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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, just a short stroll from the town's sandy beaches, The Old Rectory is an intimate boutique retreat with centuries of history. The building itself dates to 1777 and is a national monument, and while there's a sense of heritage here, it's balanced with a fresh, modern style. The 18 suites are bright and airy, painted in white to amplify the natural light, and come with private open-plan bathrooms complete with deep bath tubs and waterfall showers. All overlook the gardens and have a private terrace area where you can relax in the sun. Further indulgence can be found in the property's spa, which offers a range of massages and treatments.

When not out exploring the Garden Route, you can unwind in the common area, which includes a bar and restaurant with wooden beams and exposed-stone walls, giving a sense of the property's history. The restaurant is open to the public and serves a selection of international dishes along with a few local delicacies, accompanied by South African wines. Outside, you'll find a good-sized pool, loungers and an alfresco dining area. 

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

There are 18 stylishl suites, each overlooking the immaculate gardens. Balancing bright white walls with pops of blues, greens and yellows, they have a fresh, modern feel with lots of natural light. All are similar in size and have an open-plan bathroom with a deep ceramic bath, waterfall shower and double basins. You'll find tea- and coffee-making facilities, air conditioning, satellite TV and a private outside terrace or garden area. Inter-leading suites can be arranged for families. For large gatherings, The Old Rectory also has the Strand Street Beach House (six suites). 

Location

The Old Rectory is situated in the postcard-pretty town of Plettenberg Bay, a six-hour drive from Cape Town along the Garden Route. It’s a short walk from the beach as well as a variety of excellent restaurants and beachside bars. 

Food and drink

  • Restaurant with a menu that pays homage to African, French and Dutch cuisine.  
  • Nibbles bar with a selection of craft gins, single malt whiskies and cocktails. 
  • Stocked wine list, including bottles from the hotel’s winery in The Crags. 
  • Buffet breakfast daily. 

Families

  • All ages are welcome.
  • Some suites can interconnect to accommodate families. 
  • Cribs can be added to suites on request. 
  • Babysitting service available on request.

Facilities and activities

  • Swimming pool and deck area with loungers.
  • Sanctuary Spa offering massages and treatments. 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Activities desk.  

Accessibility

  • Common areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Two accessible suites with larger bathrooms. 

Our opinion

We love staying at this intimate property, which has one foot in the past and another in the modern world. You can be strolling on a beach in minutes, and there are lots of places to relax back at the property too.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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