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“Warm and exceptional service” 4 of 5 stars
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Armadillo Studios
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   15 Lindsay Street | Hunters Home, Knysna 6571, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #5 of 99 Knysna B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Warm and exceptional service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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armadillostudios, Owner at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
We're very grateful indeed for your kind review - and so glad you enjoyed your surroundings & stay at Armadillo Studios. We always welcome comments & observations from our guests and wonder why you didn't mention these issues during your stay, thus giving us the opportunity to investigate & resolve them at the time.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

A huge thank you to Marion and David and their beautiful Armadillo Studios! We stayed four nights and would have loved to have stayed longer. The accommodation, setting, pool and hospitality were superb; it was the best stay of our whole trip. Marion and David go out of their way to help and we highly recommend Armadillo above all accommodation in Knysna!! With many thanks and best regards, Anna and Scott

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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armadillostudios, Owner at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Many thanks for your lovely review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. So sorry we couldn't accommodate you for the 2 additional nights you wanted. Maybe next time....
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

What a joy it was to return to Armadillo Studios after a gap of three years. I had been looking forward to Marion & David’s hospitality for a long time and they were as welcoming as ever. This is a lovely haven of tranquillity above Knysna with a garden of spectacular planting now well grown in. My room was a pleasure to be in, quite cool enough with the ceiling fan in the extreme heat of January. Lovely breakfasts added a crowning touch and the bikes they now offer to guests gratis is another reason to enjoy a stay here. All in all, a quite delightful place, unbeatable in Knysna I would imagine.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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armadillostudios, Manager at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 7, 2012
Many thanks indeed. It's always wonderful to welcome returning guests and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay as much as the first time. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another 3 years before we see you again!
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Kranenburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We stayed 6 days in Armadillo Studios and these were the most wonderful days of our South Africa trip. It was not only because of the nice and spacious rooms with the luxurous bathrooms, not only because of the beautiful garden with its lovely swimming pool, not only because of the fantastic location in Knysna hills or the fantastic fruit salad for breakfast.....
it simply was because of Marion and David themselves.
We have been travelling all around the world, but we never felt so welcome and cosy as we did in Armadillo studios. Marion and David did anything they could to make us feel happy from the first moment we stepped into that house. Marion, you are such a warmhearted humouros woman, you are simply wonderful. And David, thank you so very much for taking out your telescope and binoculars. Marcel will never forget that starry night you both sat in the garden watching the stars.
Thank you for inviting us sitting by the firelight with you, thank you for the nice conversations.
We surely will come back to Knysna in the next few years and when we come to ring your bell then, we won't come as strangers but as old friends !

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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armadillostudios, Manager at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 7, 2012
This is such an amazing review, it nearly brought tears to our eyes! Thank you very much indeed. We're happy that you enjoyed your stay so much. It was good fun star-gazing with you. We only wish we were clever enough to know the names of more constellations in the amazing South African night sky. Maybe we'll take up astronomy in time for you next visit!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights and simply could not have wished for a better experience. David & Marion ( the owners ) are simply brilliant - they have thought of everything, they were so friendly, helpful and considerate, we genuinely felt as if they had been friends for years. The studio rooms are all extremely well equipped, spacious with big bathrooms, kitchen and sitting areas, and each has a private terrace area which opens to the gardens. The gardens are really beautiful, large, peaceful and full of flowers and plants. There is also a large, warm pool which you can swim properly in. The house is in a quiet, safe area on a hill above the lagoon, a few minutes drive from the town and Thesen Island. We loved Knysna, there is SO much to do and yet it is very unspoilt. If you play golf Pezula and Simola will blow your mind! This guest house is a GEM and we would definitely return.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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armadillostudios, Owner at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 4, 2012
Thank you so very much - your kind review has made our day! When we get to know lovely, friendly guests such as yourselves it makes running a guest house a real pleasure. We're so glad that you enjoyed exploring Knysna as well as staying at the Armadillo - it's a truly unique town & a lovely place to live. You'll be welcomed back with open arms anytime - maybe we'll get to play a bit more golf with you next time!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Knysna is one of the places you have to visit on the Garden Route. We can recommend you Armadillo Studios 100%, the best choice in Knysna. We booked a 2 bedroom appartment for 3 nights (to short!!) with a private terrace and braai facilities. Every day a very good breakfast (fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, eggs to your choice). The second day we also had pancakes for breakfast; the best we ever had!. The owners will give you all tourist information you need for an unforgettable stay in Knysna.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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armadillostudios, Owner at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your breakfast pancakes as much as I enjoyed making them!
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

A self-catering or B&B near the golf course, Knysna heads and a short trip from the town centre. Marion and David’s home is beautifully decorated in a modern, elegant, almost minimalist fashion, and the accommodation is a fluid extension of this. David’s brilliant photography can be seen throughout the rooms, which have all the modern comforts. This is like going to stay with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Chit chat over breakfast with our hosts was like catching up, and you can be assured that there will be some clever twist to your grub. We were treated to the scrumptious Avo-dillo on the balcony in the crisp Knysna air. The lush garden has a pool and stunning view. Even the birds can’t resist the warmth, friendliness and hospitality. David and Marion even sent a Christmas card out to all their guests! Big brands could learn a lot about fostering customer loyalty from Armadillo Studios. If you stay be sure to ask about the name and have a good SEO discussion!

  • Stayed May 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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armadillostudios, Owner at Armadillo Studios, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
I can't tell you how rewarding - and heartwarming - it was to receive your review. It's wonderful to know that guests understand and appreciate the environment and atmosphere that we strive to create here...not to mention the cordial relationships that we like to build with our visitors. It's always special to receive a positive review, but this one really struck a chord with us and, therefore, is extra-special. Thank you so very, very much. (You'll definitely be on our Christmas greetings list again this year!)
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Additional Information about Armadillo Studios

Address: 15 Lindsay Street | Hunters Home, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Armadillo Studios 4*
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 

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