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  • Western Cape, South Africa


Lake Pleasant Development

A peaceful well shaded resort situated halfway between Wilderness and Knysna on the shores of the Garden Routes only freshwater-lake Groenvlei. Groenvlei is a part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve and also part of the Knysna & Wilderness National Lakes Area; theNatureReserve, on theResorts eastern boundary, is over 2000 hectares or 8 squarekmsin extent.

Lake Pleasant boasts being the only Resort offering 3 star graded, serviced, Cottages & Lodges, as well as Caravan and Camping, alongside a fresh-water Lake in the Southern Cape. The Resort has a Squash Court as well as a Restaurant, Pub, Convenience Store, Take-Away, Tennis Court, two Swimming Pools and safe swimming at the Resort's Lake Beach at Groenvlei. Lake Pleasant also offers rowing Boats and Canoes for hire, magnificent Bass Fishing, private mooring facilities should you bring your own craft, a large Games area and a self service Laundromat. The Sea with its 14 km stretch of golden-sanded Beach, the proclaimed Goukamma Marine Reserve, is just over the hill (3km), easily accessible bymost vehicles.

The accommodation has proudly received a 3 star self-catering grading from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa annually since 2002.


Lake Pleasant Resort and the greater Sedgefield area, previously part of the sprawling farm Ruygte Valley or Ruigtevlei, can be traced back to ownership by a Dutch soldier and first Conservator of the forests, JF Meeding (approx 1785). Ruigtevlei was divided into 9 lots in 1878 with Catherine Dorethea Meeding and husband Henry Hooper inheriting Lot C from her parents. Their son Johannes Jacobus Hooper, known as James, found the first gold nugget in the area in the Karatara River in 1876, which sparked the Millwood gold rush that reached its height in 1886. James’ two sons, Charteris & Humphrey, inherited and later subdivided Lot C into smaller portions and Humphrey's wife Ethel Hooper sold her 72 acre portion to Rory (Pat) Hennessy in October 1962.

Current owners, the Lidstone family, arrived by ship from the U.K. in 1968 to assist father-in-law Pat Hennessy, and wife Catherina (Rene), in running the already well-established Resort. Initially only part owners, Roger and Allannah (Lan) purchased the remainder in 1973 and operated the Resort uninterrrupted till Roger's death in Sept 2011. The Resort remains Sedgefield's only privately-owned Resort and is managed by Lan & son Stuart, with seasonal assistance from Lan's daughters, Briony & Anthea.