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Lairds Lodge Country Estate is a Cape Dutch homestead set on 24 acres of indigenous fynbos, offering great mountain views, and a secluded swimming pool. Enjoy gracious country living at this exclusive estate in the heart of South Africa's scenic Garden Route.

Perfectly positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Lairds Lodge Country Estate offers easy access to superb beaches, hiking trails, golf courses and the ultimate dolphin and seasonal whale watching from a cruiser. When you aren't out experiencing all that this area has to offer, kick back on your private terrace with a refreshing drink, or enjoy an invigorating dip in the swimming pool. Spend your evenings watching the chefs demonstrate their skills and enjoying delicious brandy, gin and wine tastings in the elegant Lounge.


  • Exclusive country douse on a large estate
  • Breathtaking mountain views in the heart of the Garden Route
  • Decadent, fresh and local country cuisine
  • Tranquil surroundings for the perfect hideaway
  • Elegant and spacious suites


  • Day tours
  • Fly fishing


Standard Double Room

There are 17 spacious rooms at Lairds Lodge Country Estate that combine elegance and charm with comfortable spacious accommodation.

The standard rooms can be found in the main building and offer romantic high ceilings and private terraces. These rooms are air-conditioned and feature queen-sized beds, as well as en suite bathrooms with showers.

Other Room Types:

There are 11 Deluxe Rooms in total, two of which are located in the main house, five overlook the courtyard and the remaining four are located in the garden. These rooms each feature high ceilings, a king-sized bed, air conditioning, and a private terrace. The en suite bathrooms have both a shower and a bathtub.

The largest rooms at the lodge are the Luxury Rooms. These rooms have the same features as the Deluxe Rooms, but offer a more spacious retreat.


Relaxing days can be spent enjoying refreshing dips in the sparkling swimming pool, or soaking up the sun on one of the sun loungers nearby.

Finish off your day with a smooth night cap and cigar in the intimate cognac and cigar lounge. Wi-Fi is available to all guests.


The Lairds Lodge Country Estate offers a delicious menu of seafood and venison, complemented with fresh herbs from the garden.

Enjoy the daily sumptuous breakfast and gourmet four-course dinners in the traditional dining room or in the charming wine cellar.

As a treat, enjoy a guided tasting in the gin bar.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool


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Dates Board Price
2022-04-20 — 2022-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $75
2022-10-01 — 2023-04-19 Bed & Breakfast $105
2023-04-20 — 2023-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $85

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Lairds Lodge Country Estate

Stephen Youngman

"Lairds Lodge was very comfortable and we received the most attentive service of anywhere we stayed. Their food was fantastic and the logs fires were so welcoming!"

Robert Head

"Superb. Excellent food and the staff extraordinary."

Mariana Pizarro

It’s very nice, very charming little lodge. A fantastic ambiance. We were excellently received and the only problem we had is we did not spend much time in the lodge. We had dinner there and enjoyed a high quality meal, really excellent. And they did accommodate the kids more restrictive palate. Second night they recommended a place for dinner in Plettenberg Bay, the Fat Fish, which was fantastic. They also helped us to fill one afternoon with a fantastic visit to the Robber Nature Reserve. Thanks for the recommendation as we've liked the place very much.
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Anand Bangur

We clearly remember initially we were reluctant to go for Lairds Lodge while booking as we found it a bit expensive but it was worth it. Is is a beautiful place - the cute little room for my daughter was the best part of her holidays and she will ch erish these memories forever. Lairds lodge is definitely one of our best stays so far and highly recommended. Thanks to you for convincing us to go for it.
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Catherine Carroll

Lairds - beautiful property, beautiful room, patio out back. I have never stayed at a true country estate, and this was both a learning experience and a treat. It is a bit out of the way but the staff there - again wonderful - made taxi arrangements that took us into Plettenberg for dinners (driving at night on the 'other' side of the road and shifting with my left hand meant I could have about a half a glass of wine and that is it... taxis were a better bet). GREAT breakfast elegantly presented every morning.
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Patricia Irvine

"Lairds was also so beautiful. The staff at all the hotels were so wonderful. They make you feel like you are so welcome. The food was tremendous."

Adele Perry

Thank you for such a fantastic opportunity to spend time In South Africa. This was my first visit and everthing was perfect. The accomodations were excellent and your attention to detail was superb. Our decision to hire a car allowed us to tour th e country at our leisure and not feel rushed or under time constraints- a true vacation. The mapped itenerary was our lifeline to our planning. You did an amazing job for us.
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Shadi Eskaf

"The hotels picked were wonderful - especially the Walden House and the Lodge Lairds near Knysna. Shadi even got to do the highest bungee jump in the world and I had a very close baboon encounter near the Cape. It was a very memorable trip."

Shailender Mehta

We would highly recommend Laird's lodge at Plett's Bay. It's so beautiful and the staff so friendly and helpful. We wished we could have stayed there a bit longer. The kids too had a great fun at the lodge, especially with the domestic cat and all th e staff at the lodge.
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Eileen Hunter

"Lairds Lodge was beautiful, such attention to detail to ensure we were comfortable."

Yvonne Hegarty

"Lairds Lodge, where I had what was the best 5 course gourmet dinner of the whole trip!"

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