Craighross Castle Luxury Villa in Noetzie, near Knysna
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  • Property TypeHouse
  • Guests13
  • Bedrooms6
  • Bathrooms6
  • Minimum Stay5 Nights

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  • Listed on since November 2012

Craighross Castle is a highly recommended property providing self catering in Noetzie for up to 13 guests visiting the Garden Route region.

About Craighross Castle

At Craighross Castel you can let your imagination soar as you rule over a mystical kingdom in one of the worlds most beautiful and unspoiled beach locations.

The historic, privately owned Noetzie Castles are world famous. Located just 20 minutes from Knysna, their stunning oceanfront location and extraordinary design have made them a favourite retreat for the rich and famous – including Nelson Mandela and his family. The stunning sandy beach, rocky outcrops harbouring wild oysters, the meandering Noetzie River and the backdrop of fynbos-covered cliffs are part of a prime nature conservation area.

Dolphins, sharks and whales (in season), are regular visitors, as are several species of sea birds and raptors. By night, the minimal light pollution makes stargazing an unforgettable experience. Being right on the beach, you’ll wake up to nothing but the roar of the Indian Ocean and the call of the oystercatchers. Here you can forget the stresses of everyday life in an environment of peace and seclusion.

Self Catering Accommodation

The extensive and spacious accommodation offered at Craighross Castle is enhanced by modern facilities. Sleeping up to 13 people, plus a separate room with its own entrance (ideal for visitors bringing their own maid or nanny), it’s perfect for large families or groups of friends. It features an impressive master bedroom on the top floor with a lounge area, coal-effect gas fire, well-appointed en-suite bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and terrace with glorious sea views.

On the ground floor there are two en-suite bedrooms with king-size beds and superb ocean views, two further twin / king rooms (both with ensuite facilities), a large childrens playroom with three single beds.

At the heart of the castle is a light and airy lounge / dining room with fireplace, opening out to a unique walled patio. Overlooking the beach, it’s a romantic setting for al fresco meals and sundowners. Off the lounge, there’s a separate family room with Satellite TV, DVD player and iPod docking station.

The spacious, well equipped kitchen and adjoining utility room features a hob and oven, microwave, fridge / freezer, toaster, kettle and ample crockery, cutlery, cooking pots and utensils. A breakfast bar and wide serving hatch (with doors), link the kitchen to the dining room.

Access and parking

As the castle can only be accessed via the public steps and beach, guests should use the public car park (at the top) and the allotted parking space at the entrance to the beach (around 100m from the castle). A free porterage service to convey luggage is provided at the beginning and end of your stay. We provide a porter service for 2 hours when guests arrive and the same when guests depart. Porterage services can also be provided at other times at an additional charge.

Activities and Attractions

The area between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay is nature’s playground. In addition to scenic drives, boat trips on the Knysna Lagoon and beautiful forest and coastal walks, there are several superb wildlife reserves and sanctuaries - perfect for children and adults alike. These include: Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Buffalo Hills and Plettenberg Game Reserves, Tenikwa Wild Cat Park, Noah’s Park Wolf Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. A day trip to the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, the magnificent Cango Caves or the Tsitsikamma National Park will prove unforgettable.

• Knysna town centre - 10km
• Plettenberg Bay - 20km
• George Airport - 60km
Port Elizabeth - 255km
• Cape Town - 510km

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Desk
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • Internet connection (ADSL)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Underfloor heating

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (periodic)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Smoking: none indoors

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

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Craighross Castle

Sleeps 13 persons in 6 bedrooms [5 doubles and one family room with 1 x king (can be made a twin beds) plus 1 x single bed]

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 13 guests (max 13 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

My husband and I spent 3 amazing days at Craighross in September. Given that it was winter, we had the beach almost entirely to ourselves, and while the ocean was chilly, the lagoon just next to us was perfect for a swim. From the front deck, we could see pods of Bryde’s whales in the ocean while enjoying a braai and glass of wine. At night, the fires inside the house kept us warm over games (well-stocked in the house!), books and conversation. We had made plans to spend our days visiting local attractions and towns, but once we got to Craighross we found it very hard to leave! There are also tons of things to do nearby, from hiking along the beach to gathering mussels and oysters in the ocean. Inside the house, there is everything you could ask for, decorated in a beachy, bright style. The kitchen was very well stocked with cookware, glasses, etc., and our maid Constance was incredibly helpful. This is an absolutely magical home, perfect for small or large groups, and situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

September 2017

Emily Walsh (South Africa)

Verified reviewexcellent

We had a wonderful time on this beautiful beach. We will definitely come back.

January 2017

The de Vos family (South Africa )

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)George Airport - 60km
Port Elizabeth Airport - 255km
Cape Town International - 510km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since November 2012

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