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  • Georgian-style manor set right on Lookout Beach
  • Kayaks provided for guests to explore the water
  • On-site restaurant and elegant rooms

Milkwood Manor on Sea

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 8 years and older

In Plettenberg Bay

 

-34.0501, 23.3759

About

The owners of Milkwood Manor on Sea have secured quite possibly the most prime piece of real estate in Plettenberg Bay. Occupying its own peninsula jutting out onto the Keurbooms lagoon, a few steps from Lookout Beach, the grand Georgian-style manor is guaranteed to provide a fun-filled and comfortable holiday experience to its guests.

After entering the grand double-volume foyer of the manor house, guests are led to one of 11 luxurious rooms located either on the ground floor or first floor. Seaside murals decorate the walls, but guests simply need to step onto their balcony or patio, or look out of their windows, to experience the real deal, as each room features varying views of Lookout Beach, the lagoon and the surrounding mountains. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hair dryers, fans, heaters and televisions with a selection of satellite channels.

The double rooms are all located upstairs, and have names that reflect the magnificent vistas that can be savoured from the private balconies. Each room has an extra-large double bed, with a choice of an en-suite shower or shower only. The other upstairs rooms have twin beds that can be converted to King-size on request.

Downstairs, the ground floor twin/King-size rooms are the flagship rooms and feature large patios reached by walking through an arch, where 180-degree lagoon and ocean views can be breathed in. By arrangement, a child shorter than 1.5m can be accommodated on a sofa bed. 

Guests are in for a fantastic culinary experience when they decide to dine at the Lemon Grass Seaside Restaurant.

The terraced restaurant has been purposely designed without walls so as to fully showcase the views of the lagoon and ocean, and the cuisine matches this visual feast, with a range of beautifully prepared fresh seafood, meats and game-based dishes on offer from noon every day.

The guest house and Lemongrass band together to put on fairytale seaside weddings, with “I dos” being exchanged on a promontory jutting out onto the beach, before up to 100 guests settle down for a reception in the restaurant.

With the large beach and warm Indian Ocean literally on its doorstep, Milkwood is an ideal venue for a seaside holiday, and the guesthouse provides double kayaks, free of charge, for guests wanting to paddle down the river as it winds its way through forests teeming with wildlife and birds.

Although your stay can be as action-packed or relaxed as you wish, the manor is centrally situated to enjoy some of the Garden Route’s greatest attractions. It could take a while to explore all of these, and some guests have stayed at the Manor for three weeks to try to pack everything in. If you don’t have the luxury of so much free time, your hosts can assist you in arranging visits to the most worthwhile attractions, according to your preferences.

 

Rates & Summary


6 Double Rooms

Situated on the first floor of the Manor
Each sleeps 2 in extra-large double bed
En-suite shower
5 rooms have balconies
Lagoon and ocean views

5 Twin Rooms

Located on ground floor and first floor
Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Patio or balcony
Lagoon and ocean views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included
Award-winning Lemon Grass restaurant on site

Kids

Children 8 years and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Milkwood Manor on Sea is a Georgian-style building offering luxury accommodation with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Keurbooms River Mouth and lagoon, and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Milkwood Manor is stunningly situated right on Plettenberg Bay’s popular Lookout Beach, where the lagoon meets the ocean, and rooms have awe-inspiring views of the surrounds. The guesthouse provides kayaks for guests to explore the lagoon and river, while the on-site Lemongrass Restaurant has received international acclaim for its food and spectacular seaside setting.

Summary

  • Georgian-style manor set right on Lookout Beach
  • Kayaks provided for guests to explore the water
  • On-site restaurant and elegant rooms

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Kayaking on the river (kayaks provided)

Nearby: beaches, whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sundowner cruises, fishing charters, sailing, bungee jumping, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • 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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