Hey guys and girls!
Recently we had the awesome privilege to spend a couple of days at the Pezula Private Castle in Noetzie just outside Knysna. This made yours truly (me!) feel like the queen of her own castle!
We being myself and a couple of other bloggers… i.e. Sarah & Ralph Dirsuwei from Chasing the Rainbow Blog; Sheena & Sian O’Keeffe from Live Adventure and last but not least, Ryan “Zimdollar” Moss from What A Lot We Got and Rebel Media Guys.
Upon arrival at the Pezula Private Castle we were greeted by our amazing host, manager Jeanne Stander and his gracious staff and treated to drinks on the veranda overlooking the most stunning of private beaches. Obviously all the girls went for gins with pink tonic in beautiful huge bubble glasses.
Jeanne took us on a tour of the castle, showed us the chair where Pres Nelson Mandela sat in front of the fireplace in the lounge, the room where he stayed as well as the other two rooms upstairs and off course my own “private” castle, Honeymoon Castle a stone’s throw away from the main castle.
Honeymoon Castle is ideal for a honeymoon couple (obviously!) or for a small family that want to be more private. It’s even got the cutest private little splash pool, a fireplace and a fully fitted kitchen for those wanting to cater for themselves, although the suppers in the main castle dining room is way more fun as Jeanne can entertain you for hours with his stories and anecdotes!
We also had a tour of Lindsay Castle, the oldest and original castle in Noetzie, which is currently under renovation and a true gem of a stone castle – authentic in nature and a visual feast. The entire crew just fell in love with Lindsay Castle and we all agreed that Lindsay is “the one”!
I managed to catch the crew by surprise on the first morning in Noetzie with a sunrise boot camp session on the beach… Just what the doctor ordered to work up an appetite before breakfast with loads of squats, jumping jacks, running, bear crawling and yes… BURPEES!!! After cooling off in the refreshing ocean we had a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda – fresh fruit salad, yummy coffee and freshly baked croissants…
After breakfast we headed off to Knysna to meet up with Schalk from The Waterclub to participate in the Knysna Experience which comprise of a 9km forest hike, a township tour, visiting various stunning viewpoints in and around Knysna, lunch at Totties Eatery in Rheenendal and finishing the experience off with a sunset cruise and being thoroughly entertained by Monty from The Waterclub. We chuckled properly at his Knysna seahorse explanation and also his rendition of how Knysna got its name.
The one stand out activity on Schalk’s Knysna Experience is definitely lunch at Totties Eatery, a quaint and gorgeous family restaurant in Rheenendal just outside Knysna. The food is amazing, fresh, fragrant and delicious. The service is genuine and friendly and we were even treated to gifts from the owners. If you ever find yourself in beautiful Knysna, do make the trip to Totties and treat yourself to a visual and culinary feast!
It is no secret that Knysna is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth… Part of the Knysna Experience with Schalk from The Waterclub is visiting various viewpoints in and around Knysna. Photos cannot do the beauty of this place justice, but at least I’ve tried…
Now you may ask me what can you possibly do at the Pezula Private Castle other than relax, eat, drink, bask in the sun at the pool or the beach, especially if sunrise boot camp sessions is not your “thing”. Well folks on the morning of day two, myself, Sian and Sheena went to explore the hiking trail which is still a tad overgrown and very challenging but oh so very beautiful. Little did we know that we were not only going to hike but also indulge in such serious rock climbing, or in our case rock scrambling as both myself and Sheena are petrified of heights. But we came, be conquered and we thoroughly enjoyed.
And if rock climbing isn’t your “thing” either, there is a beautiful river where you can indulge in a not-so-physical kayak paddle session up and down the sanctuary and just enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundant bird life.
Alas… all great things had to come to and end, but this will always and forever be one of my stand-out travel experiences. All that is left to say is that you should consider a stay at the Pezula Private Castle, it is truly special and will leave you a changed person forever!
Until the next adventure, I’ll sit and reminisce at the unique and touching beauty of this very special place.
Yours in travel, adventures and a healthy, active lifestyle
From Sharon with Love