A Unique & Historical Garden Route Experience
Portland Manor Country Estate nestles in the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua mountains, just 15 km from the holiday town of Knysna.
Tastefully Decorated Rooms
We offer spacious rooms from double deluxe, family suites and the ultimate executive jacuzzi suite.
A traditional English breakfast included.
Mosy down to the breakfast room at your leisure and get everything you need to get started for the day.
30-minute cruise on the lake included.
Enjoy a sundowner on the stunning Lawn Wood lake when you stay with us.
Mountain biking included.
Complimentary bicycles available for the entire family to explore the forest, or bring your own!
Fly fishing on the lake.
Complimentary fishing rods available for fly fishing on the lake (bass), or bring your own rods!
Hiking trails on premise.
Discover the tranquil forest by hiking or running the trails, suitable for the entire family!
Private Game viewing.
Private Game estate on the property, enjoy watching Zebra, Bontebok, Ostriches and Wildebeest running in the estate.
Relax and unwind by the Pool.
Or simply relax and unwind by the pool enjoying the breathtaking views of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Extraordinary Wedding Venue
A perfect setting for the realisation of your wedding day dream.
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Situated high in the hills above Knysna is a beautiful and historical country estate & hotel. You are invited to stay with us to experience the warmth and comfort of country life at its best.
Explore Portland Manor, a scenic and historic estate situated in the heart of nature, adjoining the Knysna Forest with 212 hectares of pure countryside, it's the perfect setting for many outdoor activities.
- Complimentary traditional English breakfast.
- 30-minute cruise on the lake.
- Mountain bikes available for exploring the forest, suitable for the entire family.
- Fly fishing on the lake, rods available or bring your own.
- Hiking or trail running through the forest, suitable for all ages.
If you're looking for the perfect getaway to explore the unique history of Knysna and its breath-taking views of the countryside, you get to experience a country lifestyle resort offering outdoor activities to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.
The History of Portland Manor
Did you know that Portland Manor dates back to the early 1800's? The exact buildings, built by the 12th son of George, still stands today. Come experience old-world charm and outstanding hospitality in a magnificent setting. George Rex, reputed to be the illegitimate son of George III of England, settled in Knysna in 1804. He died in 1839 and in accordance with the terms of his will his properties were put up for sale.
Lawn Wood Lodge has 19 tastefully decorated rooms. You will find the charm of our country style historic rooms which are spacious and individually furnished. Enjoy the log burning fireplaces and en-suite facilities, there is also a large lounge area for guests to enjoy. Each room has a television with local channels and tea and coffee making facilities.
Nestled in the foothills of the Outeniqua mountain range a mere 20 km northwest of Knysna this historic Estate provides the perfect setting for the realisation of your wedding day dream.
We have a host of activities to do in the estate including hiking, fly fishing, canoeing, trail running, mountain biking, game viewing, cruises and water-skiing on the Lawnwood lake plus so much more!
We welcome you to country comfort at its very best.
From Our Guests:
18 November 2017- The historic Portland Manor will appeal to the traveller who appreciates beautiful natural surroundings and personalised service . It is tucked away outside Knysna down an intriguing long driveway . The views of the mountains and lake are exquisite . There are zebras in the grounds and we saw a porcupine as we drove in one night . The Manor House is built from stone and... Read More
Henry via Tripadvisor
If you want old-world charm and outstanding hospitality in a magnificent setting - then look no further than Portland Manor on the outskirts of Knysna. The 164 year old manor house - the same one referred to in Dalene Mathee's books - is a treat just to visit , let alone to stay in. The solid old building with gorgeous stonework and some really interesting antiques and paintings makes... Read More
Ericksons, via Tripadvisor
Superb! Great Setting, beautiful room and most of all we loved your hospitality! All the best
Francois & Diana
What a wonderful time, 12 of us were here for my wife's 40th and Chante, Debbie, Nathasha and Denis were absolutely amazing. Thank you fo rthe incredible, warm welcoming and willing hospitality, we were so well cared for and looked after, every detail(even ear plugs) Not to mention the food, absolutely delicious. Thank you to all.
David and Adriette Nel