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Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness
Ranked #28 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Starting off, there was NOT one thing we fault! As newly weds, stayed in the White Room at the Phoenix Guest House (in my opinion, is the best room)... It has the most amazing view!! Peter, the owner is so welcoming and helpful with advice on site-seeing, restaurants and local hot spots. The breakfasts are incredible as Peter is a trained chef. The White Room and guest house has large glass windows that allow you to be 'in nature' and enjoy fantastic views - sunny, rainy or overcast - all are amazing to experience. Our entire stay was truly amazing. The guest house and rooms are extraordinary! Thank you Peter!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Hi Chantel, Thanks you of your ' amazing' review ;-), especially considering the weather while you were here!! You really did experience the full range in the three days…. gorgeous sun/ wind and lashing rain and blanketed in thick fog one morning… really bizarre weather for those days, but it would seem that, despite that you enjoyed your time here which I am delighted about… especially as you spent ALL of your three day Honeymoon with me!! With regard to "guiding you" while you were here, I feel that as I know the area so well I like to impart suggestions to help plan or guide, from day trips out to the local restaurants ( and indeed the ones to be avoided!!), but generally I suss people out on arrival and there have been many occasions where people know exactly what they want to do etc, which is also fine. To you and Bren I would like to wish you all the very best for your future ahead…. It was such a pleasure hosting you
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My boyfriend and I were like kids in a sweetshop arriving at the Pheonix Guesthouse. We stayed in the amazing White Room with the most amazing view and loved meeting Peter who was so helpful and charming. I've travelled a lot, and stayed in a lot of places. This was the nicest I have ever been to. Read my full review: http://www.harrietconstable.com/?p=588

Room Tip: Go for the White Room, you'll wish you had if you don't.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Dear Harriet, Thank you SO MUCH for such an amazing , well "editorial/write up article" on your own page. I followed the link that you placed in your initial review on my site. I have to say I blushed a little :-). When you work so hard on something like this establishment and you'r so close to all the details and finishes and it's there day to day one tends 'not to see' it after a while, so it is very VERY refreshing to see it through your eyes and photo's. Reminds me what a lucky and blessed man I am. I am also very envious of all your travels that i read about on your page… WOW, The antarctica trip looked truly awesome and is on my bucket list! I ticked one of those off last year….. went to ISTANBUL… if you haven't been then GO… AWESOME experience. Thank you again, and please come back sometime. It would be a pleasure to host you again. Kind regards Peter
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Smug? Why? Because I found the White Room in Phoenix Guest House for Valentines Day and my lovely wife was very Happy (note the capital H!).

Phoenix Guest House is an eclectic fusion of chic modern styles with a big wow factor. The White Room is defined by the view, through walls of sliding glass, of the ocean and these are fabulous especially from the elevated bath.

At Phoenix Guest House one is surrounded by the creativity of Peter which on its own is lovely. The real star of the show, however, is Peter himself. He just makes you feel special and adds so many little touches to ones stay, one can't help but be impressed. The feeling of being looked after started via email when asked if i wanted a table booking for Valentines Day (lifesaver....thanks Peter); a casual mention of where we might eat on another evening turned into a note on the door saying 'hope you had a great day; you mentioned eating at XXXX tonight so I've booked you a table!"; suggestions of what to do with our time in Wilderness were spot on; coming 'home' to an empty house with chilled music, candles and burning incencse sticks were an automatic chill switch; home made muffins laid out for breakfast and decorated with flowers; fabulous fruit salad.....I could go on and on and on!

If you are still reading, you probably have worked out that we enjoyed our stay. Our only recommendation would be to stay for more than a single night......dashing in and out for a single night and charging down the Garden Route would be too much of a rush.

Payment via credit card or similar is a works in progress so I had to transfer cash the old fashioned way.....don't let this put you off if overseas!

Well that's the bit for the tripadvisor readers over and done with; Peter, if you read this I am quite happy to publicly say thanks for a wonderful couple of nights, we really loved staying with you.

Room Tip: It's got to be the White Room; a little more expensive but soooo worth it!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Well it's going to be difficult not to be too gushy about The Phoenix Guest House, and it's delightful owner Peter.
We came across it by chance after having checked in and straight out of a guesthouse nearby which lets say was not up to scratch as part of our honeymoon experience.
Driving round Wilderness and up its hills and came across Pheonix which we called in on and luckily due to a very last minute cancellation (and a very funny story which you might be lucky enough to be privy too if Peter tells), Peter had The White Room available.
We met Peter outside the property, explained our predicament, feeling very nervous that we didn't have somewhere to stay that evening, and our standards are pretty high in terms of accommodation, especially for our honeymoon.
Peter showed us inside and said 'well lets see how this suits you'. The house on entering is impressive. A completely unique design which Peter spent 3 years designing. Very contemporary with tasteful touches of texture, art and beautiful furniture (his lounge sofa is so comfy), that it combines fabulous modern style yet feels interesting and homely.
The views are spectacular out of the seamless glass sliding doors which run across the whole front facade of the property.
Peter showed us up to The White Room. We were blown away. It is specious and light, set across two levels with a free standing bath, a bed facing out to 180 degrees of the best views of the coast.
Apart from the amazing house and room, Peter is one of those people you will never forget, and we will certainly be keeping in touch with him. A thoroughly interesting, humble, creative man, we enjoyed chatting with him during breakfast and over a glass of wine. He is also a very talented trained chef, and his breakfasts are probably the best we have had - first class. His fruit salad is no ordinary fruit salad! This man knows impeccable service from years of experience of traveling the world, he has honed everything down to a fine art.
To say we were sad to leave is an understatement. We never really return to anywhere twice but we feel its one of those places that we would love to go back to without hesitation. So yes Peter, this did suit us to say the least, and we will miss Phoenix and spending time with you. We'll be back!!

