In November 2007, a raging flood from the nearby Keurbooms River swept away over 300m of sand, rock and vegetation in one night. The Manor was only saved by a reef of solid rock that redirected the flood past the guesthouse and out into the ocean. That night, at 7pm the alarm was raised - the river was right outside our Lemongrass restaurant! You can imagine our shock! Luckily we were able to evacuate the guests and find them alternative accommodation while the storm and flood raged. All, that is, but two guests who had turned in early and did not hear the commotion or the knocking on their door. They awoke to find a deserted guesthouse and restaurant. Can you image their confusion at the sight of a river and the ocean at their door?
An entire stretch of land was washed away during the night and the Keurbooms River mouth had shifted over 300m. Trees, logs and branches littered the ocean and numerous river boats had been washed out to sea. It was a true natural disaster and one with surprising results for us here at Milkwood Manor.
Our swimming pool had been replaced by a rushing river. Our rooms, once overlooking natural vegetation and our parking lot, now offer uninterrupted lagoon and sea views. The story of Milkwood Manor's "relocation" has become a favourite with locals and travellers alike.
Once the waters calmed, Milkwood Manor has been left with an exclusive beach across a serene cove and magnificent, endless views.
The above article was first published on the Milkwood Manor blog. Used with permission.
Stay at Milkwood Manor
Milkwood Manor on Sea is located on the oceanfront in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Awake to the sound of breaking surf and seagull’s cry. Enjoy the Manor’s breathtaking views of the ocean’s white-crested waves tumbling onto a sandy beach on the other side of a vast lagoon, against the backdrop of the Tsitsikamma mountains.