Laird's Lodge Country Estate
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
At a Glance
Take time to relax and enjoy this peaceful location with wonderful South African hospitality.
Discover the culinary delights both at Lairds Lodge and the famous dining spots around the area.
Sit by the pool with a cool drink and watch the monkeys jump through the trees.
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Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
To start planning your holiday to Laird's Lodge Country Estate
Appreciate sumptuous country living in this beautiful 24-acre estate set conveniently between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy the traditional Cape Dutch-style cottages which ooze charm and character.
The location of Laird's Lodge is particularly notable. Set between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, you are never far from the restaurants, activities and general distractions of these two buzzing Garden Route hubs, whilst having a quiet and calm retreat to slip back to after a busy day out exploring.
Laird's styles itself as a gourmet retreat, somewhere to head to get away from it all and enjoy the delicious food on offer and excellent service. But for those keen to be a bit more adventurous, there is so much more on offer all within a short drive.
It would be easy to laze your way through the afternoon by the pool or on one of several verandahs and sheltered courtyards, enjoying homemade iced tea and delicious cakes. Or take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens. Indoors, the front lounge has comfortable seating, a small library, complimentary internet access, wood burning fireplace, and satellite television. The brandy lounge has cosy seating arrangements ideal for enjoying an aged after dinner brandy or whisky, along with a separate large screen television area for the sports enthusiast.
Each of the rooms at Laird's is en-suite and features high-ceilings, huge beds and individually designed interiors. In case it is needed in the hot summer months, all rooms have air conditioning. Gowns, room safes, telephones and well stocked tea and coffee stations are all included.
Delicious breakfasts are served each morning and include: fresh fruits, just-baked breads, croissants and muffins, homemade jams and preserves and cooked specialities. In the evening, pre-dinner drinks are enjoyed around heated braziers in the candlelit courtyard or in the informal brandy lounge. Specialising in seafood and game dishes, the Lodge boasts one of the finest menus in the Garden Route.
Miles McConnell (Staff)
For anyone looking to get off the beaten track then Lairds is the perfect getaway. Set in 24 Hectares of garden and natural forest you can relax by the pool with a cold drink while watching monkeys jump through the surrounding trees and listen the chorus of bird calls. The quiet unassuming hotel itself was perfectly positioned to get away from the world but still only be 15 minutes from the beaches and Buzz of Plettenberg Bay itself. While you may want to go out and enjoy dinner in town some nights the food at the Lairds is definitely not to be missed!
Black Water Tubing - Green Route
Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Black Water Tubing - Red Route
For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Coastal Cave Tour
Explore the fascinating coastal caves in the cliffs below Grootbos. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the history of human habitation going back in time to a period when the Stone Age people and Khoi bushman called the caves home.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail
This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail
This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.
Paddle Up Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Sea Kayaking at Hermanus
An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Location & directions
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Laird's Lodge is located between the two popular Garden Route towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Each is within 15 minutes drive from the Lodge.
How to get there
For those self-driving along the Garden Route, Laird's Lodge can be found 20km after Knysna heading towards Plettenberg Bay. It is signposted off the N2. Laird's is only 8km from Plettenberg Bay.
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