From a simple family home built in 1859, the Fancourt estate now spans over 600 hectares, and is an internationally sought-after leisure and lifestyle destination.
Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate is considered as South Africa’s premier lifestyle estate, with outstanding dining, sporting and spa facilities. The estate is located nearby the warm Indian Ocean and indigenous forests, and has breathtaking views of the mountains. The Fancourt Hotel is a grand establishment with 115 elegant and luxurious bedrooms and suites, while the Manor House offers 18 luxury suites.
The hotel boasts three originally-designed Gary Player golf courses, and is therefore a paradise for golf enthusiasts. It is also a haven for relaxation, as there are four gorgeous swimming pools at the resort. One is available for the exclusive use of Manor House guests, while another that includes a Jacuzzi and a baby pool is at the Leisure Centre. Children can enjoy the indoor heated pool next to the Kid’s Club, while adults have the exclusive use of the Roman Bath area in the Fancourt Spa. The Fancourt Spa also includes a sauna, steam room, Tepidarium and 11 treatment rooms. An on-site physiotherapist can assist with injuries.
Families are warmly welcomed at Fancourt, as there is an exceptional line-up of activities available for children. The Kid’s Club offers plenty of fun for children between the ages of 3 and 10, from arts and crafts to nature walks and board games. All activities are fully supervised, and additional baby-sitting services can be arranged. Further facilities for children include an outdoor jungle gym, cinema, tennis courts, bicycles for hire and a teen lounge with playstation games, table tennis, a pool table and table football.
The Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate is the perfect place for a business function or a romantic wedding. Several large and very stylish conference centres are available, including the massive Ballroom seating hundreds of people. Intimate garden weddings are simply beautiful at the Links Lodge or Morning Glory venues, while the Ballroom is a great choice for a larger number of guests.
Six stunning restaurants offer guests a variety of culinary experiences, from seafood and sushi to Italian cuisine and grill specialties. Several of the restaurants welcome children and have suitable menus available for them. Additional facilities at the resort include the Fancourt hair salon, a ladies boutique, a jewellery store, two Golf Pro Shops, fishing dams and walking trails. Guests may also arrange sightseeing excursions in the picturesque coastal towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay.
The estate’s reputation is internationally esteemed after hosting the President’s Cup in 2003 and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert in 2005, and as the place of accommodation for Japan’s football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.