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Knysna Country House
Ranked #20 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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104 reviews
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“Bliss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

When we were shown to our room on arrival I could not believe how spacious it was. Lots of storage and also a well stocked minibar and good size bathroom with sunken bath and separate double shower.
Standing on the balcony looking over the bay was just bliss...pure bliss. With 10 minutes I regretted not booking for a longer stay rather than the 2 nights. Ypie and Erik were excellent hosts, friendly and helpful and made sure everything was perfect.

Breakfast was a joyful experience with a very good choice of hot and cold food on offer. Everything hot I tried was tasty and well cooked and served with a smile. What more could I ask!

There is plenty choice of restaurants in Knysna and surrounding area and we enjoyed the atmosphere and food on the waterfront both nights.

I would jump at the opportunity to come back here and hope to sometime soon.

Room Tip: Book a luxury room..it is worth it
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Phillip F
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

I stayed here with my fiance for 1 night on the 13th March. The lady who checked us in was lovely and helpful and happy to help with dinner recommendations/reservations. We were given a complimentary upgrade to the luxury room which was a nice surprise. The room was huge and comfortable, with it's own access door, although a little dated. The grounds, pool and views are gorgeous and the guesthouse is a nice distance from town. We would definitely stay again if in Knysna.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

We stayed for one night to break up the drive from PE to Cape Town. We received a warm welcome from Ypie the manager, and her lovely dogs. She showed us around and kindly made dinner reservations for us for that evening.

We booked a luxury double which was rather bland and a bit dated but was clean and had a nice balcony with side views over the valley. I would have been disappointed if we had booked this room for a longer stay although it was very reasonably priced, so it is probably a personal judgment call as it is In a quiet location, ideal for exploring the area. Additionally, the swimming pool and gardens were lovely. Breakfast was good with various choices available and was served on the terrace overlooking the pool, gardens and valley. I felt the room was a bit cramped for a longer stay but I imagine that some of the other rooms may be nicer and if we returned, I would book a better room.

Do note that there is no air con which seems to be the case in a lot of the properties around the Knysna hills, although not around the lagoon area.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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knysnacountryhouse, Owner at Knysna Country House, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear Travelhappy,

Thank you for your review, though it does not help us a lot. We do not know who you are and in what room you stayed. And a pity that your overall score is average, while you scored us very good on 5 out of 6 'subquestions'.

February is the busiest month of our year and we indeed reserve the larger rooms for guests who stay longer than 1 night. I see from your previous reviews that you stayed on Leisure Isle last year. The fact that they have aircon, is because they can afford that with the rates they ask (50% higher than our rates) and they also need it to keep rooms free from (salty) dampness coming from the lagoon and ocean.

Kind regards,
Erik
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

We arrived late afternoon and were welcomed by the owners, Ypie and Erik. We were shown into the most fabulous thatched cottage set in the grounds within a very short walk up the steps to the breakfast area and right next to the lovely swimming pool.
The cottage was simply superb as it consisted of a large bedroom with a suitably large bed, separate well-appointed bathroom and shower and a small ante-room for luggage and cupboards. There was also a little kitchen area.
Ypie and Erik ran the hotel very well and the breakfasts were substantial and healthy.
The hotel/B & B is situated in a very quiet area but it is only about 800 meters from the Knysna Golf Club. Erik is on the committee. They have 2 dogs which pleased my wife as she was able to take them for walks whilst we were there.

We were booked to go to Plettenberg Bay from Knysna and had we known how close Knysna is to Plett Bay we would have stayed in Knysna instead of leaving.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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jerusalem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Started off with a friendly, helpful check-in relatively late (early evening). Parking inside a locked courtyard. Lovely communal area to sit and read, have a drink or just relax. Comfy room with WiFi, a great shower, French roast coffee, small fridge stocked with drinks but still enough room to put in a few things of our own.
Perfect breakfast out on the beautiful patio. We don't eat meat but there was a choice of meats for people who do. Good scrambled eggs. Good assortment of tasty cheeses. Granola with extra nuts and raisins. Plain yogurt - my personal favorite - and flavored. Excellent fruit salad and bread. Even the coffee was excellent.
You know the turnoff to Fraser St by the family if guinea fowl who prance around near the corner.
The owners are pleasant and helpful. They arranged our tour at the Featherbed Nature Reserve and gave us a voucher for a discount.
I highly recommend thus lodging to anyone coming to Knysna. Definitely goes on our list of turnip advisor successes.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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knysnacountryhouse, Owner at Knysna Country House, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Dear Ranchette,

Wow, that was quick, only left here yesterday. Thank you so much for this review. We are trying our best to 'accommodate' all our guests and it is heartwarming to see that it is appreciated.

We hope to see you here again some day soon.

Warm regards,
Ypie and Erik
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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Our stay at Knysna Country house was a short 2 night stop. We got a bit creeped out by the city actually because of the steep rich poor divide in the area and surroundings. There are several slums surrounding this beautiful super opulent bay area which gives rise to a dark underbelly. We chose not to venture out past sun down but inspite of that had a few creepy episodes with the locals.

As far as the accommodation goes we didn't have a very nice welcome. Our keys were left with the housemaid as the owners were not present on arrival. They were a little indifferent at the first meet next morning but fine later.
The rooms were OK. View was good in the cottage we stayed besides the pool. Carpeting was worn out and it was a bit warm in the cottage(no a/c only a side fan). It was overpriced in general.
Breakfast was good with fresh stuff and some decent options.

I would've given a 4/5 if the owners were more involved with their guests(as we found with the other B&Bs we stayed); I dunno maybe coz we are Indians (looking at the positive feedback from the Europeans & Americans).

All in all 3/5.

Natasha & Anmol.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Widnes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

A very nice experience for us Eric and Ypie were both very friendly with a good sense of humour, and most helpful when it came to booking restaurants and taxis etc.
If I return to Knysna in the future I would have no problem in staying with Eric and Ypie again

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank barry l
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Property: Knysna Country House
Address: 30 Fraser Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Knysna Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Knysna Country House, situated in the wooded suburb of Hunters Home, is only minutes away from the Knysna and Pezula Golf Courses in Knysna, on the scenic Garden Route alongthe Indian Ocean coastline of South Africa. The spacious and sunny balcony overlooking the large swimming pool is the ideal place to enjoy the rich bird life and views over the Knysna Lagoon, town and distant mountains. Only 9 rooms, knowleagable, multi-lingual hosts and friendly and relaxed atmosphere. ... more   less 
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