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Craighross CastleHoliday Villa to rent in Knysna - Garden Route Western Cape - South Africa Ref: 2360486

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A holiday to remember, this castle will be the perfect place for a group of up to 14. Friends or multi-generational families with nanny, there is something for all ages. Modern, easy living castle on top 10 South African beaches.


Property Type: Villa
Catering: Self-catering
  • Max guests 14
  • 6 Bedroom(s)
  • 7 Bathroom(s)
  • 8 Separate WC(s)
  • 7 Shower Room(s)

Property available for...

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • Corporate bookings
  • House swap
  • Short term breaks (4 days or fewer)
  • Holiday lets (1 to 4 weeks)
  • Hen / Stag breaks

Type of holiday

  • Beach
  • Bird watching
  • City break
  • Diving
  • Walking & Hiking



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. Prince Charles goes polo riding at Plettenburg Bay, 20 minutes away. 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
Live like royalty in this magnificent residence. Built into the cliff-face on Noetzie Beach, it offers discerning guests direct beach access, huge luxurious suites with private terraces, and personal service from a dedicated team of staff including an executive butler and private chef.

Craighross Castle:

Situated on the secluded Noetzie Beach, Craighross Castle has every conceivable comfort for discerning guests with a modern kitchen - or call in your own chef. Maid service included, huge terraces with panoramic views of the beach and ocean, and WiFi throughout the place.

The magnificent private residence provides the ultimate luxury with a spacious, light living room with gas fireplaces, a 12-seater dining room and six spacious suites with sumptuous bathrooms and magnificent views of the Noetzie Beach and Indian Ocean. You'll love the king-size beds and large double-sink bathrooms.

There is flatscreen TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.

Bathrooms have walk-in wardrobes, heated marble floors and towel rails, double vanities, separate WCs, free-standing baths and showers. The honeymoon suite lead sout through double doors onto private terraces with comfortable seating and loungers to soak up the sun and the views. The main balcony has a braai and is excellent for evening meals watching the sea, the beach and the stars.

For a Honeymoon, Craigross Castle is arguably the most romantic place in the world. Totally secluded and private, it is decorated as a luxury beach apartment in shades of cream and blue with quirky accessories that give it a nautical flavour.


Description of Interior

Have a right royal time!
The extensive and spacious accommodation offered at Craighross Castle is enhanced by modern facilities. Sleeping up to 12 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 ensuite bathroom with separate shower, dressing room and patio with glorious sea views.

On the ground floor there are two ensuite bedrooms with kingsize beds and superb ocean views, two further twin/king rooms (both with ensuite facilities) and a large children’s bedroom - playroom with twin beds and its own bathroom.

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 iPod docking station.

The spacious, well equipped kitchen and adjoining utility room features a hob, 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.


Garden and Exterior

You will see a castle with turrets and huge walls but it is modern and surprisingly light and airy inside. Sitting outside on one of the three outside areas, you will be mesmerized by the proximity of the ocean and lagoon. Evening is lovely as the sun sets and the skies turn coral. You may see otters, buck, leopard and will be visited by monkeys.

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.

Access and parking
NOTE: Due to the castle’s position within a Nature Conservancy guests may walk across the beach to the castle or down the steps from the car park but vehicular access across the beach is not permitted [conservation rules]. A porterage service is available. There is one allotted parking space provided just above the entrance to the beach and more spaces available in the top car park..



  • Max guests 14
  • 6 Bedroom(s)
  • 7 Bathroom(s)
  • 7 Shower room(s)
  • 8 Separate WC(s)
  • 5 Double bed(s)
  • 4 Single bed(s)
  • 1 Sofa bed(s)

Linen and Towels

  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Beach towels provided
  • Cleaning included


  • Central heating
  • Cots available
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Log fire
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Stair gate
  • Telephone
  • Washing machine
  • WI-FI available


  • Stove Top / Hob
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster


  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Games room
  • Video games
  • Board games

Garden and Exterior

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Sea/Lake view
  • Mountain view
  • Solarium/Roof terrace
  • BBQ
  • Private parking
  • Secure parking
  • Private secure garden
  • Private dock


  • Boat available

Suitable for...

Suitable for children Yes
Suitable for elderly Yes
Suitable for wheelchairs Not suitable
Pets welcome No
Smoking Yes


Time Period Price per week in EUR
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Rental Conditions

Terms and Conditions
1. A 30% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure all bookings.

2. Full payment must be received by us at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.

3. The 30% deposit will be held as a breakages deposit and will be returned within 30 days of the end of the booking. Customers should leave the accommodation as they found it in a tidy and orderly fashion and are liable for breakages and damage caused during their stay including but not restricted to the value of the breakage deposit.

Cancellation Policy
For cancellations up to 14 days prior to booking 50% of the booking fee will be refunded.
At a glance
Sleeps 12 maximum in 6 ensuite bedrooms

5 double, 1 twin + maid’s or nanny's quarters

Mains electricity, gas, telephone, rainwater tank and ADSL internet.

No pets

Daily maid service – Monday to Friday (weekends on request).
28 Feb 2011 - 31 Oct 2011: In South African Rand, the rate is R9,900 per night, with a minimum stay of 3 nights, staff included. R59120.00 for the week rate.



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Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Town Knysna - Garden Route



Knysna Town Centre 10 kilometres
Plettenberg Bay 20 kilometres
George Airport 60 kilometres
Port Elizabeth 255 kilometres
Cape Town 510 kilometres


Car advised: Yes



  • Beach
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Marina
  • Mountaineering
  • National park
  • Night life area
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Tennis courts
  • Theme park
  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Windsurfing


Local Area

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

Shopping and dining out
There are excellent supermarkets, boutiques and craft markets, plus superb choice of cafés, pubs and gourmet restaurants, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Sports and leisure
Safe paddling, swimming and kayaking in the pristine Noetzie River. Surfing and fishing on Noetzie Beach. Hiking, cycling, quad biking, scuba diving, horse riding and dolphin/whale watching are close by, as are extreme sports such as paragliding, bungy-jumping and treetop zip-line forest canopy tours. The superb golf courses at Plettenberg Bay, Goose Valley, Pezula, Simola and Knysna are all within easy reach.

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.


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