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Belvidere Manor
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
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“What a wonderful place”
Reviewed 28 September 2011

In the words of Geoff "Wonderful. SuperDuper. Excellent !!!"

Geoff runs around all day, with the biggest brightest smile you have ever seen. I have never seen anyone so happy to be serving people. He makes you feel like royalty.

We made a pretty last minute booking, so weren't even sure what kind of accommodation we'd be getting, but upon arrival, were blown away by the comfort of the cottage. 2 large bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms. A lounge, dining room, kitchen and large deck.

The perfect place to lie back and recover.

My only regret is that we weren't there for longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in a Garden Cottage. No view of the lagoon, but the pool was about 30 seconds walk away, a...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Seaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed at the Belvidere Manor for three nights, with four friends, and couldn’t fault it. The individual cottages were spacious and an ideal place to unwind. It was like having your own cottage in a little peaceful village. A lovely breakfast was served each morning, either on the veranda or the lawn, and evening meals in The Bell pub were plain, but wholesome delicious, particularly when washed down with a pint or two of the local beer. If you are exploring the area, then Belvidere Manor is certainly the place to unwind after a hard day being a tourist.

Room Tip: Couldn't see any bad ones
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Breasted Chart
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

"Hotel" is more of a series of self-catering cottages in beautiful grounds. Our cottage slept 6 & was a little chilly in winter; there were oil-filled radiators in the bedrooms & wood provided for a fire in the lounge, but the lounge still remained chilly. The Bell Tavern on the complex is very handy & served reasonably-priced lunches & dinner, the quality of which was good, for pub food. Breakfasts on the terrace were of good quality & with plenty of choice. All the staff were friendly & attentive, providing a good level of service. The wi-fi is not free, which was a bit disappointing. The grounds & location were both very good, if you want a peaceful break. It is about a 10 minute drive to Knysna which we found a little disappointing.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 14 July 2011

I would highly recommend Belvidere to anyone looking for accomodation in Knysna. The service was unbelievable friendly and accomodating. They helped me plan my proposal and made all my wishes come true. The cottage we stayed in was beautifully situated on the Knysna lagoon and we woke up with breathtaking views of the lagoon. Being a perfectionist myself the rooms were as clean and comfortable and fresh as to my liking.

The breakfast was delicious and was an excellent way to start a jam backed day of tourism. The staff also helped us every morning to book and plan our day.

There is also a very quint pub with steaks that are really tasty. Draught on tap to complement the steak.

i am looking forward to next years marathon too have the change too go back.

Room Tip: We didn't see the other rooms but the honeymoon cottage was a little out the way of all the peop...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

We travelled with Knysna with friends to do the Forest Marathon and stayed at the Belvidere! Supurb accommodation, friendly & efficient staff, excellent breakfast...sorry we couldn't stay longer...but we will be back and will bring our children next time. Thank you Belvidere!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

Belvidere Manor is a very special place. This was my wife and my second time here and it was not a let down, in fact was even better than last time. The accommodation is so homey but very elegant at the same time. This was a winter break so we thoroughly enjoyed a roaring fire in our very cosy but spacious home during our stay. The people that helped us were so friendly and accommodating. We will keep going back and tell our friends as long as the establishment and service remains as good. Thanks Belvidere.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Juan Capistrano, California
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Just a lovely property. It is situated on the Belvidere Estate which is on the Knysna Lagoon, not in town. It was a nice location but you should have a car available for convenience. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Rooms are really cottages spread around lawns and a pool area. The cottages are older but very neat and clean and have a lot of charm. We had a two bedroom, two bath unit which had it's own living room area and was very comfortable. Ate dinner in the pub on the premises twice because it was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. I want the chicken pot pie recipe!! Our breakfast was a wonderful buffet with gourmet cheeses, fruit, juices, pastries, yogurt, meats....and lots more! You can order waffles, eggs, pancakes, etc. in addition to the buffet. All the food was tasty and well prepared and presented. Service was very good. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone and would go back anytime myself!

Room Tip: The cottages are all pretty equal in quality.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Belvidere Manor
Address: Lower Duthie Drive | Belvidere Estate, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Belvidere Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, historic Belvidere Manor built in 1849, is situated in landscaped gardens and offers spacious accommodation in 28 serviced cottages, each with comfortable lounge, a full kitchen and 1, 2 or 3 en-suite double bedrooms. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace of Belvidere House, then relax poolside, take a boat trip, walk forest trails or pristine beaches, all a short drive away. Savour dinner at Caroline's bistro in Belvidere House, or hearty pub meals at The Bell Tavern, voted a Garden Route "Culinary legend". We offer preferential golf rates at Simola & Pezula clubs and a pretty garden wedding venue for up to 60 guests. ... more   less 
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