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The Knysna Belle
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   75 Bayswater Drive | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6570, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #20 of 99 Knysna B&B and Inns
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“Its our First choice in knysna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

We have stayed there twice before and both times were great! We have stayed in two different rooms and they were equally comfortable, clean, inviting and beautiful. We will definitely visit the Knysna Belle again and it is the only Accommodation we would suggest to friends.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Poole, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

Having spent a wonderful 10 days first at Tranquility GH in Fish Hoek then at Gondwana Game Reserve nr Mossel Bay we were expecting our luck to run out - how wrong we were! Knysna Belle was simply delightful.

Knysna Belle is perfectly positioned on the beautiful Leisure Island with amazing views of the lagoon including Knysna Heads it was truly a haven where you could relax and regenerate.
From the moment we arrived we were greated warmly by the lovely Gillian she showed us around and we were delighted with the whole ambience of the place. There is a lovely large comfortable lounge with a huge terrace and wicker chairs for all guests to use.
Breakfast are taken on the terrace viewing the swimming pool and beautifully kept rear garden. Breakfasts were wonderful lots of choice and plenty of it all cooked to order - we certainly needed a walk or bike ride afterwards!
There is an honesty bar and also a 'where we ate last night' file which we found very useful. There are 2 restaurants on the island but only one opens at night however both are very good and there are plenty of other restaurants within a 10 minute drive.
Gillian and Bianca are lovely, very helpful and will advise and arrange anything for you
thank you both the other staff are helpful quiet and unassuming.
We had booked Emu a lagoon facing suite which was excellant large airy with a big ensuite and huge sun terrace of our own overlooking the pretty front garden and the lagoon-simply wonderful.
Our stay was for 7 nights and it was a treat to have found a place where we were able to kick back and relax. They supply bicycles,canoes,beach chairs,picnics and numerous other things to help you make the most of your time.

Leisure Island is safe meaning you can walk and cycle without a worry. The island is largely a nature reserve (mainly birds and the endagered Knysna seahorse) with safe beaches, wonderful walks and real peace. The walk around the island is a level 4k. with views of the lagoon and surrounding areas.There are lovely gardens and trees we even spotted an eagle owl roosting!
The homes on Leisure Island are mainly low rise and although there are obvious signs of developement so far it seems to be in keeping with Leisure Island style ie relaxed there are lovely cottages, 'Cape Cod' type homes and the occasional new stylish home.It is a place where time stands still and hopefully will remain a treasure for years to come.
There is a wonderful antique gift shop, a tennis/bowls club and yacht club There are plenty of places to visit locally so there is no chance of being bored and Knysna Waterfont is great if you want a bit of retail therepy and a livelier setting for dinner.

We found the Knysna Belle the perfect place to end our holiday there are so many little touches that make it special (like having our car cleaned without asking or charge!) we noticed several returning visitors and hopefully we will join them-we cant wait to return-it truly is a very special place one to be treasured a simply delightful hidden gem we have never felt so relaxed!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Zug, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

Beatiful and very well run B&B only a few steps from the Lagoon.

Gillianne, the Managers, is a very pleasant and helpful lady who makes a wonderful breakfast and can give a lot of good advices about Kynsna and its community.

The owner offered us a nice boat ride and there are also bikes and canoe to use for no charge.

The price/ quality ratio is very good and we hope to have the chance to go back there soon again.

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brenchley, Kent
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

From our greeting on arrival to our departure our short stay was memorable. The light and airy room was spotless, beautifully appointed and had all the luxuries you expect in a top hotel. The outlook from our private patio over the garden to the Knysna Lagoon set the scene.
The friendly staff made sure we had everything we needed, gave us advice on the area and even booked a fantastic restaurant within walking distance.
Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool and garden was a delight and there was even a fresh flower on our napkin. The fresh fruit was artistically placed on our plates and the cooked breakfast excellent.
We will return next year for a longer stay!

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Surrey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

We have just returned from another wonderful trip to Southern Africa and once again stayed at the legendary Knysna Belle. Last year we only managed a 'taster' at this lovely guest house but last week spent five glorious nights - call us greedy but we could have stayed even longer!

The position of the Belle means that one enjoys sunshine, fresh breezes and spectacular views from every aspect. The bedrooms are stylish, individual and super clean. Ample wardrobe space, crisp linen and high quality matresses and pillows. All with either full bathroom or showers en-suite. The hottest water and white fluffy towels. Welcome trays with tea, coffee and biscuits are appreciated too.

Breakfast to suit every possible taste and appetite served with attention to detail down to the tiniest flower displays on each plate. The fruit salad was my personal favourite but my husband loved a full 'English', followed by cheeses!

After such a feast one could borrow a bicycle and cycle the island (approx 2 miles) round trip, or, use one of the canoes and enjoy the lagoon just a few paces from the Belle's lawn. Fishing could be another pursuit to add to swimming and walking. Of course you could choose just to laze by the blue pool, reading and sun bathing on the ultra luxurious steamer beds. The bird life is fascinating too and it was great fun watching a particular pair irrigate the lawn oblivious to our being only feet away.

There is an abundance of good restaurants within a few minutes of the Knysna Belle so going hungry need not be an option once breakfast has been digested. After an evening meal out, on returning to the house, enjoy a last drink before bed either on the terrace or in the sitting room where there are a wonderful mix of books and magazines to enjoy.

If I had to say what was best about our recent visit to the Knysna Belle, I would say arriving. The least would be leaving. Thank you to all the happy and helpful staff who make this the most special of places.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Asserbo
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

If you intend to visit South Africa we can highly recommend you to visit the town Knysna - big enough to be intertained, small enough to feel at home. Knysna is situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean on the Garden Route. Just outside the town you have Leisure Isle. There we stayed at the most wonderful, charming and peaceful guesthouse THE KNYSNA BELLE. Overlooking the lagoon, where you can also swim. The top floor - Captain´s Quarters - is a luxury and spacious suite with a fantastic view from terraces on the four sides. The interior decoration is the most personal and light we ever have experienced. Breakfast second to none.
We intended to stay 2 nights but ended up with 6 nights !!

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Mt Egecombe, KZN
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

Leisure Isle is a glorious location made even better by being able to stay at the Knysna Belle. Their hospitality cannot be equalled, the breakfasts are amazing and the accommodation is supremely comfortable. This establishment cannot do anything more to better themselves and, quite frankly, I cannot think of enough superlatives to do it justice.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 75 Bayswater Drive | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Knysna Belle 4*
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