Sedgefield is an idyllic, sleepy town not too far away from its busier, bustling neighbour, Knysna. Its timber-themed buildings and lakes amid a backdrop of evergreen pines are reminiscent of a small Canadian town.

The pearl of Sedgefield is undoubtedly Lake Pleasant Living, an upmarket range of luxury suites that picked up a Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor in 2013.

With its picturesque location on the Garden Route’s only fresh-water lake, Groenvlei, the area is a haven for birdwatchers and seekers of tranquility.

The Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in South Africa, and is popular for bass fishing. Lake Pleasant Living, part of the Mantis Collection of properties, includes 20 Luxury Suites and 6 Luxury Villas. 

Lake Pleasant jetty

Our suite was exquisite. Placed right at the lake’s edge, we were birdwatching from our spacious balcony and stargazing at the bright Milky Way at night.

Light pollution is at a minimal in Sedgefield so the stars were terrific. Big and spacious, our suite more resembled our dream apartment. The lounge was ideally-located near the large windows so we could always have a view of the lake.

lake pleasant living suite bathroom Lake Pleasant outside balcony Lake Pleasant suite lounge

The Bistro takes care of appetites with really wholesome meals ranging from South African to European and Indian. The staff are well-trained and unobtrusive, a great combination for the relaxed setting. The breakfast buffet is a winner.

We particularly enjoyed the splash pool and spa facilities at Lake Pleasant Living. From sitting in a steam room to reclining in the pool overlooking the lake, one can spend much needed time to be unplugged from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life and get lost in the moment.

cape bulbul garden route Lake pleasant outside splash pool

A wonderful option for travellers to the Garden Route who would like to spend a few nights of luxury in a breathtakingly beautiful small and green town.

Photography Bev Klein

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