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Wilderness Manor Guest House
Ranked #1 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
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“Most gracious hospitality we've experienced in years”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

This is a wonderful guest house, very cozy with large rooms and lots of ambience. The view from our room was fantastic – the lagoon is right across the street and it's an easy walk to the center of town and the ocean.

I've stayed at a different five star in Wilderness and found this inn just so much more welcoming and comfortable. The hosts, Gerald and JD, are very guest-focused and made our stay there a great experience.

Room Tip: Rooms are spacious. Ours was on the top floor and faced the lagoon.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, March 24, 2012
Thank you for your review of Wilderness Manor.
It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We try to make our guests as comfortable as possible.
Having been in the airline industry for 20+ years, we "go the extra mile" to ensure a wonderful stay for our guests.
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

We stayed at Wilderness Manor from 16-18th Nov and after a 4 hour drive from Hermanus were greeted by Gerald and JD with a welcome drink. They were extremely friendly and took time out to talk to us and explain about the surrounding areas.JD also offered to book a restaurant for us for the evening and we decided on The Girls. The food did not disappoint it was probably one of the best meals we had during our trip. We were shown to our room and it was absolutely beautiful , it overlooked the lagoon and the view was spectacular. The room was tastefully decorated , spacious and extremely clean with tea/coffee making facilities and a safe. We had a balcony and it was wonderful being able to sit out ,admire the view and watch the sun set. The first floor of this house is for use by the guests and it has lots of books and helpful information about South Africa along and various other topics. My husband was celebrating his 50th birthday and Gerald and JD gave us some lovely sparkling wine and chocolates that we enjoyed at the Map of Africa nearby. Breakfast at the Manor was varied and tasty and everything was cooked exactly to the individuals taste. Wilderness has a wonderful beach, great forest walks and lovely restaurants. The hospitality extended by Gerald and JD made this one of our favourite places in South Africa and we were genuinely sad having to leave. The hosts at this property go out of their way to make sure everything is just right and strive for perfection - in our eyes they have achieved it !

Room Tip: We requested a lagoon facing room at the time of booking and it was beautiful.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, March 24, 2012
Thank you for your positive review of Wilderness Manor.
It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.
We hope to welcome you back to Wilderness Manor again when you are in South Africa next time.
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Doha, qatar
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

It was really wonderful staying at this beautiful guesthouse. Gerald and JD let us feel at home and we could just relax and enjoy their hospitality. Breakfast was well planned and delicious. They booked our dinner reservation at one of the restaurants which we really appreciated. Thank you Gerald and JD for a wonderful stay. Best wishes. Anso and Rita

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
Thank you Anso and Rita for your review.
It was a pleasure having you stay with us at Wilderness Manor and glad to hear that you enjoyed breakfast.
We look forward to your return to South Africa and to Wilderness Manor.
All the best!
Gerald & JD
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We were delighted with our stopover in Wilderness. The co-owner, Gerald, was really helpful and informative - the guest house was immaculately furnished and in a wonderful location overlooking the lagoon. Room was beautiful with a four-poster bed and it was an easy walk into the small town of Wilderness to eat in the evening. All this within a stone's throw of the main Garden Route motorway.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank weepaddy
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, November 11, 2011
Thank you for your positive review.
It is always encouraging to hear that our guests enjoy their stay at Wilderness Manor.
We hope to welcome you back to Wilderness Manor again when you return to South Africa in the future.
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Recently made a return visit to Wilderness Manor. Our hosts JD and Gerald run a really tight ship, everything was just perfect. We wanted for nothing. Breakfast was truly amongst the best we’ve had anywhere. The rooms are very spacious, and beautifully furnished and spotless. We had pre diner drinks each evening in the guest’s first floor sitting room, overlooking the beautiful lagoon. Wilderness itself is the perfect base for visiting the garden route. We had day trips to Knysna, Plett, Natures Valley and Storms River. The local restaurants are great especially “The Girls” it was so good we ate their twice! We absolutely loved our stay here and cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, November 3, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful review.
We are only to happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Glad to hear that everything was to your satisfaction and that you enjoyed The Girls Resaurant.
All the best and we hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

A big thank you to Gerald and JD for once again giving us a wonderful stay at Wilderness Manor. On this, being our third visit we took 2 of our closest friends with us and we all had a memorable stay. Such good hosts as always, made us feel very special. Four lovely days enjoying this area of the garden route, always starting with their memorable breakfasts and ending in one of the fine restaurants in the village. Do try "The Girls" just a 10 minute walk away. Best Fillet Steak and KingKlip fish you've probably tasted, but get Gerald to make a booking for you. The place gets very busy.

Room Tip: Try to get a balcony room overlooking the lagoon, may not be a suite but it's the next best thin...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, November 3, 2011
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure having you come back to Wilderness Manor.
Glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us again!
Looking forward to your return.
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Flackwell Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Whist on our honeymoon my Wife Melanie and I arrived at Widerness after a four hour drive and greeted by two of the most pleasant, warm and welcoming hosts we could have wished for. Gerald and J.D could not have done more for us. We were informed of all attractions, walks, expected journey times and preferred routes etc within the area, not to mention recommendations of local restaurants, the cuisines on offer and their locations and offers to make reservations for us. This is just the hosts. The guest house itself is beautifully located overlooking the lagoon, the garden is meticulously kept in order as is the guest house, which is beautifully decorated, ornaments and curios from around the world adorn the lounge and billiard room, and extensive range of books and high class magazines are there for your perusal. Our suite was fantastic, all requirements catered for down to fleece lined hot water bottles if required. Complimentary Champagne on ice was gratefully received, tastefully decorated, huge bathroom, with bath, shower and double basins. These guys, honestly, bend over backwards to do all they can to ensure that your stay is the best it could possibly be. Their breakfasts were first class, everything you could posssibly imagine was on offer, beautifully cooked to perfection personally for you. Fantastic attention to detail in every area. Simply a must guest house to visit if you are in the area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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hoch-gerald, Owner at Wilderness Manor Guest House, responded to this review, October 7, 2011
Thank you Paul and Melanie for your wonderful review. It is much appreciated and we are just too happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We try to be as helpful as possible and treat all our guests as if they are the only guests in the guest house. Having flown with South African Airways as cabin crew, service is of utmost importance to us. We look forward to when you return to South Africa one day and to Wilderness Manor.
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Property: Wilderness Manor Guest House
Address: 397 Waterside Road, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Manor Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Almost halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the internationally renowned Garden Route and nestled between mountains and golden beaches, you will find one of South Africa's most favoured holiday destinations, the seaside village of Wilderness. Wilderness Manor is an elegant and refined guest house overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon, in the heart of the scenic village of Wilderness. Step out of the front door and cross the road onto the boardwalk for an easy and safe stroll to beaches, restaurants and village shops. Relax in the spacious guest lounge or reading lounge, with superb views from the balconies overlooking the lagoon. Wilderness Manor is luxuriously decorated in an African colonial style with fine oriental rugs, heirlooms, antiques, art and collectables which contribute to a refined and stylish ambience. Retire to the serenity of four stylish en-suite bedrooms: three luxury and spacious lagoon facing rooms on the second floor with superb views of the lagoon and one standard garden room on the ground floor with a private garden / patio. Look forward to our Continental buffet and English breakfast served in our breakfast room, opening onto a sunny balcony overlooking the indigenous forest where the Knysna Loerie often comes to feed... Whether you are passionate about water sports, hiking, extreme adventure or animal encounters, the Garden Route and Klein Karoo has something for you. CHILD POLICY: Wilderness Manor is not suitable for infants and children younger than 12 years of age. ... more   less 
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