Reviews and Comments from our Guests

Noetzie Bay House, Noetzie

“ A truly unique spot! All the charm of a beach cottage with the comforts of a well-cared for holiday home. There’s room enough for a few couples or families looking to share.

Our week spent at Noetzie Bay House was one I will never forget. The breathtaking views were exquisite, both morning and night.

A fully equipped kitchen is perfect for rustling up those sea food dinners.

This home gives the feeling of “being off the grid” – staying here was a real treat.

Kim McClure


Noetzie Bay House, Noetzie

We had a wonderful 5 nights stay at Noetzie Bay house in Dec 2014, the place is even more beautiful than I had originally remembered it. The house has the most amazing location, surrounded by Fynbos with incredible views out over both indigenous forest and the ocean. What stands out about Noetzie is the overall quality and health of environment, the amazing beaches and pristine lagoon allow for loads of exploration, and if you have the energy, access to some of South Africa’s best indigenous forest walks is a short drive away. We spent a couple of lazy afternoons relaxing on the lush lawns around the house and every evening gathered on the balcony for a sun downer to soak in the wonderful views. Noetzie Bay house is the perfect place to relax and recharge in nature.

Jon & Yail, Cape Town

Noetzie Bay House, Noetzie


Dear Richard,
I would like to convey my thanks to you and Hadley for your attention to detail in renting the house to us….everything was in perfect order and so very welcoming.
We loved our time there….the house is perfect for a family….so comfortable and beautifully furnished, and the kitchen is a dream….a pleasure to work in. I feel that a very special family must own that house.
The maids were so efficient and lovely……please thank them too from us.
And the views from the verandas??????? Well, it was very difficult for us to leave that little bit of heaven….such a well kept secret. It was one of our best holidays ever.
Please thank Hadley for all his assistance and patience….nothing was too much trouble for him.
Shirley Simpson and family.

Cliff House, Knysna

We really enjoyed our time at your luxury apartment, even though we looked at your reviews and pictures before arrival we found your place to be better than expected, all the rooms were comfortable and the apartment was very spacious and as there were 6 of us we never got in each others way.

Hadley was very helpful and polite and was very welcoming, thank you also for the champagne and balloons on arrival, this was a lovely surprise for my Mum who was very grateful so thank you again. Hadley was also very helpful on checking us out, and we really did enjoy our stay and would give you a 5 out of 5 review.

Daniel, UK

No.1 The Meadows, Plettenberg Bay

We stayed at No.1 The Meadows in December 2013. What an unbelievable experience in the most beautiful rental property we have ever stayed in. Having come from a beachfront house earlier in the holiday, I was somewhat skeptical about the location of this property – but I was so wrong. When we arrived, I just couldn’t believe the breathtaking views from this house. It is truly beautiful! The green lawn and lush garden just added to the great setting. The layout of the house ensured peace and quiet and privacy for everybody. The house is exceptionally well equipped with only the very best of everything. My children just loved being in the estate and the freedom that it gave them to ride their bicycles around as and when they wanted, was such a bonus. The staff were incredibly helpful and it was great to not have to worry about cleaning floors and doing dishes while on holiday. We will definitely be back – next time with the whole extended family.
Lizette – South Africa

Blue Horizon, Knysna

Richard, I want to THANK YOU all for the wonderful time we had in BLUE HORIZON – everything was PERFECT !!! …. it is an absolutely lovely place and we cannot wait to go back there again ..

It was well presented, clean and Hadley and Toykie were punctual and very helpfull – we will be back soon

Susan and family, UAE

Cliff House, Knysna

We had such a wonderful stay at Cliff House. Our friends who were with us from England though it looked brilliant on the photo’s when I suggested Cliff House as our holiday rental and to be honest my friends and my family were so impressed and quite frankly the house looked as good if not better than the photo’s.

Living in the house was easy as it is such a well appointed home with very classy deco and with every home comfort one could need. The quality of the bath, pool towels and linen were excellent and extras were there if needed.

Cliff House gave us all the feeling – that one can truly feel the sense of a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, with the most wonderful and stunning views virtually all around, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks an open bright and sunny home with loads of interesting spaces both in the home and out in the garden.

The house was immaculately clean and we had Carol everyday and that was fabulous. Carol is very pleasant and she worked and ironed very well.

We would highly recommend to others to have Carol every day.

Our only slight downside was that the pool was too cold to swim in, such an beautiful, huge and inviting pool but only good to look at. Still a great sight..

