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“Delightful country house hotel on the Garden Route”
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Kurland Hotel
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Certificate of Excellence
London
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209 reviews
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“Delightful country house hotel on the Garden Route”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Stepping off the Garden Route into the Kurland hotel felt like stepping into a charming English country house hotel. In many ways this could have been deep in somewhere like the Cotswolds, except that there was an Elephant Sanctuary down the road and it was 25c in January!

We were upgraded to a Superior Suite which was luxuriously appointed, with a huge room, four poster bed, lots of space everywhere and a private terrace with plunge pool looking across Kurland's huge grounds, with a polo filed in the distance. The feel is definitely country-house, with the decor being on the chintzy side (but tasteful). The building s are surrounded by rose gardens and the whole aspect is very peaceful....until we got onto one of their quad bikes to explore the estate!!

The food was in keeping with the feel of the hotel, from the afternoon tea and home-made cakes, served on the veranda of the main building, to the extensive breakfast, and the beautifully prepared dinner. Probably not the very best or most innovative food in the Western Cape, but wholesome, fresh and plentiful - what you would expect from a country-house hotel.

The service was very personal, with lots of advice on local activities from the staff. The spa looked inviting, although we did not really have time to sample. The laid back atmosphere was a great antidote to the surrounding area, including Plettenberg itself, and was perfectly timed after a lengthy drive down the Garden Route.

Kurland is also perfectly located for the attractions to the east of Plettenberg, including the Elepahnt Sanctuary, Monkey World and Birds of Eden (all 5 minutes away from Kurland) and the natural wonders of Storms River and Natures Valley.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We have stayed at Kurland Polo on numerous occasions and have enjoyed every stay. The style is rustic country hotel with a luxury edge. Expect a very relaxed stay with the option of plenty of activities in the estate and surroundings. Food is superb - with tea and cake every afternoon on the veranda overlooking the polo fields a must. Kurland is very child-friendly so if you don't like kids around check when you book if any kids are due to be there. The main hotel building is pretty old (that's part of the charm) so expect a few niggles here and there.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I had a business meeting with a very keen polo player on holiday so i only stayed one night. The whole place is very horse (polo) focused. It has amazing facilities for polo so if you want a luxury polo hotel it does not get better. The rooms are large and personal and very nice ( not modern but very well done) the service was great and the food was superb. If you not into polo and just want a great stop over then this is great but if your not into polo and want to stay for an extended time then activities are limited. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Although I was not a hotel guest at Kurland, I visited the estate with my fiance to scout for a potential wedding venue. When we drove up to the builiding over looking the main polo field, we were shocked at how the building looked in complete disrepair. For a supposedly 5 star estate, this building had rotten wood planks, well worn white paint that was chipping off everywhere. Inside it looked terribly outdated. There were no recent polo trophis or framed photos, it seems it's hey day was in 2003-2004.

The hotels famous rose garden was not impressive either. The pathways between the roses had so many weeds, and the roses looked like the needed to be pruned.

The owners really need to update the estate, I don't understand how this place can be rated 5 stars, when the spectacular Vineyard hotel with it's well manicured gardens and magnificant suites is only 4 stars. I think we will definitely get married at the latter, Kurland really needs a makeover.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kurland, Owner at Kurland Hotel, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
We always consider criticism seriously. In this case, perhaps the criticism was a bit harsh? This young lady visited the Polo Pavilion as a potential venue for her Wedding. She was accompanied by a Hotel Manager. She was advised that the Pavilion had been used the day before for a 200 person social event; in was still being `cleaned up’ at the time of her visit. Due to the previous day’s function, which included a Disco in the main Bar and Trophy Room, trophies had been removed for safety’s sake, as also many of the Polo Photographs. In so far as `white paint chipping off’ is concerned, the Pavilion was in the process of bi-annual maintenance work for the forthcoming Polo Season. The critic, we believe, was aware of this…if not, she may have seen the builders’ ladders and other material beneath the building.
Regarding the Rose Garden, and it’s pathways needing attention, we mention that we have recently received an Award from the Knysna Rose Society, the Members of which are regular visitors to our Hotel. Although we take pride in all our gardens, they are purposely not `manicured’ as a City Hotel’s garden would be, we are a Country Lodge’. Finally, and with respect to our critic, roses are not pruned in mid-summer.”
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Kurland is situated 15 minutes outside of Plettenberg Bay and is a top Polo estate. My girlfriend and i visited the hotel for a breakfast in December 2012. The beautiful old buildings, surrounded by rose bushes, stables and a large polo field, really add to the ambiance. The hotel restaurant has beautiful wooden floors, is spacious and feels luxurious without being pretentious.
The breakfast buffet ensured that one was not left wanting with everything from cereals, fresh fruits, smoothies and baked goods. Following on from this there is a wide range of cooked breakfasts available and the eggs Benedict and smoked salmon scrambled eggs were delicious. The staff are attentive, professional and welcoming and we will definitely visit when we are next in the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed for four nights at the Kurland, over Christmas, with our two young children (7 & 4). The hotel is lovely in beautiful grounds - the setting really is fantastic. We stayed in one of the two largest rooms (the separate villa aside) which really is impressive. The ground floor main bedroom is extremely spacious and well appointed, with a spacious bathroom to match - there was also a large sun terrace with a private plunge pool, which was also large, for a plunge pool. The upstairs "loft" room for the children was simply vast, also with their own large bathroom - various toys are supplied which meant they settled in very quickly!

