Reviews on Tripadvisor
This must rate as one of the best positions in the world, and represents the best value for money.
More often than not, we get less than what we expected, but every once in a while our expectations are exceeded. In this case our wildest expectations would also have been exceeded. The photographs of the self-catering units were beautiful, but I had put that down to a highly competent and professional photographer. In real life it become clear that the photographer had captured the real thing. Our unit, Otters, was spacious with stunning views of sea, river and mountains. It had little more furniture and kitchen equipment than we needed, which was great. Sultry Cape winter weather could not dampen our enjoyment of the 4 days we spent there. The fireplace with wood on hand added to the pleasures. This is a must and a must do over and over. At the price, it is possible.
Perfect inter-generational family holiday over Xmas
We stayed for 10 days at the Barnacle, in Mongoose and Milkwood - it was the most beautiful place we have stayed over several years of family holidays in various places, according to our two adolescent daughters, and they’re hard to please! We totally agreed, even though peak season, it was relaxing and comfortable, clean, with stunning views over the mountains, river and beach, and abundant bird life. All three generations thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent hours sitting on the higher level terrace enjoying the surroundings. Harriett was extremely helpful, found my mother a care nurse at the drop of a hat, which made our holiday run smoothly, and a nurse by the way whom we would heartily recommend.
Wow! What a place! Otters Lair!
Cornered in by the sea and the river lies this beautiful lodge where we had the privilege of having a two stories small villa. Ground floor covers the bedroom and bathroom, upstairs are the living, kitchen and huge terrace overlooking the sea and the river. A perfect place!
Great place to stay in beautiful Pringle Bay
We stayed in 'The Mussel Pot’ (one of the self-catering units at 'The Barnacle'). Harriet was the perfect host. The place was well appointed and spotlessly clean. They even have a couple of kayaks for paddling on the river which is calm and tranquil. The massive, unspoiled beach is just yards away and you can walk down it for miles.
Winter weekend stay at The Barnacle - The Otter's Lair
My wife and I after many years eventually arranged a weekend getaway at The Barnacle. Our host, Harriet went out of her way to provide us with luxury and comfort. We were blessed with good weather and made the most of the stunning views of the river, sea and amazing sunset out on the spacious balcony. The design of this duplex unit is simply outstanding. The fireplace offered indoor comfort as well when it got too chilly outside. We will most definitely return to The Barnacle for another unforgettable stay.
Slice of heaven!
The Barnacle is a slice of Heaven. The venue, view and surroundings were just what we needed to unwind! Harriet, our host, was lovely and warmly welcomed us. The staff were friendly and helpful, and they made us feel at home as soon as we arrived! We even had a chance to kayak, awesome! (Kayaks provided by The Barnacle)
Perfect stay, so close to the beach!
We loved our stay at the Barnacle. We stayed at The Mongoose. The apartment has everything you need. Especially the cosy fireplace and the private sundeck were awesome! And it‘s right at the river and the beach, just perfect! We also liked the free kayaks to explore the river, so nice.
Absolutely loved it
My partner and I stayed in Otter's Lair over the weekend. This was for both of us our first trip to Pringle Bay and I took a chance on The Barnacle purely going by the reviews they received on Tripadvisor. However we couldn't have asked for a better experience! Upon arrival at The Barnacle we were warmly greeted by Harriet's staff and given a quick tour of the unit and premises. Harriet came by shortly after and ensured that we were settled and comfortable, and was readily available for assistance during our stay. The unit itself is spacious, very well equipped and has many little finishing touches that make it feel more like a home than a self-catering unit. It's a stone's throw from the beach and river, and kayaks are freely available to use. On top of that the view from the upper deck is spectacular and fireplace upstairs made up for the chilly evenings.
A friend and I had a wonderful stay in one of The Barnacle's units this past weekend and I must compliment the hosts on their understated attention to detail. Our unit was spotless and catered for every conceivable need, apart from its superb situation. And, the choice of relaxed views was amazing! We had a magical stay; thank you. It is not often that I have stayed in accommodation with such high standards and yet simple and unpretentious...well done! Highly recommended.
We stayed in Otters Lair. It's not just an apartment but more like a real house. It's spacious, clean, well equipped, everything you can think of is present. Close to perfection. The location is perfect. Just one step from the beach and river. Unfortunately due to strong winds we had no chance to spot the otters. Would come back for sure.
it‘s right at the river and the beach, just perfect! We also liked the free kayaks to explore the river, so nice.
It's a stone's throw from the beach and river, and kayaks are freely available to use. On top of that the view from the upper deck is spectacular and fireplace upstairs made up for the chilly evenings.
It is not often that I have stayed in accommodation with such high standards and yet simple and unpretentious...well done! Highly recommended.
Just one step from the beach and river.
Perfect family weekend!
We celebrated our Golden Wedding anniversary with our family of 15 at The Barnacle. All four couples had private suites and Harriet organised extra beds in a wonderful room for our 7 grandchildren to share. Otter's Lair was ideal for the whole family to gather for meals. Harriet specially equipped it for us to feed 15 people. The balcony was ideal for some folk to sit and watch the river and sea, while others were playing in the river. The sea was too cold to swim but the river was wonderful. The canoes were much appreciated by young and old. The staff were helpful and friendly. There are beach towels, ice, braai wood and wonderful decks. I loved the way the rooms were decorated, especially Milkwood. The beds are comfortable with lovely linen. There are even fireplaces in the rooms for cold nights! We couldn't have asked for a better place to take our family. We were made so welcome. Thank you Mike, Harriet and Nash for helping to make our celebration so relaxing and special.
Great place for family relaxing
The place is directly in front of the beach with the big plus of having a river (with relatively warm water) crossing beach. The place is clean and safe, and the daily cleaning and daily wood refill for braai are very appreciable. Our family loved our stayed there.
Great place to stay
This is a lovey place to stay, very relaxing with the river and sea just a stroll away. Mike and Harriet were very welcoming, and all the staff were very friendly with lots of smiles. The unit was very spacious with everything we needed for a perfect break.
We stayed in the Milkwood self-catering cottage. The cottage is very well appointed with lovely bedding and a great outdoor patio to braai in. The rooms are serviced and are really nice and clean. The gardens and patios are lovely and well maintained. Thank you to Harriet for being so accommodating, friendly and helpful. The WiFi connectivity is fabulous and strong. Perfectly situated right next to the river and the sea. We so enjoyed the use of the Barnacle canoes and were so fortunate to see 4 otters in the river.
We fell instantly in love with Pringle Bay! The Barnacle is the perfect getaway- peace, tranquility, close the nature... the perfect hide away from city life- a great connection with nature. Harriet and her team is a great! They ensured that our combination stay was memorable. Thank you for your hospitality and for sharing this treasure. Hope to return soon!
Really good location close to river and sandy beach, which is an exception for Pringle Bay. Comfortable rooms (two floors) with a really big terrace. Easy to find. Very comfortable kitchen. Parking space in front of the apartment.