Cape Town Accommodation


Knysna Lagoon

The St James Estate - Manor House & Courtyard

The St. James of Knysna is an exclusive, owner run, five star Country House Hotel uniquely situated directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon.

The luxuriously appointed Suites & Rooms offer spectacular views across this peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads or over the magnificent 3 acre gardens.

Whether you stay in the Manor or the Courtyard, all the rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite (DSTV), television, safes, irons & ironing boards, direct-dial telephones, bath robes and hairdryers. Should you require adaptor units, all international adaptors can be requested from reception.

The magnificent gardens offer peaceful walks, large Koi pond, 2 swimming pools, croquet, and angling off the private jetty.

We offer a powerboat for water skiing and sightseeing cruises and canoes for those who wish to explore this fascinating eco-system on their own.

We provide a unique experience of Knysna and its surround while paying attention to every detail of your stay.

Our policy is one of total exclusivity, privacy, security and dedication to personal service. A privately owned establishment, we set new standards in service and luxury facilities.

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We, at St James, are thrilled to announce that we have again won an AA Award at Indaba
The St James of Knysna attended the Tourism Indaba in Durban last week and had once again competed in the AA Accommodation Awards programme. We are proud to announce that for the 3rd year running St James was selected THE WINNER in the category "LUXURY LODGES". This is for offering accommodation, facilities and service of the Highest Standard in South Africa.
We have now won this award for 2005, 2006 and 2007

The suites have been luxuriously furnished and styled for ultimate comfort, most with uninterrupted views of the Lagoon. Each suite has a superb bathroom, a spacious lounge, satellite television and telephone.

The Manor
At the Manor there is the luxurious George Rex Suite and the Lady Anne Suite, both with large lagoon facing balconies. Two Deluxe Garden facing Suites, spacious Double Room, elegant dining room, main lounge with Mezzanine Lounge, Paquita Bar and swimming pool are also located there.

The Courtyard
Here 4 Superior Suites, 3 of which are Lagoon facing and all with balconies are located on the upper floor and 3 Deluxe Lagoon facing Suites and two Junior Suites nestle around the Mediterranean courtyard with a private swimming pool.

Set in magnificent gardens, this privately owned Country House Hotel has two swimming pools. Other recreational facilities include Boating picnics, Sundowner cruises, Water skiing, Swimming, Games room, Angling, Shopping & Tavern Tours.

Enjoy a Sundowner cruise, water-skiing or sightseeing on the Knysna Lagoon
from our private jetty.

Facilities available in the immediate area:

  • Beautiful unspoilt beaches
  • Forest walks & trails
  • Golf
  • Squash
  • Bowls
  • Gymnasium
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Deep Sea Sailing
  • Whale Watching in season
  • Horse-riding

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Knysna at night


The St James Estate - Manor House & Courtyard
View from Bedroom
The St James Estate - Manor House & Courtyard
Dinning room


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