Redford House

Garden Route

Rooms: 4: 2 in Noble House (king bed, en-suite with bath and shower); 1 in the Carriage House (queen bed, en-suite with bath and shower); Mrs Tiggywinkle's self-catering cottage.

Prices: Noble House: R800 - R900 pp sharing; Carriage House: R500 pp sharing; Mrs Tiggywinkle's Cottage R800 for the whole cottage. Single supplement R50.
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Meals: Full English breakfast included. Mrs Tiggywinkle's Cottage is self-catering but can order breakfast @ R60 each. Dinner with stories by arrangement (R150 - R180).

Directions: On N2, 17km east of Plettenberg Bay turn left in to Redford Road. Coming from PE, 16km from Toll Gate turn right in to Redford Road. 3km up Redford Road, look out for white poles and sign on your left. GPS: deg 93'60.89”S 23deg45'32.74”E

GPS: 33 deg 56'22.17" S & 23deg 26'57.05"E

Dr Clive Noble and Colleen Noble
12 Redford Road, The Crags, Garden Route, Western Cape

Tel: (0)44-534-8877
Cell: (0)76-907-1019
Fax: (0)44-534-8188
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Redford House, with its ploughs, wagon-wheels, rolling hills, meandering rivers and wizened, centuries-old oak trees, seems to exist in some previous and rather idyllic age; a rural haven to be found perhaps in the pages of a Thomas Hardy novel. If I had been staying longer I would surely have settled down on the verandah with a copy of Country Life to absorb some of this pure bucolic peace where only the reassuring buzz of a bee, the brief agitation of a rooster or the distant lowing of a cow might disrupt me. Instead I took in some polo and quaffed a glass of Pimms by the pool-house studio (Thursday night is ‘life drawing’ night) before joining my hosts in the yellowwood-beamed Old Settler’s dining room to hear stories of the buffalo and elephants that once roamed these pastures. Colleen, who is warm, gentle and caring, and has spent a lifetime in conservancy, and Dr Clive (an orthopaedic surgeon) are a fascinating and erudite couple. Their home has become a sort of Garden Route Speaker’s Corner where the Nobles host hot soup evenings at which you might learn about the history of global warming or perhaps Gondwanaland. Or you might just light a log fire and enjoy a cup of cocoa in the splendid pine-panelled drawing room before slipping off to the land of nod amid soft cotton in a cottage that Mrs Tiggywinkle would have loved! The Crags has now become a big wine-growing area, with 5 wine farms on Redford Rd alone.

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What to Do in the Area

Why The Crags?

Eco Tourism:
To set the scene..The Crags is situated at the foot of the Tsisikamma Mountains where they drop down to some of the longest, pristine beaches in all the world...Nature's Valley, Keurbooms and Robberg. Nature's Valley beach at this time of the year could be exclusively yours as there are not too many people around. It is the final destination of the Otter Trail and also where the Tsitsikamma Trail starts.

There are also many, many other wonderful trails and forest echo-activities besides the well-known Otter Trail and Tsitsikamma Trails. To give one extra example..The Dolphin Trail is for those who are not quite so adventurous, would like to sleep in a decent bed in a beautiful guest house after a days' walk, enjoy a good meal and a beer and don't want to carry their own heavy pack. Besides the beaches, The Crags is bounded by the Tsitsikamma National Park, Keurbooms Nature Reserve, Whiskey Creek Reserve and the Eden to Addo National Park.

The weather

We are usually a good 8deg warmer in winter than Johannesburg which brags about having the best weather in the world, and we don't have Cape Town's temper tantrums. This time of the year is often champagne weather...excellent for hiking, golf and all other outdoor activities.

About The Crags

Besides its beautiful setting, The Crags has most of Plettenberg Bay's activities and they are situated on the Cruise the Crags Route. These include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Animal Sanctuary where you can walk with cheetahs, Elephant Sanctuary (ride on the elephants), Snake Sanctuary, The original Barnyard Theatre which is a lot of fun and usually well supported and a great evening for family and friends, Bramon Wine Estate and restaurant..absolutely great for lunch winter or summer and great wines, The Mill complex (wonderful playground for children, craft centre, little animals to feed,
shopping for handmade crafts and mohair products).

A special mention must be made of the fact that The Crags is fast becoming the focus of a new wineland area, and several estates already exist..many are in the making. It is also the centre for Polo. Polo operates from November to the end of April. In December the famous Kurland Polo Estate holds the International Polo tournament and is the centre of activity for everyone to enjoy.

Close by The Crags

The Crags is situated between and close to both Storms River Village and Plettenberg Bay.The former offers unique Adventure Tourism, such as Canopy Tours, Storms River Tubing, and of course the highest bunjy jump in the world is between The Crags and Storms River at Blaauwkrantz Bridge. All of these may be done in winter, and there are many winter specials for accommodation and activities.