The Old Rectory Hotel, Plettenberg Bay's New Hot Spot


Just a stones throw from the beaches of Plettenburg Bay is The Old Rectory Hotel, the latest addition to Rare Earth’s collection of boutique hotels.

Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac, you will find this beautifully restored heritage building. originally built in 1777, it was later used as a rectory by the Anglican church until the present rectory was constructed in 1939.

The building, which was formerly a church, a school and even a blacksmith’s workshop, has been transformed. Prizing uniqueness and attention to detail, Rare Earth has set this national monument apart by carefully selecting a group of skilled architects and interior designers to retain the character of the building.

Focussing on the Cape Dutch silhouette and incorporating original existing features, such as the yellowwood floors and trusses, Gabriel Fagan Architects were sensitive of the age and importance of the building. In keeping with its unique charm, the hotel built its outdoor deck around an old milkwood tree and created walls from existing stones found on site. The interior designers, from Align Designs, drew on the location of the hotel and its history to dress the interiors but also kept modern comforts top of mind, ‘We wanted to capture the essence of the building and its history, but give it a contemporary twist.’

 GT Loves: The combination of the heritage and new contemporary finishes. 

GT Loves: The combination of the heritage and new contemporary finishes. 

Here are our 7 top reasons why you need to stay at The Old Rectory, and it’s not just because of their 5-star rating:

1. A Hotel of Heritage

Returning one of the oldest buildings in the area to its former glory, and maintaining the rich legacy of a building more than two and a half centuries old, is a delicate task. The hotel manages to seamlessly bring together hospitality and heritage.

2. The Perfect Location

Found at the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, you’ll find that The Old Rectory Hotel is not only a tranquil escape but provides the perfect location to the town’s many activities. Stroll along the main road and pop into one of the quirky stores or go wine tasting along the Plett Wine Route. For those who are a bit more adventurous head off to one of the local animal sanctuaries or upriver for a cruise.

 GT Loves: Sitting poolside and taking a stroll down to the beach just meters from the Hotel

GT Loves: Sitting poolside and taking a stroll down to the beach just meters from the Hotel

3. Stroll to the Beach

Are you looking for a change from hiding out beside the pool? Not to worry. Right on your doorstep you’ll find one of Plettenberg Bay’s pristine beaches. Wedge Beach is a short stroll from the pedestrian gate of the hotel. And don’t forget to pre-order your picnic basket for an idyllic day at the beach!

4. Luxury Spa Treatment

What is a holiday without a little pampering? The Old Rectory Hotel’s in-house spa provides a much-needed refuge for visitors. Look forward to a full list of treatments ranging from facials, massages and even a mud bath.

Old Rectory Suite

5. Personal Experience

Offering a unique and personal experience is part of the package at The Old Rectory. You can trust that management and staff will go out of their way to ensure you and your family are well looked after.

6. Private Sanctuary

The 18 luxury suites available at the hotel are built separately from the original building and have been designed to be versatile and accommodating to all ages. With 14 rooms that are connected by a private foyer, which can transform from two rooms into a larger single unit, on both the first and second floor, family and friends travelling in large groups can be accommodated for. While each room has been designed slightly differently, they are all rich in colour and texture, and comfortable with a fresh, contemporary feel.

 Dine in style at the Hotel's exclusive restaurant 

Dine in style at the Hotel's exclusive restaurant 

7. Dine in Style

Enjoy comforting yet contemporary cooking prepared by the talented chef and her team at the hotel’s exclusive restaurant. The mid-century modern décor is also something to marvel at while you dine in ultimate contemporary luxury. 

Straddling the past and present in this prime location, combined with privacy and personal service offers a unique luxury hotel experience that is grounded in history.

For more information or to make a reservation call +27 11 327 3910 or email