We stayed in one of the cottages for 2 nights as part of a 7 day driving package from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and found it very hard to leave - it was gorgeous. The grounds and gardens are immaculate and breakfast (fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, cold meats, cheeses, freshly baked muffins plus a hot menu to choose from) is taken on the verandah in the main house with views of the grounds overlooking the bay. As were are a couple, the 1 bedroom 1 bathroom living room and kitchen with adjoining carport was more then adequate for our needs. We had a fireplace which quite excited us coming from tropical Queensland - fired it up both nights - what a hoot. On the first night we tried the pub on site, The Bell, and it lived up to the reviews we had read on Tripadvisor - the ribs were excellent. We ate at the waterfront at 34 degrees South (10ks away) the next night and it was superb - food and service were first class. Staff are very helpful and give us ideas of what to do and see in the area. Jeff is a real gem and couldn't do enough for us during our stay.
Belvidere Manor is in a beautiful part of Knysna a short drive from town. We drove out to the heads and Buffalo Bay which was beautiful with its secluded rocky beaches. All in all a wonderful stay in Knysna and Belvidere Manor - wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, historic Belvidere Manor built in 1849, is situated in landscaped gardens and offers spacious accommodation in 28 serviced cottages, each with comfortable lounge, a full kitchen and 1, 2 or 3 en-suite double bedrooms. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace of Belvidere House, then relax poolside, take a boat trip, walk forest trails or pristine beaches, all a short drive away. Savour dinner at Caroline's bistro in Belvidere House, or hearty pub meals at The Bell Tavern, voted a Garden Route "Culinary legend". We offer preferential golf rates at Simola & Pezula clubs and a pretty garden wedding venue for up to 60 guests. ... more less
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