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Kingfisher Country House
Ranked #14 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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64 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“We can't help but return”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

We often use Kingfisher as an overnight stop when driving between Cape Town and East London. Yes we know it is not half way, but we do this because the hospitality is above excellent, the location is absolutely beautiful, and you actually feel like you are overnighting at a really good family or friend's house. The only regret we have when we stay for just a night is that we haven't stayed longer as it is the kind of establishment that you just don't want to leave. Sue and Phil have a little gem here, and it is Sue and Phil that make it the gem it is. This time around we had our 2 year old son with us and he loved it. The garden is pretty magical when you are 41, but when you are 2 it must be 100 times more magical with loads of areas to be explored, small hills to run up and roll down, wooden canoes to be discovered, real railway tracks to be walked along (don't worry, they are disused), Houdini (the cat) to play with and wild birds to be fed. He loved every minute, as did we. Yes we've been here a few times now, but driving past and staying elsewhere would just feel wrong. Do yourself a favour, stay 2 or 3 nights here, you will be very glad you did.

Room Tip: Any room is good, but the two rooms on the Knysna end provide a little more space.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Once again, thank you for a wonderful review. It is always lovely to have you and your family to stay with us and it was such fun to see Ethan enjoying feeding the birds and playing with Houdini. We continue to look for a happy, loving dog like Tessa and hope to have one the next time you visit us. Guests do become friends and it is always great to be able to catch up on what you have been doing between visits. Hopefully one day we will see the return of the Outeniqua Choe-tjoe, can you imagine the excitement then?! We are looking forward to your next visit and seeing how little Ethan
has grown, they grow so quickly. Wishing you all the very best for 2013.
Best wishes,
Phil and Sue Millard.
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our stay at Kingfisher Country House was an absolute spoil! The owners Sue & Phil are some of the most hospitable hosts I've come across. They'll help you out with absolutely everything you need to know about Wilderness and The Garden Route, before you could even think what to ask and make you feel at home right away. I do enjoy a few spoils here and there and the night we arrived, I found a flask of sherry complete with a couple of crystal glasses next to the bed to warm the heart and the duvet turned down with chocolates on our pillows :-) . When we eventually woke up (I could have slept in that bed forever!) to the sweet songs of the birds our eyes were met by a bountiful breakfast of delights fit for a King! This place is a birds, beds and breakfast lovers paradise that I would recommend to anyone (it is very good value for money) travelling on The Garden Route. Thanks again Sue & Phil for an absolutely amazing weekend!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank IllustriousTraveller
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
What a lovely review Kyro, thank you!! We love to spoil our guests, you are worth spoiling. You were such easy guests to have staying with us despite the weather?! We enjoy treating our guests the way we would like to be treated and it is always fun to have a chocolate on one's pillow and sherry to warm you up and ensure that you relax after an active day. We appreciate the lovely comments you made and hope to see you again soon.
Best wishes,
Phil and Sue Millard
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

