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  • Colourful, character-filled beachtown guesthouse
  • Bright, comfortable rooms offer great value
  • One of the more vibrant towns on the Garden Route

Cornerway House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

7km from Plettenberg Bay

 

-34.0714, 23.3678

About

The management team at Cornerway House has received high praise from those who have visited this charming guest house and provides the highest level of service to guests.

Cornerway does not feature sweeping views of the ocean and mountains, but rather focuses on providing traditional comforts, charismatic colonial decor and a wonderfully tranquil environment for visitors to unwind in.

The exterior of the house is tastefully decorated in shades of sky blue, while the interiors mirror the bright colours of the immaculate flowered gardens on the property. With names such as Sage and Rose, the guest rooms are carefully decorated to reflect the different aspects of the garden and equipped with en-suite bathrooms, bar fridges, shared DStv and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Sage is a double room overlooking the back garden and features some quirky pieces of furniture, while the twin-bedded Rose has a small courtyard and opens onto the same garden.

For families of three, as well as disabled guests, the elegant and bright Verandah Room has a day bed and is wheelchair friendly. Next to the swimming pool, the twin-bedded detached Pool Room lets in plenty of sunlight, while the detached cottage is popular with honeymooners due to its seclusion and a private patio.

For self-caterers, the Tino Top room offers flexibility, with two adjoining rooms allowing the house to accommodate up to six people. This comfortable and modern unit is equipped with heated floors and towel rails and has a patio perfect for a braai, and a seating area under a large palm tree.

The garden and swimming pool are in their sparkling best during the balmy Plett summer and continental and full English breakfasts are served on the covered verandah overlooking this pretty scene. In winter, guests enjoy breakfast next to a warming log fire in the dining room. For animal lovers, Hercule and Zebedee, are the two welcoming tail-wagging canine residents.

The owners have some wonderful recommendations for daily activities, including hikes on the spectacular Robberg Peninsula with its seal colony, trips to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Tenikwa Wildlife Centre and elephant sanctuary. The Indian Ocean off Plett is packed with marine life and can be explored through boat trips, while the surrounding forests can be explored through canopy tours and walks.

For thrill-seekers, the town has a variety of watersports, and one of the most scenic skydiving experiences in South Africa. 

Inside knowledge of some of the best restaurants in the area will allow guests to enjoy the best cuisine in town.

 

Rates & Summary


Rose Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Small courtyard and view over back garden

Sage Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
Bathroom with shower and bath
Overlooks back garden

The Cottage

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio

The Pool Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Next to the swimming pool

Verandah Room

Sleeps 2 adults and child in twin beds and daybed
En-suite shower
Verandah overlooking garden
Wheelchair access

Tino Top (self-catering)

Sleeps 3 in King-size and single bed
Bathroom with bath and shower
Dining room and kitchen
Private outside area

Tino Courtyard (self-catering)

Can only be taken in conjunction with Tino Top
Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Entrance from small courtyard

Tino Terrace (self-catering)

Can only be taken in conjunction with Tino Top
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath shower
Close to seating area under a palm tree

Pricing

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Catering

In guest house rooms, continental and English breakfast included
Self-catering at Tino Top, bed and breakfast option available

Kids

Children 12 and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in a quiet residential suburb in Plettenberg Bay, Cornerway House offers homely luxury bed-and-breakfast rooms along with adaptable self-catering accommodation and exudes English charm with a sunny South African twist. The house is a colourful and characterful establishment located in immaculately groomed gardens and is the perfect place to relax after a day’s exploration of Plettenberg Bay. The guest house is pet-friendly and only a seven-minute walk from the golden sands of Robberg Beach.

Summary

  • Colourful, character-filled beachtown guesthouse
  • Bright, comfortable rooms offer great value
  • One of the more vibrant towns on the Garden Route

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The guest house is reached via tarred roads.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Beautiful gardens

Nearby: beaches, whale and dolphin watching, Robberg seal colony, Keurbooms river ferry trips, forest hikes, Tenikwa Wildlife Centre, elephant sanctuary, reptile park.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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