We stayed 3 nights at De Kelders Private Villa and it was a perfect pit stop on our way to the Garden Route. Neil, Jess and team have a rare talent of providing warm yet discreet hospitality to their guests. Despite there being other guests, we always felt like we had the place to ourselves. The house is creatively styled with many of Neil’s personal touches. I enjoyed browsing through his vast collection of magazines and coffee table books. Though it looks like a model home, but I was never made to feel uncomfortable about propping my legs on the sofa or spilling a few crumbs here and there. The real highlight of the place is the food. We had 3 superb dinners at the villa which I will never forget. There is something so nice about eating at “home”, especially after constantly eating out at restaurants throughout our trip. I would also like to add that De Kelders, and equally De Kelders Private Villa, isn’t suited for all travellers. If you’re looking for a hotel with a full suite of amenities, or a touristy town full of activity and nightlife, this place isn’t for you. However, if you’re open to simply relax, enjoy Neil’s hospitality and take advantage of the beautiful beaches, nature and marine life only a short drive away, you will certainly appreciate the unique value of De Kelders Private Villa. Neil and Jess are also more than happy to provide suggestions of what to do during the day. I have many fond memories of my stay here – this is a special place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2014/2015/2016 TRIPADVISOR NO 1 in the Gansbaai and Overberg for speciality accommodation. The house is neither a B&B or a guest house. It is a villa and a haven for the discerning traveller, who understands quality, stillness and privacy. Acclaimed by ELLE Decoration, House&Leisure, Conde Nast House&Garden and Gourmet, the villa offers the luxury of privacy. Three large bedrooms only, a 150m lounge with library of magazines, books, music and films. Large fireplace for the winter nights. Large garden with secluded, private, heated salt water pool. The 80m open terrace with beautiful views of the village and Walker Bay is secluded and offers the perfect hideaway for reading. The ocean is 200 steps away. Our breakfasts are special and our pre-booked home cooked regional dinners are legendary. The owner is an author of cook books. The house in not branded, hence the name private house and can be rented for exclusive use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Kelders Private Villa South Africa/Gansbaai