Room Tip: Go for the White Room
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peter R, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
What a charming couple. You know, everything happens for a reason and I was so delighted that a, ahem, 'window of opportunity' opened up in such a unique way that facilitated your staying with me for your precious time on your honeymoon. It was so easy and great to chat to you both and wonderful to look through the 'window' into your very fascinating lives. I wish you all the best and hope that our paths cross again one day. :-)
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Instead of writing a little essay I will give you the top 10 reasons to choose Phoenix guest house as your next choice of accommodation when you are on the Garden Route.

1. Peter(The host) - What an unbelievable host, from the welcome to his funny stories and great advice.

2. The location/views - breathtaking panoramic views of Wildnerness.

3. The house itself - the decor is so contemporary and well thought out. We absolutely loved all the different art pieces. I loved the modern bathrooms and how spacious it was.

4. The swimming pool - Take a dip while overlooking the beautiful Wildnerness beach.

5. The breakfast(with a mind-blowing view) - Peter does not hold back with breakfast(portions), everything is freshly made and well-presented. The homemade granola was divine by the way and the fruit salad(with avocado) blew me away as well. We also loved the little chats after finishing our breakfast and enjoying a coffee with Peter.

6. The ambiance/mood - Peter made us feel like it was our house, we never felt uncomfortable and the roaming around the property it felt like it was our little abode for 3 days. And he played my favourite kind of music throughout our stay(Groove lounge).

7. The chats/recommendations - Peter was always willing to engage with us(not overwhelmingly so) and always had great recommendations for the village and activities around the Garden route area.

8. House design - The design and detail of the whole house blew us away. Right up our alley.

9. Waking up to the sound of the waves - Get the white room and sleep with all your doors open. You will wake up to the sound of the waves crashing and sunrises which will be imprinted in your memory for years to come.

10. Luxurious feel - The whole experience has a very luxurious(without being pretentious) feel to it.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get the white room. Amazing views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Peter R, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
In my short experience in this new business I have learned, as before that every now and then something special happens that is completely unexpected, unusual and special, and sets solid in my memory. That really is how I would rate you guys! Very special memories of your stay with me .
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

At first we did not knew what to expect from the Phoenix guesthouse. And since we have been to several other 4 star guesthouses it totally surprised us. The whole experience, as I call it, is a combination of the luxury and service of a 5 star hotel with the privacy of renting your own villa. The location is just too awesome, the Phoenix is located on the higher part of the hill and therefore has the most beautiful view on the stunning white wilderness beach. The breakfast is a big thing at the Phoenix, since preparations started at 5 in the morning. It was like filling in a wish list, ticking all the nice things we would like to start our day with.
Peter is the most welcoming guesthouse owner who respects your privacy and insists that you treat his house as your own. On the other end, if you want to know more about this fascinating person you can ask him for a bite or a drink at the poolside. Which as we saw it, was a great addition to our holiday since we like to learn new people and hear their stories.
For our 3 day stay in wilderness we had several things on our planning, but we ended up skipping some of these in order to spend more time at the phoenix guesthouse. An afternoon at the pool made our holiday complete. All in all, we were positively surprised and were sad to leave this little piece of heaven on earth. I can and will recommend the Phoenix to all that are looking for luxury, great service, beautiful views and a welcoming and most of all interesting host.

Room Tip: White room; stunning view
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Very flattered by your kind words... It means a lot. Thank you, both of you
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

It has been THE stay in our holliday. Peter is the most welcoming host we've ever met and everything has been perfect! The house, the room, the breakfast (absolutely incredible good fruit salad and homemade Muesli), Tilly the dog and everything else. The moment we entered the house Peter made us feel like home.He is warm, welcoming and generous....the perfect host in a perfect place.Thank you for the wonderfull time!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
... and thank you Nora for such Lovely words. Was super to have you as my guests and I hope you will return someday. Tilly, the dog has now gone to a new home where she is much happier with a little beagle called ' Bagel" and the two of them spend the day playing together. After almost six months since I rescued her from the SPCA I knew that she would be much happier with a play mate and away from a guest house. .. She had a lovely " holiday" with me and I had the honour of giving the little puppy her name. I know it was the right thing to do.

best regards Peter
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Property: Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness
Address: 2125 Constantia Drive, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phoenix Guest House is luxury bed and breakfast accommodation located in the heart of Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa. The Guest House is located on a hill overlooking the amazing Indian Ocean with panoramic views of Wilderness and the surrounding areas. Being part of Wilderness and the famous Garden Route, Phoenix Guest House is perfectly located to be a great base for exploring the Garden Route and the Western Cape. Due to a moderate Mediterranean climate prevailing for most of the year, visitors to the Guest House can expect warm to hot summers and mild to chilly winters, making Wilderness an all year destination, perfect for beaching weather and quiet romantic winters. ... more   less 

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