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I’ll be honest: The Boat House is so incredibly blissful that I had to be shoehorned out the front door so we could indulge in the myriad other pleasures offered by Plettenberg Bay. (It was the promise of sundown cocktails on the deck at Emily Moon that proved to be the magic charm.) The Boat House is a great contemporary interpretation of the farmhouse vernacular. It is chic, slick, totally unpretentious and incomparably comfortable.
You can see at first glance that it’s going to be sheer heaven for teens and kids. What with a snooker table, swimming pool, TV/entertainment area and the Piesang River to paddle in (brilliant – keeps energetic types busy for hours while you sleep in or indulge in an afternoon snooze), this place is a real find. And then there are all those things that make it too wonderful for words for you, too.
It is an utterly peaceful green oasis with masses of space for everyone. The central open-plan living and dining space opens up and expands via sliding doors to provide a seamless flow between indoors and out. There are loads of different spots where you can play and relax in this fabulously sociable home, so even with a full house you are never on top of one another. We ended up taking every single meal outside at the long table on the gorgeous covered verandah overlooking the pool. Twirling ceiling fans kept us cool despite the summer heat, and dressing for dinner meant throwing on a kikoi over our wet swimsuits!
Adding real charm and warmth to the airy interior is the sheer simplicity of the decor, where tactile linen slipcovers and natural textures – wood, linen, woven mats – give interest and oodles of personality to the white colour palette. Much of the furniture is from Amatuli and Weylandts – both real favourites of mine. The home has not one Morso fireplace, but three! Two indoors and one on the covered verandah for year-round outdoor entertaining. And then there is the kitchen: you’ll have to see this sublime, custom-designed space for yourself, but take it from me that it’s a cook’s dream, packed with Smeg appliances. Easy beach living and low-key luxury begin right here at The Boat House.
What we love!
The river frontage, which gives you a totally different, bucolic Plett experience
The way the bedroom wings are cleverly designed for maximum privacy and peace on each side of the central living space.
The master suite bathtub surrounded on three sides with glass – it has a hedge planted around it for privacy and fantastic mountain views
The massive walk-in fridge: is there anything more luxurious than being able to stock up in one fell swoop on enough groceries to feed a small army, thereafter avoiding the drudgery of grocery shopping altogether?
Need to know…
Its heavenly riverfront location does make it unsafe for smaller kids so only babes-in-arms or kids over five who are confident swimmers allowed.
Whilst the house has not been specifically designed with ramps for wheelchairs it is all on one level and has had successful stays from wheelchair-bound guests in the past.
Reviewed by Sally Rutherford
Based on 1 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at The Boat House.
Our weekend at The Boat House was the highlight of our two week Garden Route trip. We did wonder if booking a house on the river rather than beachfront was the right thing and it proved to be absolutely right and went way beyond our expectations. The house is set on a huge plot and feels totally private with only beautiful countryside views from all angles. Spaces are large, décor is contemporary and oh-so-fresh and the design of the house means that whatever you need is right to hand. We had all sorts of plans for the weekend but splashing about in the pool, canoeing on the river and simply enjoying this exquisite space trumped them and except for a morning at the local Saturday market we didn’t leave! Aggie the housekeeper is WONDERFUL! We’d rise to find the whole house opened up and our breakfast being prepared – she totally spoilt us, as did the gardener, Donald, who arrived on Saturday to clean our cars as knows us water-starved Capetonians need that service! Thank you for sharing this exquisite home with us – we will be back for a longer stay soon!
Off peak: R8 000
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The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.