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Kurland Hotel

Kurland Estate The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602 South Africa
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Situated in the foothills of the Western Cape Mountains along the Garden Route, on a 700 hectare, private estate, complete with its own polo club, Kurland is the stuff of fantasies. This delightful place, within reach of secluded beaches and a great variety of activities, has buckets of character, and a menu of things to do. Over 80 years ago Baron Peter Behr discovered a coastal paradise of exquisite beauty near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route in South Africa and purchased the estate which he named Kurland after the Baltic province where he was born. Over the years Kurland has evolved into an exclusive-use location, boasting private luxury accommodation options and exquisite event facilities on a 700 hectare estate of stunning natural beauty, perfect for country pursuits. Its location within the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve allows guests the chance to enjoy equestrian activities, forest walks, unspoilt beaches, water sports, and extreme activities such as bungy jumping, paragliding or sky diving. Kurland also boasts its own championship polo grounds and guests can learn to play polo themselves or simply sit back and marvel at the professionals. Guests at Kurland can rent the Homestead with its 12 luxurious suites, sumptuous interiors, peaceful library, gorgeous rose gardens and well equipped spa. Children or additional guests will enjoy Kurland’s facilities – two, three and four bed loft rooms have been cleverly created above the main suites, each with en-suite bathroom. The Kurland Villa is a large country house overlooking an indigenous forest and is available to rent, either on an exclusive use basis or just a few of the rooms in the house. It has all the amenities required for modern living including WiFi, cable TV, a large pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and also a full size billiards table. There are 5 double rooms in the main house and a further 3 in the west wing cottage.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Hiking
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Parking
Wifi
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Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
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Breakfast available
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Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
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Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
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Conradv7 wrote a review Apr 2022
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa18 contributions6 helpful votes
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Spent Easter weekend at this unique estate. The homestead is set within walking distance of the stables and polo fields, yet entirely separate. The rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed. The food is to die for; probably to die from, given the abundance of the good stuff like butter and cream. The service is unobtrusive but ready when needed The total experience feeds the soul.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Luke B wrote a review Mar 2022
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We rented a room for three nights. Peter, the host, was fantastically welcoming. The house and grounds are beautiful and the perfect place to relax. We have breakfast and dinner in the villa, both of which were sumptuous and brilliantly appointed. Peter recommended some great places and restaurants to visit in the local area and couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly recommend!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Peter Behr, Owner at Kurland Hotel
Responded 06 Mar 2022
Thanks for your compliments Luke and Debs! I’m glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you both again soon
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Nicola van Barthold wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
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We were very pleased with ourselves for stumbling across the gem that is Kurland Villa. Positioned in the heart of the Kurland Estate, the setting was perfect: tranquil and beautiful with mountains, lake and a direct view of the sunset. It certainly offers a special chance to kick back and relax. Peter is a generous host who welcomed us into their beautiful family home, designed in country house style by his talented wife. The style is sumptuous yet comfortable and we were encouraged to relax and make ourselves feel at home (which, very soon, we wished it was!). Peter, and his wonderful housekeeper Brenda, did a splendid job of looking after us - striking the balance of being present whilst giving us our space. The breakfasts and home cooked dinners were wholesome and delicious - Peter does a great Braai if wanted. We really hope to get back next year and can only highly recommend others go too.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Peter Behr, Owner at Kurland Hotel
Responded 01 Mar 2022
Thank you for your compliments Nicola. It’s most appreciated. See you next year hopefully.
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CheToer wrote a review Jul 2021
26 contributions20 helpful votes
I've been to the Kirland Spa twice now and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! Such a lovely space, great amenities like the sauna, steam room, and plunge pool, as well as awesome management and staff. We felt so spoilt after our visit, I honestly can't wait to go again! Thanks again for the lovely morning
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Date of stay: June 2021
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FreddyAppollo wrote a review Feb 2020
Switzerland107 contributions73 helpful votes
Somewhat of a mixed bag. The setting, a beautiful estate, is fabulous, especially if you are a horse lover. Great cozy British country atmosphere that exudes old world charm, with fires going on at all times everywhere, including on the outside terrace, when the weather gets a little cold. Said terrace is a treat, with several wonderful sitting areas in which a whole family can gather to enjoy drinks or have tea. Other common areas are also very welcoming and full of charm. The personnel is extremely nice and serviceable. However, and this is one of the downsides, despite all of the staff's goodwill, service is extremely slow, half-hazard and somewhat unprofessional, especially at mealtimes. Meals can be very hit or miss and protracted affairs, with lots of waiting between courses and occasional mistakes. By western standards, the staff has clearly not had any real training for this kind of work; it is plentiful but somewhat inefficient. Things are brought out or cleared one piece at a time, in what sometimes seems random fashion. On one occasion my two eggs were brought out one at a time, at five minutes interval. Generally, you do get the feeling the staff would do anything to accommodate you, but sadly requests are sometimes not followed-up on, and you end up wandering about trying to get hold of someone for an answer. Another thing is the fact that certain areas or even rooms are somewhat run-down. The pool is not very clean, the