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“Without a doubt one of the best self catering cottages we have stayed in not only is South Africa but abroad as well”

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Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat
Ranked #2 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“Without a doubt one of the best self catering cottages we have stayed in not only is South Africa but abroad as well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The cottage we stayed in was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and most important very peaceful. The owner went out of her way to accommodate us in every way and all the staff were extremely pleasant..
The surrounds are very beautiful and well kept, all in all a superb stay.

Room Tip: All 5 cottages are similar in design, ours had all we needed and more
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

Beautiful, stunning fresh air, peace, love to detail, comfort, respect for nature - a piece of paradise on earth!
Well done Ronel - keep it going and stay blessed! We need millions of people like you to make a difference - to respect and show us humans that living in harmony with nature is possible.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

I wanted to surprise my husband with a fun yet cosy weekend away for his birthday...A place where he could spend quality time with the kids,switch off from work,and just absorb nature..Forest Edge was so tranquil,the kids loved exploring and catching frogs in nearby streams,hubby loved the cosy fireplace and also enjoyed the length of the victorian bath..i loved that everything i needed was right there,never missed a thing! The Host,is pleasant and friendly,explained where everything was and made sure we were comfortable.i would truly recommend this as a school holiday getaway,kids love it! And when they're asleep,creep out under the stars with a blanky on the porch,and take in the beauty of the night sky.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

This is truely a nature retreat, awesome outdoor experience and scenery on the hiking trails and peacefull and tranquil during the evenings with the sounds of wildlife on your door step.
Well equipped cottage and friendly staff always.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Benoni, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

When my family and I arrived at Forest Edge, after driving over two days from Johannesburg, I was tired. Really tired. Having Ronel invite us in to reception, sit us down to get to know us and answer the children's questions about all the curiosities in her office was lovely. Our cottage was friendly and welcoming and the children immediately went exploring. Over the 8 nights we were at Forest Edge we had cold nights with a fire in the lounge, and warm evenings where we could have a braai (barbeque) outside.

It made my heart feel full to see Ronel's constant efforts in keeping Forest Edge well tended. One morning we drove out the gate with Ronel and an assistant putting fresh posts into the ground at the entrance, and that evening the new posts were in a perfectly straight line and painted white.

Another morning we passed Ronel at the entrance, our going out to explore and Ronel returning from chasing the monkeys :-)

Everyday we had to buy two packets of carrots - so that each of our children could feed their own packet of carrots to Hansel and Gretel, the resident donkeys.

The cottage was small and fitting all our knees under the dining room table was a challenge...but we left Forest Edge closer as a family with lots of happy memories.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Although this was not my first visit I was pleasantly surprised by the improvements that were made since my last stay about a year ago!
Ronel really excelled and made this already fabulous place even better!
I love the addition of the bee-hives & the taste of the honey which she shared generously! The addition of Wi-Fi might be very convenient to other travellers,but I never felt the need to make use of it. Both my partner Adriaan and myself had the need for soul searching and relaxation! The tranquil settings and the Meditation area made this so much easier! The walks, the gazing at the stars... The cottages are as comfortable,clean and well-equipted as always! Thank you Ronel and staff! Will be back again for sure!!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

If I can make any travelers experience better in my beloved South Africa, I would be delighted.
Nested on the edge of the lovely Knysna Forest lies this tranquil and quaint resort.
Anyone that love the sound of frogs at dusk and the call of the robin early in the morning will find that this place is perfect. The gardens are neat and tidy. The staff are sensitive to the private visitor and one can rest ones soul here!
A Highly recommended retreat close to the forest, Knysna and the see.

The accommodation are cozy old-time foresters cottages with a pleasant atmosphere and a fireplace that will make any cold night a pleasant one.

For bird watchers and photographers, there it no better place to be.

Forest Edge have a meditation area for one that yearns for a spiritual moment.

This quiet place grabbed my heart as no other place has and I will be there again.

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Property: Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat
Address: Farm 118 | Edge of Indigenous Forest, Garden Route, Knysna 6576, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forest Edge is ideal for Honeymooners, Mountain-bikers, Birdwatchers, trail-walkers and nature-loving families. We specialise in romantic getaways to help you destress and re-connect. Ideally situated to enjoy the trails, forest rock pools and picnic spots or to just chill on your veranda with binocs, a book or sundowners. There are 5 free-standing exceptionally well-equipped, comfortable, self-catering cottages; 2 Standard and 3 Luxury cottages. The luxury cottages include complimentary WiFi and Full Satellite DSTV and have a Queen instead of a Double bed in the main bedroom. We offer breakfast baskets by prior arrangement, to be delivered to your cottage for you to prepare when it suits you - convenience at its best! Although there is no spa on site, we have several mobile massage and beauty therapists that can attend to your needs right in the privacy of your cottage. Come rejuvenate in the Magic of the Forest! ... more   less 
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