Fancourt, South Africa’s premier leisure resort is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, 7 km from the George Airport. The resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the perfect backdrop.
The Fancourt Hotel has 115 rooms on offer. Leisure activities on the resort include The Spa with an indoor heated Roman Bath as well as the Leisure Centre which is home to the Kidz Club, teen lounge, gymnasium, cinema, indoor heated and outdoor swimming pool. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, running/walking trails, bird watching and fishing. A variety of restaurants are available on the resort for your enjoyment.
Fancourt has a choice of three Gary Player designed golf courses all ranked in the Top 15 in South Africa as well as a Golf Academy.
At Fancourt, the appreciation of good food and wine is regarded almost as highly as the game of golf. As such, the estate’s four restaurants each caters to a different occasion, from relaxed family suppers to more bespoke experiences with fine wines to match.
Glorious swimming beaches are easily accessible and mountain biking, horse riding, picnics and hikes can be arranged on request. Sightseeing excursions to the picturesque coastal towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay as well as the historic town of Oudtshoorn are also available.
Fancourt has become a global landmark for business, leisure and golfing travel but its gradual expansion can be traced back to the establishment of the Manor House by its first custodian, Henry Fancourt White.
The late 1880s was a period of grandeur for Henry White, whose role in the development of the commercial infrastructure around the Montagu Pass led to the establishment of the Blanco House – his esteemed family home and predecessor to the current Manor House. Shortly after his passing, the property was auctioned and sold to his son, Ernest Montagu White, who made extensive improvements to the estate. The regrettably early passing of Montagu due to wild mushroom poisoning, saw the property fall into a state of disrepair until in 1960, Dr Krynauw initiated a renovation process that would recapture the splendour of what is now a national monument.
Expanding on the stature of the Manor House, the estate itself was transformed into a hotel and golfing destination in 1989 under the direction of Andrea and Helene Pieterse. Now, under the ownership of Dr Hasso and Sabine Plattner, the Fancourt estate boasts a contemporary outlook on its early beginnings, with award-winning golf courses and unparalleled service offerings, against the backdrop of the ever-present Outeniqua mountain range.