A Perfect Blend of Hotel Luxury & Country Home Comfort

Set amongst the fynbos at the top of a valley, the views at Fairview are in a class of their own. Newly renovated to embody a luxurious, contemporary feel, the Cape Dutch style homestead makes use of spacious design and vast windows to make the most of the idyllic surrounds.


Refined and sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming, the elegant interior has been carefully considered. Taking inspiration from the works of South African painter, Irma Stern, the colour palette is a unique combination of neutrals with vibrant splashes of colour. Coupled with the whitewashed walls, brushed cement flooring, and natural materials and textures, the result offers a more modern take on country living.


Striking South African artworks on loan from the esteemed Everard Read Gallery adorn the walls, while the presence of original antiques and other classic pieces, some of which have been on the farm for years, add to the charm.

Our Story

The Beginning

It all began with Fugitive’s Drift, an award-winning Lodge and Guest House born of David and Nicky Rattray’s passion for Africa, its history and its people. The flagship property of the David Rattray Historical Lodges Collection, it’s situated in KwaZulu-Natal, on a Private Game Reserve overlooking the famous battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Renowned for its warm hospitality and attention to detail it’s a destination for visitors to savour the extraordinary sagas of the Anglo-Zulu War from the pioneers of heritage tourism in South Africa.

A New Chapter

In 1980, the Rattray Family bought a magnificent 68-acre headland located at The Crags between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. Originally purchased by David’s parents, Peter and Gill Rattray, for their retirement, “Fairview” was so named for its extraordinary outlook over the Keurbooms indigenous forest into several mountain ranges. It was here that David’s mother, an acclaimed novelist and artist, wrote two of her books, “A Cape Country Chronicle” and “In A Country Garden”, which detail her life on the property.

And So it Goes On

Since 2005, Fairview has been operated as a B&B and in 2018, the process began to turn buildings erected on the property by David’s brother, Martin, into a luxury hotel.

Andrew Rattray (David and Nicky’s eldest son) together with his wife Anel and their 3 daughters moved from Fugitives Drift to Fairview in January 2019 in order to oversee the construction process. 

Into the Future

The Rattray Family is thrilled to have a new addition to the portfolio, and trust that guests will enjoy these unique hospitality offerings, both in KwaZulu Natal on the Battlefields and now on the Garden Route in Plettenberg Bay.

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Escape from it All

If you would like to experience hospitality at its finest in the most remarkable surroundings, or if you have any questions, please get in touch. Our family looks forward to making you feel at home.


Hotel Bookings: +27 (0) 87 059 9013

Hotel/Restaurant direct line: +27 (0)44 150 0029

Cellular: +27 (0) 82 339 3710  |  +27 (0) 79 498 6479