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“Hidden Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Private Guesthouse

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The Private Guesthouse
Ranked #102 of 129 Knysna B&B and Inns
Zug, Switzerland
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Hidden Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

We found the Private Guesthouse in great shape (as expected) when we came to stay again this year. Which means that Margrit and Bruno Giger are investing a lot of time, thought and money to keep this jewel of an estate immaculate and up-to-date. The rooms/bathrooms are beautiful, comfortable and spacious, with everything one could wish for: from the newest TV-set to the mini bar, fresh fruit and complementary Port. Speaking of Bar: there is a charming one on the premises, run by Bruno, with an exquisite wine cellar. It’s a good place to meet after a putting competition on the new mini-golf on the back of the garden, a swim in the pool or a long day exploring Knysna and its surroundings.
But this is just the setting: what makes the place even more special is the warmth and generosity of Margrit’s and Bruno’s hospitality, the wonderful breakfasts, coffee and home-made cakes in the afternoon, well trained and friendly staff. So you’ll hate leaving.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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HenhamHertsUK
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2008

27 Nov - 02 Dec 2007
Our stay at the Private Gueshouse was perfect and very relaxing. We booked the "Eagle"suite, which was well worth the extra money! Such spacious and comfortable accommodation, which was in the secluded gardens adjacent to swimming pool and terrace, would be hard to beat anywhere- if only the SA weather had been kinder to us!

The house and rooms are maintained to a very high standard. The breakfast is delicious and cooked to order and nothing is too much trouble to the charming staff.

Margritt took all the worry from us and booked our golf - even with 3 out of 5 courses closed due to floods! We recommend Pezula course for those who enjoy a challenge! If we preferred to have a quiet night in, Margritt produced a delicious light supper to be enjoyed in our "roundavel" and Bruno shared his cellar and expert knowledge of wines!

A perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Knysna town but close enough to get to all tourist attractions, like Monkeyland, and boat trips on the lagoons. And only a short taxi ride to superb restaurants.

We can thoroughly recommend this 5-star guesthouse !

Stayed November 2007
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Hamburg
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2007

We booked this 5 star rated guesthouse for 4 nights, it was a perfect stay and we felt at home immediately. It is in a safe and quiet residential area of Knysna next to the Knysna GC and Pezula GC far away from the busy and noisy N 2. It also has off-road parking facilities.

The room are in either Cape Dutch houses or in Rondavels in a true African style. All suites are large and luxurious and perfectly equipped with mini- and coffee bar and expresso machine and have their own BBQ - area.

Breakfast is very good with ample choice of selections of bread, cold cuts, danish pastry, cereals , fresh juices and warm meals.

The guesthouse also has a wine cellar where you can meet before going out for dinner to taste a wide selection of some of South Africa's best wines and Bruno is a real connaisseur.

The hosts, Bruno and Margit from Switzerland are sooo nice, and very welcoming and helpful in every respect. (Restaurant recommendations, booking Tee-off times, advice on what to do and see etc.)

We enjoyed our stay very much and whenever the occasion arises we will definitely come back.

  • Liked — The very spacious guestrooms
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  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank onmytravels
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Additional Information about The Private Guesthouse

Property: The Private Guesthouse
Address: 9 Fraser Street | Hunters Home, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Staying in one of our truly exclusive luxury rooms you will have access to our superb wellness area, the 14 meter heated pool and even a golf practice area providing the all-important warm up before you go off and play, complete with Mini Golf, pitching and chipping greens, sand bunker and tee net. Comfortable sun loungers around the pool • Wine cellar and unique African bush-style bar • Pool/billiard table, Table-tennis, Darts, Chess • Barbecue facilities Wellness:Jacuzzi in heated pool, Sauna, Hot air cabin,Infra red cabin, Aroma steam bath, Cold water fall & cold water pool, Sun bed, Massages• Gym Room ... more   less 

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