At Craighross Castle you can let your imagination soar as you rule over a mystical kingdom in one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled beach locations.
Craighross Castle, Noetzie
Accommodation: Sleeps 13 maximum in 6 ensuite bedrooms
Restrictions: No pets
Bedrooms: 5 doubles, 1 x family room with 1 x king & 3 x single
Housekeeping: Daily maid service – Monday to Friday (weekends on request).
Special features: LCD TV (with full DSTV bouquet), ADSL wireless Internet, iPod dock, large terrace & braai area, spacious sun-decks.
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 favorite 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 oyster catchers. Here you can forget the stresses of everyday life in an environment of peace and seclusion.
Have a right royal time
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 (for the maid should she stay over), 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 en-suite facilities) and a large children’s bedroom – playroom with 3 single beds.
At the heart of the castle is a light and airy lounge/dining room with fireplace, opening out to a unique walled terrace. Overlooking the beach, it’s a romantic setting for all fresco meals and sun downers. 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.
Access & parking
As the castle can only be accessed via the public steps and beach, guests should use the public car parking [at the top] and the allotted parking space at the entrance to the beach (approx. 100m from the castle). A free porter 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.
If you are considering Craighross Castle as a wedding venue please be advised of our Wedding Policy;
- It is possible to conduct your wedding or reception at Craighross Castle but this will be determined by the total number of guests you plan to have staying and attending.
- Due to the size of the property we can only consider small, intimate celebrations and they must take place within the property and property boundaries.
- Please note that specific seasonal wedding rates apply. Please see the rates tables for this castle for more information.
- Minimum night periods [by season] still apply.
Safe paddling, swimming & kayaking in the pristine Noetzie River. Surfing and fishing on Noetzie Beach. Hiking, cycling, quad biking, scuba diving, horse riding & 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 & Knysna are all within easy reach.
There are excellent supermarkets, boutiques and craft markets, plus superb choice of cafés, pubs and gourmet restaurants, in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
The area between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay is nature’s playground. In addition to scenic drives, boat trips on the Knysna lagoon & beautiful forest and coastal walks, there are several superb wildlife reserves and sanctuaries – perfect for children & adults alike.
These include: Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Buffalo Hills & Plettenberg Game Reserves, Tenikwa Wild Cat Park, Noah’s Park Wolf Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters & 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: 60 km
Port Elizabeth: 255km
Cape Town: 510km