Tarn Country House

The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay, 6602

About Tarn Country House

Tarn Country House is a sanctuary of peace and serenity from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is situated along the Garden Route in the Whiskey Creek Nature Reserve. This prime positioning between Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley means that it is surrounded by the vast Outeniqua Mountains, the Tsitsikamma Reserve and the stunning warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

The exquisite surrounds, world-class facilities, superior service and excellent dining at Tarn Country House set it apart amongst its rivals. The family that runs the hotel places personal care and attention at the top of the list when it comes to prioritising guest needs.


Tarn Country House is equipped with 8 sizeable rooms, each stylishly furnished to ensure a sense of cosy comfort in an atmosphere of elegance and luxury. There are two rooms with twin beds, three with queen-size beds and three with king-size beds. Standard facilities and amenities include a tea- and coffee station, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, heater, fan and private entrance.

Guests receive a complimentary drink upon arrival and may enjoy the comfort of the garden furniture outside. All rooms boast gorgeous views.    


The Tarn Country House is situated close to many tourist facilities. Therefore, a hearty breakfast is essential if guests are to be equipped for a day spent exploring. Breakfasts are served on the patio, promising awe-inspiring views of the mountains, forest and garden.

Dinner is a 3-course affair and the choice of excellent vintages guarantee that there is a world-class wine to suit every palate and dish.


The Garden Route is known the world over for its stunning sights, exciting activities and natural abundance. In addition, the weather along the South African coastline is relatively temperate with hot summers and cool winters. Beaches, mountains, valleys, forests and parks meet on a platform of the ultimate tourist accessibility. Some popular activities in the nearby vicinity include swimming, surfing, walking, hiking, sailing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling, horse riding, whale watching, golfing, bird watching and mountain biking.

Guests requiring a more leisurely getaway are invited to relax in the lounge while they become absorbed in a good book or warm up in front of the fire place.

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags just outside Plettenberg Bay is a humbling, breath-taking experience as it allows visitors to encounter and interact with one of the planet's most beautiful and intelligent creatures. Walk with, feed and even ride an African Elephant while learning more about their antics and anatomy.


Monkeyland is the first place in the world to house different species of monkeys in a free-roaming environment. Knowledgeable guides conduct safaris during which they educate visitors about these primates and the birds with whom they share their habitat.

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden is a free-flight aviary to an incredible array of birds. In fact, it is the largest of its kind in the world. It comprises of a full indigenous forest, waterfalls and walkways.

The Explorer Ocean Adventures

The Explorer Ocean Adventures promise sightings of some of Africa's wildest and most exciting marine life. Whales, dolphins, Orcas, sharks, seals and sea birds enthral passengers while expert guides provide fascinating information.

Other Recreational Activities

Visitors may choose from an enormous range of fun and exciting sights, sounds and activities. These include guided ferry trips up Keurbooms River, polo in Plett, hikes through the Robberg Peninsula (a national monument), bungee jumping at the world's highest jump (Bloukrans Bridge), a day at the Tsitsikamma National Park, fishing or scenic flights.


From Cape Town, drive along the N2 all the way past Plettenberg Bay. Turn left at the second sign for the Tarn Country House, which will appear on the left-hand side of the road.

From Port Elizabeth, continue along the N2, through the Tsitsikamma Toll Gate. Tarn Country House is approximately 20km further. Turn right at the second Tarn Country House sign.

GPS coordinates:

o 33* 57' 52''S
o 23* 26' 57''E

Room Types


  • 1 Swallow
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  • 1 Canary
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  • 1 Weaver
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  • 1 Starling
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  • 1 Sunbird
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  • 1 Dove
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  • 1 Oriole
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  • 1 Loerie
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