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Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering
Ranked #23 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
1 review
“Peaceful retreat with wonderful hospitality”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We are so thankful that we found this gem through Groupon!
Rod and Hydie went out of their way to make our stay memorable. We desperately needed a break and Beside Still Waters where just what we needed. The beautiful surroundings, well equipped accommodation and warm hospitality all contributed to our great stay.
These Groupies will definitely recommend and return!
Thank you!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Tersia & Jaco.

Thanks for your visit to & gracious review of Beside Still Waters. Comments like yours not only bring pleasure at the fulfillment of OUR goal, but also send out a message to other travellers that they can entrust their time & hard earned cash to a holiday here.

We hope that your recent time here convinced you that your few days in this beauty & fun packed area were too short & that a return trip is already being planned !

Pleasel "keep us on your radar" for a future holiday & pass the word around.

Warm regards

Rod & Hydie
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We loved our brief stay here. Beautiful location, gorgeous rooms-amazing!!! The McDades have done a fabulous job of decorating the house - it feels like a real luxury to stay here. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you so much for this generous review. It gives us great pleasure to know that you enjoyed your stay & we would love to see you again.
Kind regards
Rod & Hydie
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Jeddah
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The house felt like stepping into Home Décor magazine. It’s as welcoming and well kept as the hosts. Hydie and Rod love everything about owning a bed and breakfast and it shows. My girl friend and I felt the need to brush our hair and massage the creases out of our shirts in the morning. By 7am (or earlier) Hydie looks like she is ready for Sunday brunch at the country club. Her breakfast is delicious. OMG the fresh plums, grapes, and Apples from the Garden! Even the bath towels were a luxurious wallow in fluffy cotton heaven. The setting is a fantastic place to relax but it’s not a particularly interesting town. However Rod and Hydie are a South African experience in themselves. If you linger to hang out they have plenty of anecdotes, books, and wild life snap shots to share. They are kind and educated and very gracious. Rod is Medical Doctor who must be twice my 30 years - and he offered to help me with my luggage. After we left Hydie texted us to check that we made the drive to Capetown ok. Gentleman , you will not leave without your girl friend saying, “I want us to be like Rod and Hydie and to own a bed breakfast”. Yes, stay here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you so much for your very enthusisatic & gracious review of Beside Still Waters. We have the rare privilege of living in a fulfilled dream & would encourage you two to persue YOUR dreams
We look forward to our next meeting.
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Port Elizabeth, Bequia
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Thanks a million times to the McDade's for an unforgettable breakaway. Our accommodation was private, beautiful and the view breathtaking. The hospitality of our hosts were wonderful... Even the fish eagle came to say hallo!!! Peaceful, serene, just what the doctor ordered!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Dear Marieta
We were absolutely delighted that you so enjoyed your stay at Beside Still waters & had such a fine appreciation for the natural beauty & birdlife. We look forward to welcoming you all back.
Many, many thanks for your kind review.
Regards
Rod & Hydie
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Fish Hoek, South Africa
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had a wonderful 3 days there and wished we'd spent a whole week! Peaceful, central to so much, beautiful views, lotsof lovely birds etc etc. Excellant accommodation, very comfortable beds, beautiful linen, beautiful garden and surroundings . We went to Natures Valley and Porcupine pottery, which was such a lovely shop in the Mill shop at The Crags. Worth a look! Went up the Montagu Pass, a trip not to be missed on the old pass/

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
You left Cape Town with no specific agenda & we were fortunate enough to be the ones to host you in Wilderness !.There is no better commendation for the owner of a guesthouse than visitors saying " we wish we had stayed longer". Thank you so much for your generous praise & enthusiasim.
Next year's garden promises to be even more beautiful. Take that week's break & see for yourself !
Kind regards. Rod & Hydie
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Folkestone, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Heaven - it's the only way to describe this place. John is a South African and lives in the UK. His brother and wife live in George - not a million miles from Beside Still Waters and they didn't know it existed. His sister lives near Cape Town with her husband and made the trek along the Garden Route for a family gathering weekend - two brothers and their sister. I am English and live in the UK so visiting SA at this time of year is a special treat - especially leaving the snow behind. None of us is young! I was totally unprepared for such an empowering experience. The peace and quiet, the wild life - not only birds, the quality of the venue, the fun and friendliness of such delightful hosts made this a very special time to enjoy each other, to chat, braai (sorry guys BBQ in my language), breakfast, visit the local market. We were so lucky to have the use of the cottage and the loft which gave us a tremendous amount of space.

We felt very special and lucky to have the use of this private space. THANK YOU beautiful hosts. Strongly recommend this venue to family, couples and singles. It has everything you could possibly wish for.

Kindest - Nicky Tolson

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Dear Nicky & John
It has been more than 3 months since you were with us & altho I have thanked you personally for your amazing review of your time with us at Beside Still Waters, I feel constrained to give you all a "cyber hug" of gratitude for all the people who have told us that your review clintched their decision to pay a visit to our marvellous place !!
We loved your time here & when you feel the pull of the sunshine again we would welcome you with open arms.
Thanks again for your gracious & enthusiastic comments
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed over in the "Loft" apartment (all the other rooms were taken), and although we were initially a little hesitant given the potential for noise from guests below, we quickly learned that the inviting pictures and beautiful scenery portrayed on their website were indeed just as incredible throughout our stay.

The Loft was well equipped, cleanly kept, and really did sport the best views on the premises. Although it is not stated on the website, there is wifi closer to the main house, we thought it would have really been great to have a wifi-router on the second house for basic emailing. Overall the well kept beach-house style facilities, abundant wildlife, central location between Wilderness & Sedgefield, and owner involved management, made for a really great experience which we would recommend to anyone looking to get away from it all and relax.

Thank you Hydie & Rod for a lovely stay.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rod M, Owner at Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Dear Lucas
More than 3 months have passed since you visited Beside Still Waters & gave such a positive & encouraging review. We greatly appreciate your comments & suggestions & you will be glad to know that we are looking into a more effective wi-fi connection for the Cottage & Loft.
We hope to see you again in the not too distant future - perhaps when you come down with your bicycles for the Knysna Festival in July !
Kind regards
Rod
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Property: Beside Still Waters B&B and Self Catering
Address: 84 192 Kleinkrantz Farm, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beside Still Waters' is located in the heart of South Africa's magnificent Garden Route and offers bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation for families, couples, individuals or groups. Visitors from all corners of the globe travel to this lakeland treasure, part of the Wilderness National Park, to experience the natural beauty, and bird and animal life. ... more   less 

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