The Old Rectory – Luxury Accommodation in the heart of historical Plett

Over the past few days I’ve been featuring the various wine farms we visited on our recent trip to explore the Plett Wine Route. Hopefully I’ve whet your appetite enough to encourage you to plan a visit to this gloriously green garden of South Africa. And if that IS the case then today’s post is perfect for you, especially if you’re looking for luxury accommodation in Plettenberg Bay. During our trip down the Garden Route we were lucky enough to stay in the most incredible luxury accommodation in Plett – The Old Rectory.

The Old Rectory Boutique Hotel

The Old Rectory is set in a secluded cul-de-sac right in the heart of historical Plettenberg Bay, in fact part of the hotel is located in what is the oldest building structure in Plett.

Built in 1777 this national monument has lived many lives over it’s 240 year history – originally it was used as an army barracks for the Dutch East India Company troops and has even had lives as a school and a blacksmith, although it is the role it played for the longest time that has given it it’s name… The Old Rectory was once the main rectory house for the first Anglican chapel in Plett.

Forming part of the Rare Earth Retreat collection of luxury boutique accommodation, The Old Rectory does not disappoint!

Rare Earth, with its collection of beach, bush and country locations, prizes uniqueness and chooses key locations to set its offering apart.

Architects and designers for the renovation of The Old Rectory were selected based on their understanding of the subtlety needed for the project. Existing features such as a thatched roof, yellowwood floors, deep set windows and old brickwork – were retained beautifully and it’s these unique features that give the original building an inimitable charm. The result is an immaculately restored hotel that keeps its’ heritage top of mind. The space is warm and welcoming – the inviting fire that was burning to invite us in on our arrival was even built in the original kitchen fireplace!

The original building houses the reception area, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant and the bar. The space feels private and intimate. Completing the common areas there is a gorgeous pool deck area where we enjoyed sunning ourselves between our activities on the warmer days and even indulged in a leisurely pool-side breakfast one morning.

The Rooms

In addition there are 18 luxury suites set amidst the gorgeous gardens in three blocks (of eight, six and four suites). The hotel welcomes all ages and so the design was configured to be versatile which means that 14 rooms have a connecting foyer that can transform the two rooms on each floor into a single unit which is a great option for families with small children or groups of friends travelling together.

The room I stayed in had a private balcony overlooking an ancient milkwood tree – one of the oldest in the area. The decor was simple and stylish, rich in colour and comfort with a fresh contemporary feel. Completing the luxurious experience was an enveloping king-sized bed of sheer bliss, a large shower and a gloriously deep stand alone bath tub. All rooms have air conditioning, a mini bar, TV, wifi, a hairdryer, a safe, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit,free bottled water, underfloor heating plus plush robes that complete the five star experience.


The Beach

Surely the best aspect of The Old Rectory is its’ location which is just 2 mins walk from a Blue Flag beach. The ease of access to one of the most popular and pretty Plett beaches was a highlight of our stay and we made sure to visit the beach every day, sometimes even twice a day! Early morning walks with the seagulls, mid-morning swims interspersing lazy hours on our deck chair followed by sunset strolls to watch the sky paint a picture are the order of the day in Plett. The beauty of being able to just walk out the door and down the street makes this Plett accommodation perfect for those who want to arrive and only a short stroll from the beach.

The Spa

The Old Rectory also has an inhouse spa on site, the Sanctuary Spa is situated in a historic, thatch-roofed building. The interiors are decorated with a smattering of tropical greenery, candles and vases of freshly cut flowers. There’s a hammam and three treatment rooms and the spa menu includes various massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

The Restaurant

The restaurant, 1777, has a beautiful high ceiling with yellowood trusses, stone walls, a timber floor and wrought-iron chandeliers. The menu is rooted in the history of the area with dishes reflecting African, French, Dutch and British influences. There’s plenty of linefish and flavoursome seafood on the menu although the offerings change to reflect the seasons.

The Bar

Nibbles Bar has gorgeous copper pipe shelving and exposed bulbs that add a modern twist to this historical space. This is a cosy space to unwind after a busy day exploring the Garden Route. Enjoy a drink from their selection of quality craft gins, single malt whiskies and cocktails. There’s also a fine wine list, including bottles from the hotel’s own winery, Kay & Monty in The Crags.


The Town

There’s plenty to discover in the quaint seaside town of Plett. Browse the variety of boutique stores, stroll the pristine beaches while looking for an elusive pansy shell or head out to explore the nearby nature reserves such as Robberg where you can watch whales frolic in the waves below.

Alternatively head out to discover the flourishing local wine route!

Click here to read more about my time on the Plett Wine Route



Plettenberg Bay has a sense of peace about it, it’s a restorative place in tune with its’ surroundings where you too can reset your own rhythms while reconnect with nature and yourself and The Old Rectory is the perfect place to do just that!



Special Offer on Accommodation at The Old Rectory

For readers of Becoming you I have an amazing special offer for 2 nights for 2 people…

Instead of the usual rate of R7 800 you can experience 2 nights accommodation in a Luxury Suite for 2 people sharing at The Old Rectory for only R3 500!


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The offer includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in a luxury suite for 2 people
  • A bottle of Kay & Monty wine at dinner
  • Gourmet Daily Breakfast – Continental or Full English
  • Complimentary Wine tasting at Kay & Monty Vineyard
  • R250.00 spa voucher per person to be used at The Old Rectory’s Sanctuary Spa
  • Free return transfers from Plettenberg Bay Airport


This special offer voucher is valid for use between 15 Aug 2018 and 30 Nov 2018. This offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Reservations or credit must be handled within 7 days of voucher purchase.


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For more of my experience at The Old Rectory watch this short video I made during my stay…

Contact The Old Rectory

Cnr Meeding and Bull St, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa

Tel: +27 44 533 1201






Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I will come to South Africa at the end of this year. I will definitely stay at The Old Rectory if I have a chance to visit Plett. Thank you so much for your useful and detailed post.

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