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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
  • 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.

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#2 of 18 Specialty lodging in The Crags
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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)
Pool
Free breakfast
Boating
Canoeing
Couples massage
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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John H wrote a review Apr 2022
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Short and sweet as only agreeing with other posters. Location and rooms amazing, staff friendly and approachable, breakfast excellent and the evening meals!!!!!!!! Margret's food was stunning in both looks and taste and was a real highlight each night. Spent a couple of my days down at Natures valley beach doing the various walks and will no doubt draw me back again next year. PS Niels How is the German lady who broke her ankle?
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 07 Apr 2022
Dear John, Thank you so much for the effort to write an excellent review and that you enjoyed LP, our area and Margret meals. She will appreciate this!! The lady (Iris) flew back and had a spacious seat for her leg in the airplane. She is doing well, but it will take a while before she is fully recovered!! Looking forward welcoming you again at Lily Pond. Kind regards, Niels
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mmlegong wrote a review Mar 2022
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Margaret and team were Excellent. The rooms, food and the accommodation were amazing. I’m planning to bring hubby with me soon. Thank you again for the extraordinary experience. My birthday was just a bliss
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 11 Mar 2022
Dear Malebo, Thank you for your beautiful review and hope you will celebrate your next birthday again with us.... Kind regards, Margret
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slaugh131239 wrote a review Feb 2022
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lily Pond Lodge. The hosts are extremely friendly and very helpful. Absolutely loved their property. So very tranquil and peaceful, you can’t help but relax. The food was exceptional as well as the staff. The surrounding area is also incredibly beautiful and we loved the hikes and the mountain biking. We would highly recommend stopping in at Lily Pond Lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 09 Feb 2022
Dear Slaught......., Thank you so much for your fantastic review and rating. For us it is very rewarding if our guests enjoy their stay with us and enjoy the things one can do in this area. We are looking forward to welcoming again. Kind regards, Niels
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137jbe wrote a review Jan 2022
Kirkwood, South Africa3 contributions
Our stay was absolutely amazing. The owners, Niels and Margaret supported by their super friendly and hospitable staff made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The food at the restaurant was really excellent. The well designed lodge near Natures Valley has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere with a well kept large garden with the highlight of three lilyponds. We will certainly stay there again when we are in that area.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: Great place to stay when you are in the Tsitsikamma
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 25 Jan 2022
Dear Guest.., Thank you so much for this excellent review. I will print it out and show it our staff who deserves the credit of your "excellent stay". To keep the garden well kept is a big job, but very satisfying when done.... We are looking forward to welcoming you another time when you are around. Kindest regards, Niels & Margret
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Paul S wrote a review Jan 2022
Doha, Qatar2 contributions
Lillypond is a truly breath taking location. Both the grounds and the rooms were absolutely delightful but the grounds are definitely the star of the show. I spent a number of hours just sitting overlooking the lily pond and soaking it in. Set 10 minutes drive away from the bustle of Plettenberg Bay in December/January, it was the perfect jump off point for our many excursions into this spectacular part of the Garden route. Niels and Margret were wonderful hosts with Neils personally taking responsibility for my caffeine addition. The food was was beautifully prepared and presented in their intimate dining area with both indoor and outdoor options. Breakfast was served every morning on the front terrace by the very friendly and efficient staff with a wide array of options. All round, I couldn't recommend it strongly enough and we will definitely be back for another visit soon.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 14 Jan 2022
Dear Paul, What a great review and we very much appreciate the effort you took to describe Lily Pond and your stay. I trust it will be very useful information for those that have never been at Lily Pond or our area. It was lovely to see you had a great time with your sons and that they enjoyed the activities too. Hopefully next time together with your wife.... Regards, Margret & Niels
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hendrien2022 wrote a review Jan 2022