We had Christmas Eve dinner in the main hotel restaurant, and Christmas Day lunch at their separate Katerina restaurant - both were lovely, with the Christmas Eve dinner perhaps being a little more "special" (the main course at Katerina was a self-service buffet).

A very special mention should go to Lorna who looks after the children's activities (and to her lovely children who were helping her out). This is no "kids club" as offered by other hotels, but a very personalised and friendly service and Lorna really cares - if you want her to watch your child for two minutes or two hours that's absolutely fine - she makes sure that they are safe and entertained, whether it's in the pool, playing Lego, or creating "sand art" pictures. There's no "let's put them in front of a DVD" attitude here! A real asset to the hotel, and our specific thanks to her.

Service at the hotel was very good throughout. We had a couple of "hiccups" on our arrival, but we fed that back while we were there and the owner appeared within minutes to discuss and apologise - all was plain sailing after that and we were impressed at the level of interest afforded to our concerns -again thank you.

The Kurland is a fantastic place to stay and is highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2013

The attention to detail in this most beautiful hotel is extraordinary..
Fresh roses grown in their own garden are generously filled in masses of vases throughout the hotel.
the real log fires are always lit, candles are always burning...the ambiance and decorating are so special.
Its like another world.
The staff are charming and friendly.You feel you staying in the most beautiful country house.
The farm itself is breathtaking.
I cannot recommend it more highly.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Kurland Hotel
Address: Kurland Estate | The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#7 Luxury Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
#7 Romantic Hotel in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kurland Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ambassador to the finer things in life, Kurland is the ideal family and honeymoon retreat along The Garden Route. Situated in the foothills of the Western Cape Mountains on on a vast and beautiful private estate, complete with its own polo club, Kurland hotel is the stuff of holiday fantasies. This luxury boutique hotel, within reach of secluded beaches and a great variety of activities, has buckets of character, a never-be-bored menu of things to do, fine cuisine and staff who know the true meaning of the word ‘hospitality’.Over 50yrs ago Baron Peter Behr discovered a coastal paradise of exquisite beauty near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route in South Africa and purchased the estate which he named Kurland after the Baltic province where he was born. In 2000, Behr’s grandson Peter, and his wife Dianne, transformed the family homestead into a Luxury Boutique Hotel which sits at the heart of a 1700 acre estate of stunning natural beauty, perfect for country pursuits. Today, Kurland is a peaceful and luxurious sanctuary which offers highly personalised service, fine cuisine and excellent facilities. Its location within the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve allows guests the chance to enjoy equestrian activities, forest walks, unspoilt beaches, water sports, and extreme activities such as bungy jumping or sky diving. Kurland also boasts its own championship polo ground, private stables and tuition centre – perfect for guests who wish to learn to play themselves or simply sit and back and marvel at the professionals. Adult guests at Kurland will enjoy the hotel’s 12 luxurious suites, sumptuous interiors, peaceful library, gorgeous rose gardens and well equipped spa whilst parents will relax safe in the knowledge that the needs of younger guests are also very well tended to by Kurland’s experienced team of nannies. Children will relish in Kurland’s facilities – two, three and four bed loft rooms have been cleverly created above the main suites, each with en-suite bathroom and play area and they can choose to dine in ‘Children Only’ Dining Conservatory, Private Playroom or by invitation at the excusive Chef’s Table in the kitchen.Retaining its age-old reputation for great hospitality amidst spectacular natural beauty, Kurland has received a number of accolades including Runner-up in the prestigious Tatler Hotel of the Year awards. ... more   less 
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