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“Country House Atmosphere”
Review of Falcons View Manor

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Falcons View Manor
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 October 2013

If you like country house hotels, then this is the place. The house was built by a Mr Thesen who seems to have owned most of the town. Rumour has it that he built high up on the hillside so that he could keep an eye on his empire below. But I think that it was for the stupendous view over the town and lagoon then out to the Heads which are the headlands on either side of the natural entrance to the harbour.
Thesen was, among other things, a timber miller and it shows in the house which has wooden floors and ceilings and extensive wooden trim.
The hotel is a little formal as befits its country house feel, with armchaired sitting rooms and a casual dress code for the dining room.
The restaurant is a la carte with a choice of three of everything and a good wine list with expert advice on hand. Breakfast was served outside as, for once that week, the sun was shining.

Room Tip: The hotel is up a steep hill so expect to drive if you need to go into town. Ask for a sea view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My wife and I booked this hotel for a last minute weekend trip. I'd seen previous reviews on trip advisor but was frankly a little sceptical that the service was THAT good. I was pleased to find that the service does in fact live up to its billing, we had a very warm welcome, a complimentary welcome drink and throughout our stay the staff were exceptional. The weather was unfortunately poor but we were given several helpful recommendations for bad weather activities. Its also worth noting that if the weather isn't all you hoped for during your stay, the hotel has a very comfortable library and guest lounge.

The decor in our room was rather eclectic and maybe not to everyone's tastes, but I felt that it added to the charm of the place.

The hotel is a short walk from the town centre but it is worth noting that the hill is very steep. The staff are able to organise reliable taxis to and from restaurants for those who don't want to drive out to dinner.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Lovely property, beautifully located overlooking the lagoon from Thesen Hills. Homely environment, lovely furniture great rooms, well maintained grounds, with helpful staff members. Good sumptuous breakfast, outstanding view from the patio, would loved to have stayed longer in this part of the truly stupendous Garden Route

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank pravinamin
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Spectacular view straight onto the Knysna heads. The hotel is close enough to the centre of town, but far enough that it is peaceful. We were in one of the garden facing rooms and it actually created the impression that we were in the middle of the Knysna forest. The breakfasts were superb. The staff were all helpful and made great recommendations for restaurants in the area.

The room was comfortable and very clean. Free wi-fi was included in the price.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank NadsSouthAfrica
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

This was our third stay at Falcon's View and we were not disappointed. There is always a warm welcome here and the stunning views from the verandah and many of the rooms make it very special. Our room on the first floor was spacious with the view over Knysna Lagoon. The bathroom, complete with huge bath has the same view. There is a delightful garden where the excellent breakfasts are served. Dinner is available which we enjoyed on two occasions and there is an excellent wine list. We can strongly recommend Falcon's View.

Room Tip: Choose between rooms with a view in the main house or huge garden rooms with patios.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ChasDartmoor
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Lovely old manor house situated on the hill overlooking the picureque estuary. Very helpful, obliging and friendly staff. The hotel has lots of character with tastefully furnished public rooms and very comfortable and well equipped bedrooms and bathrooms. There is a small restaurant for residents where dinner is served, there is really no need to go out. Breakfast is served alfresco if the weather is clement. A covered porch area stretching the length of the hotel is ideal for a sundowner as you enjoy the view. If the weather is a little cool they light a log fire in the evening. It's just the perfect place to unwind or explore the local area, which has lots to offer.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank AGDowson
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

The hotel, once a private house, has a wonderful position overlooking Knysna. Not too far from the town centre it offers peace and tranquility. Our welcome glass of wine was enjoyed on the balcony at sunset. Rooms are spotless and well furnished, although the design of the house means ceilings are sloped. The bathroom was well fitted and modern with a good shower. We chose to eat in rather than go into town. The menu was imaginative and the food well prepared with excellent service. Breakfast was generous with fresh fruit and a cooked choice.
We have stayed there before and will do so again.
Good solid comfort.

Room Tip: You could ask if any rooms have views of the town.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alicelincolnshire
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Additional Information about Falcons View Manor

Address: 2 Thesen Hill | Upper Central, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range: £93 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Falcons View Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Falcons View Manor is a small Boutique Hotel on Thesen Hill in Knysna. Spectacular Views from the Victorian Veranda across the lagoon, beautiful garden and a small restaurants for our guests. ... more   less 
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