Viewing deck forest

A magical getaway at Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat

Two weeks ago, my fiancé and I stayed at Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat in Knysna, and we had the privilege of staying in their Forest Moon chalet. I wanted to share our holiday with you, because this romantic and secluded forest retreat was so beautiful, that I couldn’t possibly keep the experience to myself.

That being said, I have a confession to make – I hardly took any photos. Between rushing from a blogging event in PE, to a proposal on the deck overlooking the surrounding forest, I didn’t have much time to capture our accommodation and the setting. In this blog, I’ll be using my words to create a picture in your mind of our magical experience, and I hope that you’ll be able to imagine the enchanting character of Lazy Leopard’s romantic Forest Moon chalet.

Set on the Rheenendal Ramble, Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat is a hidden gem of the Knysna forest. From the moment we arrived, I felt like I had been transported to a magical forest in a fairy tale story. The chalets are nestled in the forest, with breathtaking views of the surrounding trees and the Outeniqua Mountains. Our chalet for the night was a charming log cabin that can only be described as warm, cosy and inviting on the inside. The self-catering cabin has accommodation for two, and features a small kitchen, a fireplace, and an indoor shower with the most amazing view of the forest through a floor to ceiling window.

We started off our stay with sundowners (read: a bottle of Brutal Fruit – bless my fiancé for trying his best to pass this off as a sundowner – I mean that in the nicest way possible!). While sipping on our drink, we watched as the sun set, and thankfully I managed to take a photograph of the view!

Viewing deck forest

We swopped our Brutal Fruit for red wine, and soon Arnold served us supper. We spent the rest of the evening on the deck, lit with tea light candles, drinking sparkling wine, looking up at the clear starry sky, and just taking it all in. The sounds of the forest when there are no city sounds within earshot are unbelievable, and Lazy Leopard’s setting is a reminder of why it’s important to get out of the city every once in a while. And with the Garden Route just a stone’s throw away, there truly is no reason not to escape to the forest for a moment of rest and relaxation.

Our moment on the deck was short-lived, as it started to rain after 9 o’clock. But that just gave us a reason to go inside and light a warm fire. The sound of the crackling fire and the pitter patter of rain on the roof lulled us to sleep quite quickly!

There is something magical about Western Cape mornings – maybe it’s just me, but the winter morning air is so crisp; it just isn’t the same as a typical morning in Port Elizabeth. We surveyed out surroundings, said goodbye to our beautiful little cabin, and travelled to the Knysna Waterfront for breakfast.

Thank you Lazy Leopard Forest Retreat for your hospitality and for creating such a beautiful space for holidaymakers in the Western Cape!

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