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“Beautiful Knysna beach front B&B” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Knysna Belle
Ranked #34 of 129 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Orpington, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Knysna beach front B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2012

Lovely room in an excellent property with very good faciliities, located on the Leisure Isle a short drive from all the towns amenities. Slightly more expensive than some others, but worth it for that little bit of luxury, just a few yards from a sandy beach and lovely views of the Knysna lagoon and Heads accompanied by superb breakfast served in the beautiful gardens and overlooking the pool.

Room Tip: Free wifi but it does not reach what is otherwise a lovely front garden room.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

After reviewing the Knysna area through my SA Rough Guide we decided to stay on Leisure Isle and we booked into this B&B. Leisure Isle is beautiful and tranquil and Knysna Belle is pefectly placed right on the lagoon with lovely views of the Heads.

Our room was at the front of the building with our own patio where we could sit out and take in the views. We had breakfast by the pool each morning which was delightful.

Having the tranquilty of the island, we were also within easy access of the restaurants of the Knysna Waterfront by a free taxis services paid for by the restaurants. These restaurants were of a high standard at reasonable prices.

Overall a great place to stay

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pretoria, South Africa
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

My Wife and I had a late booking enquiry and immediately received great service. We stayed in the Captain's quarters for two nights. The room is beautiful with great views. The staff is helpfull and very friendly. I would recommend this establishment to any persons wanting to travel to the area.

Room Tip: If you can afford the Captain's Quarters its worth every cent.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

We were recommended to stay on Leisure Isle by another B&B owner and we booked into this B&B. Leisure Isle is beautiful and quiet and Knysna Belle has a great location right on the lagoon with lovely views though not from our particular room which openned onto the pool area in the very pleasant back garden. Owners provide bikes so you can cycle round the island (which we did) and canoes so you can canoe on the lagoon (which we didn't but would have if the weather had been better!). Excellent breakfast out side and very good local restaurant (Tides - our best meal in SA) within walking distance. Also well placed to see rest of Knysna and the Heads but you do need to drive there or get taxi. For us this was the ideal place to stay for the Knysna area.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Martin C
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Ianbeswick, Manager at The Knysna Belle, responded to this review, 12 March 2012
We were very lucky to have been recommended , we enjoyed your company and hope you return soon. Maybe next time we can spoil you in one of our front lagoon facing rooms with views over the Knysna Lagoon.
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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

We have just returned from 3 wonderful nights at the Knysna Belle. The house is located on Leisure Isle which is about 5-10 mins drive from the centre of Knysna. The island is very quite and peaceful with only a few cars on the island. The house overlooks the Knysna lagoon which is very tidal and at low tide you can almost walk to the other side of the lagoon. The beach is less than two mins walk and they have kayaks and bikes to use if you wish. The Knysna Belle has a very homely feel to it and you are made to feel very welcome from the moment you arrive.

The room we had was called Paquita and overlooked the pool area and garden. The room was very clean and the well presented. The breakfast was served on the patio outside and there was a good selection of food including fruit, cereal, toast and the full English. The house also has an honesty bar with soft and alcoholic drinks which is good as there are no bars and only a couple of restaurants on the island. The Knysna Belle also has a selection of menus for the local restaurants and previous guests have left reviews on these restaurants. The island is very safe and nice to walk around both in the day and at night. We ate at a couple of nice restaurants on Thesen Island which is an island 5 mins drive from the Knysna Belle. There was a wide selection of restaurants to suit all tastes.

It was the first time we had visited Knysna and we are already planning a return and would definitely stay at the Knysna Belle again.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Poole, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

This was our second stay and we were worried it would nt live up to our memories but it surpassed them.
There are very few places in the world that provide super scenary in a safe and accessable location with really good personal service.Gillianne, Bianca and the other staff truly make you feel at home without being intrusive.The Knysna Belle is really comfortable place to stay with so many little touches that make their guests feel valued other establishments would do well to learn from. The breakfasts are excellent and taken overlooking the pool and garden which is so pretty and full of bird life.The rooms are very comfortable, there is a fabulous lounge with a spacious terrace overlooking the lagoon where we spotted a seal and a pair of fish eagles soaring in the thermals above the guest house. Leisure Island is a gem you can easily spend a few days there taking leisurely walks in complete safety or take off on one of the bikes or canoes they so thoughtfully provide.In short if you are looking for a place to just kick back and relax then look no further you will not be disappointed we can not wait to return

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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Thank mimble
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Seattle
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Superlatives come to mind when describing The Knysna Belle...It is truly the belle of the ball. Many places have a nice location but not a staff to make you feel welcome, or vice versa. The Belle gives you the best of both worlds. Bianca and everyone on staff make you feel you are at home away from home, yet also being pampered. Really, you might never want to leave the island. The views of the lagoon are like something from a beachfront beer commercial. Stunning and mesmerizing. We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Knysna Belle
Address: 75 Bayswater Drive | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Knysna Belle 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Knysna Belle Guest House offers a relaxing atmosphere with Bollard beach just a few paces from our front door where guests can relax and enjoy the tranquility of island life ... more   less 
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