It’s not too soon to start booking accommodation for romantic getaways over Valentine’s Day; A number of our properties make ideal wedding venues too….
A recent survey found that 6 million couples got engaged on February 14th last year in America alone. Closer to home, here in South Africa, we too have a soft-spot for this special day and it proves a popular day for proposals, weddings or just a good time for romantic getaways. So, you’ve got the girl of your dreams, you’re ready to make that commitment and she deserves only the very best. There’s only thing standing in your way; the competition. All other men out there have the same idea of a romantic getaway on Valentine’s Day and have already snapped up the most luxurious spots for 2015 to ‘pop the question’ or ‘tie the knot’. Luckily for you, we’ve listed three of our best-kept secrets to get you ahead of the game for the ultimate romantic, once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Here is our count down for you, so that you can start planning now.
Our Top 3 Romantic Getaways
- Crystal Waters, Knysna Heads
Starting off our countdown is Crystal Waters, a truly luxurious rental property in Knysna located on the Heads. Not many properties can boast a view of both the Indian Ocean and the famous Knysna Lagoon, but that’s exactly what Crystal Waters (above) delivers. This is an ideal romantic getaway for any couple wishing to rent the whole house out for themselves or for those who want to take a group of other couples along too. Crystal waters sleeps 12 maximum in 6 double bedrooms (4 with their own bathrooms). The rooms are lovingly furnished to create an atmosphere of tranquil privacy.
When is it available?
Currently this property is available from the 11th of January (2015) onwards* however as witnessed during December, this rental gets booked extremely fast, and so any February Valentine’s bookings should be made as soon as possible. Bookings can be made here.
- Craighross Castle, Noetzie
The second runner-up is the fairy-tale Craighross Castle located quite literally on Noetzie Beach. Guests staying at this castle are treated to one of the most undisturbed and richly historical stretches of beach in the region. Fynbos covers the surrounding crags as the ocean bares witness to your special event. At the heart of the castle is a light and airy lounge/dining room with fireplace, opening out onto a crenellated patio. The layout of the large patio facing the sea, makes this the ideal property to set up a beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach and reception at the castle. It sleeps 13 maximum in 6 en suite rooms.
When is it available?
Currently Craighross Castle is available from the 3rd – 21st of January (2015) and the 27th January until the 2nd February (2015)*. During February 2015, the week of Valentine’s Day is free as well as the following two weeks*. During December, this rental was booked extremely fast, and so any February Valentine’s bookings should be made as soon as possible. Bookings can be made here.
- Lindsay Castle, Noetzie
It’s hard to beat than to have a wedding on the beach, backdropped by your very own castle. The cinematic, jaw-dropping venue that is Lindsay Castle promises to “wow” all at your special event. It’s an intimate affair, accommodating 12 people in 6 bedrooms (5 doubles, one twin), but promises to provide ultimate fairytale surroundings. Two turret bedrooms and one tower bedroom is accessed from outside steps up the castle walls, a real treat for guests! Lawns and cliffs create spectacular photo opportunities and ample space for catering.
When is it available?
Currently this grand castle on the beach is available from the 5th of January (2015) until the 2nd February (2015)*. It is currently not booked for the week of Valentine’s Day 2015* however as witnessed during December, this rental gets booked extremely fast, and so any February Valentine’s bookings should be made as soon as possible. Bookings can be made here.
These 3 romantic, luxury, rental properties in Knysna and Noetzie could become part of your fairytale dream that you retell your grandchildren over and over again. Don’t wait for your story to write itself, make it happen. If these properties are not suitable, there is a large array of stunningly beautiful and unique holiday rentals for Valentine’s Day 2015. Have a look and be spoiled for choice.
*Dates stated correct at time of publication of this article, but the property may have been booked for these dates in the interim. Please check the availability calendar of each property featured above.