The secluded Pezula Private Castle estate at the resort is divided into three stone-clad and turreted retreats: Pezula Castle, the Cliff Castle and the Beach Castle. Boasting 5-star suites with private terraces overlooking Noetzie Beach – considered one of the Top 3 stretches of unspoilt coastline in South Africa – and old-world touches like log fireplaces, Pezula Private Castle makes fairytales come true. A favourite with honeymooners, golf enthusiasts (the renowned Pezula Championship Golf Course is a swing away) and those wanting unending tranquillity, Pezula was voted ‘Best Property in the World’ by CNBC.
When you do want to venture from your pampered cocoon, try your hand at archery or boules, perfect your backhand or go hiking or canoeing through the ancient indigenous forest the borders the Noetzie River that once was home to the famed Knysna Elephants.
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“With breathtaking views and direct access onto Knysna's Noetzie beach you will enjoy your royal stay at Pezula Private Castle - the perfect retreat for you and your loved ones.”Leanne Rodney, Africa Safari Expert
With grey stone cladding and medieval turrets, the castles’ exterior could come from a story book. And while a traditional European castle might be surprise along the African coast, the individual interiors are nothing but a delight. Imagine genteel country chic – comfy armchairs, tasteful knick knacks - updated to exacting modern standards with creature comforts like wood-burning fireplaces, expansive en suite bathrooms and, of course, those unbeatable views.
Noetzie Beach lies just east of Knysna, a beautiful seaside town near the Tsitsikamma Forest on the world-famous Garden Route. Situated on a 21-hectare estuary, Knysna offers visitors everything from freshly shucked oysters enjoyed on the lagoon’s twinkling edge to spotting magnificent southern right whales breaching powerfully in the bay.
This cosmopolitan Indian Ocean town truly does have ‘something for everyone’. Animal lovers can visit wolf, elephant and primate sanctuaries; adrenalin junkies can get their fix via mountain biking and paddling; and foodies might have to undo a notch after sampling the local brew from Mitchell’s Brewery.
Pezula Castle is ideal for honeymooners wanting an exclusive, secluded retreat or groups of up to 10 family and friends who want to celebrate one of life’s joyous milestones by reserving all three castles.
Knysna enjoys a temperate climate all year round with sunny summer days between October to April and misty winters from May to September. For superb land- and boat-based whale watching, visit from about June until November. The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place every July, and is a fun-filled, family-friendly combination of popular marathon, trail-running and mountain-biking races – as well as all-you-can-eat oyster feasts!
Guests have a fully-equipped gym, tennis courts, heated swimming pools and the championship golf course at their fingertips. The Puppy Club and The Barnyard Petting Zoo will also popular with any little ones in your party.
The Pezula Private Castle compound is divided into three sumptuous retreats: Pezula Castle, the Cliff Castle and the Beach Castle.
Pezula Castle boasts three luxuriously decorated bedrooms with king-sized beds and stunning ocean views. The elegant en suite bathrooms feature lavish free-standing baths, rain showers, sleek-but-heated marble floors and heated towel rails.
Two spacious living rooms are stylishly furnished with contemporary-chic décor; plush sofas and wood-burning fireplaces make for snuggly winter nights. Enjoy delectable meals prepared by your personal chef at the 10-seater dining table. Living spaces flow out onto private terraces with panoramic views while a blazing fire pit will keep you company as you star gaze. Energetic guests can work out in a private gym as those preferring something less strenuous can luxuriate in the heated infinity pool while getting lost in thought gazing out over the timeless Indian Ocean.
Honeymooners wanting a secluded getaway will love the Beach Castle, also known as the Honeymoon Castle because it is arguably one of the most romantic suites in the world. Tucked away amidst lush vegetation with incredible views over the beach and azure ocean, the single-suite castle epitomises romance with décor in rich creams and whites, interspersed with dreamy blues that reflect the ocean and quirky accents that hint at Knysna’s maritime past.
The ‘I never want to leave’ bedroom has a king-sized bed, a warming fireplace and stylish sitting room. The graceful en suite bathroom offers forth a freestanding tub, inviting double shower and vanities in sophisticated accents of marble, stone and glass.
Downstairs, the sitting room, dining room and fully-equipped kitchen open up onto private garden and wide terrace with an intimate heated plunge pool and those never-ending vistas.
Considered the best of the castles for whale and dolphin watching, this single-suite castle will appeal to couples who want to feel as though they are living on the beach. With a king-sized bed, en suite bathroom, up-to-the-minute kitchen and private terrace leading off the sitting room, modern-day beachcombers will want for nothing.
Drift down to your sun loungers set up on the tide’s edge after breakfast and while away the day taking a plunge in the temperate waters, idly collecting shells or drifting off for a well-deserved afternoon siesta...
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