Craig Ross Castle Rental


Full property description

At Craigross 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.

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 favourite 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 oystercatchers. Here you can forget the stresses of everyday life in an environment of peace and seclusion.

The extensive and spacious accommodation offered at Craighross Castle is enhanced by modern facilities. Sleeping up to 14 people, plus a separate room with its own entrance (ideal for visitors bringing their own maid or nanny), it’s perfect for large families or groups of friends.

On the ground floor there are two ensuite bedrooms with kingsize beds and superb ocean views, two further twin/king rooms (both with ensuite facilities) and a large children’s bedroom - playroom with 2 sets of twin beds and its own bathroom.

• 3 level stone house
• On beach
• Telephone
• Wireless Internet available
• No mobile phone reception
• 24 hour monitored alarm
• Cleaning daily Monday – Friday 8.30am- 3.30pm ( maid will live on site during the week)
• Child safety issues - steps

Living and Dining
• Main lounge open plan with dining leads onto walled patio
• TV Second lounge leads with Satellite TV / DVD / Ipod docking station
• Dining area for 12 guests
• Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar for 6 ( no dishwasher)
• Separate utility room with washing machine
• Wood fire place

• Two large terraces
• Main terrace has outdoor dining for 8 and BBQ ( gas and charcoal)
• 1 parking area at the front for one vehicle and 1 shared with one of the other beach-front properties and may be occupied during your stay.
• Additional parking at the public car park at the top of the hill / end of the main road in. A security / parking guard is in attendance during the day but not overnight. (4WD vehicle to drive to the castle)
• The beach and surrounding area is a nature conservatory and there are various laws and guidelines that must be followed;
• Residents are only allowed to drive their vehicle across the beach twice every day i.e. once there and back each day
• Drivers must stay in the tyre tracks made by previous drivers. Any other driving on the beach is prohibited –and offenders will be reported and prosecuted
• Due to recent heavy storms the route of the river running from the Noetzie lagoon to the sea has altered and you cannot drive across the beach to Craighross Castle
• There is a porter service included in the rental rate. Bags will be taken down to the castle on arrival and back up to the car park on departure. Additional porter services will incur a charge which is paid locally
• A permit is required to remove shellfish from the rocks i.e. oysters
• The area is a breeding ground for Black Oyster Catchers and disturbing these birds is not permitted
• Residents are politely requested to switch off property nights before they retire at night

Master bedroom (Top level)
• King bed and en-suite with bath, and shower
• Lounge
• Dressing room
• Large Terrace wth views of the ocean ( 4 sungloungers)
• Gas fireplace

Second Bedroom (Ground level)
• Twin bed ( can be converted into a King) and en-suite with shower

Third Bedroom (Ground level)
• Twin bed ( can be converted into a King) and en-suite and shower

Fourth Bedroom (Ground level)
• King bed and en-suite with bath and shower
• Sea Views

Fifth Bedroom (Ground level)
• King bed and en-suite with bath and shower
• Sea Views

Sixth Bedroom (Ground level)
• 4 bunk beds and en-suite with shower
• Maids double room with ensuite


Area description

Often voted as South Africans’ favourite holiday spot on the Garden Route, Knysna enjoys a unique location in an area of unrivalled natural beauty and is the oyster capital of South Africa. Overlooking an 11km long lagoon, the town nestles between the majestic Outeniqua mountains and the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by deep forests and vast expanses of natural fynbos, Knysna is dominated by the Heads - the impressive sandstone cliffs at the mouth of the lagoon.

There are numerous fine restaurants and shops in the Knysna waterfront, quays and town centre, whilst the surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for sailing, cycling, hiking, surfing, bird and whale-watching and game viewing. Golfers will be in paradise as the superb Pezula and Simola courses are close by.


  • Alarm
  • Parking - on-street
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Bed linen provided
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • I-Pod station
  • WiFi
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Patio/deck/Terrace
  • BBQ Grill
  • Fireplace - Wood
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean view


  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking

Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs