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The Definitive Guide to Activities in the Area of Nature's Valley, Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa


We aim to make Nectar as comfortable as possible for our guests and hope you will enjoy our frequent improvements.

In February 2017

  • bought a new dishwasher
  • bought new linen and pillows, steak knives, vacuum cleaner, and more
  • fixed the bath tap that was so difficult to turn!

    In February 2016

  • we did a massive prune in the garden, seriously taking on the huge "banana trees" and trees by the laundry

    In February 2015

  • bought new pillows
  • planted two proteas (holding thumbs that they take)
  • replaced the microwave and fitted more LED lamps
  • .. and, of course, greased doors, replaced latches, painted, pruned and tidied the garden; sharpened and replaced knives, bought new pots, cups, cutlery, ... and more.

    In March 2014

    we would have liked to have done more but decided to
  • rewire the sitting room and bathroom (mice decided they liked the insulation material for their nests!)
  • renew duvets and pillows

    In May 2012 the following was done at Nectar Cottage:

  • the outside shower was newly tiled and a new shower head placed
  • the water pressure to the upstairs shower was increased
  • new cupboard doors to the landing cupboard were placed and the cupboard size was reduced to make the area more spacious
  • New locks were installed to allow easy locking of doors when inside
  • new bamboo counters were fitted in the sitting room
  • an extra ceiling was placed upstairs to increase privacy between rooms bamboo top upstairs cupboard

    In February 2012 we:

  • improved the lighting in the sitting room
  • added another hairdryer - for the downstairs bathroom
  • bought a new, larger down duvet & covers for the master bedroom and a lovely Chinille rug
  • spruced up the laundry room
  • finished renovating the upstairs toilet with a new washbasin
  • added some new wall art for the sitting room
  • renewed the toaster & kettle and added a juicing machine & blender for the kitchen
  • put in a another rocking chair in the sitting room - handmade from Oak barrels sitting room pig Lounge Study area Master bedroom

    In 2011 we did the following:

  • Renovated the upstairs bathroom with bamboo basin table, full-length mirror, and improved lighting
  • Placed a gorgeous yellowwood and sneezewood (popular with the 1820 settlers for bedsteads) headboard in the master bedroom
  • Placed another yellowwood headboard in the Green Bedroom
  • Improved the plugs in the sitting room (great for loading laptops and cell phones)
  • Reupholsterd all the outside chairs
  • Mozaiked the braai table..
    Double bedroom Upstairs Bathroom

    In 2010 we made the following improvements:

  • WiFi Internet upgrade
  • Renovated the downstairs bathroom and placed a heater
  • Installed a new kitchen with gorgeous bamboo work surfaces
  • Added a large new fridge and separate freezer in the kitchen
  • Installed an electric oven and 6 cooker plates (4 ceramic and 2 gas)
  • Bought a water filter
  • Upgraded the electricity to avoid overloading
  • Installed 2 emergency buttons and placed LED lights for eventual power cuts
  • Put sun blinds on all the windows in the master bedroom
  • Bought new mattresses for the twin wood room upstairs and new duvets
  • Recovered the sofas and chair in the sitting room
  • Put 2 loose mattresses in the sitting room for use in the garden
  • Planted more trees along the edge of the garden bordering St Georges Ave (and luckily they seem to be happy there as they are growing well)

    Over the last couple of years

  • Created a separate laundry with a 10kg self-weighing washing machine and a dryer
  • Installed a dishwasher in the kitchen
  • Added more reading lights in the sitting room and new bedside lights (we are still looking for better lighting - something for 2012!)
  • Provided extra blankets and hot-water bottles.
  • Installed a hairdryer and overhead mirror light in the upstairs bathroom
  • brought in more games, such as badminton and darts
  • Got wireless Internet on the property and 2 (rather old!) laptops
  • Bought a child high chair and collapsable cot

    Since years

  • A hammock (best for use in the Knysna Loerie tree or the tree by the terrace)
  • New blinds in the twin room
  • A constant stock of firewood at cost price
  • Cork flooring upstairs
  • A painting easle
  • A braai light
  • An inside clothes-drying rack (in the white cupboard on the landing)
  • Extra bedding and towels for 2 guests for the sofa beds in the sitting room
  • and, of course, an electric kettle, microwave, coffee machine, and more.
    Thanks to all who gave their comments and advice!
    We hope you will enjoy Nectar Cottage.

    Nectar is a haven of peace and quiet in the winter months. Expect frequent whale and dolphin sightings from Nature’s Valley beach - just a stone’s throw from the house. All year round in the garden of Nectar Cottage you can enjoy the Knysna Loeries (they love the tree in the corner of the garden near the beach gate), the beady-eyed fork-tailed Drongos and, of course, the daily bushbuck who are so quiet and shy you need to keep your eye on the garden to spot them. Nightly visits of the bushpigs are also a treat. Just watch your food on the braai or terrace as they are relatively tame and cheeky!

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