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Guadeloupe Self Catering Apartments
Ranked #40 of 106 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Reviewed 2 February 2013

We stayed 2 nights and unfortunately missed the cooking experience which is on Wednesdays but I did get a glimpse of the kitchen which looked nothing short of awesome! Our appartment was The Lighthouse which from what I could see has the best view. The appartment is very nicely decorated, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. We loved our stay there and oh yes don't forget the pool - very nice pool area.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

I exchanged several emails with Jenny and spoken to her twice on the phone. She recommended the Shoe room apartment which I subsequently reserved with a deposit and received confirmation.
I was therefore very surprised when my sister and I arrived at Guadeloupe and were obviously not expected. Albin told us that the Shoe room apartment had been booked by someone else but showed it to us and we liked it a lot. He also showed us the Tea apartment which is very similar (with an extra bedroom) but the decor did not appeal as much. He asked us to take the Tea apartment as we had only booked for 2 nights and the other people for a week. Only when I showed my confirmation did he offer the Shoe apartment but he made us feel bad by saying that the other people stayed there every year. We therefore took the Tea apartment as we didn't want to spoil someone else's holiday.
The view is slightly better from Shoe but both apartments would have great views of the lagoon and Heads if the trees in front were trimmed.
There is noise from the N2 whilst sitting on the balcony but we did not notice it when inside although we did keep the doors closed as Albin says monkeys can be a nusiance.
The apartments are well equipped for self-catering but the Tea apartment (which sleeps 6) only had a small 2 seater sofa and no other comfortable chair. There were 6 chairs for the dining table. I think 6 people in the apartment would be a real squeeze.
Two other small gripes are that the Hand and Shower gel are fastened down by the hand basin so cannot be used in the shower or bath and there is no list of available TV channels so one has to go through all the unavailable channels trying to find something to watch.
But I loved the bed! I was in the mezzanine room and my bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in and I would love a mattress like that at home. The duvet, although synthetic, was very snug and cosy.
The swimming pool looked very nice but had a lot of leaves and sand in it. To be fair the weather had been very windy.
I have perhaps harped on the negative points but feel Jenny and Albin should be aware of them. I was very disappointed that Jenny did not introduce herself to us in view of the obvious mix up in bookings.
All that said, we enjoyed our stay at Guadeloupe and Albin is an amiable host.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

We recently stayed in the Bottom Cottage and has a fabulous time! The service we received from Jenny, Albin and the team was unobtrusive but efficient - they resolved any queries/issues we had immediately. The cottage itself was perfect for us as we had a 1 year old and needed a ground floor one. Very cosy with all the amenities and a great little outside area. It didn't have a view of the lagoon, but there are those rooms available for those who want that.

The location is up a hill a little away from the main town, which suited us just fine.

It's a pity we weren't there for the Wednesday Cook and Look!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Overall a good option if you're looking for self catering accommodation in Knysna. Facilities are good, rooms are clean and well equipped with above average finishings. Views over the lagoon are fabulous and can be enjoyed from your balcony but the N2 traffic noise does intrude a bit.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

What an unforgetable evening we shared with friends when going to the Cook and Look offered on most Wednesday evenings at Guadeloupe! The food was top class and cullinary experience yet to be topped! The generous portions and great ambience along with the very entertaining and talented hosts, Jenny and Albin, makes this one of the "must do's" when in Knysna!
The Lemoncello was to die for and the smoked beef awesome! The service was fabulous and attentive.
The meal was great value and the setting very unique. We enjoyed our wine and could sit and watch the "artists at work" in the kitchen while being told what we were going to enjoy! Very unique and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

The Top Cottage has amazing views over the lagoon. The unit is cleaned daily and soap and body cream are supplied. It is a full kitchen so you can cook and bake if you want!
The Bathroom has a shower and bath. The living room has a table and couch with a flat screen TV with some DSTV channels.

The Cooking School
Kilzer's Kitchen that is run by owners Albin and Jenny . They have cook and look on a Wednesday evening R250 pp which is worth more than that! The special food they "create" is fantastic and Jenny's and Albin sense of humor makes the evening very entertaining! They are at the Friday Market in Knysna and will have the market at home during winter.
They can tailor make any cooking skills you would like to acquire !

Jenny is also doing fine art and will have a portrait painting course in June 2012.

Room Tip: Top Cottage has the best views!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

A really unique experience combining great accomodation with the cookery school. We would wake up in the morning with the sun rising over the lagoon and eat homemade rusks and buscuits. We would then take the chance to watch and learn in the cookery school. I learned how to fillet a fish. We also attended the cook and look evening on the wednesday evening which was a a great entertaining evening where we watched Albin and Jenny prepare our dinner.

is was our first long haul trip with our 8 month old and she was well catered for (and loved coming in the pool with us)

And not to mention, I have played some of the best golf courses in the world here.

Overall, a unique combination of food and accommodation.

John (Australia)

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 3 Roos Bolton Crescent | Knysna Heights, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 106 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range: £55 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Guadeloupe Self Catering Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 Star Graded accommodation situated on a hilltop overlooking the famous Knysna lagoon - with the added attraction of a custom built cookery school. ... more   less 
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