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Kronendal Heritage Estate
Ranked #20 of 59 Hout Bay B&B and Inns
Checkendon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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“What a wonderful place!!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Stumbled across this place when trying to find accommodation for the Cape Argus week and chose it based on the reviews it has already received. They were not wrong. A fabulous property nested away in the hills above Hout Bay, it is a very sympathetic conversion of a set of traditional estate buildings that both preserves the character of the buildings and yet provides every modern amenity. The suites are wonderful - I initially had a set of rooms at the back of the property but was then transferred to a much superior suite {Uthando} at the front. This was amazing - a huge lounge/dining room with kitchenette + a massive bedroom + bathroom all beautifully appointed. Breakfast was bought to you every morning on the terrace - the highlight was the yoghurt and granola washed down with an enormous pot of coffee. Maggie is a very kind and gracious host and I honestly cannot fault the service and location. It is a little way out of the centre of Hout Bay though walkable during the day. Taxis are readily available for the evening. Superb memorable place to stay.

Room Tip: My initial suite at the back was perfectly fine though the Uthando suite gets the vote from me!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We arrived without a reservation and we were greeted perfectly. We stayed in the 'loft' which was beautiful..big living area with a luxury bedroom and bathroom all open plan. We had a huge private sun terrace…all was fab. The same staff served us a lovely breakfast each morning. We were greeted each time we came back by the 2 resident dogs Duke & Diana…the softest natured dogs you could meet. Beautiful pool…2 emu's to feed (no joke). Perfectly located in the middle of Hout Bay.
The owners were always very hospitable and friendly. 10/10

Room Tip: Best view was from our room which had a sun terrace
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the Kronendal Heritage Estate. We, a family of five, stayed here for 5 nights in December. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Rooms were clean, large and well decorated. The staff, especially Cecilia, and the owners were very friendly and service was impeccable. Houtbay is a nice place to stay, close to Cape Town and Camps Bay, the latter being more fashionable but less "African" than Houtbay, which has a very nice harbour and beach. Recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

This place is a true escape from stress and big city life... We stayed in the loft-suite with our own big terrass where kind Cecilia served our breakfast. The pool area is absolutely fantastic. The only negative point is that it is pretty far from central Hout Bay/ harbour.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

My wife and I just stayed here for only two nights on the last days of our vacation. It is absolutely wonderful. We really just stayed on property and didn't go anywhere since we had done everything touristy earlier in the trip. We ordered in food from Home Hero's that will collect food from different restaurants in the area and relaxed in the cottage suite. There are two very nice dogs that walk around the property (Duke and Diana are their names). Cecilia and Beauty are the best. What ever you need they will be there for you. Jacob lives on site and is also the grounds keeper.

I do suggest that you rent a car if you stay here. We did not want to risk driving since the roads are backwards from the US, so we took a taxi everywhere. I found one good taxi driver in Cape Town on my first day and I asked him to be my driver while in town. We used him for everything and he never tried to rip us off (consistent business).

Again if you need a little R&R then this is the perfect place!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We stayed at Kronendal for 10 days; this was our first trip to South Africa, and we wanted to stay in a place with 'character' rather than a standardised hotel chain where the rooms look identical across the globe. We arrived with relatively high expectations, based on the beautiful pictures. However, the beauty of the property and the suite (all 'rooms' here are suites) blew us away! The attention to detail, from the colours and materials used, to the art, and the finish in the bathroom, are truly exceptional; we felt like we were visiting a very good friend's house, rather than a hotel.

The service is fantastic, very friendly; and the owners have a warmth about them and an enthusiasm about the Estate and the area, that is very contagious. They shared many of their favourite lunch and dinner spots with us, and provided us with tips of what to see and where to go on our day trips around the area.

On the property itself, there is a beautiful pool, quite close to two emus (behind a secure fence) that provide a great backdrop and reminder of where you are. The small number of suites available on this property assure that you never feel disturbed. We will definitely be back on a longer trip, as we were torn every day of whether to leave the idyllic and relaxing place of our 'home' or explore the beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reading
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

We spent ten nights at Kronendal in great comfort and looked after very well by by Maggie and Cecilia who were both very helpful The suite was spotlessly clean, serviced daily, well furnished and well equipped. Our terrace was ideal for breakfast and lunches, the pool and surrounding area perfect for a relaxing time. Kronendal is quietly situated in Hout Bay with easy access to Chapman's Peak, the Camps Bay area, and Constantia. One reason for being there was to cycle and there were superb routes to Nordhoek, Cape Point and in the other direction to Cape Town.

Room Tip: Talk to Maggie and tell her what you are looking for and she will do her best to help. We only saw o...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kronendal Heritage Estate
Address: Southern Cross | Valley Road 27, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Hout Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kronendal Heritage Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hidden gem is nestled in the lush vegetation of a romantic park-like garden with breathtaking views of the Cape mountains. At Kronendal Heritage, you can indulge in daydreams next to the pool, smell the passionate fragrances of lavender, hibiscus and frangipani in the lovingly kept garden or watch the local Emus strut around the Country Estate.Each of Kronendal's five luxurious suites are - depending on size - equipped with separate lounge and bedroom and a spacious private terrace, furnished with antiques, original art and carefully selected accessories. Enjoy the untouchable privacy the lush interiors of the roomy suites have to offer. Kronendal Heritage is the perfect place for discerning guests looking for exclusive privacy. It is far enough from the tourist mass attractions to offer complete relaxation, yet near enough to all the local hot spots such as the beach, the Hout Bay harbour, the village with its shops and restaurants, and of course the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive. You won't believe you're only 20 minutes from Cape Town! ... more   less 
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