We have been to a couple of guesthouses and bed and breakfast places in South Africa where the establishment obviously caters for international tourists and where we as South Africans almost feel unwelcome. Well, Wilderness Manor is NOT such a place -- although of international standard, we felt very welcome and right at home!
The owners, Gerald and JD, are exceptional hosts, making us feel welcome right from the start, and offering helpful suggestions on what to do and see, and where to eat around the Wilderness area. The property is tastefully decorated throughout (the photos do not really do it justice), with spacious rooms and lounge areas.
Our room had a four-poster bed, couches, ensuite bathroom and large windows overlooking the Wilderness lagoon. There was also a fully stocked bar fridge and tea/coffee making facilities available in the room. A good selection of books and magazines are available throughout the house, and complimentary dessert wines were also on offer.
Breakfast (cold buffet and hot breakfast on order) was great, and be sure to try JD's bircher muesli.
We can highly recommend Wilderness Manor -- it should also be a great hideaway spot for honeymooners!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined Colonial Guest House situated in Waterside Road, overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon, in the scenic village of Wilderness.Step out of the front door and onto the boardwalk for an easy and safe stroll to golden beaches, restaurants and village shops.This exquisitely decorated home has an ambiance of tranquility, serenity and style. Relax in the spacious guest lounge or billiard / reading room decorated in an African Colonial style, with oriental rugs, art and antiques. Enjoy superb views from the balconies overlooking the lagoon. Retire to the spacious and luxurious lagoon facing rooms or to the standard garden room.Wilderness Manor is centrally located to explore the lakes area and nearby Garden Route towns like Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Spend the day walking on endless beaches, playing golf, bird watching, canoeing, cycling and hiking. A three or four night stay is ideal to explore the Garden Route and Klein Karoo from Wilderness Manor. ... more less