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“Wonderful hosts in a stunning location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kanonkop Guest House
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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85 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful hosts in a stunning location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend three nights in the sunbird suite at Kanonkop House as a part of our four week holiday to South Africa. We can honestly say that Mark, Sam and Chris were, by far, the best hosts during our trip. They are genuinely lovely people who made us feel like part of the family and for whom nothing was too much trouble. We mentioned over breakfast that due to bad weather in our previous destination, we were unable to go whale watching. Mark immediately stepped in and booked us on a whale watching trip from Plett for that afternoon. We had a fab day enjoying the beaches of Plett and were delighted to see the whales! The following day Chris booked us onto an exclusive sailing yachtt that took us out of the lagoon, past the knysna Heads and out into the Indian Ocean. It was a truly wonderful experience that we would never have known about.
Kanonkop House is a beautiful property in a stunning location. The views from our room were breath-taking and everywhere you look in the gardens there are lovely little touches that make Kanonkop special; hippos in with the goldfish, fairies sitting on stones and turtles peeking out from under rocks. The attention to detail is quite remarkable. Our tour operator recommended Kanonkop to us saying that it was their favourite accommodation on the Garden Route. I can totally understand why and completely agree with them. Just fabulous!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    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 August 2014 via mobile

This guesthouse is a true gem set right at the top of a mountain with the lagoon in full view from your room. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we stayed in the paradise suite. It was ultra modern with under carpet heating , a huge bed, rainforest shower and balcony. The best part was the bathtub which overlooks the lagoon which you can enjoy with any complimentary beverage(s) you like! They also have Africology products which smell divine.
It's not just the super venue though, it's the people that really make this guesthouse stand out. Mark and Sam the two owners go out of their way to help you. Their advice and recommendations were excellent. Also Nmosy the chef was lovely and made us feel so welcome at our breakfast everyday. Would stay here again in a heartbeat! Thanks a million guys. Jenny and Conor

Stayed August 2014
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

What a memorable unforgettable stay. Absolutely Awesome! Warm sincere welcome from Mark and Samantha making us feel like part of the family and spoiling us. To all the staff that ensured we were well look after at all times. That’s only the beginning, not to mention our luxury suite, amazing views, incredible house and an omelets you wake up craving for. Thank You!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We were at the end of a 4 week trip around Southern Africa and wanted somewhere special for our last few days. From the rapid and friendly responses to a last minute booking request to the brilliant hospitality and luxurious surroundings Mark, Sam and all the staff at Kanonkop were a stand out. We stayed in the Sunbird suite and loved everything about it. Wonderful views over the lagoon to the heads. Mark had great suggestions for activities and dining options and happily made bookings for us. We hope to visit again. It was a memorable spot to cap a brilliant trip.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear BwenoBwanji,
How lovely to receive your review. Many thanks for your kind words. We are delighted that we were able to contribute to a lovely finale to your succesful trip through Southern Africa. Thankyou for choosing to travel in our part of the world and thank you for allowing us to share this beautiful corner with you. We hope to see you again. Our warmest regards, Sam, Mark and the Kanonkop team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Kanonkop can do what no 5 or 6 * hotel can do - highly personalised service to the extent that we felt welcomed into their family !

Highly recommend to people who want to leave the predictability and anonymity of large chain hotels behind and want to feel like they have a second home in Knysna.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear Kmerchant001,
Wow, thanks for your great review. It's always fabulous for us to receive guests feedback and we appreciate you taking the time to review your stay with us. We hope to welcome you back to our family and at Kanonkop House in the future. Thank you for choosing to stay at Kanonkop House. All the very best and warm regards from the Kanonkop team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

we were here for 3 nights.we arrived on a very cold evening,samantha gave us a very warm welcome along with a delicious hot chocolate...what a lovely welcome!!the room was huge and had a balcony with stunning views.its a lovely guesthouse ,with some stunning views.the next morning we met mark and his father both were very hospitable and warm,they tried there best to ensure we had a comfortable stay.the breakfast was delicious...omlette particularly yum,we used to really enjoy chatting with mark at breakfast....a lovely stay...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 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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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear Alok,
Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay at Kanonkop House. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and our hospitality. We hope to welcome you back to your "Knysna Home" one day. Thank you for choosing to stay with us during your trip up the Garden Route. Warm regards,
Samantha, Chris, Mark and the Kanonkop team
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

I have been meaning to write this review for months......my husband and I stayed at Kanonkop House in Nov 2013. The welcome we received there was second to none and we have travelled a fair amount. Nothing was too much trouble for Samantha and Mark who seemed like old friends even though we had never met before. The staff we met were all so lovely and hospitable we didn't want to leave. We stayed in the Paradise suite and it certainly lived up to it's name with great, space, cool calm decor and magnificent views. The balcony above the tree tops was a fabulous place to enjoy our early evening G&Ts!

As for breakfast.....simply delicious, so fresh and lovely to eat outside with the other guests. We had a friend from J'burg staying nearby and Mark invited her over to join us for breakfast.....so thoughtful and generous. We all really appreciated the gesture which typifies the warm hearted way in which guests are treated at Kanonkop House. We plan to return but in the meantime we are enjoying sweet memories and fab photos! Many many thanks to everyone there.....kind of wanted to keep it a secret but decided to share! Everyone should have the opportunity to stay at Kanonkop House once in their lives.

Room Tip: Fantastic view from the balcony of the Paradise Suite over the treetops to the lagoons.
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear Gill,
Many thanks for your fabulous review of Kanonkop House, our breakfasts, hospitality, and, of course, the 'Paradise Suite'. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and in particular our hospitality. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We really appreciate it. All the very best until the next time we meet. Very warmest regards from all of us, Chris, Sam, Mark and the Kanonkop team.
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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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