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Kanonkop Guest House
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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133 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great time at Kanonkop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights and would definitely return. Chris welcomed us and served breakfast to us and was very helpful with local information and Mark was absolutely charming. Our room was lovely and spacious with every amenity. It was a nice touch to offer complementary wine and beer which my husband only partook of once but it was there if you wanted it. Everything was clean and the breakfasts were good too. Can't wait to go back.

Stayed January 2008
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  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2008

We spent our honeymoon in SA and stayed in 7 dif lodges/guesthouses, they were all great but Kanonkop was amazing!
When we left after just 3 nights felt like we were leaving a friends house and this is what somes up the service you get here - you feel like you are one of the family except you don't have to do the washing up!
On arriving Mark was there to greet us and over a glass of wine he was able to sort us out all our restaurants ( which had been prebooked for us, as it was a busy time of year - great touch!), transport, canoeing and walks.
We ended up staying in the paradise suite as someone had cancelled at the last moment ( fools!), it was amazing. As others have mentioned the view is incredible we even had our a couple of our fellow guests round for drinks to show it off! We didn't have a problem with the open plan , and didn't find it unusual in comparison to other SA rooms we had been in. All the decor was really nice.
Chris was there every morning to serve a great breakfast to us and our fellow guests and was available for long chats and sorting out any info we needed. The gardens of the guest house are very nice with good pool.
Chris, Mark and the rest of the family and staff made this place the highlight of our honeymoon - thanks guys and I hope we get to return some day!!

  • Liked — The amazing hospitality that we received!
  • Disliked — that we didn't stay there for another 3 days
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2007

Ok let me first discuss the "issue" of the open plan layout in the Paradise suite. I almost let a couple of the previous griping reviews sway our decision to stay at Kanonkop and I'd hate for something similar to befall other TripAdvisor readers. In short, the Paradise suite is everything that Frommer's wrote about when they called it "the best room in Knysna." Yes, the open plan layout can be disconcerting (especially if you're a new couple) BUT the suite has a second, competely detached bathroom just steps away on the first floor. I have no idea what the other reviews were complaining about regarding size (the suite is easily larger than most 1 bedrooms in New York or London). Don't forget the lagoon views or outdoor patio--spectacular, especially at sunset with a glass of your favorite beverage.

Kanonkop is a fantastic, beautiful retreat just on its own, but when you factor in the warm, hospitality provided by Chris and Mark, it steps into a whole other class. To be clear, if you're looking for a large hotel akin to a luxury chain offering (i.e., St. Regis, Jumeirah, etc.) then you're probably more interested in Pezula. Personally, I find that type of lodging a bit impersonal and devoid of local flavor, especially when there are beautiful places like Kanonkop in the area. Mark and Chris are incredibly personable and warm and go to great lengths to make you feel at home straight away. Chris was able to accurately direct us to some of Knysna's better dining choices, and Mark gave my wife and I a super hiking itinerary that we would never have found just using the guide books. If you're looking to connect with the true essence of South African hospitality, I know of no better hosts.

We stayed for two nights on a week long Garden route journey and when we go again (South Africa is too wonderful to visit only once!) I'll skip some of the places we stayed in Nature's Valley and head back to Kanonkop--truly delightful.

P.S. Spicy mushrooms at breakfast. Delicious.

  • Liked — Spaciousness, Views, Hospitality
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2007

An overall very nice place with fantastic view, friendly and helpful hosts. We were in the "NoMatata" suite (upgraded from a 'normal' room - extra charge of ZAR 300!), very nice and modern layout and quiet as it was a little away from the main house.
Breakfast was served next to the pool, which was an excellent start to the day.
If anyone is looking for a restaurant in Knysna, we can highly recommend Zest in the town center: Excellent food, outstanding service and great value for money!
So, overall, a nice experience. The only downside of the guesthouse (it's not a hotel as claimed on Tripadvisor!) is the location as it is quite a bit away from everything (you need to drive). The disappointment was the locked bar in the evening although drinks were supposed to be included in our price...

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — DIstance from town
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank mooeh
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Hampshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2007

The location is good, with lovely views over the bay. However, the "Paradise" suite has a very strange design, in that the toilet is completely open plan. This spoiled our enjoyment of our stay there.
This was particularly disappointing as this was the most expensive place we used on our trip. We think the price/ quality relationship is poor.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The open plan toilet in the "Paradise" suite
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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5 Thank grafran
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2007

Having read Trip Advisors reviews, we spent 2 nights at Kanonkop in November and were not disappointed. We stayed in the Paradise Suite with wonderful unobstructed views. The hospitality was excellent, delicious breakfasts, our every whim catered for and we could not have asked for a more interesting and helpful host. I would recommend Kanonkop without hesitation!

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank SAHLondon
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2007

Having read all the wonderful reviews on this site and carefully looking at Kanonkop's website we decided to treat ourselves to the Paradise Suite.

We arrived late at night, around 10.30pm to be greeted with a frosty welcome. The comment being “We were not sure if you would be turning up” despite an e-mail acknowledging that we would be arriving around that time.

When we were shown the Paradise Suite, my partner didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

The “suite” comprises only the one room! Everything, bed, bath, shower and toilet are part of the same room with only a small sliding partition to separate the room slightly. This means every noise and smell would permeate the whole room. There is also a convenient mirror opposite the toilet that allows you to watch whoever is on the toilet from the comfort of your bed. Why anyone would think this is acceptable is well beyond us both.

The room is relatively small with no sitting area, so how it can be called a suite is a mystery.

Our bed was damp and the louvres on the wardrobe doors were thick with dust.

Kanonkop is listed in Trip Advisor as a Hotel. In my opinion it's a B&B/Guest House and not a very good one at that.

We were supposed to stay for 4 nights, but left first thing the next morning.

Of our 16 nights on South Africa, this was by far the worst accommodation we stayed in.

  • Liked — The gate on the way out
  • Disliked — Having the toilet in your bedroom
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kanonkop Guest House
Address: 6 Cuthbert Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kanonkop Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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