The most delightful Bed & Breakfast guesthouse in such a beautiful, peaceful setting. The hosts, Sue and Phil, are warm and welcoming and breakfast is delicious and welcome change from usual "full English" breakfast. Sue is full of ideas and enthusiasm with suggestions for ways to spend days in the area. The final B is for BIRDS - so many varieties to watch from the veranda, feeding close by and flying around the garden. A bird watchers paradise!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Good morning,
Thank you Lis for a happy review, we always appreciate reviews. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay. We try and vary the breakfasts every morning as I feel the same way that you do about " full English breakfasts" as it becomes rather tedious having the same thing every day!! We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in Wilderness and enjoyed having you to stay with us. Best wishes for a happy year ahead.
Phil and Sue Millard
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in this lovely guest house, run by Sue and Philip, who were incredibly helpful and friendly and provided us with the most wonderful breakfasts, as well as ideas for what to do with our days. Sue said she could give us enough ideas for ten days - sadly we didn't have the time!. Whilst there we kayacked up a gorge very close to the house, before walking over a boardwalk up through woods to magical pools and a waterfall, where we swam and ate Sue's freshly cooked muffins for lunch. Another day we visited Swartsberg Pass, an unforgettable drive through magical rock formations and stunning scenery.
We chose Kingfisher primarily because of the amount of birds near the property - little did we realise how many we would see, as we sat on the tranquil verandah, eating our breakfast.
Thank you Sue and Philip for giving us such a memorable stay - hopefully one day we will be back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
What a super review, thank you so much. As there are so many beautiful places to explore, it is a difficult choice to make but Swartberg Pass is one of the most magnificent passes in South Africa, the scenery is amazing and it is one of our favorite drives. We really enjoyed having you to stay with us and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Best wishes,
Phil and Sue Millard
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Perth (Tasmania), Australia
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We had such a lovely time at the King Fisher Country House. The owners Sue and Phil are just absolutely lovely. They provide the most delicious breakfast with the amazing views of the birds, these birds were spectacular. Sue was so helpful, she helped us with planning our day trips around the wilderness (we had no idea on what to do in the wilderness)!! The rooms are amazing, I love the set out of the rooms. The beds are super comfortable and sheets are always clean. There house is tucked away in the corner of the national parks, absolutely beautiful. I will definitely come back again, Sue and Phil provided the best service in food, best rooms, guiding and helping us, overall everything.
Thank you so much Sue and Phil :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you so much for the lovely comments, it was a pleasure having you to stay with us. We are happy that you liked the rooms, I love decorating and it is very important to me that the linen is always fresh and clean and the beds really comfortable. We are looking forward to your return.
Best wishes,
Sue Millard
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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My fourth time at Kingfisher Country House leading birdwatching tour groups, and it seems to get better every time. Sue and Phil make sure you are as comfortable as possible while you watch their amazing bird feeding station, which is one of the best in South Africa in terms of number of tricky and beautiful species. Their well kept property is also a bird magnet, and their incredible breakfasts are a people magnet all the same. Looking forward to my next visit.

Scott W
Tropical Birding

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our property, we know that you are very busy so really appreciate it Scott. It is super having you and your guests to stay with us as they are always very enthusiastic!! and enjoy everything that they see and do. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Best wishes for 2013,
Phil and Sue Millard.
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Deutschland
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Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We came for a couple of days and stayed a week. The owner Sue is a living tourist guide with super advices for Wilderness, surroundings and south africa in total. she travels a lot herself so you get lots of information if you'd like. the rooms are clean and the big beds sooo comfortable, the delicious breakfast is freshly home cooked every morning. From the terace you could watch awesome birds sitting in the tree next to you and the owners know a lot about them. The place is perfectly located for nature lovers, has a fantastic garden and a pool. To get to the restaurants it's good to have a car. Sue knows fantastic ones for every taste and budget. I loved the personal atmosphere, as there are only 5 rooms in total. Thanks a lot to Sue and Phil we would definitely come back.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank Jane S
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suemillard, Owner at Kingfisher Country House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
What a lovely review, thank you so much. We always feel very blessed when guests stay much longer than originally planned, as it means that they are really enjoying our beautiful area. Phil and I really love travelling so I try and collect interesting brochures, booklets and information to pass on to our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back and wish you all the best for the coming year.
Phil and Sue Millard
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Property: Kingfisher Country House
Address: 1030, Dumbleton Road (off Waterside Road) | Wilderness National Park, Wilderness, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kingfisher Country House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spacious country style guesthouse set in a beautiful rambling garden overlooking Wilderness National Park which is a Ramsar site. Comfortable antique furniture, fresh flowers and romantic log fires in winter create a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Delicious breakfasts (including freshly baked muffins or scones and home made jams)served on the wide, covered veranda. Cosy cottage style en-suite bedrooms have king-size/twin beds, heater, fan, tea/coffee tray and private entrance. Sparkling pool. Prolific bird life, hiking and canoeing along rivers and lakes. Beautiful beaches nearby. Ideal as a base from which to explore our magnificent area. ... more   less 
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