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Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat
3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Farm 118 | Edge of Indigenous Forest, Garden Route, Knysna 6576, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“Excellent from beginning to end!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Forest Edge is well managed and maintained. The cottages are well-equipped. The service we received from making the reservation to leaving was excellent. Ronel has made a lot of information about Forest Edge and the surrounding towns available to the guest before arrival and in the cottages. The hardest part of the holiday was deciding how to fit everything into the four nights we were at Forest Edge!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The cabin was fully equipped with everything you need the only this we had to take with was food, clothes an toiletries. We have really never enjoyed a vacation like we have at Forest Edge.

If yo want to get away from the business and madness of everyday life this is the place to go you truly come back so relaxed and spiritually for-filled.

Room Tip: We had the cabin on the far end of the property and loved it.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swellendam, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Our stay at forest edge was truly magical from the start to the end Ronel is a wonderfull person with a heart of gold she was very helpful from the start. We enjoyed the walk with her and her amazing ridge backs, and hope to do it again soon! We stayed for 3 nights but wished we could stay longer we left with great sadness but will definatly go back soon I highly recommend forest edge! And rate it more than 5 stars!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at Forest Edge; our cottage was clean, comfortable and perfectly suited for relaxing in peace and quiet.

Forest Edge is easy enough to find, a short drive outside of Knysna. There’s nothing nearby that’s open in the evening for dinner, but the kitchen and braai are well equipped so there’s no need to go out if you bring food in. There was oil, salt and pepper provided which was a nice touch and you can order wood for the braai if you run out of what’s there when you arrive.

Our cottage had a good bathroom, though the shower is outside under the stars – it’s not a problem, unless you want a shower after sundown as there’s no light.

From just outside the main gate there’s a wonderful trail down to a river with pools to swim in, and one of the entries to the forest is a couple of miles up the road. And when you are done with walking, you can sit on the porch or lie in your hammock and relax.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Our 2-night stay at Forest Edge was well worth the visit and we hope to be coming back soon. Ronel welcomed us upon arrival with a friendly smile and a wealth of information on the area. We settled in to Fairy Den cottage, which is the furthest away and is also fenced. The cottage was tidy, well-equipped and all furnishings were very comfortable, not to mention the hammock. The grounds are well-tended, with a lovely garden and is very peaceful and quiet. The property has many safety features with an alarm system in each cottage, which is an added bonus. Our kids enjoyed the freedom of being able to walk and cycle around the property and loved the special trip to take out eggs and sample veggies straight from Ronel's large vegetable garden. Great forest walks are right on your doorstep. We visited Jubilee Creek for a picnic and did the 3km return forest walk, which even our 4 yr old easily managed. For young kids who love being outside, Forest Edge is absolutely ideal.

Room Tip: Fairy Den cottage is partially fenced and may be completely fenced to accommodate pets by prior arra...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We loved every minute of our stay! We left Cape Town to escape the hustle and bustle of every day city life to submerge ourselves in the very best that nature has to offer....Forest Edge. Upon arrival we were greeted with a big smile by very friendly, staff who wasted no time in checking us in very efficiently, so that we can get right down to what we came for....rest and relaxation! We were lucky enough to stay in the beautiful Froggy Pond Cottage, which has a beautiful view of the forest as well as a pond filled with pretty water lilies. The cottage is very clean, neat, comfortable and cosy. The dvd drawer and the kitchen utensils are very well stocked - we never needed for anything! We really enjoyed how the cottage invites you to enjoy the outdoor living with its table & chairs and hammock on the porch, as well as an outdoor braai under the tree, next to the pond. The mornings found me with a mug of coffee in the hammock, and the afternoons with a glass of wine overlooking the braai from the hammock! :-) We braaied every evening and we ate all our meals outside at the table on the porch overlooking the forest and the pond. After dinner we curled up on the couches for a nice dvd in front of the fireplace before slipping into the very comfortable bed with electric blankets to help keep us warm. We will also recommend doing the hike to the beautiful Drupkelders natural rock pools for a swim, (which are just down the road from Forest Edge); as well as going for a picnic and a walking trail along the stunning Jubilee Creek ( which is just up the road from Forest Edge). After all this exercise there is nothing better that returning to your cottage for a nice soak in your deep Victorian bath, or taking an outdoor shower to then be followed by a nice massage on the porch of your cottage! This was truly an unforgettable and relaxing stay, where we were able to unwind properly while taking in the beauty of nature...We will definitely not wait this long a again to take a vacation, Forest Edge will definitely see us again! :-)

Room Tip: We recommend Froggy Pond Cottage, which has a beautiful view of the forest as well as a pond filled...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Fantastic end to our honeymoon! Wat n onvergeetlike plek. Asemrowende natuurskoon: Drupkelders, visarende, uile, vlermuise en die donkies!

The service is excellent and every body is friendly and helpfull.

A must for anybody who loves nature and especially the forest!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Farm 118 | Edge of Indigenous Forest, Garden Route, Knysna 6576, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forest Edge is ideal for Honeymooners, Mountain-bikers, Birdwatchers, trail-walkers and nature-loving families. We specialise in romantic getaways to help you destress and re-connect. Ideally situated to enjoy the trails, forest rock pools and picnic spots or to just chill on your veranda with binocs, a book or sundowners. There are 5 free-standing exceptionally well-equipped, comfortable, self-catering cottages; 2 Standard and 3 Luxury cottages. The luxury cottages include complimentary WiFi and Full Satellite DSTV and have a Queen instead of a Double bed in the main bedroom. We offer breakfast baskets by prior arrangement, to be delivered to your cottage for you to prepare when it suits you - convenience at its best! Although there is no spa on site, we have several mobile massage and beauty therapists that can attend to your needs right in the privacy of your cottage. Come rejuvenate in the Magic of the Forest! ... more   less 
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