Brenton Hill Guest House was remarkable for a number of reasons. First, the location. It's set in a garden of about 50 acres on a hilltop overlooking the Knysna lagoon i.e. it has one of the world's more spectacular views. (We originally planned to stay at the TripAdvisor #1 rated guest house in Knysna, Hideaway, which is a nice place. But we decided not to after assessing its location overlooking a busy road versus the pristine privacy of Brenton Hill.)
Second, the Brenton Hill owners (Tertius and Sanette) are dedicated to ensuring you have a great visit. They get up at 5am to make home-baked bread for their guests and personally cook
and serve a really exceptional breakfast on the patio overlooking the amazing view. They were very helpful with travel and restaurant information, loaned us beach chairs, and generally coudn't do enough for us.
Thirdly, the rooms are huge. We had a large regular room (only disadvantage: no bathtub, just a shower in the bathroom). The larger rooms are really big, and have bathtubs, and run about $15 per night more. Each room has an outside patio with furniture so you can enjoy the view privately if you like. This place is scrupulously clean and well-managed. The architecture is solid, South African style, and the decor is tasteful without being fancy. The pool is not huge but big enough.
Brenton Hill is on the south side of the Knysna lagoon, and we found its location an advantage because it is very close to one of the best beaches on the entire Garden Route (the 5 mile Brenton Hill to Buffelsbaai beach). We were also easily able to travel to the ostrich town of Oudtshoorn on one day, and to Nature's Valley on the next, so it's a good place to position yourself on the Garden Route. It's a 10 minute drive into Knysna from Brenton Hill, and we were really glad we stayed outside Knysna, which is a pleasant town, but is growing beyond its abilty to handle traffic.
Overall, this was a great guest house experience.
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