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“3 nights stay at De Kelders Private Villa” 5 of 5 stars
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De Kelders Private Villa
5.0 of 5 Villa   |   35 Main Rd De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“3 nights stay at De Kelders Private Villa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

We had a fantastic 3 night stay at De Kelders Private Villa in December 2011. Their staff is very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was scrumptious. We enjoyed the views from thei patio and the relaxing and calming atmosphere of the house.
We would love to do it again.
Eva, Ingrid & Jurgen

Room Tip: every room is good!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you Jurgen

always good to have you back as a return guest

warm wishes

neil
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We stayed here after reading the good reviews and it was the highlight of our holiday. We knew upon arrival that we were in for a wonderful experience and it was so good that at the end of our trip returning here was the only option.
The house is so amazing, with Neil's style, good taste and attention to detail, a great book case and David's fantastic CD collection . Whilst living in a setting any interior magazine would be proud of , we felt totally at home and relaxed, David and Neil are such great hosts and please try the evening meals, they are so delicious.

What better ways to spent your evening, watching whales basking in the ocean within minutes walk from your villa.

Thank you so much - we shall return soon.

  • Stayed October 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you so much for your wonderful words - it means a lot to us

warm de kelders wishes

neil+david
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Ramsbottom, Lancs
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

One of the most welcoming places we've ever stayed at. A brilliant location coupled with a truly relaxed atmosphere really helps you to enter the holiday mode.
The owners are attentive without being intrusive and genuinely want you to use the house as your own. Nothing is too much trouble and everything you could want is available.
The building and decoration are in impeccable taste, brilliantly designed and exceptionally clean.
The food is quite simply stunning. Michelin star quality (but lots more quantity!)
On our 3 week tour of the garden route it was such a delightful place to be we returned on the way back!
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All the rooms are brilliant!
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  • Stayed November 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you so much for your review !

we do look forward to see you back in de kelders for your third visit

warm de kelders wishes

neil+david
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Swellendam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Imagine our joy when our son phoned from Paris to say he would be spending a two-week holiday with us. “Just pick any location in South Africa and we’ll go there,” he said.
We had no hesitation in suggesting De Kelders.

“De WHAT?” Our son responded!

However, the heady combination of a beautiful coastline with lovely walks along surging seas and whales cavorting nearby and the endless stretches of beautiful fynbos fields within easy reach soon worked its magic and, by the end of our fortnight, De Kelders was as firmly etched in his mind as it had been in ours.
So much so, he’s already planning a re-visit - this time to show his wife.
For our first week we stayed at Private Villa. It’s a rare thing indeed to be able to match modernity, style and design with old-world charm, gracious hospitality and comfort but here, at Private Villa, we encountered such a perfect match. We immediately felt we were staying with friends and are forever indebted to Neil and David for their incredible friendliness, kindness and hospitality.
Private Villa is not a once-only place – very definitely, “We’ll be back!”

Room Tip: We loved our room overlooking the pretty pool and patio.
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  • Stayed October 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
dear Ray

so good to see your review, since you have been again, we wish you loads of love and kindness

warm de kelders wishes

neil+david
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Edinburgh
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

This house is like something out of an interiors magazine - absolutely stunning and I just wanted to move in! The welcome you get from David the host was so friendly. Lots of nice touches, from a little bunch of flowers on arrival to home made rusks with coffee.

The best part of De Kelders was the whales. Less than a 2 minute walk from the B&B you are at the shore and we'd spotted our first whale within a minute. The best bit though is you get the whales to yourself (well almost!), so you can enjoy them without the crowds in Hermanus.

  • Stayed November 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you so much for your review. we wish you wonderful days until you return to the warmth of the de kelders bay

best wishes

neil+david
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Ahaus, Germany
1 review
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

Do not waste one second by not joining the warm hospitality and friendship of Neil, David and their team. Every detail is planned, designed and at its right place. It is nothing just to stay, to sleep or to eat. It is something what is precious like the whole surrounding. It is not a gallery or a museum it is real to stay in.

  • Stayed October 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you so much for your very special words - we send you loads of sunny wishes from de kelders

david+neil
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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

After the disappointment of our previous villa, Neil and David (and of course James!) "opened" their house to us at very short notice. We had a wonderful stay - everything was purfect. We all highly recommend this wonderful "home from home" (except that the decore, service etc is much more swish than in our home)

p.s. We also second EmHarris's review

  • Stayed October 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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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 20, 2012
thank you so much Mark, looking forward to seeing you back in de kelders for your third visit

warm wishes

david+neil
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Additional Information about De Kelders Private Villa

Address: 35 Main Rd De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — De Kelders Private Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2013 Joint winner of the top 25 B&Bs and guest houses in South Africa. 2014 No 1 in the Overberg for speciality accommodation. The house is neither a B&B or a guest house. It is a villa and a haven for the discerning traveller, who understands quality, stillness and privacy. Acclaimed by ELLE Decoration and Conde Nast House&Garden the villa offers the luxury of privacy. Three large bedrooms only, a 150m lounge with library of magazines, books, music and films. Large fireplace for the winter nights. Large garden with secluded, private, heated salt water pool. The 80m open terrace with beautiful views of the village and Walker Bay is secluded and offers the perfect hideaway for reading. The ocean is 200 steps away. Our breakfasts are special and our home cooked regional dinners are legendary. The house in not branded, hence the name private house and can be rented for exclusive use. ... more   less 
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