One of the most iconic spots to visit in the Garden Route is the Knysna Heads, a waterway between cliffs guarding the lagoon and its bay. Situated at the bottom of these cliffs, on the lagoon, you’ll find The Milkwood Collection, a series of versatile stays right on the water’s edge. This oasis offers self-catering accommodation to suit any traveller’s desires, necessities and budget. Here is an overview of 3 of the accommodation types, along with their facilities, location and benefits:
Modern Villa: NUMBER 11
This 5 star 11-sleeper villa is the epitome of luxury; inside, the living spaces are light and tranquil with modern clean-cut decor. The en-suite bedrooms are spacious and often equipped with their own TV if the family room’s movie area doesn’t suffice. Outside, the villa has a private infinity pool, and entertainment facilities that include a bar area, and multiple braai spots. Under the trees hangs a large swing, providing an escape for the introvert, while the extrovert can enjoy the fire pit that brings together a circle of stories, laughs and songs. While it is a holiday home, this spot has been used for functions too; from corporate networking affairs, to intimate romantic weddings, Number 11’s roof brings its people together.
Beach House: PAQUITA
For something bit more rustic, the water-side Paquita offers a relaxing environment, with down-to-earth and homely fittings in its 1960s retro build. This 4-star villa boasts an appearance similar to Charlie Sheen’s Malibu beach house; it’s a family home nestled on the edge of the tide, providing the ultimate balance between comfort and escape. The 3 en-suite bedrooms are spacious yet cosy, giving the sea-side spot a warm get breathable environment for families to relax together. The large wooden deck is timeless; during the day, sunshine pours in, allowing heliophiles to enjoy the tanning beds, while allows for evening braais lit by the sunset with views of the Oteniqua mountains and Knysna Lagoon. Paquita is a beautiful space to kick back and relax, carefree and easy.
Timber Chalet: UNDER MILKWOOD
For a bigger bang for your buck, visit the cosy timber chalets of Under Milkwood. The 16 chalets are tucked into the leafy vegetation on the waters’ edge, providing an exotic feel and private escape. Most of the chalets sleep 4 visitors, with a sleeper couch available for an extra guest, providing an opportunity for intimate stays as well as accommodating to larger groups due to the close proximity of the cabins. Despite the natural environment and allure of nature, this is also a perfect remote working space for digital nomads and students as there is strong wifi and desk space. Although these chalets are classified as 3 stars, the quality of the stay, and complimentary facilities available, is great value! To get a taste of this incredible stay, make use of the November Special: stay 3 nights at the waterfront timber chalets and only pay for 2 nights.
EXPLORING THE FACILITIES AND TOWN
Location, location, location — it’s all about location.
At The Milkwood Collection, you are perfectly situated to discover Knysna and all it has to offer. Being one of the few establishments that have direct access to the beach, the waterfront villas and chalets, are a rare find. The warm Indian Ocean water is welcoming and the shallow shores are great for kids to splash in safely. Tanning beds and loungers are available for those wanting to soak in some rays or watch their little ones play.
For the more active visitors, there are kayaks available for use, allowing you to paddle from your doorstep around the lagoon, exploring Leisure Isle and the Thesen Islands from sea-level. You can also challenge your balance, and opt for SUP (stand-up paddling) on some mornings and make use of the high-tide hours. At low-tide, when the water completely clears, you can take a stroll across the lagoon and visit Leisure Isle. Here you can explore the seaside suburbia while grabbing a cup of coffee from the area’s latest spot: Coffee Craft. A pro tip: take your caffeine fix back to your stay, and sip on it as you watch the lagoon fill up again. These uninterrupted views, with the lagoon, twinkling town lights and backdrop of the Heads, are also incredible to enjoy at sunset when the sky is painted pink behind the Outeniqua mountains.
Craving a sweet treat? Take a leisurely 2-min stroll down to East Heads Cafe; a spot notorious for its breakfasts and cakes with views of the beach and Heads. For those wanting to get in their 10,000 steps: trek to the view point at the top of the Heads. The phrase ‘as above, so below’ is embraced as you are able to compare the views as seen from your water’s edge villa to the elated one by the lookout point. Here, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Coney beach, Buffelsbaai and the untouchable horizon of the Indian Ocean.
All kitchens are equipped with Le Creuset cookware and a full-equipped kitchen; it encourages food adventures and make any kitchen visit looks like an aesthetic culinary extravaganza. Thankfully, for the messier chefs, daily house-keeping is available, providing you with a helping hand in cleaning up. Additionally, laundry service and pre-ordered groceries can be arranged at your convenience, making your stay the ultimate stress-free vacation. On the nights that the family aren’t braaing on the veranda, or making use of Sirocco’s 2-for-1 sushi special, parents wanting some time to themselves can request babysitting services, to ensure a stress-free romantic evening.
All in all, The Milkwood Collection is holiday oasis for families and friends of all tastes and preferences. Enjoy the facilities, location and nature all within the comfort of our water-edge villa on the Knysna Lagoon.