The Old Rectory

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa

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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.

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Description

The Old Rectory is a beautifully restored Cape Dutch House originally built in 1777. With many original features still in place, this boutique hotel offers plenty of character and charm with a modern and contemporary twist.

The heart of the hotel is in the Old Rectory building itself which houses the restaurant, bar and beautiful pool deck with sun lounges, with a back drop of the milkwood trees beyond. The hotel comprises 14 pool view rooms all of which are set in four blocks within the indigenous garden. Each room is light and airy and decorated in bright colours. While not huge, each room has its own large balcony giving a sense of space. There are an additional four garden suites which are larger, offer more privacy and have partial sea views, albeit over a wall for privacy.

The hotel is just a short walk from the beach with a sandy path leading down to a secluded cove and on to the well known Wedge Beach. The hotel can arrange picnic hampers for guests looking to spend the day on the beach or for those looking for more relaxed dinning experience during the day.

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Experiences

  • Birds of Eden

    Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay

    Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.

  • Mossel Bay

    Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Location & directions

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa

The Old Rectory is situated in the heart South Africa's elites favourite seaside vacation spot, Plettenberg Bay. Located in the adventure-rich Garden Route it is world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities: from regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside.

How to get there

Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to The Old Rectory by road. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1hour 40minutes. From the airport is a two and a half hour drive to The Old Rectory.

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