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Southern Cross Beach House
Ranked #36 of 81 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Toronto
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267 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“charming b&b on the ocean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

charming, smallish with nice large bathrooms and lovely grounds. The common areas are lovely, cottagey, and the staff very capable.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2011

Lovely position near to the Robberg Peninsula but no sea views and owners living on the top floor. Little privacy because french windows opened on to a courtyard garden. Sweet dog that jumped on your bed, ok, if you like dogs but not good, if you don't! Lovely staff and manager but would not choose to stay there again. Do not swim near the guest house, as there is a strong rip tide and we got caught in it, where there are no lifeguards.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

Very lovely accomodation in New England style. Hosts Maria and Jean were totally fabulous and made our stay here feel very welcoming.

I would however point out that the pictures of the Beach House are very misleading. The accomodation is all on the ground floor of this lovely house with the owner living on the whole of the second floor. There is a pool on the property but this is for the sole use of the owner. The only out door area to lie out on only provides 2 recliners so if the guesthouse is busy you have limited space to relax in. This was our most expensive accomodation during a 3 week road trip round South Africa and although a lovely place I think you get better value for money and a place with a pool.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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rochester hills
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

Booked the Southern Cross Beach House in order to enjoy the charming atmosphere, beach views and beach access. No beach views from the guestrooms, though nice views from the garden if the weather cooperates. Easy access to the beach for great walks in either direction. Owners live upstairs with family and dogs and could be heard overhead walking on their hardwood floors throughout our stay. Public lounge and eating areas very attractive, but room quite cramped. Room furnishings, linens, etc. seemed old and worn. Bathroom shower and in-room fan in need of some cleaning. Few bathroom amenities, though there is a brochure in the room advertising the owner's store which sells numerous creams, lotions, etc. Owners rather detached from operation of the guesthouse, though the breakfast managers are very pleasant. With so many guesthouses in Plett, there may be a better choice.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2010

We recently stayed for two nights in Plettenberg Bay and Maria greeted us an arrival and we were made to feel very welcome. She had even recommended and booked our whale watching trip before we'd unpacked! The rooms were beautifully decorated and it felt very french, very chic, although compared to the rest of the accomodation on our holiday, the rooms were maybe a little cozy. It should also be noted that the Guesthouse isn't in the centre of Plettenberg Bay, and to go into town, you need to drive. The breakfasts were lovely, but the main thing was the most amazing view over the Indian Ocean from the garden while we had breakfast outside. It was breathtaking. There was a separate kitchen and seating/bar area for guests only so it very much felt like a home from home. Also thanks to Geena (I think that's right?!) who was wonderful every morning over breakfast.
If in Plettenberg Bay, I would also recommend Keurboomstrand - the most beautiful beach and Enrico's for the fish!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2010

This is such a relaxing place. Although we found the room was a bit small it was most comfortable and had a lovely view and we had a lovely two nights here! The lady who met us was very friendly and the breakfast was really good!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2010

A beautiful house in a lovely location. Somewhat away from Plettenburg itself, which is an advantage. Near to beach walks (below the house) and penisular walks. Our room was rather small.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Southern Cross Beach House
Address: 1 Capricorn Lane | Solar Beach, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
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Ranked #36 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
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Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Cross Beach House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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