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De Kelders Private Villa
Certificate of Excellence
Wadhurst, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Very special...”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We spent two nights at De Kelders (July 2014) and felt that we had stumbled upon a real gem. It is quiet and serene and provided a welcome 'breather' on our 3 week trip of SA. We walked along the coastline in the sunshine marvelling at the views and the whales with a few snacks which Ceceila had given us. The food was delicious, cooked in a very personal way. It was lovely having the fires lit in our rooms on our first night. Niel is a polymath and charming host and his home is very special place. We felt very fortunate to have stayed here. Pippa

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
dear Pippa

thank you so much for your review. your review meant so much to Cecilia and myself

we hope to recieve you back in de kelders, soon

warm wishes

neil
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We absolutely adored De Kelders Private House and the only thing that upset us was only having one night there! The house is just magnificent and we felt so welcomed by Jess when we arrived. Our room was stunning and I spent the night wishing it was my own! If you are lucky enough to stay here, you also have to have dinner as the food is just fabulous - one of the best we had in South Africa!! I am counting down until we can one day return...

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
hello to you

thank you so much for your wonderful review - Jess told me you were very special people - so sorry to have missed you - see you next time

greetings from heaven

neil
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Beirut, Lebanon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Whether it's the house, the talented and friendly staff, the food we were served with such grace, the beautiful cats, the other super sweet guests we met that night, or Neil's bright and incredibly hospitable generosity (and talent in cooking): we have spent one of the most memorable nights at De Kelders private villa.
Perfect for an exclusive, intimate, private and authentic experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
dear Tala + Georges

thank you so much for your special review - de kelders misses you, and we do hope to meet you again - soon

warm wishes of kindness

neil+staff
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Hellerup
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2014

What a fantastic concept, exceptionally to all other boutique hotels and lodges. Neil gives De Kelders Private villa a unique atmosphere by being the host in a state of the art setting. We loved every moment in the villa and the great food that Neil prepared for us. It made a memorable moment worth every Zar.
We can only recommend this to all other travelers who are looking for an
intimate and luxurious experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 1 March 2014
it was our pleasure to receive you and your very special family in our home

we loved that loved the food and the house and we know we will meet again, soon

warm wishes

from the ocean

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Seattle
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Truly original private home, very comfortable, with views out to sea.
Neil is a wonderful host. We stayed for dinner as there are few options in Gainsbaai. Breakfast was generous and varied. A great place to stay on the way to the Garden Route

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 23 February 2014
dear Sally

it was so special to have you in our home - we wish you kindness and stillness

neil+team
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Coburg, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2014

You are living with the owner together in his very unique and well decorated house. The presence of the owner was very pleaseant to us, we had a lot of interesting discussions about the africa culture and he gave us a lot of insider tipps for our next trip. He prepared every eveing together with Jess absolutely delicious dinner and served it on the terrasse. We just had a wonderful stay and definitely will come back agian.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 23 February 2014
dear Marcus

thank you so much for your review - we know that we will receive you soon, back in de kelders, warmest wishes to you and your fiance.

neil+staff
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N. Ireland
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2014

This unique house is a relaxing retreat with very comfortable rooms; wonderful bathroom and delightful communal areas. The small swimming pool is a few steps down from one bedroom and the small, well tended graden offers lots of shade. However it is the views and the wonderful beach in the vicinity that provide extra reasons for staying here.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, 4 February 2014
dear Robert

how special your review are - you understood and loved the kindness of our house - thank you for staying with us.

we do hope to receive you back in de kelders soon

warm wishes

neil
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Property: De Kelders Private Villa
Address: 35 Main Road | DE Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — De Kelders Private Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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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