Pumula Lodge - “The Place of Rest”

BY LINDA BARNARD - NOVEMBER 7, 2016

Knysna has a very special place in my heartMy mother grew up in this beautiful town and it’s also the town of my birth. I have so many fond childhood memories of Knysna and so it was with great excitement that my husband and I set off to spend some time in this beautiful town.

We had been invited to stay at Pumula Lodge, a three star B&B situated at 7 Lindsay Street, Hunters Home.  This is the part of Knysna that lies nestled between the town and the world famous Knysna Heads. It’s a very convenient location being just 5 minutes from the shops, numerous golf courses and my favourite beach in Knysna – Coney Glen.

The residents of Knysna seem to have such pride in their town – from the main road to the suburbs, everything is neat, clean and attractive and so our expectations of Pumula Lodge were high.

From the moment we drove through the gates of Pumula Lodge, we immediately sensed that this was not just a normal 3 Star B&B. Even for a town renowned for beauty, Pumula Lodge stands out.   Belinda Carlisle’s famous song, “Heaven is a place on earth”, jumped to mind.

The garden is magnificent.  Beautifully maintained, the time and effort and especially the love that went into making this garden, is obvious.  Full of indigenous plants and with green, rolling lawns, a sparkling swimming pool and an attractive braai area, you know you’ve come to the right place to relax.

Rensia Ellis, our host and the owner of Pumula Lodge, welcomed us at the door with a smile.  Once we had registered we were shown to our room and Rensia explained the facilities and provided us with all the information that we needed for our stay.  We could feel the serenity and the joy this lady has for sharing her home with her guests.

Rensia told us; “We felt it was important to create a modest little 3 Star B&B where everybody is relaxed rather than an upmarket 'Glitzy' guest house.”

Pumula Lodge offers 5 cosy, clean, well- equipped bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and a spacious private balcony overlooking the parkland setting. Each room has a double bed with clean, crisp bedding.  As one would expect from a three star establishment, there are an abundance of extras including a hairdryer, a fan, under floor heating, international plug, electronic safe, luggage racks, a tea and coffee station, and a TV. 

There is also a communal kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery , should you prefer to prepare a light meal.

Our balcony overlooked the fynbos section of the garden.  Enormous King Proteas, beautiful pincushions, conebush, buchu and heath are the playground of an abundance of bird life.

We decided to go and explore the garden, and came to rest on a lovely little bench in the furthest corner of the garden. Time came to an absolute standstill when we closed our eyes and just listened to the sounds of nature surrounding us. We realized that Pumula Lodge really lives up to its name – PLACE OF REST.

After a fantastic dinner at the Knysna Waterfront, we returned to the Lodge and slept like two kids with not a worry in the world. For the first time in years we both overslept.  A divine breakfast, with cereals, muesli and yoghurt, fresh fruit salad, cold meats and the aromas of strong coffee and bacon and eggs greeted us as we entered the lovely dining room upstairs.

Just before we left, we met Rensia’s husband, Peter Ellis, who shares his wife’s enthusiasm and love for people, as well as nature. We shared a wonderful couple of minutes with Peter on the balcony of the dining room, feeding some of the wild birds, some of whom even ate out of my hand - what a fantastic experience!

If you ever visit the Knysna area, are in need of rest or want to feel what true hospitality is, then I can assure you; Pumula Lodge is definitely the place to stay. Make your booking today because they’re nearly fully booked!

Contact them at 044 384 1193 or 082 569 7856. For enquiries, you can email Rensia at [email protected]  or visit their website at www.pumulalodge.co.za