Lairds Lodge is a gracious Cape Dutch estate that speaks of welcoming tranquility. The attentive, friendly service and fine details - from percale linens to the traditional reed ceiling in the main dining room - envelope guests in relaxed luxury. There are several outside terraces to while away an afternoon with a glass of iced tea and a book; the inviting pool provides a wonderful environment to soak up some sunshine and the lounges provide the perfect backdrop on a cooler evening for a pre-dinner drink in front of the wood burning fireplace.
The guest rooms are all individually decorated with classic neutral tones and textiles that add a splash of colour. The décor is elegant and modern yet warm, with fixtures and finishing touches that perfectly tie the rooms together for functionality and comfort. The high ceilings enhance the already spacious rooms, as do the private terraces that spill out to the manicured lawns. Rooms are well appointed with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, private terraces and flat screen TVs. Luxury rooms offer the enhanced features of heated towel rails and minibar fridges.
A drive down the dirt road to Lairds Lodge can provide challenging, but as the main house appears into view, the beautifully maintained gardens welcome you to the estate. Located just eight kilometres from Plettenberg Bay and 23 kilometres from Knysna, guests are able to access the attractions of both with ease.
Food and Drink
Breakfast is quite the affair at Laird’s Lodge, with a wonderful selection of in-season fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins and croissants and cooked to order specialities. If you wish to dine in a restaurant close to the lodge there are not many options, but there is a gourmet restaurant on site for dinner. The restaurant offers a full dining experience from pre-dinner drinks on the veranda to a locally-influenced menu paired with Cape wines.
This is a wonderful option for families travelling the garden route. With sprawling grounds perfect for a leisurely stroll and a koi pond for fish feeding, this property welcomes and caters to guests of all ages.
The peaceful setting, flowing fabrics and perfectly manicured gardens make this Cape Dutch estate a perfect backdrop for romance.
Facilities and Activities
On site you'll find a well-stocked wine cellar, four cosy fireplaces, a library, a brazier heated courtyard, an outdoor swimming pool, eco-pool and koi pond set in landscaped gardens. Complimentary Wi-Fi can be accessed in reception areas.
The staff are incredibly friendly and are happy to help you plan your stay, ensuring you get the most out of your days. Lairds is perfectly positioned for exploring the entire Garden Route area, from wilderness to the Tsitsikamma forests.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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.