About Portland Manor

George Rex, reputed to be the illegitimate son of George III of England, settled in Knysna in 1804.

George Rex died in 1839 and in accordance with the terms of his will his properties were put up for sale. By 1840 Thomas Henry Duthie had bought further farms, namely Westford and Portland, out of the George Rex Estate.

In 1842, Englishman Henry Barrington, 12th son of George, the 5th Viscount Barrington, arrived in the Cape and came to Knysna. Here he purchased the Portland farm from Thomas Henry Duthie and built a stone farm house, styled on the manor houses of England, which unfortunately was completely destroyed by the Great Fire of 1869. Undaunted, he rebuilt the home which still stands today, called Portland Manor.

The Manor house was built during the early 1860’s and still retains its obvious English heritage.

There are 6 bedrooms 4 of which are en-suite and 2 sharing. (excluding the owners quarters of 5 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and dining area) There is also a large lounge to enjoy, as well as an outside bar overlooking a game camp. The Manor house has been furnished with antiques ranging from crystal chandeliers from 1864 (the date the house was finished) through to the 1950’s, in keeping with the property.

Enjoy the views onto the stunning Lawn Wood Lake and watch the Zebra, Bontebok, Ostriches and Wildebeest running in the game camp below. Perfect facilities for private or corporate functions.

Four star accommodation in the Manor House; Lawnwood Hotel has 19 rooms en suite, functions in the Pack House restaurant, friendly ambiance in the 1860’s Portland Arms English Pub, and wedding and conference space in the Manor Hall - or in marquees set up in the extensive gardens and large deck leading out onto the lake.