Name: Hide-Away Guest House
Location: South Africa
If you’re planning to visit the majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and tranquil valleys of the stunning Garden Route in South Africa, and you’re looking for a luxury guest house to stay at while you travel around, then you really should consider the Hide-Away Guest House in Knysna. This wonderful little retreat offers great food; spacious guestrooms; incredible views across a lagoon and best of all it’s only a short stroll into the beautiful little town of Knysna. Cecil & Colleen Harding, the owners and your friendly hosts, are well versed in the travel and tourism industry and have clearly worked hard to create this idyllic and luxurious little getaway on the southern coast of South Africa.
The Hide-Away Guest House in Knysna is a Cape Colonial-style guest house hidden from the world by a small tree-lined garden. The property offers seven guestrooms ranging in price, size and luxury. The most luxurious rooms are their two large Executive Rooms which feature a lounge area, large en-suite shower room (with walk-in shower) and stunning views from your balcony over the Lagoon and Heads. There are three Superior Rooms with queen-size beds, en-suite shower rooms, balcony and beautiful views over the lagoon, as well as an additional Superior Room in the main house with no lagoon view, but a full en-suite bathroom. Finally there is one standard guest room with no lagoon view and an en-suite shower room. Some rooms also feature a sleep-couch for an additional guest, however all guests must be over the age of 12 and pets are not allowed. All of the guest rooms include complimentary WiFi, DSTV, warm beverage tray, fully stocked mini-bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, fan, heater, electric blanket (in winter), mini safe and bathrobes. As well as the guest rooms, Hide-Away Guest House also features a swimming pool, a lovely area for sitting out in (including an open fire), a small gym and secure, off street parking – what more do you need?
Included in your stay is a delicious daily breakfast cooked by your host, Cecil, which you can choose the night before and enjoy on the veranda or in the dining room the following morning – a nice break from the all too regular breakfast buffets most hotels offer! The breakfast choices are varied and beautifully cooked, including: fresh fruit, cereals, eggs however you like them, toast, bacon, sausage, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, jams, juices, tea and coffee. In the evenings, Knysna has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, which Cecil and Colleen will be more than happy to recommend and book for you. Dining tip: A coffee and cake at the East Head Café is a definite must!
Knysna itself is nestled on the coast, surrounded by lush indigenous forests and cooled by a sea breeze from the Indian Ocean. The area is known for its rich natural heritage as well as for being a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and it boasts the largest canopy forest (with forest elephants!) in Southern Africa as well as fine beaches and lakes. The Hide-away Guest House is ideally located just a short walk from the sights and sounds of the Knysna Waterfront and the town centre, making it the ideal location from which to explore the impressive Garden Route. There are numerous hiking trails to take advantage of in the surrounding National Parks as well as the Featherbed Nature Reserve which can be accessed by ferry in the morning (this crossing includes a delicious buffet lunch) or in the afternoon, alternatively you can enjoy the leisurely pace of the Paddle Cruiser which offers a buffet dinner in the evenings while you relax and take in the views of Knysna as the sun sets. This area offers a whole host of other entertaining activities including: swimming with seals; scuba diving and snorkelling trips; sand boarding adventures; great surfing along the coast and surf schools; RIB rides; canoeing; mountain biking; sailing; whale and dolphin watching; fabulous beaches at which to sunbathe or simply gaze at a sunset (tip: try a sundowner cocktail at Blu, a restaurant overlooking the ocean); plenty of walking and cycling routes and there’s also three great golf courses in the area – phew! Whatever you fancy doing, Cecil and Colleen will be more than happy to recommend and make reservations for you.
So if exploring the stunning Garden Route in South Africa is on your bucket list, then you really should stop off at the Hide-Away Guest House in Knysna along the way, its excellent hospitality, food and views won’t leave you disappointed.
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