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St James of Knysna

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Outdoor dining
2 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
2 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
2 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Superior Suite - Lake Facing - Lady Anne  | Balcony

Overview of St James of Knysna

St James of Knysna

5.0 star property

9.4/10 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
The Point, Eastford, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570

Guests rated this location 9.1/10 - Wonderful

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKnysna Lagoon1 min walk
  • Popular LocationFeatherbed Boat Cruises4 min drive
  • Popular LocationDrupkelders Hiking Trail6 min drive
  • AirportPlettenberg Bay (PBZ)35 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Knysna, St James of Knysna is on a lake. Simola Golf Course and Knysna Golf Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Knysna Lagoon and Leisure Isle. Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve and Liquid Grace Adventures are also worth visiting. Discover the area's wildlife on a nearby safari, or try your luck with game drives and game viewing.

What's nearby

  • Knysna Lagoon - 1 min walk
  • Knysna Waterfront - 3 min drive
  • Knysna Quays - 3 min drive
  • Featherbed Boat Cruises - 4 min drive
  • Drupkelders Hiking Trail - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ) - 35 min drive


  • Seattle Coffee Company - 3 min drive
  • The Drydock Food Co - 5 min drive
  • 34 South - 5 min drive
  • Lunar Cafe - 3 min drive
  • Cruise Cafe - 3 min drive

About this property

St James of Knysna

5-star luxury country house by the lake
Located close to Knysna Lagoon and Knysna Waterfront, St James of Knysna provides a free breakfast buffet, a terrace, and designer stores on site. Treat yourself to a sports massage or other spa services. Enjoy onsite activities like kayaking, boat tours, and rowing/canoeing. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as a garden and a library.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • 2 outdoor pools with sun loungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • Free newspapers, coffee/tea in the lobby, and a front-desk safe
  • A dock, tour/ticket assistance, and concierge services
  • Guest reviews speak well of the dining options
Room features
All 15 individually furnished rooms include comforts such as 24-hour room service and air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi and safes. Guests reviews speak well of the spacious rooms at the property.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with separate tubs/showers and free toiletries
  • 43-inch TVs with Netflix, streaming services, and digital channels
  • Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and daily housekeeping


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free secured, uncovered self parking on site
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily
  • A bar/lounge
  • Coffee and tea in common areas
  • Private picnics

Restaurants on site

  • St James of Knysna

Things to do

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Boat tours
  • Canoeing
  • Designer stores
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Library
  • Motorized watercraft

Family friendly

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Laundry facilities
  • Soundproofed rooms


  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Laundry facilities
  • Limited-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe at front desk

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Tour and ticket assistance
  • Turndown service


  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Dock
  • Garden
  • On a lake
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • Deep-tissue massages
  • Hot stone massages
  • Sports massages
  • Swedish massages


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in stairways
  • This property does not have elevators
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided
  • Blackout drapes


  • Bathrobes
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Slippers
  • Towels


  • 43-inch TV with digital channels
  • Netflix
  • Streaming services

Food and drink

  • 24-hour room service
  • Champagne service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant dining guides


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Electrical adapters
  • Free daily newspapers
  • Individual decor
  • Individual furnishings
  • Iron/ironing board on request
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Soundproofed rooms

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
Reservations are required for spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

National rating

Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

Property is also known as

Knysna St James
St James House Knysna
St James Knysna
The St James Knysna
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel Knysna
St James Knysna Country House
St James Country House
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel
St James of Knysna Knysna
St James of Knysna Country House
St James of Knysna Country House Knysna

Frequently asked questions

Does St James of Knysna have a pool?

Yes, this property has 2 outdoor pools.

How much does it cost to stay at St James of Knysna?

As of Mar 26, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at St James of Knysna on Mar 27, 2023 start from $150.62, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is St James of Knysna pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much is parking at St James of Knysna?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at St James of Knysna?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at St James of Knysna?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Where is St James of Knysna located?

Situated on a lake, this luxury country house is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Knysna Lagoon and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Knysna Waterfront. Simola Golf Course and Knysna Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at St James of Knysna and receive a full refund?

Yes, St James of Knysna offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to St James of Knysna cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great staff and property. Large and immaculate rooms. A must stay place.
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2023

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Boat trip was awesome, staff amazing, drinks were outstanding, food was perfect. I will come here again, for sure!

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The best
This is our favourite place to stay in Knysna. Great staff, wonderful position, great breakfast.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020

6/10 Okay

Verified traveler

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Service, staff and room were excellent but stay was ruined by no restaurant, no bar, no lounge no T V and very few other Guests. Renovation works in progress which we were not told about. Check before you book
Stayed 5 nights in Nov 2019

8/10 Good

Verified traveler

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2018

10/10 Excellent

Verified traveler

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

10/10 Excellent

Verified traveler

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is a beautiful property. It is not inexpensive however the facility certainly merits the cost. It has a view of the waterfront and the rooms are spacious and extremely well maintained. The restaurant in the hotel has good breakfast and lunch options. Recommend having dinner at one of the many places on the waterfront. Solid 4 star property.
Stayed 4 nights in Mar 2019

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Old world elegance
Great place. Very happy. Once the luxury home of the first Miss South Africa
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2019

4/10 Poor


Liked: Cleanliness, room comfort
Disliked: Staff & service
Very disappointing
Below average. - right in the high way so lots of noise from traffic - slow service - old non maintained/renovated rooms - WiFi not working - more like a 3 star establishment + nice breakfast outside area Overall very disappointing
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2019