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De Kelders Private Villa
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

Via via we got in contact with guesthouse ‘de kelders PRIVATE beach villa’. A better tip we could not wish for.
Such a wonderful location, beautiful quest house, cool & inspiring decoration with such an eye for every detail… and due to the warm and joyful personality of the host (and staff) you feel the soul in the villa.
Because of the background and incredible passion for honest, homemade, healthy and most of all extremely nice food, I advise everybody to enjoy dinner at the villa. You will not be disappointed by the love and attention that has been put in.
I wish you a great stay!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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22  Thank Ylva2011
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

I arrived with my familiy by coincidence only to be greeted instantaniously with a quiet confidence and warmth that clothes a deeper talent of rare hospitality.The household radiates a glowing openess..a genuine interest ..and an even greater ambition just to service all guests with equal calm and gentility.Within minutes my son Clemens aged 13 was sat quietly in one of many soft chairs embedded with cats and magazines.My wife rapidly submerged in a beautiful bath..whilst I installed myself under Neils monumental bookcase left alone with a pile of books and the scent of gourmet food for company.The standard and mood never let up..we were even invited back to our hosts home with their friends to celebrate New years eve together the folllowing evening ....now that is a sign of a very special household and a very very special oasis...higher than highly recommendable. Many thanks from Anthony Dm and familiy.2010/2011.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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20  Thank admCopenagen
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Reviewed 27 December 2010

We stayed at De Kelders Private House for the second time last August. It really is a hidden gem. You immediately feel at home in this beautifully decorated house. David and Neil are the perfect hosts and spoilt us with their homemade food goodies. Both breakfast and dinner were absolutely delicious. David even gave us some of the homemade relishes to take home with us! The area is beautiful as well, you can go for long walks or just sit on the rocks by the sea and watch the whales frolicking nearby (in whale season that is). We really enjoyed both our stays and we will be back soon.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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22  Thank MarianneDes
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Reviewed 8 December 2010

In a house decorated with extreme good taste and perfect comfort,
Neil and David are delightful, and they took such good care of us...

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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22  Thank inchaurraga
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Reviewed 7 December 2010

At first I thought about not writing anything about this house to keep it as a secret. But that wouldn’t be fair.
So I have one request before I start: Please don’t go there if you are not willing to enjoy perfect hospitality. De Kelders Private House is no hotel.

I will not spend a second to talk about the perfect design of this stylish house. Go to the Internet and look at the pictures. They don’t promise too much.

The term “guesthouse” doesn’t hit the concept of this house at all as you are not feeling like a guest. You are at home. What David, Nsiki and Neil offer is nothing less than a place you would wish to stay the rest of your life.
A perfect place to rest and relax. From the moment you arrive you can feel that this place was made by people who had an idea.

A perfect day at De Kelders Private House starts with a breakfast while listening to classic music:
Homemade muesli, bread, jam, marmalade, pickles, perfected by a choice of regional cheese and eggs…
After that David is prepared to suggest the ideal idea for the day:
Various trips to the nearby attractions like Cape Angulas, horse riding, canoeing, reki massage or just relax while reading one of the hundreds of books they offer.
In the evening there is one must: go and have a seat on the cliffs. It is just 200 meters from the house. Your hosts will prepare you with everything you need for a sun downer. While we were there for 8 days in November we did that every day while the whales with their cups were just some meters from the cliffs. - If that doesn’t impress you there will not be much on this world to do so.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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23  Thank Ueberallhin
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

Great hospitality with home made bread and jam and large comfortable rooms. The shore line is only 5 minutes walk away where you can stand and watch whales swimming in shore between June and December. If you want to get closer to the whales there are local boat trips. A most relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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26  Thank WynnSimon
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

My husband had a great couple of nights at De kelders private house!. We stayed at de kelders orignally as its next to te home of shark diving but Neil booked us a couple of great trips including a wonderful beach horseride at a private reserve.
Great location, great place and great hosts, Neil and david could not have made our stay at dekelders any better and we cannot wait to go back!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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24  Thank joey178
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Additional Information about 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: £132 - £192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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