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Purple Heron Guest House
12 Charles Te Water Street, Sedgefield, Knysna, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Sedgefield B&B and Inns
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
“Sublime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

The Purple Heron is wonderful in every way – the location the hosts, the rooms, the wildlife and the breakfast! The guest house is in a perfect location to explore the Garden Route and is in a wonderful area to relax.
The river opposite is a haven for wildlife and Jenny is more than happy to provide you with copious amounts of knowledge on the birdlife.
The rooms are beautiful and provide you with everything you need during your stay. Jenny and Paul are extremely welcoming and provided us with so much advice during our stay.
The breakfast was delicious and the home baked bread a real plus – thanks Paul! I would 100% stay here again and recommend to any family or friends visiting the area.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Odiham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for the second time in November along with some friends on their first visit to South Africa. The Purple Heron is an absolute stunning gem, and we plan to use it as a base for every Garden Route trip we do. The guest house is immaculately presented, the breakfasts are amazing, and Jenny and Paul really go out of their way to make guests feel welcome. We will be staying again in May, with different friends this time, and area really looking forward to our stay. We would recommend the Purple Heron 100%!!

Room Tip: If the Fish Eagle suite is available it's well worth paying the extra - it's a beautiful spa...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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 January 16, 2012

The Purple Heron guest house is in a beautiful, tranquil location on The Island, overlooking the river. The guest house itself is gorgeous with beautiful views. The rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated with comfortable beds. A huge bonus was the disabled/wheelchair-friendly bedroom downstairs, which my mother, who has difficulty in walking, stayed in.

Our hosts, Jenny and Paul, couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble, and Paul even did a BBQ for us one evening. Jenny cooks the most delicious breakfasts, complete with home made bread made by Paul, that are impossible to resist.

If you are a bird lover, then staying at the Purple Heron is a real treat. Both Jenny and Paul are extremely knowledgeable about birds and there is constant parade of birds in the garden and on the river. One morning, Jenny pointed out 20 different species to us in a two hour period.

Sedgefield is the only Slow Town (CittaSlow) in Africa. From the recycled bathwater used to water the garden and the student from the local college gaining work experience in the kitchen, to the local produce on the breakfast table and the sweet signs asking visitors to be mindful of tortoises, it is obvious that the Purple Heron embraces the CittaSlow Pledge.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Address: 12 Charles Te Water Street, Sedgefield, Knysna, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna > Sedgefield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Sedgefield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Purple Heron Guest House is a luxury accommodation establishment, situated in an urban nature conservancy on the banks of the Swartvlei River. The area abounds with bird life and the river offers water activities such as safe swimming and canoeing. The beautiful surrounds offer a feast of outdoor activities - bird watching, walking, hiking, cycling and lazing on the beach. Sedgefield is also one of the top paragliding areas in South Africa. Numerous excellent restaurants can be found close by and popular attractions such as Knysna, Plett, Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, Wilderness and George are all an easy drive away. The world famous Wild Oats Farmers' Market held every Saturday morning is a must and attending the annual "Slow Town" Festival held in April every year is highly recommended.At Purple Heron Guest House, our beds ensure an excellent night's sleep and our breakfasts send you out ready to enjoy a truly enjoyable day here on the truly beautiful Garden Route.Egret, a double room downstairs, is wheel chair accessible as are all the public rooms downstairs. The bathroom is suitable for visitors needing some adaption or who have someone to assist them. ... more   less 
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