The Jacuzzi although solar heated also didn’t truly get to a comfortable temperature to enjoy.

We enjoyed Knysna and surrounding areas, truly beautiful to see, manny lovely restaurants in the area, great beaches, close to the airport, so all in all we all had a most amazing holiday in the comforts of Cliff House.

We would not hesitate to book Cliff House again and we thank all the very helpful folk at Dav1es.

Beverly, South Africa


Lindsay Castle

We had a fabulous time! I normally don’t re-visit places because we always want to stay somewhere new, however Lindsay Castle will definitely be an exception. My only complaint is that we did not stay long enough!

Nicola, Cape Town

Craighross Castle, via email

After a few hectic days touring the southern Cape and after a three-day safari, we arrived to Craighross Castle with the intention of continuing our go-go-go pace but once we saw the breathtaking beach, the lazy lagoon and the stunning accommodation we had to rethink…sitting on a lounge chair with a chilled glass of something and taking it all in…going to sleep with the sound of the crashing waves as the tides changed. We did make the trek up the 138 stairs…and then found out that for those of us wanting a little bit of a lazier route we could walk across the beach and up a little pathway to a lower driveway area – perfect! The Castle is situated near enough to Knysna or Plettenberg Bay so if we wanted to get up and go we could. We hired a driver to take us to the Knysna Elephant Reserve, went to Zinzi for dinner (twice! that good!) but preferred to hang around the stunning accommodation.

The living/dining/kitchen area and the many bedrooms with ensuites could easily handle a crowd larger that the five of us but it was cosy enough that we didn’t feel like it was too big.

We decided to hire a chef to fill our fridge with food and drink and to come in and make us dinner on three of the nights. The Castle’s property manager, Richard Davies, was able to find us an excellent chef – Rhys Miller of Heath Cafe – who took the time to find out our likes/dislikes – even found the hard to source Limes for G&Ts! Fortunately for us, the property also came with a maid who tidied up after Rhys’s gourmet meals and we were able to stay on vacation mode – no cooking/no dishes! The maid also did the housekeeping, made the beds and did laundry when requested.

If only it wasn’t so far from Toronto…

Kim, Canada

Lindsay Castle, Noetzie

Dear Richard,

Where should I start?

I am blown away and the guests were as well. What a spot, what an epic view and what an accommodation which is put together with love, care and detail. We fully enjoyed our stay and it was hard to convince the guests that we have to leave!!!

To sum up:

Brilliant, already spoke to the head office and we will keep you very high in the books of suppliers, also when we get international business guests! The maid was excellent as well and there is not much more to say!

Absolutely excellent! Thank you very much for an unforgetable stay!

Kind regards


Pangea Trails

For the whole family


We chose Craighross castle for a reunion of our international family. There were fourteen of us and we stayed for a week. The location is easily the most beautiful place we have ever seen: lush, unspoilt forest on one side and wide sandy shore of the Indian Ocean on the other – absolutely stunning!


We had lots of plans of exploring the area and going to far away places like Cango Caves but once we got to the castle nobody wanted to leave and go anywhere else. There was something to do for everyone: younger children spent days on the beach digging and exploring, parents sunbathed or went for long jogs along the ocean line, grandparents spent time on the magnificent veranda enjoying the view.


The beach was deserted apart from an occasional couple or two and yet we felt completely safe. All of us came from various big cities and spending 7 days surrounded by natural beauty was incredibly therapeutic. The castle itself is very tastefully decorated, spacious and comfortable. In the evenings we all gathered in front of the fire in a beautiful living room and played games.


Being in close proximity to the ocean, the castle can feel a bit damp in the evenings but the easy to use gas fireplaces really helped. The management company were very friendly and efficient: all our luggage was transported from and to the cars, beds were moved to accommodate younger children, maintenance issues promptly attended too. Overall it was an unforgettable experience. One word of caution, the house is not for less able travellers as you have to go down some steep stairs to get to it.

We’ll be back


We had an absolutely fabulous stay at Home on the Beach!


The house is very, very comfortable, spacious, luxurious, secure and extremely well equipped for all needs! The interior and outside decor is very stylish and there is much attention to detail! We had such a beautiful ocean view and the surrounding areas are so peaceful and charming! We loved that the beach was at our doorstep with direct access from the pool deck!


Home on the Beach will definitely see us soon!! Thank you very much!

Home by the Beach


Again, thanks very much for a fabulous stay. The amenities, the view, the deck, the braais, the beach and Millie made it really hard to leave the place.


We will definitely be back!

