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Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness
Ranked #31 of 59 Wilderness B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 July 2014

My wife and I already stayed in Peters Guesthouse back in November 2013. Nevertheless we still remember our stay if it was just a couple of weeks ago and being at home already more than half a year we are still talking about our fantastic stay at Peters house. We have stayed in many guesthouses and hotels all over the world but the stay in Peter’s guesthouse was one of the most memorable stays for us ever.

As part of our 2-weeks roundtrip through South Africa (Garden Route) we stayed 2 nights in Peter’s awesome guesthouse. As many other reviewer already stated Peters house is just stunning. Being on top of the hill with fantastic views over the ocean and wilderness it is a first class location. The house itself has an amazing architecture with lots of glass. So you get the stunning views from almost everywhere inside and outside the house. Furthermore Peter has put art and personal and stylish things inside and outside the house. The overall experience is just WOW!

We stayed in the white room but Peter showed us also the other rooms. All rooms are stunning with lots of special features (like a massage chair in the white room, bio fires in the other two rooms).

But what made our stay really special was Peter himself. He is such a nice, warm, welcoming and fun host! He was very helpful already during the booking process, made dinner reservations for us before we arrived and he gave us lots of recommendations what to do. He convinced us to do a long daytrip over the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert which was an absolutely worthy trip.

Thank you Peter for being such a great and welcoming host. We loved your yummy breakfasts and the nice chats with you. If we will ever come back to South Africa (and we will!) we will definitely stay again at your guesthouse. And we promise to stay a few days longer then!

Best regards from Germany/Eschborn
L+M

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Wow, thank you Manuel and Lilian for your lovely words. I was so delighted to hear from you after all this time and it was a very pleasant surprise. Your words are very flattering and I am so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with me so much. Best regards Peter

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We loved the Phoenix Guesthouse so much that we decided to get married here!
The owner, Peter Rayner, who has designed the guesthouse himself, made it an unforgettable stay and experience. We expressed our wishes and he took care of it all; the food, the drinks (excellent strawberry daiquiris!!), Peter even arranged my wedding bouquet and the flower decorations outside on the deck where we had our ceremony.
For us it was a perfect wedding in a great location.
We spend two nights in the white room, which is stunning and very romantic. Highly recommended!

A special note also needs to be made on the delicious food which Peter prepares. The menu comes with many choices, which are all divine! So hard to choose from! Still dream about the delicious lemon soufflé and chicken pea soup, not to mention the delightful snacks during the cocktail party at our wedding day which Peter catered.

Big thank you to Peter for making our dream come true!

Room Tip: White room; very romantic
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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PhoenixGuestHouse, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

What a great pleasure it was for me to open my house to you for your very special day, Saskia and Grant. With my many years having a flower shop in London and training again for years as a chef, I felt that I was more than qualified in having events of this kind at Phoenix, ( though next time, if there is one I shall make sure I get MUCH more help, and not do it all myself!!) Yours, being the first, is something that I shall always remember and treasure. It bought such a lovely ambiance to the house. Thank you for choosing Phoenix for this very important step in your lives, and I sincerely wish you both all the very best for your future together. Best regards Peter

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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The guest house was simply stunning with the most breathtaking view overlooking the wilderness.
My boyfriend and I stayed in the white room and it is exquisite!! Everything the pictures promise and much more.

It was lovely to be given a warm and friendly welcome by Peter, who was happy to advise us on local restaurants and activities as well as arranging and booking on our behalf.

An amazing experience and a must for couples visiting the wilderness

Pearline & Chetty

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Peter R, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2014

Dear Pearline and Chetty, Thank you very much for your kind words. I was so pleased to hear from you and to know that you enjoyed your quick break away with me. It was such a pleasure to meet both of you and chat about what you do and where you are heading in life. Very exciting. Hope the Nike cap arrived back to you safely in the post? Best regards, Peter

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I have stayed at Phoenix Guesthouse several times and keep going back because it truly is the most welcoming and classy guesthouse I have ever stayed in! I have travelled extensively and have had some wonderful accommodations, but nothing beats Phoenix Guesthouse and it is 4 hours away.

Peter the owner, goes out of his way to make sure you have everything you need and it is astonishing to see what he has single handedly accomplished with the exquisite house which he bought several years ago and converted it from a half finished, badly constructed building, to an absolute paradise!

The views are unbeatable and would surpass anyone's expectations. Peter designed the rooms in such a way that no matter which room you choose, you will have a view from somewhere, even if it is from the magnificent glass shower in the Green Room! The White room upstairs is my favorite room though because it does have the best uninterrupted views of all. The red room is extremely cozy and private for those of you who prefer to hide away, a little more private..it also has a balcony which makes for a romantic evening outside :-). Then of course but not least, the master suite is something most people only dream about! Complete with a huge veranda and jacuzzi bath - you don't want to stay in this room alone! It is made for romance, champagne and red roses!

Breakfast is included at Phoenix and is always a treat. Peter is also an accomplished chef and he cooks up a mouth watering morning meal which is so generous that I find I don't need to eat again until early evening. It is served outside on the veranda next to the pool or in the dining room, as one wishes. Peter also offers to cook in the evening, but this of course comes at an additional cost. You will not be disappointed if you opt for this!

I could go on and on, but you really need to find out for yourself and I can assure you that you will want to go back again and again. Peter will make you feel so at home, you will want to visit him again. Thank you Peter for all the times you made my holiday unforgettable!

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic, go to the web site or read my review.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Peter R, Owner at Phoenix Guest House - Wilderness, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2014

Dear Linda,

WOW, what a review! You make me Blush!!! Thank you for your kind words.

You are actually one of only two people who have stayed at Phoenix on more than one occasion. I think I will have to get a ' frequent guest loyalty card' printed for you :-).

I decide to be selectively pet friendly and I am glad that I did this as it introduced me to you and your magnificent dog,and, despite the fact that she is the size of my dining table(!) it is always great to have you both to stay.
Just hope that Skye will be able to keep on managing the stairs with her hip problem if you come again, and I surely hope you will. Till then, take care and a big rub for skye. Peter

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #31 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range: £79 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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