Set on a private 3 acre landscaped garden, with dramatic views of the world famous Knysna Heads, is the St James, one of the finest Five Star Country House Hotels on the Garden Route. Attention to detail is the order of the day at St James with the highest standard of service. Guests simply relax and make the most of the many facilities available. This Hotel has earned its place amongst the Leading Independent Hotels of Southern Africa.

The St James is in the heart of the Garden Route directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon (the largest natural Estuary in South Africa) well known for its abundant marine, plant and bird life. The Hotel is located within a short distance from the town centre of this quaint historical seaside village and is nestled in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.

The St. James of Knysna is an exclusive, owner run, five star Country House Hotel uniquely situated directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon.

The luxuriously appointed Suites & Rooms offer spectacular views across this peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads or over the magnificent 3 acre gardens

Whether you stay in the Manor or the Courtyard, all the rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite (DSTV), television, safes, irons & ironing boards, direct-dial telephones, bath robes and hairdryers. Should you require adaptor units, all international adaptors can be requested from reception.

The magnificent gardens offer peaceful walks, large Koi pond, 2 swimming pools, croquet, and angling off the private jetty.

We offer a powerboat for water skiing and sightseeing cruises and canoes for those who wish to explore this fascinating eco-system on their own.

We provide a unique experience of Knysna and its surround while paying attention to every detail of your stay.

Our policy is one of total exclusivity, privacy, security and dedication to personal service. A privately owned establishment, we set new standards in service and luxury facilities.

St James Restaurant

The hotel boasts a superb dining room and well stocked wine cellar. Country style breakfasts, light lunches, teas and snacks are also served on the various patios and terraces. The Paquita Bar, with its lagoon facing patio is a warm and friendly meeting place. The spectacular and panoramic views of Knysna and the lagoon can be experienced whilst exquisite cuisine is served in the candlelit dining room.

Guest can then relax and unwind in front of a crackling log fire in the main lounge whilst savouring a fine port from the hotel’s cellar.


The suites have been luxuriously furnished and styled for ultimate comfort, most with uninterrupted views of the Lagoon. Each suite has a superb bathroom, a spacious lounge, satellite television and telephone.

The Manor

At the Manor there is the luxurious George Rex Suite and the Lady Anne Suite, both with large lagoon facing balconies. Two Deluxe Garden facing Suites, spacious Double Room, elegant dining room, main lounge with Mezzanine Lounge, Paquita Bar and swimming pool are also located there.

The Courtyard

Here 4 Superior Suites, 3 of which are Lagoon facing and all with balconies are located on the upper floor and 3 Deluxe Lagoon facing Suites and two Junior Suites nestle around the Mediterranean courtyard with a private swimming pool.

All Suites & Rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Separate Bath & Shower
  • Air conditioning (Individual Climate Control)
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Television (DSTV – Satellite – 13 Channels)
  • International Plug Adaptors
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Electronic safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea & Coffee tray
  • Fresh flowers
  • Towelling Bathrobes and Slippers
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Duke & Forsyth product range in all bathrooms