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19. Lairds Lodge, Plettenberg Baylairds-lodge
In the heart of the Garden Route, just off the N2, conveniently situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in a forest setting, is well-established, owner-managed retreat Lairds Lodge. Many have known it over the years, with its 16 individually and beautifully decorated rooms. Indigenous bush leads to immaculate gardens, a secluded swimming pool and inviting lounge and dining areas – it has fine cuisine and offers a well-stocked wine cellar. There is a sense of history and tradition here, combined happily with comfortable couches, open fires, a library, large-screen TV and a brandy lounge. This is unassuming gracious living, with true South African hospitality.
20. Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenboschoude-werf-hotel
This oldest of SA’s hotels is situated in the centre of Stellenbosch, where big old oak trees line the road. The hotel centres around a courtyard with a pool; the more modern rooms have a similar feel to some at Vineyard Hotel (same architect, in fact). There are 58 rooms. All are lovely, but if we could choose any we would opt for the honeymoon suite, which has a fireplace.

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