Apologies to those readers if I appear to be repeating myself but compared to America we were not to experience any disappointments ( a hotel in Savannah still has me itching) in the accommodation we stayed at.
This B&B is located as close to the beach as you can get (which is interesting as we arrived in high winds and heavy rain). There is a car park to the front for guests and there is further parking to the side.
A small reception area is just through the door which leads to a nice lounge area and beyond the entrance to the restaurant (where you will have your breakfast).
We were made to feel welcome by a member of the staff who then helped us with our bags to our room. The room was reached by going up the stairs where there is a gallery area with seating and a small desk (we were told this was probably the best area to get a wifi signal). A number of rooms lead off this area. To get to our room we had to step outside onto a roof terrace; take a couple of steps and we were at our door. This was interesting when a storm was blowing but once the rain stopped we loved it especially as you had access to another roof terrace which gave fantastic views when the sun came out.
The room was bright and modern with a great bath and separate shower. There was also a small patio area which whilst not providing a view to the main bay still had a view of the water. Unfortunately the weather meant we were not to take advantage of this area.
Once we had unpacked we went down to the restaurant to see if we could just have a coffee. We hadn’t realised the time and people were already arriving for dinner but we were shown a table and in fact it allowed us to consider the menu. As the weather had not improved we booked a table for later in the evening where we had a great meal and service. If you are staying here you must visit the restaurant.
We then returned to our room and a good night’s sleep.
The next day we woke to found the storm had not abated and we went down to have breakfast. Even with the storm the view was superb. When the sun came out I realised the bay reminded me of Portmerion in Wales (that is when the sun is out and without the village). The restaurant has glass doors that run around two sides of the room and provide an unbroken view. You can also eat outside when the sun is out which we were to do on our last day where we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in the sun.
The mornings in particular provide the opportunity to meet Kees (I hope this is the correct spelling) the owner and provides a great opportunity to pick his brain as to where to go and they also have discount vouchers for some of the local attractions.
During our stay we spent quite some time talking to Kees who told us about the flood that had created the bay that you now see. Also one morning he told us about the owners of 40 vintage Bentleys that had visited the restaurant whilst we had been out and spent time with us showing the brochure they had left.
On two mornings we discovered the outside of the car had been cleaned to a high standard.
So if you decide to stay in Plettenberg Bay this place must be at or near the top of the list.
Finally –watch out for the small step at the top of the stairs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location: The most enviable location on the Garden Route. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, jutting into the ocean - any closer and you would be in it! - as well as the estuary of a large lagoon- no neighbours but nature! Exquisite, unimpeded 180 views (360 from the roof deck) of the vast blue ocean, golden beaches, large lagoon and the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Nature all'round, yet not isolated, but only a 2-minute drive from the town centre and its trendy shops.A pristine beach: accessible from the sheltered cove adjacent to the Manor - ideal for swimming in natural water – you may boat across to an unspoiled and usually deserted beach, far from built-up areas, traffic, crowds and noise. Blissful solitude and a complete immersion in nature, with only the sound of white-crested surf tumbling at one’s feet and the calls of a medley of seabirds – a veritable bird sanctuary. Becalming and rejuvenating - the perfect antidote for stress,. With luck you may even find the mysterious and sought-after pansy shell (sand dollar).The Manor: built in classic Georgian style, with an airy double-volume foyer and eleven double bedrooms, most with private patio or balcony. All rooms are decorated in crisp white and en-suite to a shower cubicle with/without bath, and a queen bed or twin beds, TV-hospitality package, free uncapped Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, fan, heater and hairdryer. The sash windows allow the fresh ocean air straight in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Milkwood Manor Guest House Hotel Plettenberg Bay