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Craighross Castle, Noetzie

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.

At a glance

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.

Weddings at Craighross Castle

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

Sport and Leisure

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.

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.


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


Rates are on average 40% less for stays completed before 12th December!

Minimum stays: 3 nights in Low Season, 5 nights in High Season and 7 nights in Peak Season. If your booking is for fewer nights, then you will be quoted for the minimum. WEDDING rates apply as per below:
2019 Season Rate per day for a maximum of 13
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 8,750
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 6,500
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 9,200
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 15,400
2019 Season Rate per day for 8 or less
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 5,400
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 4,600
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 5,700
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan N/A
2019 Season – WEDDING rates Rate per day for a maximum of 13
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 12,000
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 8,500
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 12,000
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 20,100
Rates are per unit per day
Season 2020 Rate per day for a maximum of 13
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 9, 200
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 7, 000
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 9, 800
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 16, 500
Rates are per unit per day
Season 2020 Rate per day for 8 or less
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 5, 700
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 4, 900
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 6, 100
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan N/A
2020 Season – WEDDING rates Rate per day for a maximum of 13
High 12 Jan – 30 April R 12, 000
Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 9, 100
High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 12, 900
Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 22, 000

Note: Knysna Oyster Festival (21 st – 30 th June 2019) is charged at High Season rates

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% security deposit will be returned within 30 days of the end of the booking. Guests 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 70% balance payment] will be refunded.

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Availability Calendar

November  2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019
  • BOOKED November 11, 2019 November 16, 2019

More Information

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.


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.