Islandwood is a self-catering unit for four situated on The Island in Sedgefield which is midway between George and Knysna, on the Garden Route of South Africa. The unit forms the ground floor of the rustic, wooden main house which nestles amongst trees and a charming garden. The bird life is in abundance and bird calls and wind chimes produce the background music with the occasional rustle of a tortoise in the undergrowth. Even the call of the enigmatic Fish Eagle can be heard on most days.
The Island is a registered Cape Nature Conservancy with land set aside as an enviro-garden to provide a safe haven for birds, tortoises and other small creatures. The placid lagoon is only five minutes' walk away where one can fish, swim and canoe.
Self Catering Accommodation
The unit comprises a main bedroom with queen bed and en-suite bathroom (shower only) with a separate entrance to a large living area which has a corner nook with two bunk beds. There is a fully equipped kitchen. Also included are DSTV, washing machine, fan and hair dryer but please bring your own beach towels. A cot can be made available on request. The unit is "no smoking".
The lounge opens up on to a lovely covered stoop with a large table, six chairs and a Weber braai. With the garden and the sounds of nature all around, this is a wonderful place to relax alone or with family and friends. The garden is fully fenced and dog-friendly.
For a stay of a week or longer, clean linen and towels will be provided after five days.
The unit also has a small library where you are welcome to take a book in exchange for another. Brochures are also provided.
Part of the reason for the Garden Route being lush and green is that it does receive rain throughout the year but fortunately most of the rain falls in the winter months from May to October. The best time of the year for sunshine is from December through to March. Out-of-season visitors can, however, still enjoy lovely warm days with cool evenings.
There are numerous places for refreshments or a meal from Scarab at the N2 entrance to The Island, for the young at heart, Pili Pili Beach Bar at Myoli Beach, to Groenvlei’s Bistro, Montecello, Sedgefield Arms to name a few.
Attractions and Activities
Well, this is the Garden Route after all and so scenery is a given with mountains, lakes, rivers, coast and beaches. With its central position, Sedgefield forms a perfect base as the coast stretching from Mossel Bay in the west to Plettenberg Bay in the east, within easy driving distance, thanks to the N2 national road. Even Oudtshoorn, with its ostrich farms and renowned Cango Caves is a day drive away.
Sedgefield is known for its wonderful Saturday markets viz. the Wild Oats Farmers Market for fresh homemade and locally grown produce and the Scarab Craft Market which offers a wide variety of good quality homemade items, produce and refreshments. This is the place to get that perfect gift. The Garden Route is home to many fine artists and galleries abound.
Whale (and dolphin) watching is best around during the winter months. There are active birding, cycling and hiking clubs where guests are welcome.
The Knysna elephants are as elusive as Bigfoot and so even spotting fresh dung in the forest is cause for great excitement and so be sure to go on a forest walk, or you could walk with the elephants at the Knynsa Elephant Park. For the more adventurous visit Storms River village where you can go on a the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour or take the jump at the Bloukrans Bridge, the ['highest Bungi jump in the world'. Take a beautiful walk at the Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma being a Khoisan word for 'place of much water).
Take a laid back game drive at the Plett Game Reserve or a relax on the Knysna Sunset Cruise. The options are endless.
Lovely beaches are within easy reach but then there is always the lagoon for a quick dip especially pleasant just before high tide is reached. There is an active cycling group that welcomes visitors to the area and other sports include fishing, paragliding, hiking, a mashie golf course, tennis and a gym. A bit further afield at Mossel Bay, George and Knysna are world-class golf .
But there is still nothing to beat an early morning or evening walk or jog along the lagoon while savouring its peace and tranquility.
amenities in and around town:
Although only a small town, there are banks, shops, hardware stores, library, churches, nurseries, laundry, garages with mechanics. For those requiring more sophisticated items and services, the malls of George and Knysna are not far away.