experience the historic manor house

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of the late 19th century as you indulge in a one-of-a-kind experience. The Manor House, built in 1871 by the visionary Henry Barrington, has withstood the test of time after rising from the ashes of the devastating Great Fire of 1869. It stands today as a testament to resilience and offers guests a glimpse into the grandeur of that era.

The ensuite rooms can be booked individually, or the Manor House is available for exclusive use bookings complete with a private chef ready to serve you mouth-watering meals in the elegant grand dining room.

Don’t miss the opportunity to create lasting memories in this historic gem!

a very perfect place

nspired by the timeless elegance of original English manor homes, Henry Barrington envisioned and meticulously constructed his family home as a ‘very perfect place’. Every detail, from the elegant furniture to the dazzling chandeliers, the captivating paintings to the cherished books, was carefully selected and brought overseas by ship.

Yet, tragedy struck with the Great Fire of 1869, reducing Henry’s masterpiece to ashes. Determined to restore his vision, Henry wasted no time and rebuilt the manor, completing it in 1871. Today, this beautiful home still stands as a testament to resilience and grace.



Step inside and discover a haven that embraces both history and modern comfort. The manor boasts five enchanting bedrooms, a kitchen, a grand dining room fit for lavish gatherings, a magnificent library, and a spacious drawing room that invites relaxation and conversation. As you step onto the wide terrace, breathtaking views of the gardens, rolling farmlands, forests, and majestic mountains await.

Experience the legacy of Henry Barrington and be transported to a world of refined elegance and natural beauty.


accommodation in the manor

With accommodation available for eight guests, The Manor House boasts four generously proportioned rooms, two on the ground floor and two on the first floor. The Sun Room and Kate’s Room are bathed in abundant natural light, and these north-facing rooms showcase pretty vistas that stretch across the landscaped gardens.

All rooms effortlessly blend modern comforts with a nod to the past and have an air of grandeur that permeates throughout the Manor. There’s a narrative of old-world charm which invites travellers to immerse themselves in a bygone era. The wooden floors creak gently beneath their feet, whispering stories of the past, while the antique doors and windows stand as guardians of history. Each room is thoughtfully furnished with period furniture, carefully selected to enhance the ambiance of the space and transport guests to a different time.

The bathrooms feature Victorian baths, inviting guests to relax and unwind in an oasis of comfort. The melding of historical charm and modern amenities creates a harmonious balance, ensuring that every aspect of the guests’ experience is infused with a sense of enchantment. 



Portland Manor Knysna Country Hotel Reception

experience the elegance of the historic manor house

manor house


Our chefs can cater for any event in the Manor House dining room, from a simple family dinner for resident guests to a grand affair to celebrate a special occasion. 



All room rates and fees are in South African Rand (ZAR) and include 15% VAT.
Rates, inclusions, and room occupancies are as stated in your confirmation and may be subject to change at any time without notice.

Payment Guarantee Policy

A valid debit/credit card guarantee is required at the time of booking and a reservation will be deemed confirmed after processing of all deposits and payments. Portland Manor reserves the right to release bookings without prior notice if full payment is not received on time. Confirmation is also subject to receiving all guest names, particularly for multiple room bookings.
An online payment link is available for secure debit/credit card payments and the card utilised for this (and all online bookings) must also be presented by the cardholder upon check-in, accompanied by passport or ID verification.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to travel (or utilise the accommodation and services previously confirmed), cancellation fees may apply.
A change in the length of stay or dates of your reservation is subject to availability and may result in a rate change. A revision made to a booking may also constitute a cancellation. In case of shortened length of stay, the cancellation policy will apply for the cancelled nights. If a booking deposit must be refunded, please note that any debit/credit card surcharge or currency fluctuation is unable to be refunded.
Cancellation, early departure, and no-show fees incurred are the sole responsibility of the client and will be charged accordingly as follows:
– 14+ days before arrival: Deposit refundable
– 14-7 days before arrival: 50% of full booking rate non-refundable
– 72 hours before arrival: 100% non-refundable
– No-show: 100% non-refundable

Arrival & Departure

Check-in Time: From 2 pm, before 6 pm. Earlier access is subject to availability on the day of arrival.
Check-out Time: 11 am.

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