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St James of Knysna

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Outdoor dining
Superior Suite - Lake Facing - 16  | Balcony
Front of property - evening/night
Cleanliness standards
Free daily buffet breakfast

Overview of St James of Knysna

St James of Knysna

5.0 star property
Lakefront country house with 2 outdoor pools, near Knysna Lagoon

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
The Point, Eastford, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570

Guests rated this location 9.1/10 - Wonderful

Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Spa services
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Front-desk safe
Feel at home
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ) - 35 min drive
  • George (GRJ) - 36.5 miles/58.7 km


  • Seattle Coffee Company - 3 min drive
  • The Drydock Food Co - 5 min drive
  • 34 South - 5 min drive
  • Lunar Cafe - 3 min drive
  • Cruise Cafe - 3 min drive

About this property

St James of Knysna

When visiting Knysna, St James of Knysna is a great choice to consider. After splashing around at the 2 outdoor pools, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this luxurious country house include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers like the restaurant and spacious guestrooms.


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 15 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, uncovered onsite self parking
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Private picnics
  • 24-hour room service

What to do

  • Kayaking
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Safari nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Ziplining nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1991
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Designer stores on site
  • Spa services


  • Handrails in stairways
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English
  • French

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 43-inch TV
  • Digital TV channels
  • Netflix

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Turndown service
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free newspapers
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages.


St James of Knysna - This bar specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


<p>This property does not have elevators. </p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system on site. </p><p>This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).</p><p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

Knysna St James
St James House Knysna
St James Knysna
The St James Knysna
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel Knysna
St James Knysna Country House
St James Country House
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel
St James of Knysna Knysna
St James of Knysna Country House
St James of Knysna Country House Knysna

Frequently asked questions

Does St James of Knysna offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, St James of Knysna does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at St James of Knysna?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at St James of Knysna?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools.
Are pets allowed at St James of Knysna?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at St James of Knysna?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at St James of Knysna?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at St James of Knysna and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, rowing, and fishing. Additional recreation nearby includes game drives, game viewing, and safari tours. Enjoy a swim in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or use the country house's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. St James of Knysna also has a garden.
What's the area around St James of Knysna like?
St James of Knysna is a short 1-minute walk from Knysna Lagoon and 13 minutes' walk from Garden Route National Park.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

The best
This is our favourite place to stay in Knysna. Great staff, wonderful position, great breakfast.
DOUGLAS, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

Service, staff and room were excellent but stay was ruined by no restaurant, no bar, no lounge no T V and very few other Guests. Renovation works in progress which we were not told about. Check before you book
5-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This is a beautiful property. It is not inexpensive however the facility certainly merits the cost. It has a view of the waterfront and the rooms are spacious and extremely well maintained. The restaurant in the hotel has good breakfast and lunch options. Recommend having dinner at one of the many places on the waterfront. Solid 4 star property.
4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Eusebio, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Old world elegance
Great place. Very happy. Once the luxury home of the first Miss South Africa
DOUGLAS, 4-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

Very disappointing
Below average. - right in the high way so lots of noise from traffic - slow service - old non maintained/renovated rooms - WiFi not working - more like a 3 star establishment + nice breakfast outside area Overall very disappointing
Daniel, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Jeremy, 3-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice set up, big suite, older hotel, away from Restaurants
Dirk, 1-night trip
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