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The Carraighs Self Catering Accommodation In The Crags

Nestled between Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, in The Crags, in the Garden Route, The Carraighs offers guests a truly relaxing stay in an indigenous forest, with spectacular birdlife. Askop Road is a very quiet road, with large properties, lucky enough to still be populated with antelope, guinea fowl and other small creatures of the forest. Driving slowly down the short stretch of dirt road towards The Carraighs will mean you have a good chance of spotting a bush buck!

The secluded location offers privacy, but the cottage is conveniently located within a 17km drive distance to Plettenberg Bay with its many shops and restaurants.
This lovely and comfortably furnished two-storey cottage has a main bedroom downstairs, with a double bed. The large dining and living area, has DSTV and WiFi The upstairs loft, with separate entrance has a double bed and two single beds, as well as a coffee table and sofa.

The loft has a wooden deck with a beautiful view. However, there is no bathroom upstairs so it is necessary that those sleeping upstairs use the bathroom in the downstairs part of the house (and there is an outside staircase). For that reason, the upstairs bedroom is only suitable for older children and mobile adults. There is a couch/single bed in the lounge for a small child to sleep.

There is also a fully-equipped, and modern kitchen downstairs, a full bathroom (shower and bath), and braai facilities available next to the swimming pool, as well a barbecue at the cottage. Meals can be enjoyed in the spacious living area or outside on the verandah.

All linen is provided, although we do ask locals to bring towels if they can.No smoking allowed. No pets allowed.

The wooden veranda is the perfect vantage point to appreciate the panoramic views of the forest and the birdlife and enjoy the peace and quiet.

We are located in Askop Road which is one of the most beautiful locations in The Crags and home to Hog Hollow Horse Riding as well as the famous Plett Barnyard Theatre which hosts many shows throughout the year.

There are many animal sanctuaries in close proximity. These include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Lawnwood Snake Park and Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary. Just a bit further is Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve and many action sports like swimming with the seals, whale and dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, abseiling, canyoneering, bungi-jumping and sky-diving. Hiking in the forests or beaches (like Natures Valley, Keurbooms or Robberg) is popular because of our spectacular scenery and the birdlife really is extraordinary! We frequently spot Knysna Loeries (Turaco) in our gardens.
The area has also become well known for polo, and has been producing very fine wines in recent years! Bramon Wine Farm are our neighbours and you are a five minute drive away from their wine-tasting and excellent restaurant which specializes in tapas food of a very high quality. There is even a wine route in The Crags! In total we now have four wine farms to visit within a ten kilometer area. The Mill Centre is also nearby with its various craft shops and the Pepper Mill restaurant. Plettenberg Bay is an easy 20 minute drive away, with many more dining opportunities and plenty shopping !

The Garden Route is, of course, most famous for its spectacular beaches, the Knysna and Tsitsikamma Forests, and beautiful wide river mouths of Storms River and others.

There are laundry facilities nearby. We will do a change of linen on request, for long stays, but do not offer other laundry facilities as we are in the country and rely on rainwater.

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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

  • Please place recyclables in the bin provided. (All cottages) Please ask for more black/green bags if you need them.
  • Compostables can be placed in the tupperware bin provided in the kitchen and then emptied into the compost bin opposite the cottage.
  • Recyclables in green bags please.
  • Oil / fat - please wrap in the newspaper provided and throw in the black bags and not in our garden!
  • We have septic tanks so PLEASE don’t put anything except toilet paper in the toilets and no fat down the kitchen sink.

Thank you! We like to look after our beautiful environment and in our experience, so do our guests!


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Features:
big game (less than 30km)
braai / barbecue - onsite
DSTV in unit
fridge in unit
hair dryer
horse riding (less than 5km)
horse riding onsite
internet facilities
kitchen (fully equipped)
linen & towels provided
live entertainment (less than 3km)
microwave in unit
nature trail onsite
parking all onsite
Portable (movable) fans in cottage
private entrance - outside rooms
private pool
restaurant (less than 5km)
stove in unit
sun deck
tea / coffee making facilities
whale watching (less than 10km)
wi-fi / hotspot

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