Hello Anita and Marc,


I asked Richard to please send me your email address because I wanted to let you know what a great time we had at your beautiful holiday house in Keurbooms; Home by the Beach, where we stayed from February 23 to March 02, 2013.


This is not the first time we have rented houses in this area, in South Africa or in Africa in general, but it is a first time that we have stayed in such a fantastic house. In addition to its exceptional location, its sleek but warm and careful decoration in the least of I mean, that it transmits a kind of peace, tranquility, peace of mind. We recharged our batteries completely!
And happy surprise, your kitchen is wonderfully equipped! It recognizes that some guests will be good-food lovers! I love cooking when I’m on vacation, and I found myself in heaven! Facing wonderful views, more…

The world is vast, our list of travel too long, our time limited by school holidays of children, but we sincerely hope to have the opportunity to return to Home by the Beach for a few more days of rest in the future. It remains for me one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.


The view from your terrace across the natural vegetation and the foam of the ocean became my wallpaper… a place of constant tranquility. I have just two small suggestions:- perhaps a telescope to observe the fabulous spectacle of dolphins surfing the waves in the morning? More details on where we can ride our bikes? Perhaps some bikes for us to use (although Richard told us that he could arrange this if he had some advance warning]? Finally – a last note to tell you that Richard was perfect throughout our stay; from our arrival all the way through to the time we had to leave, always pleasant and very efficient.


I hope that you get every opportunity to enjoy the beautiful place that is Home by the beach.


Sincerely, Laurence, Mauritius.

Home by the Sea

From our guest book on 14 April 2013

“Dear Paul & Carrie

Thank you for your kindness & generosity towards our family at this sad time for all of us. You have such a stunning home with the most beautiful views. It has been soul food for all of us these past few days!!!

This is a holiday that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives and for that we are so so grateful!!

Everything here is so perfect!

Lots of love Suzanne, Jon, Shane, Rob, Gill, Rosanna, Caprice and Bjorn 🙂 “

Home by the Sea

From our guest book – 8th April 2013

” Dear Turner Fam,

What a beautiful home by the sea you have! It has been absolutely amazing week here (and 2 weeks in Cape Town). I couldn’t have asked for much more! Great weather, a lovely family, wonderful food and even some evening entertainment from the drunken dancing Queen, Paul. Thank you for being so generous and making me feel like on of the family. I will be sure to accept another invite out here (without hesitation) should I get one.

Never sell this house! It is one of a kind!

And thank you Clarice for cleaning up and making the stay much easier for everyone.

Lots of love Charlie C “

Home by the Sea – From our guest book – 19 January 2013

“Dear Owners, Dear Clarice

We had a wonderful relaxing stay in your house & great family time. We thank you so much for everything.

God bless you!

Franz, Fabian, Joachim and Karin “

Home by the Sea – From our guest book – 1 March 2013

Dear Carrie & Paul,

What a stunningly beautiful home you have created in the most perfect location, you must be very proud.

As for allowing such a dissolute crowd like us to stay in your fabulous dream is indubitably a most generous and thoughtful gesture. We are so very appreciative and albeit brief, we have had the most amazing time.

Thank you very much and we hope to see you very soon.

Brian, Ruth, Philippa, John and Nicola

Home by the Sea – From our guest book – 14 March 2013

Quiet, stunning views and that wonderful pool. We felt like a holiday!

10 dolphins the first morning, beautiful walks at the beach, brilliant sunshine and the clear sky way above us.

We were perfectly happy in this extraordinary house.

Warm hearted Clarice helped us very much when I was feeling a bit ill.

We will be back.

Gaby & Axel Schimd

München, Germany

Home by the Sea – From our guest book – 22nd April 2013

We journeyed to Plett for my little sisters wedding.

The house really was home, even allowing us to host a private wedding party – all was excellent.

Clarice is a gem and a star, working tirelessly around us and made us all more relaxed.

Many thanks!

The Jacobsz Family and Friends

Paris, Canada, Johannesburg

Home by the Sea – From our guest book – 18/08/2013

Sadly coming to the end of a 10 day stay in your beautiful home by the sea.

Stunning views from every windows, whales and large pods of dolphins performing daily, birds and butterflies, great food, made mostly in your kitchen, lots of laughs and relaxing in the jacuzzi.

We even jumped into the pool just that one time so that we could tick that box!

Fantastic family winter holiday.

We hope to be back every year at this time

Debbie Cornell, Glen Water, Ty, Zoe and Dan

Cape Town