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“Hidden Treasure” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kanonkop Guest House
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We were exhausted after a five hour drive from the wine country, and the guesthouse was up a hill off the main road. However, what a nice surprise once we arrived. Our room overlooked the lagoon on one side and beautiful grounds and a pool on the other side, and was quite large with a sitting room, dressing room, and king-sized bed in a large room. A private balcony overlooked the lagoon The common areas were beautifully landscaped. The owners, Chris and his son Mark, were usually there and always very helpful, making recommendations for hikes and meals. Breakfasts were served outside on the patio, and their omelets and smoothies were delicious! Our friends had a fabulous, more open and modern room above us with great views of the lagoon as well, and both rooms were beautifully appointed.
This was a bit off the "beaten path" as it was outside of Knynsa, which was a quite noisy and crowded tourist town, so it was very quiet. They had a open bar policy which was nice. Having a bottle of wine on their beautiful grounds was a treat!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan_Ed2013
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 20 May 2013
Dear Susan - Ed. Many thanks for your lovey review and for your comments on the different desings of the various rooms at Kanonkop House. We want our guests to feel completely at home (without the chore of having to do anything for themselves) and so it is our intention that the complimentary bar, free internet service, daily carwash etc facilitate an easy home away from home experience. Thank you for choosing Knysna and thank you for coming to stay at Kanonkop House. Our warmest regards, Samantha, Mark and Chris
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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

What a treat it was for us to stay at Kanonkop. Imagine an almost tropical setting with a pool in the middle and gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous rooms surrounding it. Chris the owner welcomed us with open arms, attending to our every need and making restaurant reservations for us. The price of a room is worth every penny just listening to Chris and his history in the diamond business. Who knew the Kimberley diamond mine had so many claimholders? Breakfast was bountiful and delicious. Hint of the day - if his son Mark (you'll recognize him instantly, he could double as a bodyguard) is in the kitchen, be sure to order an omelet. I still don't know how he imparts that flavor in it, but I can tell you it is a winner. All of the staff are friendly and accommodating. The rooms are first class. Spacious, modern and extraordinarily clean. Comfy beds you hate to leave. And we had a beautiful balcony overlooking the lagoon. Throw in the complimentary bar offered to the guests (that's right, all you can drink is on the house, just ask the Germans who staggered in the next morning for breakfast) and you have not only the #1 guest house in Knysna but one that would hold it's own against just about any other lodge. Usually I end my reviews with a suggestion on something the owners could do a bit better, but honestly Chris and his family overlook nothing. Their attention to detail is such that when we went hiking on trails Chris suggested and returned with a dirty, dusty car, the next morning before we left the car was washed and clean as a whistle. This was above and beyond the call of duty and this in a nutshell is what makes Kanonkop so special and a must to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hcarlpast
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Wow, what a great review. Thank you. Although I am not sure about the Bodygaurd bit? and you clearly did not have an omlette cooked by me? Just kidding; Mark and I have a longstanding competition regarding who makes the best omlettes but I think your comments have just rocketed him into first place? Many thanks and we hope to see you again. Warmest regards, Sam (and Mark and Chris and the team).
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Huntington, New York
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

As a family of four, we spent three nights in this amazing small hotel en route from Cape Town to Shamwari Game Reserve. Chris and Mark welcomed us like family, and provided us with very informative and helpful tips for local attractions and restaurants. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful views onto the lagoon below, and are designed with a lot of taste and love. Starting with a yummy breakfast each morning, we explored the beautiful surroundings, went elephant riding and monkey watching, and returned to enjoy the refreshing pool and interesting chats with the owners. Thank you Chris, Mark and the entire family, for this welcoming stay in your beautiful place.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hilde H H
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Dear Hilde HH, Thank you for your super review. Lovely to receive your feedback and we are delighted that your family enjoyed Kanonkop House and the beautiful Knysna area so much. Thanks to your review and others we have just been awarded winners in the top 25 small and luxury hotel categories in South Africa...something we are very excited about...so thank you again. We look forward to our next meeting. Warmest regards,
Sam
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2012

Beautifully appointed in wonderful surroundings. Chris, Sam and Mark are very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local attractions. A definite five star experience for anyone exploring the Garden Route or making Knysna a holiday destination.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bruce L
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Dear Bruce L,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Your comments contributed to Kanonkop House taking top honours as the only guest house in the Garden Route to make it into the top 25 in the 2012 Tripadvisor travellers choice awards. Many thanks again. Please do come and stay should you ever be in this part of the world again. Warmest regards, Samantha, Chris, Mark and the KK team.
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Hamburg, Germany
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

Having seen many great guesthouses and lodges during our SA trip, this place really exceeded our expectations. The place is beautifully built with great attention to detail, the rooms spacious, nice and clean and the owner Chris, plus his daughter and son were extremely welcoming to us. Not to forget to mention the free complimentary bar as well as the delicious breakfast you get in the morning. We very much enjoyed our time at Kanonkop Guest House and can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KarlaKo
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Dear KarlaKo, Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed our stay with us. We certainly enjoyed hosting you and have you and other reviewers to thank for our recent award in the top 25 small, luxury hotels in South Africa (and Africa)! So once again, thank you :) Warm regards, Sam, Chris, Mark and the team.
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Gorlitz, Germany
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

We had a wonderful stay in the phantastic Kanonkop Guesthouse....more than.perfect paradise- suite with lovely details and with great view over the blue lagoon,the warmhearted hospitality of the great family was more than expected, that's the best......we loved it, to be in your house,thank you very much for all!!!
Delicious breakfast ,the good south africa wine in your bar,best recommandations for every day...it couldn't be better !
We think with enthusiam of the best holidays we ever had ,and of course of all of you....
South africa is forever in our minds,espec.because of the more than friendly people.....
We found a wonderful oasis !!
Thank you very much!!!
Your Marion und Frank, Görlitz,Germany

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Medicus114
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Dear dear Marion and Frank, What a super review! Thank you! Thanks to you and others we have just been awarded by Tripadvisor travellers in the top 25 small and luxury hotels in South Africa (and Africa) ! Thank you again:). So we hope to see you again and to laugh some more and to enjoy some more fine wine with you. Yes there is still much more to see and do in this beautiful part of the world! Wishing you both all the very very best. Warmest regards from all of us.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

On arrival we were warmly greeted by Mark,Samantha and their father. We are very independent people and have always stayed at hotels, where you are pretty much left to your own devices, so all of the personal attention we received, initially felt a little uncomfortable.(We have subsequently come to enjoy and appreciate,the warm and friendly attention, as we have been back since our first visit). We were whisked off to our accommodation which was absolutely beautiful, and of a very high standard. Our luggage was were there waiting and our vehicle was parked. We were offered drinks on arrival and the family offered suggestions on restaurants for supper and offered to book.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 24Howard
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 25 January 2013
Dear 24Howard, Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review on tripadvisor (and for surviving the small guest house experience). It was fabulous to host you again and we hope we will see you again for more golf and personal attention :). Due to your review, and others, we have just been awarded top honours in the tripadvisor travellers choice awards...thank you. Warmest regards, Samantha, Chris, Mark et al
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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
Hotel Style:
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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