On the banks of the Wilderness lagoon, two minutes walk from the beach, award-winning Moontide Guest Lodge has been heralded “the most romantic retreat in the Garden Route” as well as “best value Garden Route accommodation”. Eight individually styled cottages and rooms, each with private entrance and outdoor seating area. A birder’s paradise, shaded by 400-year-old milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon. Luxurious. Tranquil. A real escape.
Built in the 1920s, Moontide was one of the first residences to be built in the romantic enclave of Wilderness. The thatched homestead (above) was host to a string of illustrious guests until unexpected tragedy struck, and the house was abandoned and left to ruin. It was finally put on the market in the 1980s and purchased by Maureen Mansfield, who decided to restore the homestead to its former glory rather than tear it down. The roofs of the outbuildings were replaced with thatch to create a coherent and charming identity, and an additional home, ‘Moonshadow’, was built on the adjacent erven to accommodate her many house guests. In 1994 Maureen threw open her doors to her first paying guests with just four rooms. Inspired by the response, she has subsequently created another four suites, and updates annually.