(originally known as Noetziekamma, a Khoisan phrase for ‘dark water’ )
Ten minutes East of Knysna lies a secluded cove boasting a pristine beach, a quiet estuary, a large variety of indigenous flora and fauna and an eclectic collection of classic beach houses and fanciful “castles”.
No ancient battles or kingdoms lie in the Noetzie Castles’ history, but rather the spirit of pure fun and carefree holidays. Noetzie started out as a holiday destination for families living and working in Knysna and Oudtshoorn. Long before the winding road into it could carry the modern motor vehicle, adventurous groups seeking a quiet retreat would pack up their horse-drawn carts and make their way to the simple seaside huts and camping grounds.
As times moved on, relative ease of access allowed for more advanced building projects. The first “castle” was never planned as such, but the natural stone used for construction inspired a friend of the owner to say “All you need to do is add a few turrets, and you’ll have a castle.”And so they did.
You can read more on the history of Noetzie here