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“The best place to stay in the Wilderness area.”

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Kingfisher Country House
Ranked #13 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kleinmond, South Africa
1 review
“The best place to stay in the Wilderness area.”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

As any trip away is so special to us, it is such a real bonus to know that our B&B stay at The Kingfisher Country House has always been perfect, and we would not consider staying anywhere else. Sue and Phil always give us a genuine welcome. The rooms are so beautifully and carefully decorated, comfortable and homely. I have to mention the perfect breakfasts ,which are given such careful thought and after which we are satiated for the rest of the day. Nothing is too much trouble and all the extras provided go to make for a very relaxing stay - and this is after 3 visits ......so far! We cannot wait to be staying there again. Thank you, Sue and Phil, we look forward to being able to be with you again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

An exceptional stay. Sue, Phil and the birds provide the warmest welcome. A masterpiece of gardening has turned their house into a sanctuary for birds and other welcome animals. Swimming with drongos and eating with loeries provides a unique experience. Their knowledge of birdlife and culinary skills add to the atmosphere. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

The Kingfisher Country House is set at an excellent location. It provides comfortable and roomy lodging, bird watching from the veranda where a nice and tasteful breakfast is served. But above all Sue and Phil are lovely and worm hosts, who provide a homely feeling of relaxation . Their knowledge of the Garden Route provided me useful traveling information. I’m very thankful to them and highly recommend their place to nature and human loving people.

Room Tip: The last room facing the backyard was roomy and quite
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Our 4th visit to Kingfisher & each time the welcome from, & hospitality shown by Sue & Phil has exceeded the previous visit. Both are extremely knowledgeable not just about their own area but all of Southern Africa & are always keen to hear other travellers opinions too. Guest rooms are absolutely charming - comfortable beds & chairs, tea-making facilities. The breakfast is delicious - Sue's muffins are to die for! Frankly, if you haven't stayed at Kingfisher, you haven't lived! Oh, did I mention the birds from the forest.........

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We spent three nights in Kingfisher which was a real highlight of our holiday to South Africa this year.

We loved the calm of the place which is immediately apparent as soon as you arrive.
This is in part the surroundings, such as a sitting room filled with books, sofas on the veranda or watching the plethora of birds that visit the place. In reality it is the owners Phil and Sue who make you feel you are welcome guests in their home so the whole experience it is all very relaxed and natural.

Sue is very knowledgeable and generous with her advice on what to do and see so we left feeling we have to return to see everything we couldn’t manage this time around. Clearly this isn’t just our impression as there were guests who have been coming back year on year.

Sue gave us her pass so we could follow the Kingfisher trail, which starts not far from the house and finishes by the waterfall approximately
4 km away. It is worth taking your swimming costumes so you can refresh yourself with a dip in the river beneath the waterfall.

Breakfasts are a treat especially as you get to watch the local birds getting theirs at the same time – courtesy of Sue.
They eat so much you can only marvel they can fly afterwards the same applied to the humans – but that’s South Africa for you.

Thanks to you both for a lovely stay.

Room Tip: Ours was a suite
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

This was our second stay at Kingfisher, and we were thrilled to find it unchanged, except there were even more wonderful and exotic birds to see. Sue welcomed us with open arms and made sure we knew which restaurants to go to, booking them for us, and recommended beaches and a canoe trip on the peaceful river nearby. The accommodation was very comfortable and spacious, and the breakfasts were wonderful, setting us up for the day's activities. We went on our way each day with muffins for our picnic.

We will definitely come back again.

Room Tip: It is lovely having a balcony room from which the breakfasts and birdwatching can be accessed direct...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
It is always wonderful to see our guests again!! It is very important to us that our guests feel happy and comfortable and I must confess that I ate a hot chocolate muffin myself this morning, couldn't resist. You are always very welcome and we would love to see you again.

Best wishes,
Phil and Sue Millard,
Kingfisher Country House, Wilderness
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Mbazwana, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Sue & Phil are 2 of the nicest people you are ever likely to meet and they take such good care of their guests. The garden is beautiful, rooms very comfortable and breakfasts delicious and ample. If you are a birdwatcher, this place is unmissable. You have a huge variety of wonderful birds at your finger tips, including the stunning Knysna Lourie.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
It was wonderful having you and your group to stay at Kingfisher Country House again, we always enjoy enthusiastic birders! The Knysna Warbler is still calling happily. Thank you for your kind words. We are very blessed to have such a variety of beautiful birds in our area and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best wishes,
Phil and Sue Millard
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Property: Kingfisher Country House
Address: 1030, Dumbleton Road (off Waterside Road) | Wilderness National Park, Wilderness, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kingfisher Country House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spacious country style guesthouse set in a beautiful rambling garden overlooking Wilderness National Park which is a Ramsar site. Comfortable antique furniture, fresh flowers and romantic log fires in winter create a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Delicious breakfasts (including freshly baked muffins or scones and home made jams)served on the wide, covered veranda. Cosy cottage style en-suite bedrooms have king-size/twin beds, heater, fan, tea/coffee tray and private entrance. Sparkling pool. Prolific bird life, hiking and canoeing along rivers and lakes. Beautiful beaches nearby. Ideal as a base from which to explore our magnificent area. ... more   less 
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