lounge chairs are in a sorry state, the tiling and painting in certain areas is decaying, the carpet in the room was old and dirty, and some spots (patios, for instance), have a somewhat abandoned feel to them. Also, the lighting seriously needs to be revamped. At present it is hodgepodge of old lights/chandeliers with inconsistent led lightbulbs – some almost dead and giving extremely low light, others a bright, glaring and cold bright –, generally making for somewhat depressing lighting. On a minor note, the fact that the advertised quads were not available was a disappointment (they were said to be under maintenance, which is surprising in the middle of Christmas season). All in all, an enjoyable place to stay in for sure, but in need of adjustments and freshening to make it a truly 5 star hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from DDHowell38, General Manager at Kurland Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Dear FreddyAppollo Thank you for taking the time to write this review. All your points have been noted with interest. We hope that when you next visit, Kurland will be up to standard. Kind regards, Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Kim wrote a review Feb 2020
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Magnificent setting with elegant feel. Very peaceful. Restaurant was beautifully set out with lots of attention to detail. Staff were eager to please, friendly and very helpful. A great choice of venue.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from DDHowell38, General Manager at Kurland Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Dear Kimdupreez Thank you for your very kind review and positive comments about your visit to Kurland. We love doing what we do and so happy that you were too. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Kurland soon. Kind regards Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Plettenbaer wrote a review Feb 2020
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa56 contributions9 helpful votes
Stunning Venue with the pool, the veranda, the horses, the sunset, the fabulous valentines dinner decorations, a great Menu with absolutely great wine pairing, a great vibe with fantastic people , all dressed up superior, great waiters and kitchen staff: Great ingredients for an unforgettable Valentines Dinner!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from DDHowell38, General Manager at Kurland Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Plettenbaer - thank you! Thank you so very much for your fabulous review - it was indeed a pleasure to have been your hosts. Your compliments will be shared with our TEAM and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Kira Bladergroen wrote a review Feb 2020
The Crags, South Africa30 contributions2 helpful votes
This beautiful homestead, that is now a hotel, offers a really special and intimate experience, the food we had was beautifully presented and tasted even better. The staff were attentive, friendly and highly efficient. If you are looking for fine dining, in a magnificent setting, this restaurant ticks all the boxes!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from DDHowell38, General Manager at Kurland Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Dear Kira-Plett1 We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us at Kurland and appreciate you taking the time to write this review. It is always such a pleasure to welcome new and regular clientele and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Louise C wrote a review Jan 2020
Stamford UK292 contributions133 helpful votes
We stayed at Kurland four years ago, and worked this holiday around our dates there. If anything, our room this time was even better! Sumptious furnishings, dressing room and a huge bathroom, large deck and plunge pool - we didn't want to leave! Kurland is a vast estate and four bike trails have been created since our last visit....the blue one is quite challenging! We stayed over the festive polo season, so there was activity on the pitches, one of which we could see from our room. We overlooked fields of young horses, which was an iyllic scene in the evening sunlight. The food at Kurland is sublime - I am not much of a carnivore, but the chef's beef patty is absolutely incredible - so much so, that he kindly made them again for us on our last evening! Anything back here risks being a disappointment! Jason, Jacqueline and Gwen were great restaurant staff and made our stay all the more special. Thank you to Diana and her team. One tip - it would be nice to have a kettle in the room for an earlly morning cuppa!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded 26 Jan 2020
Dear Louise C What a pleasure it was to have had the privilege to welcome you back to Kurland. Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and we are delighted that everything was to your satisfaction. Your encouraging compliments about the staff and service were so very welcome - thank you! I have shared your comments with the team and it just brought such huge smiles to their faces. We love doing what we do and when our guests compliment us, it just gives us even more reason to carry out and continue with our 'Kurland Way'. You will be happy to hear that we have commenced with the roll out of an in-suite tray service with a French Press for filter coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a mini kettle with fresh milk in the bar fridge. We look forward to welcoming you back yet again in the not too distant future and hope its not another four years ;) Have the best day and kind regards, Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Marjolein A wrote a review Oct 2019
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1433 contributions325 helpful votes
We had a beautiful picnic lunch at the fire place during our Hog Horse Trail day ride. What an amazing day and terrific lunch. All fresh scones wraps pastry and fruit. Beautifully set on a tremendous estate.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 23 Oct 2019
Dear Mara281210 Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this lovely review about your picnic lunch at Kurland. We are delighted that your enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you up at Kurland again soon. The Hog Hollow Trails are fabulous and a great day experience. Until the next time. Best regards, Diana Howell GENERAL MANAGER
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kurland Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kurland Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (2.3 km), Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (2.3 km), and Birds of Eden (2.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kurland Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Kurland Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kurland Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Kurland Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kurland Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peppermill Cafe, Bramon Boutique Wine Estate, and Ristorante Enrico.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kurland Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Kurland Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Kurland Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kurland Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Kurland Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.