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Stannards Guest Lodge
Ranked #29 of 130 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Our family stayed at Stannards for two nights and were a bit disappointed. We had been told that we should have a triple room with luxurious furnitures but we got a small double room with a bad small extra bed for our 15 year-old daughter and the room was not decorated luxurious, quite the opposite with rather simple and a bit shabby furnitures... Our previous stays in South Africa (three before this) had been excellent so this was a bit of a disappointment. The garden and pool though were quite okay and the owners (Patrik and Helen-Marie) were rather nice and helpful. The guest house is situated a bit outside Knysna but is not far from the beautiful East Head where we had a great lunch the first day. Patrik helped us to book a boat tour including an affordable lunch to Featherbed national reserve, which was very nice. The breakfast buffet was okay but a bit limited.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed a whole week in Stannards and we really have the best experience ever! Helene-marie & Patrick have created a special atmosphere there, thanks to the beautiful garden, the amazing decoration of the rooms, the tasty food and the lovely little shop. They help us a lot to organize our journey as we were travelling with a little girl. She enjoys the pool, the visits of the elephant and birds parks! We have so much fun there and had a so wonderful and relaxing time, that we just want to come back very soon!!!! So if you go to western cape and garden route, don't hesitate a minute!!!! Go to the Stannards Guest Lodge!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

Patrick and Hélène-Marie are very friendly and nice hosts ! I traveled in the Western Cape with my sister in August 2011, and we stayed for a full week at Stannards, which was a great idea because of all the walks and activities you can do from there. It was my second time at Stannards (first in 2009), and I'm sure it won't be my last ! The rooms are nicely decorated, the garden is nice and relaxing, and the pool is nice during South African summers (I could enjoy it during my first stay in 2009). Breakfasts are very good, and the service provided is amazing. Patrick and Hélène-Marie make you feel at home and give you very good advices for activities and places to see, as well as restaurants and shops. It's the place I prefer to stay at in the whole Western Cape !!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Stannards Guest House has a warm atmosphere, wonderful rooms and a lovely host family!
We really enjoyed the stay and we recommend the establishment!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We stayed in Stannards for 3 nights and we loved it! Patrick and Helen are really nice people who are willing to help you with everything you need. We had a wonderfull "braai" by the swimmingpool and had lots of fun. Patrick called our daughter his little fishfriend because she was always in the water. Breakfast at Stannards is the best, we stayed at many different places but breakfast was never as good as at Stannards!! Our daughter loved the hot chocolate from Helen in de morning. The room, the garden, the pool, the people, Knynsa, it was all wonderfull and we hope to come back to Stannards sometime!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

A b&b we would like to come back to. And Knysna is worth a longer stay! This friendly guesthouse offers excellent accommodation - we as a family got a whole house next to the pool with two nice bathrooms and a modern kitchen, as well as cableTV. The breakfast was very good, and I enjoyed a french style Cafe au Lait in the morning, and we managed to get some French spoken with the hosts!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Everything is just perfect.

Wonderful time with Patrick and Helene-Marie.

The best guest lodge in Knysna and in the western Cape !

I'll be back !!!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Address: 22 Fraser Street | Hunter Home, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 130 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range: $73 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stannards Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holidays must be fun, and we'll do everything to make your stay a real pleasure, with lots of happy memories to see through the year. From waking in the morning to the calls of Knysna's famous bird life, you start your day right with a delicious full and healthy Continental buffet-breakfast. We make sure you are well fortified for a hard day's pleasure, and will help you plan your activities and excursions as you please. ... more   less 
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