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The essence of Masescha Country Estate is to experience a slower pace of life in an atmosphere of peace, quiet and privacy. A majestic forest backdrop surrounds this scenic delight welcoming families, groups, couples or business people in search of a relaxing and rejuvenating break away from the hubbub of everyday life.

Free from any road noise, just an abundance of birdsong, you can be assured of a restful stay, but at the same time being well situated to enjoy the diverse range of activities and attractions available along the Garden Route.

We are located at Harkerville almost midway between Plettenberg Bay (approximately 12 km away) and Knysna (approximately 17 km away) in the Riviera of Southern Africa. We are a short 3 minute drive from the N2 National Highway at the Saturday Farmer`s Market turnoff and nearby to the Garden of Eden.

For Birdwatchers there is such a huge variety of bird life which would keep any enthusiast content - so do not forget your binoculars! There are seven picturesque water dams, three of which are stocked with Tilapia for the fishing enthusiast so you might like to try your luck and bring your fishing rod (also available for hire).

Accommodation at Masescha Country Estate:
Birdsong House (Sleeps up to 9):
- Traditional farmhouse style self-catering property with 5 bedrooms over two floors
- Ground floor master bedroom with queen sized bed and en-suite shower/toilet, bedroom 2 with double bed, bedroom 3 with single bed both using a second shower/toilet
- Lounge/dining area with an open fireplace, DSTV, DVD player, drinks fridge and short steep staircase up to bedrooms 4 and 5 both with two single beds and a third shower/toilet in between
- Fully equipped kitchen with large 5-burner gas oven, washing machine, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc
- Outside braai facility next to a partially covered outdoor dining area extending to a large `L` shaped furnished patio entertainment area with views down in the valley, garden and forest
- Linen and towels provided together with a basic daily service
- Blankets, heaters and fans available seasonally as required

Haven Cottage (Sleeps up to 4):
- Quaint and cosy brick and timber cottage with some low ceilings
- Accessed by way of steps from above or below
- Ffully equipped kitchen with gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc;
- Separate shower room with toilet
- Ground floor bedroom with queen sized bed
- Lounge/dining room with flat screen DSTV/DVD player, a double sleeper couch and short steep staircase up to the second bedroom in the attic with two single beds and a balcony overlooking the dams and garden at treetop level
- Sunny furnished wooden deck with private brick built braai facility below
- Blankets, heaters and fans available seasonally as required

Sunbird Cottage (Sleeps up to 3):
- One bedroom cottage
- Lounge/dining room with DSTV, DVD and a double sleeper couch (Please note guests using the sleeper couch must access the en-suite via the bedroom only)
- Fully fitted kitchen with fridge/freezer, gas oven, microwave, etc
- Patio garden with braai facility
- Blankets, heaters and fans available seasonally as required

Self Catering Room: Gazania Garden Room
- Queen sized bed, small en-suite shower/toilet, sitting/dining area, flat screen DSTV
- Self-catering facilities include microwave, counter-top oven with integrated 2 ring hotplate, fridge, kettle and toaster, pots and pans etc
- Wooden sun deck with its own brick built braai facility to the side
- Blankets, heaters and fans available seasonally as required

Self Catering Room: Lavender Garden Room
- Budget room - there is no television - with queen sized bed, small en-suite shower/toilet
- Self-catering facilities include a microwave, fridge, counter-top oven, separate 2 ring hotplate, kettle and toaster, pots and pans etc
- No television
- Wooden sun deck and braai facility.
- Blankets, heaters and fans available seasonally as required


- Abundant Birdwatching on site
- Take a meander through the garden
- Fishing for Tilapia in some of the dams
- Large swimming pool for guest use
- Books, Board Games and Toy-boxes available
- Children's swing

Masescha is easily accessible from the N2 and is near to or within 50kms of:-
- Harvestime Saturday Farmer's Market 8am-12pm
- Sedgefield Wild Oat's Saturday Market
- Nuiweplas Kennels and Cattery
- Adventureland
- Knysna Elephant Park
- Elephant Walk Farm Stall
- Sassol Petrol Station 24 hour
- Forest View Shop
- The Heath
- Radical Raptors
- The Cow Shed coffee shop
- Wine Tasting
- Kranshoek Viewpoint
- Garden of Eden
- Robberg Peninsula
- Whale and Dolphin Watching
- Wolf Sanctuary
- Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
- Monkeyland
- Birds of Eden
- Tenikwa
- Bramon Wine
- Porcupine Raku Pottery
- Barnyard Theatre
- Plett Puzzle Park
- Old Nick's
- The Pepper Mill Restaurant at The Crags
- Mohair Mill Shop

Rooms and Units Available:

Haven Cottage
Haven Cottage - 2 bedrooms with 1 queen bed and 2 single beds in room 2
Sleeps 4 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Laundry Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Cots available
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
DVD and/or VCR
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

Within 7 days of stay 100%, within 14 days of stay 50%, within 30 days of stay 35%, over 30 days of stay 25%.

Latest Reviews

We enjoyed our stay with Angie and Ray. The home cooked breakfast was thee best ever - creamy scrambled egg and crispy bacon. Angie's home made banana and chocolate bread, absolute heaven and the crispest fluffiest croissants were divine. The units are well equipped with every item and utensil you can think of. Staff are friendly and the grounds are child friendly. The only thing i would advise is if you are travelling with kids or you yourself are allergic to mosquito or insect bites i suggest bring a mosquito repellent plug in and insect repellent cream as you are staying in a forest type of environment. The location of Masescha is awesome..we could drive to Knysna or to Plett with ease and if you have kids adventure land is a mere 1km away as well as the Knysna Elephant Park which we also visited and got welcomed by Ray who owns the restaurant at the Elephant Park. Food is value for money, Homemade burger patties are real tasty. Will def be back soon.
Lindsay Manuel Jan 2014
We had a wonderful stay in the beautiful farmhouse - very friendly owners. Can highly recommend this establishment!
Dawn le Sueur Jan 2010
Nice lodge in the forest on the garden route. The owners care really about their guests.

Marcel Huels Dec 2009


From Plettenberg Bay:
Take the N2 towards Knysna after approx 8kms pass the Knysna Elephant Park on the right and the Wolf Sanctuary on the left and after a further 500m is a Masescha sign to turn right at the Saturday Farmer's Market turnoff. Follow the road straight until you reach three white painted entrances ahead of you and ours is the middle electric gate (code required for access).

From Knysna:
Take the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay and after approx 12kms pass the Garden of Eden on your left, the Sasol petrol station on your right then after approx 500m you will see some huge plastic growing tunnels on the left at the Sassenheim Estate and our sign to turn left is at the end of these tunnels at the Saturday Farmer's Market turnoff. Follow the road straight until you reach three white painted entrances ahead of you and ours is the middle electric gate (code required for access).

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