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Belvidere Manor
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Didn't want to leave”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed in one of the cottages for 2 nights as part of a 7 day driving package from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and found it very hard to leave - it was gorgeous. The grounds and gardens are immaculate and breakfast (fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, cold meats, cheeses, freshly baked muffins plus a hot menu to choose from) is taken on the verandah in the main house with views of the grounds overlooking the bay. As were are a couple, the 1 bedroom 1 bathroom living room and kitchen with adjoining carport was more then adequate for our needs. We had a fireplace which quite excited us coming from tropical Queensland - fired it up both nights - what a hoot. On the first night we tried the pub on site, The Bell, and it lived up to the reviews we had read on Tripadvisor - the ribs were excellent. We ate at the waterfront at 34 degrees South (10ks away) the next night and it was superb - food and service were first class. Staff are very helpful and give us ideas of what to do and see in the area. Jeff is a real gem and couldn't do enough for us during our stay.
Belvidere Manor is in a beautiful part of Knysna a short drive from town. We drove out to the heads and Buffalo Bay which was beautiful with its secluded rocky beaches. All in all a wonderful stay in Knysna and Belvidere Manor - wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Belvidere Manor nestled in the enclave of Belvidere on the lagoon in Knysna, is a paradise to behold. The Winter Season Rates are very good value. Caroline's the in house restaurant is superb and charming little pub, called The Bell is my favorite for a pub lunch.

The walks through the suburb of Belvidere are enchanting, the bird life immense and fresh air and beauty will uplift your soul.
The cottages are well appointed with every convenience and the buffet breakfast was terrific.

We have made this an annual getaway.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milan
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

we arrived quite late at night, during August, and it was quite cold. the rooms had an electric heater and the beds had an electric blanket, but it was still quite cold, a more efficient heating system would be necessary to cater to winter tourists. We had a very large cottage with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths a sitting room and a kitchen. The setting is lovely.
The condition of the baths was unfortunately not optimal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 15, 2012 via mobile

We have again returned to Belvidere Manor using their winter special. It is exceptional value. The Manor itself is a lovely building and the cottages you stay are most comfortable. Love the touches such as the Goody bag and arriving at the cottage with the heater on making it cosy and electric blanket warming the bed. Ate at the Bell Restaurant which is on site, meals are good value and very tasty. Service is excellent. If you want a place to relax and to chill out you cannot do better by staying at Belvidere Manor

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We've just returned from a fantastic trip to South Africa and Belvidere was one of our stops. We stayed there for 2 nights and it was brilliant - near enough to town to eat at one of the local restuarants on one of our nights (the other night we ate at their pub - delicious) and far enough away to feel like you were in the country - very peaceful. We stayed in one of the cottages overlooking the pool and gardens (and the lagoon). The cottages were very well equipped - you can cook your own meal if you would rather spend the evening in. The service was great too. Would definitely return to this spot!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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62 reviews
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Belvidere Manor's location (6km west of Knysna) is ideal to relax away from the hubbub but close enough to be in town in 5 minutes. We stayed in Cottage 13 which was ideal for us and our little boy of 1 year old as it had a second bedroom for his cot.

The central area of Belvidere Manor hosts the swimming pool, bandstand and the restaurant and it all looks down onto the lagoon. The place looks very serene at high tide or low tide, at sunset or sunrise.

We enjoyed dinner both from the lovely little Bell Tavern and from the A la carte restaurant in the manor itself. They catered for our request for a baby-sitter too and the staff were very friendly, loving the waves from our little boy as well as being knowledgeable and courteous.

The 3 nights (mid-week in Autumn) were very quiet, which was just what we wanted. We almost felt like we had the run of the place to ourselves. Thanks to everyone for making our trip an enjoyable and relaxing one.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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United Kingdom
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180 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2012

Wonderful quiet location a few kilometres outside Knysna. Guest stay mostly in cottages surrounding the old manor house, set in beautiful green grounds with great views of the Kynsna lagoon.

The cottages are very comfortable and complete, dinner can be taken in the on-site pub or restaurant, breakfast is full and varied. Staff very friendly.

Terrific place place to stay for a restful break.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belvidere Manor
Address: Lower Duthie Drive | Belvidere Estate, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Belvidere Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, historic Belvidere Manor built in 1849, is situated in landscaped gardens and offers spacious accommodation in 28 serviced cottages, each with comfortable lounge, a full kitchen and 1, 2 or 3 en-suite double bedrooms. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace of Belvidere House, then relax poolside, take a boat trip, walk forest trails or pristine beaches, all a short drive away. Savour dinner at Caroline's bistro in Belvidere House, or hearty pub meals at The Bell Tavern, voted a Garden Route "Culinary legend". We offer preferential golf rates at Simola & Pezula clubs and a pretty garden wedding venue for up to 60 guests. ... more   less 
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