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Good location, lovely gardens and lilly ponds, warm welcome. Very clean. Rooms spacious and very big bathroom with big showers. Dinner was excellent . Good breakfast in a lovely outdoor area. Location near Birds of Eden
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 14 Jan 2022
Dear Hendrien, Thank you so much for your review and text especially from people in the hospitality industry! Looking forward to see you next time! Kindest regards, Margret & Niels
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mmakhn561524 wrote a review Jan 2022
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The design of the hotel is great. View is exceptional. Quiet and relaxing place, with high quality staff and very friendly owners. Nice food and music at the restaurant . Definitely place to stay and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 05 Jan 2022
Dear Mikhail, Thank you so much for your 5 star rating and even more your nice words!! We looking forward to welcoming another time you are in our area. Kindest regards, Niels
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2-Sterne wrote a review Dec 2021
Potsdam, Germany14 contributions3 helpful votes
Surrounded by nature only, you can recreate in a wonderful lodge with the highlight of three lilyponds and a huge, well-kept garden. Thanks to Margret, Niels and their staff for a (too) short, but very pleasant stay near Tsitsikamma and Storm‘s River. For a daytrip to Storm‘s River you will be sure our first choice again!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Niels Margret Hendriks, Owner at Lily Pond Country Lodge
Responded 15 Dec 2021
Dear "2 Star", Thank you for your great review, much appreciated. Yes you need some more days to fully enjoy this area as it has much to offer. Nevertheless see it as an appetizer for when you are back in SA and our area again. We all are looking forward to your next visit.... Kindest regards, Margret & Niels (owners) Lily Pond Country Lodge ------------------------------------- Liebe "2 Sterne", Vielen Dank für Ihre tolle Bewertung, sehr geschätzt. Ja, Sie brauchen noch ein paar Tage, um diese Gegend in vollen Zügen zu genießen, da sie viel zu bieten hat. Betrachten Sie es dennoch als Vorspeise...., wenn Sie wieder in SA sind. Wir alle von Lily Pond freuen uns auf Ihren nächsten Besuch.... Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Margret & Niels(owners) Lily Pond Country Lodge
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TheresaVZ4 wrote a review Dec 2021
Cologne, Germany2 contributions
We had the most wonderful time at Lily Pond Country Lodge! We came to spend 4 days there and decided to extend after the first night. The whole lodge is beautiful, in a great location, in the middle of the countryside, but still close to do lots of things (hiking, canoeing, zipline tours, horse riding, see animals, beach, Plettenberg,...). But it is also so beautiful there in the lodge that you just want to stay in the lodge! Niels and Margret are such attentive and great hosts, we immediately felt super comfortable. The breakfasts and dinners there are fabulous and we can only recommend everyone to experience the dinners there - we were already looking forward to it in the morning. Charming all round, we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 04 Dec 2021
Dear Theresa, Thank you so much for your great review and comprehensive feedback. So very welcome especially now that we again have to deal with a travel ban from the rest of the world. I'm so glad that you managed to enjoy our area and that we were able to let you feel comfortable. I will tell Margret about your positive dinner experience.... I hope you will think about your South African holiday every year you celebrate your honeymoon/wedding. Margret and I look forward to welcoming you again when back in SA. Kindest regards, Niels Liebe Theresa, vielen Dank für Ihre tolle Bewertung und Ihr umfassendes Feedback. Also sehr willkommen, gerade jetzt, wo wir wieder mit einem Reiseverbot aus dem Rest der Welt zu kämpfen haben. Es freut mich sehr, dass es Ihnen so gut gefallen hat und bei uns so wohlfühlen. Ich werde Margret von deiner positiven Erfahrung beim Abendessen erzählen.... Ich hoffe, Sie werden jedes Jahr, wenn Sie Ihre Flitterwochen/Hochzeit feiern, an Ihren Südafrika-Urlaub denken. Margret und ich freuen uns, Sie wieder in SA begrüßen zu dürfen. Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Niels
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Shani Du Toit wrote a review Nov 2021
Knysna, South Africa4 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful stay in a beautiful location! Friendly and attentive staff. The owners Niels and Margret went out of their way to make us feel at home. They were recommended to us by family members and we can understand why. Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 21 Nov 2021
Dear Shani, Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We enjoyed your stay with us too and hope to see you another time at Lily Pond. Kindest regards, Niels
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US$123 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapePlettenberg BayThe Crags
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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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, Ristorante Enrico, and Bramon Boutique Wine Estate.
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.