My wife and I were at Reflections from 12-24 Dec 2011 for our honeymoon. We travelled through from Johannesburg - flew to Cape Town International Airport and drove up to Wilderness.
When we arrived at 8pm, I called Tim Carr (owner and host) and he arrived within 2 minutes to welcome us. Tim and his wife Angelique and their kids live on the Reserve in a house similar to the 4 guest chalets. Tim's personal welcome and arrival was characteristic of the professional and personal touch that we came to enjoy and expect over the two weeks that we were there.
The Reserve is located several km's off the main N2 from Knysna to George - but is far enough in (within the region of the Wilderness Nature Reserve) to be completely secluded from the noise of the main road. Occasionally, depending on the direction of the wind, one can hear a mild hum from the main road at busy times.
Driving in from the main road, one takes a long unfortunately badly corrugated dirt road before reaching the Reserve. This is mildly unpleasant as one drives in and out of the area.
The Reserve itself is still in the process of rehabilitation - so does not have the characteristic beauty of the area's natural forest/fynbos. Nonetheless, the Reserve is quiet and pleasant and the chalets more than compensate for what is missing in the Reserve environment.
My wife and I stayed in chalet #1 - the chalet closest to the Rondevlei lake. The chalet is located about 80m from chalet #2 which is located at a further distance from the lake. Chalet #3 and #4 are spaced out at approximately a similar distance from one another and are also at a further distance from the lake. #3 and #4 look onto a mountain. Tim graciously accommodated us with chalet #1 which he regards as the "honeymoon chalet" - and it certainly turned out to be! More than we imaged!
The inside of the chalet is stunning: completely laminated wood. Great design, spacious, well fitted, comfortable, homely. I've posted a few pictures which give an impression of the inside. Excuse the blurry pics! The kitchen/living room/dining room (open plan) together make up the largest room. The open plan living area is totally surrounded by big windows and two large sliding doors which allow lots of natural light to flood in.
The two bedrooms are well fitted. Queen size bed in main room with good pillows, clean sheets and a great view. Large cupboards. Adjacent toilet and basin (individual room) and bathroom (with shower, bath and basin) are very neat, clean and enjoyable.
The large patio with comfortable bench, patio chairs and table as well as excellent view of part of the lake and two hills on either side of the valley, make for a stunning breakfast and dinner eating spot! One could easily spend entire days on the patio. Unfortunately, the chalet we stayed in was raised less than a meter off the ground, and so does not provide the most comprehensive view of the Rondevlei lake. Nevertheless, the view is still serene and gorgeous!
About 30m in front of the patio on chalet #1, Tim has built a viewing deck that overlooks the Rondevlei lake. Great spot for an evening drink or kuier! :)
Other guests arrived about half way through our honeymoon and stayed in chalet #2. The valley is very quiet and so noise did carry. Playful children made a bit of noise which occasionally disturbed us, but not badly.
Service was excellent. Reggie and Elsie are a married couple employed by the Carr's who do the domestic and maintenance duties. Elsie kept the chalet meticulously clean. She makes the neatest bed I've ever seen! Reggie did a great job keeping the braai place and fireplace clean. The linen in the bedroom and towels in the bathroom were replaced once every few days. It would have been preferable to have had the towels replaced a little more regularly. But other than that, I have no complaints. Reggie, Elsie and the Carrs were careful to allow us a peaceful and private honeymoon. The Lord blessed us with a glorious time. We thank Him and Tim and Angelique (with their dog Olive in the picture!) for the good time!
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Knysna, Sedgefield and the surrounding area is absolutely stunning and needs no review or advertising!
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