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Protea Wilds Retreat

230km from Port Elizabeth
535km from Cape Town
Self catering studios, a Cape Dutch cottage and a Victorian style house on a farm in the forest - in Harkerville

Rate Guide

From R750 nightly per unit, depending on number of guests and unit

Budget Getaways Review

A lot of places along the Garden Route, particularly Plettenberg Bay, have become such popular holiday destinations that being able to enjoy the quiet beauty and tranquil natural surroundings on offer seems almost impossible. But, away from the rushing crowds queuing down Odlands Drive to get the best spot at the beach, about 13km from the center of town, lies Protea Wilds Retreat.

This beautiful farm stretches over 270 hectares of raw, unspoilt nature. For a place to rest your head, you can pick and choose between five self-catering studio style units. Each of these units are fully equipped and sleep between two and three guests. Each studio style unit has a private semi-covered patio as well as access to Fynbosskerm, the communal area that features a cosy lounge with Satellite TV, a huge hearty fireplace, a dining room and a shared kitchen. If you prefer to steer clear of the kitchen, you may enjoy lounging around the braai (firewood is provided) or cooling off in the splash pool.

If you plan on bringing the whole fandamily along, you can chose between Protea Cottage and Bitou Valley House. Protea Cottage is a cape dutch style home with two bedrooms (one double and a twin) as well as two bathrooms and a really well equipped kitchen. The covered patio and private lapa in the garden boast a built in braai as well as an above ground splash pool. AS if that isn't enough, there is also a Boma fire pit with a picnic table on a covered patio and another generous fireplace.

Bitou Valley House is on a completely secluded part of the property. This Victorian stye house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms is the perfect size for a family of eight. The outdoor area with its braai, private swimming pool (with loungers and umbrellas), hot&cold outdoor shower and shaded patio area is an absolute dream for a lazy summer family vacay. You can even bring your pooch along (by prior arrangement).

As for activities (other than a day trip to one of Plett's blue-flag beaches) you can visit the neighboring dairy, enjoy some wine tasting at the nearby vineyards or take on one of the many mountain biking trails in the nearby Knysna Forest.

Protea Wilds Retreat is a true gem with something to suit every taste (and cater to every need).

Quick Facts

in Harkerville
S 34°00'11''
E 23°15'55''
If you are keen on skipping the kitchen, there are a number of really good restaurants in the center of Plett a 15 minute drive away
birdwatching, farm stalls, farm tours, fishing, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes
Guest Reviews

"We had a wonderful stay and would like to thank Amanda for going out of her way to try to book a restaurant for us on the 31st December. We would recommend Protea Wilds. It is a perfect place to stay in that area. "

"If you like peace, tranquility and beautiful horizons, protea wild retreat is for you. Very warm welcome by gentle owners. Love to go there again."

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Protea Wilds Retreat, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
GPS: S -34.0032   E 23.2652
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