We stayed at Armadillo Studios for 5 nights as part of a longer roadtrip in December. This lovely lodge is situated perfected on a residential hill away just on the outskirts of the Knysna town. The theme is green - a beautiful bird friendly garden; solar powered facilities; no chemical detergents.
We were greated like royalty when we arrived and very early on it became clear to us that central to the success of this lodge is the close involvement of the English owner, Marion, who runs the establishment with her husband, David.
We had the full self-catering apartment, which came with two spacious rooms, two large bathrooms, a spacious kitchen and quaint living room. The only issue we really had was the "musty" smell that lingered permanently and quite pungently in the apartment. I did realise that this was not due to mould but rather due to the chemicals that are used to clean the place (all rooms are certified free of mites etc). One other small challenge was that the kitchen was not equiped with an oven - nonetheless, we were able to get by with the microwave and hotplates.
We really loved the location and setting of the lodge. It was literally a 4 minute drive from the town, which was convenient, yet sufficiently far from the town to feel secluded. The lodge's setting is also one of tranquility with its natural green surroundings.
We booked the room on a special offer, but even at full price, the lodge offers good value for money. For its warm service and hospitality, attention to detail and relaxing atmosphere, Armadillo Studios is undoubtedly 4 star accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in tranquil, landscaped surroundings, close to Knysna & Pezula Golf Clubs, The Heads, town centre and Waterfront, Armadillo Studios offers the last word in affordable luxury. Our 4-star accommodation (B&B or self-catering) comprises spacious guest suites with stylish bathrooms, mini kitchens, lounge areas with flatscreen DSTV, DVD & hi-fi, private entrances, off street parking and patios overlooking our beautiful gardens with pool, sun deck, lapa and guest braai. ... more less