This is the best place you can stay along the Garden Route! Gerald and JD were amazing hosts and the stay at Wilderness Manor was one of the highlights of our trip. They were absolutely delightful people to be around, and the hospitality we received for the three nights stay was unbelievable.
We stayed at the lagoon facing room on the top floor, and we would like to say that the room was impeccably decorated and always extremely clean. After a perfect rest every night, you will be greeted with a delicious cold & hot breakfast served in the dining room by Gerald & JD.
Gerald will then assist you in planning your itinerary for the days you are staying in Wilderness. We followed every advice given by Gerald and every activity lived up to their expectations: weekend market at Sedgefield (great crafts and food market), the hike to the waterfall near the Manor, Map of Africa, the heads, the crags, 34 Degrees South at Knysna, some of the Oudtshoorn sights etc etc. Even on our last day, they advised for us to drive through the Klein Karoo and the Winelands back to Cape Town, rather than take the rather boring N2. It was extremely good advice as we thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Our advice for those new to the area would be to follow Gerald's advice, as he has a great understanding of the area and the sights that are worth visiting.
During our stay, Gerald and JD would always check to confirm that we had a place to go for our lunch and dinner, which was exceptionally sweet of them. They will book and confirm dinner reservations to ensure all of our meals are being taken care of. Surprisingly, they would go out of the way to tell almost everyone in the village that we were on our honeymoon. Every restaurant we went to would congratulate us, either verbally or with a card, and it was a nice surprise to receive such a personalized experience everywhere we went in the village.
Lastly, the area around Wilderness Manor is beautiful and the boardwalk across the road makes a nice activity before dinner.
The only issue we had was with the sign that says FOUR STARS. How such a well-run B&B with exceptional hospitality were given only four stars was beyond us. If you want an enjoyable stay along the Garden Route, Wilderness Manor would be the best option for you!
Andrew & Grace
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Almost halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the internationally renowned Garden Route and nestled between mountains and golden beaches, you will find one of South Africa's most favoured holiday destinations, the seaside village of Wilderness. Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined guest house overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon, in the heart of the scenic village of Wilderness. Step out of the front door and cross the road onto the boardwalk for an easy and safe stroll to beaches, restaurants and village shops. Relax in the spacious guest lounge or reading lounge, with superb views from the balconies overlooking the lagoon. Wilderness Manor is luxuriously decorated in an African colonial style with fine oriental rugs, heirlooms, antiques, art and collectables which contribute to a refined and stylish ambience. Retire to the serenity of four stylish en-suite bedrooms: three luxury and spacious lagoon facing rooms on the second floor with superb views of the lagoon and one standard garden room on the ground floor with a private garden / patio. Look forward to our Continental buffet and English breakfast served in our breakfast room, opening onto a sunny balcony overlooking the indigenous forest where the Knysna Loerie often comes to feed... Whether you are passionate about water sports, hiking, extreme adventure or animal encounters, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo has something for you. CHILD POLICY: Wilderness Manor is not suitable for infants and children younger than 12 years of age. ... more less
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