrived 'en famille' with the other guests and only OK.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lairds Lodge Country Estate
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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