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“Still stunning, but slowly loosing its mojo”
Review of 191 Nirvana

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191 Nirvana
Ranked #43 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Still stunning, but slowly loosing its mojo”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

I had been here a few years ago, and came back [this time with my parents] because I loved it so much. The views are still stunning, and the place is still gorgeous - love the outside shower, the kitchen is great, the beds really cosy! The pool is also gorgeous, and there are several fireplaces for a good braai...

Now sadly I just had the nagging feeling that the owner, Madi, does not care quite as much anymore. She promised to say hello on our arrival, but sent staff instead. She turned up on the very last day for a minute small talk - we still owed money, so it felt more like a reminder visit than anything at that stage. She also promised us a salad [freshly grown there, tastes amazing, had some first night] - despite chasing that never came back.

On top of that there are a ton of dogs - super friendly, playful and sweet, but they do, err, soil all over the area, which is not so nice.

Overall, I still think this is a great place, location and facility wise, and if you are going to be in Knysna, this is a great option - I had just wished the "personal touch" by the owner, which had been greatly commended by our travel book especially for this place, was actually still there...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

We had 6 nights at this lovely location. We wondered if it would be a little remote but infact it was only a couple of mins drive to Knysna centre. It was so lovely there we didn't eat out in the eve as wanted to spend as much time as possible there. If you like golden retrievers you will love their company. The accommodation was large and spacious and very clean. We had a lovely salad brought to us from the owners garden each day. The owner lives in a separate house on the premises and gave us advice if we needed any but kept out of the way so we had privacy too. 191 Nirvana was one of the highlights of our holiday and we would go back there again without hesitation. We loved the outside shower as you had a fantastic view. the accommodation is for 4 adults and there is room for children up some steps. There was only the two of us so we had a lot of room. There are two rondavel we stayed in one of these, there is also a brick built building if the rondavels are booked. This is a place that you can truly relax in.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 191 Nirvana

Property: 191 Nirvana
Address: 191 Rheenendal Road | Rheenendal, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nirvana is a beautiful homestead set high on a Knysna hillside, surrounded by spectacular panoramic views with indigenous forest and vegetation. The farm looks out over the entire Knysna Lagoon and it's surrounding villages with the famous Knysna Heads and the Indian Ocean in the distance. Nirvana has 3 luxury self catering units on offer. There are two open thatched Bungalows and a delightful Deckhouse. There is a swimming pool and view deck with fireplace that adds to Nirvana's luxury facilities. Nirvana offers exclusive accommodation in a peaceful, private and secluded setting close to Knysna town - only a 10 min drive. Nirvana is central to all the spectacular Golf Courses that The Garden Route has to offer. ... more   less 
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