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Lily Pond Country Lodge

R102 Natures Valley Road Groot River pass, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Lily Pond Country Lodge
Updated 21/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 15 Speciality lodging in The Crags
Travellers' Choice
Quietly situated next to Tsitsikamma National Park in the best part of the famous Gardenroute. Surrounded by large colorful lily ponds and 12 ha. of indigenous forests. Lily Pond is renowned for its design, tranquility, creative cuisine, relaxing ambiance and friendly service. This contemporary "Afro-Zen" style Country Lodge is only a 7 minute drive from Natures Valley beach and lagoon. 10 modern & spacious suites with air-condition, walk-in showers, bath, TV and private patio all overlooking the lily ponds. Restaurant on site with a daily changing menu (including vegetarian) and comprehensive wine list sets the scene. Infinity swimming pool with wooden decks and loungers view the lily ponds. Close to: Excellent walking & mountain bike trails, golf, Birds of Eden, Monkey Land, Tenikwa Big Cat Sanctuary, birding, highest bungy jump & wine estates. In-house massage facilities. Easy access and free secure parking on site. Free Wifi. English, Dutch & German spoken. Owner managed.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Couples massage
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate living room
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch, German and 1 more
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Hugh W wrote a review May 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa110 contributions52 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights and loved every minute. The Lodge is located on the Nature’s Valley road well away from the noise of the N2. The accommodation was spotless, lovely bed, and with a touch of luxury. It was quite cold when we were there and the underfloor heating was a nice touch. Our hosts Niels and Magret were superb as well as Joseph who looked after us in the restaurant. I must mention the food as we ate there all 3 nights and it was really excellent. Well done chef Margret. We had breakfast on the terrace and the spread was terrific. Thank you for a memorable stay. Definitely worth coming back to.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Hugh & Anna, Thank you very much for your fantastic review and motivating text. We loved the chat's we had during breakfast and dinners. I will forward your remark about Joseph (our waiter) to him. I'm sure he will appreciate this. During these challenging times it is much appreciated to get support from guests and to read they enjoy their stay with us. Thanks again. Kindest regards, Niels & Margret (owners)
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KimJ wrote a review Jan 2021
79 contributions3 helpful votes
Our week at Lily Pond was the best break we have had in years. Although we could not go to the beach due to Lockdown the pool was a beautiful substitute. All the staff at the lodge are very helpful, friendly and professional. Breakfast on the stoep is wonderful, and the Dinner meals are out of this world. Our room was extremely spacious and full of luxurious extras. The outdoor shower was a wonderful treat. Our hosts were very knowledgeable about the area and the re was plenty to do. We would recommend visiting Tsitsikamma and enjoying the nature experiences on offer. Some meal tips: within walking distance a fantastic farm stall for a lunch, and 5 mins away the peppermill for great lunches and suppers. Both offer outdoor seating and quality food. We feel rejuvenated and ready to face 2021. Highly recommend a stay at Lily Pond- definitely more than one night to truly experience the hospitality.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Kim, Thank you so much for your fantastic review and lovely words to describe Lily Pond and our area. Reviews like yours are so very welcome and appreciated. It keeps us and our staff motivated during this complicated time. We all looking forward to see you both again at Lily Pond. Kindest regards, Margret & Niels
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Bianca wrote a review Dec 2020
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Margret and Niels are wonderful hosts! They accommodated our every need. The space is lovely and relaxing. The food is exceptional, we will be talking about it for years!! Lovely areas close by for hikes. Treat yourself:-) Our only small recommendation is the wifi should be uncapped.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 31 Dec 2020
Dear Bianca & Theunis, Thank you so much for your excellent review. Sorry about the internet. The landing page set up with the first capped MB's is just a starter and we should have given you a password for unlimited internet. It was a pleasure to have you here and we hope you will come back soon. Kindest regards, Margret & Niels
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sheila112015 wrote a review Dec 2020
Somerset West, South Africa41 contributions7 helpful votes
Lily Pond is beautifully designed and surrounded by gardens, lawns and indigenous forest belonging to the Lily Pond property. The suites are immaculate and spacious each with its own patio. The owners, Niels and Margret, comply with all the Covid regulations now in place which is most important to us during these unsafe times. Margret is the chef at Lily Pond and creates the most delicious 4 course meals at dinner time which is served by Niels in the dining room. Breakfast is on the large patio outside. We enjoyed our stay and will be back to explore more of the Natures Valley area.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 19 Dec 2020
Dear Sheila & Walter, Thank you so much for your great review and comprehensive story to describe your experience at Lily Pond. Yes, it is like when we just started 18 years ago with no staff, Margret in the kitchen and me as novice waiter. Although the times for the hospitality industry is tough we still enjoy our "job" and it is sometimes good to step back and realize how valuable staff is.... We both looking forward to see you again at Lily Pond in January or February. Kindest regards, Niels
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Laacton123 wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions2 helpful votes
What a beautiful setting - huge pond, huge garden, trees forever, bird life and singing frogs - and no traffic noise of course. The accommodation was spacious, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean and sooooo comfortable and peaceful. Niels and Margaret , the owners/managers were charming, attentive and passionate about their work. I had dinner there every night and the food was superb. It is ideally located right next to the hugely popular Natures Way farm stall and it’s just a few minutes drive from the Crags wine farms. It’s proximity (a 10 minute breathtakingly beautiful drive) to Nature’s Valley and its lagoon, beach and forest walks makes Lily Pond an ideal location for a holiday destination. This place is a winner. I will be back soon for another dose of paradise.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 19 Dec 2020
Dear Laacton..., Thank you so much for your beautiful review and nice words to describe you stay with us. I only just now received a message from TA that a new review was posted, hence my late response. Margret and I really looking forward to have you again as guest. Kindest regards, Niels(owner)
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US$88 - US$241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaWestern CapePlettenberg BayThe Crags
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lily Pond Country Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (3.7 km), Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (3.7 km), and Birds of Eden (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peppermill Cafe, Bramon Boutique Wine Estate, and Ristorante Enrico.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lily Pond Country Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Does Lily Pond Country Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Lily Pond Country Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.